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Local Briefs: Info to know


Hot Stuff: Solutions for outdoor events.

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family features 36 take a hike!

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educating your kids 44 raise love-to-learn preschoolers

An early interest in learning begins with fun activities at home.

47 tennessee’s top teachers on education CENTERFOLD! 54

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Children & Bruising


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Q Dr. ASnodgrass and Dr. King, my seven year old had a baby molar tooth removed and our dentist said she needs a space maintainer. Is this really needed?

Q A David J. Snodgrass Pediatric Dentist

Yes! If a baby tooth is lost too soon, especially a primary (baby) molar, the tooth or teeth beside it may move or drift into the empty space. Teeth in the opposing jaw may move up or down to fill the gap. When adjacent teeth shift into the empty space, they create a lack of space in the jaw for the permanent tooth or teeth. This will cause the permanent tooth or teeth to erupt in a crowded or rotated fashion eventually leading to orthodontics in the future. Space maintainers are appliances made of metal or plastic that are custom fit to your child’s mouth. The appliance will hold open the empty space left by the lost tooth and prevent unnecessary movement until the permanent tooth erupts into its natural position in the jaw.

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recently decided to cold test my boy’s writing abilities, just before school started. Granted we’d been off all summer, but it didn’t seem that I was asking too much of my soon-to-be-seventhgrader. Just a one-page review of the book he’d just finished, and a bit of structure to show that he knows a beginning, middle and end. Disaster. My boy had no starting point, no idea where to begin, no structure. And he’s in the top third of his class. Was this summer brain or something else? I know schools prioritize math and science, but that’s not what will get my boy in the door for a job interview one day. His cover letter and follow up call will ... or won’t. A couple of years ago at our parent orientation as a school year began, I was one of the few to raise my hand with a question. I was sitting in my older boy’s then-eighth-grade English class for the 10-minutes we were given on the evening schedule. (I’m a writer and business owner and see all kinds of writing submitted daily. When writers are looking to submit a story, they always provide a “Lead” to transition into their submission. The lead itself tells me if the writer can write and if I should bother to continue reading (I might if it’s at least an interesting topic)). But writing a cover letter for a job is another thing entirely. You’ve GOT to be able to communicate clearly, intelligently, both orally and via your writing ability.Our kids will be on job searches one day soon enough. Or maybe YOU are today. Back to my question at orientation ... the question I asked because I write. “Yes?” the teacher smiled. I stammered something like, “I am concerned about my son’s writing ability ... I mean, will you be working on it with them?” She told me the kids would have a large paper due at the end of the year and would continue working on grammar, but that really they would be doing a lot of reading. I was hoping to hear, “Yes! We’ll be doing a lot of writing — at least a paper a week!” But no. I did overhear a parent say that Pearson’s online writing course is outstanding. (But what about THIS English class here?!) So when I went over to the high school to meet my older daughter’s English teacher that same orientation year, I asked the same question. Her teacher told me that students should know how to write before the time they arrive in his classroom. Really? The thing is, if no one’s actually teaching kids to write after 6th grade what have we got? A surge in remedial writing courses in college, that’s what. As many as 40 percent of college freshmen are taking remedial writing courses! Parents are paying colleges to teach kids what they should have learned years ago! So back to home essays and trying to avert disaster. If my kids and yours are going to get ahead in life we’ve got to take action at the kitchen table. Parent involvement NOW means kitchen table work. If NCLB left no time for the luxury required to teach truthful communication through writing, then it’s time to roll up our sleeves at home.

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ALISSA BROWN KRASINSKI If I could find a babysitter I’m sure we’d have date night a couple times a month. APRIL JOHNS We do dates at home, put the kids to bed early and eat later with a movie or just cuddle and watch TV. All at home and half the price. NATALIE DEAN My husband and I really need some time together! We have a 14-month-old and a 3-month-old. And on top of that, I am one of eight children and five of us have or is having a baby. AMBER LONG I watch friends’ children for free and they exchange the favor. We have a bunch of friends that we swap with so it’s never overwhelming for one family.||

What do you do to increase your child’s knowledge of numbers and letters at home? Veronica Glen We talk about letters all the time. He reads the letters of everything we are using ... F-l-o-u-r ... or whatever it happens to be. Theresa Worrell Morrow Reading and just little quick games like naming letters or numbers or counting out items. Dollar General has workbooks for up to about third grade for $1 - $2. We went through a lot of them and played school. Just make it fun, that’s all that matters.

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Jessica Gore-Bynum My son had a great PreK teacher that taught ahead and sent home a “Summer Packet” with each student. So, each day we did the packet of sheets along with a little extra. We did Spanish, Math (counting up to 200, add and subtract numbers 0 - 20), sight words and reading. Sheryl Kirkland I homeschool, but before that I taught my son his letters/numbers way early. Their brains are sponges! Every chance you get, point out numbers and words and sound out the words, too! Also READ, READ, READ! This increases their vocabulary and helps get the juices going in their brain! Tara Smith Johnson Cut their sandwich in different shapes to practice shapes and numbers. Sandy Johnson Well, my son already knows his letters from PreK so we work on sounds a lot. C-C-Car or T-T-Table so he is getting much better with what letter makes which sound! It’s a good game to play in the car, too!

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at what age should girls wear makeup? here’s what our local moms say: Jackie Wright Thirteen is the age I’m letting my daughter, and yes you have to set limits. Can’t be looking too grown or looking like a clown! LOL! Christy Bullington I allow my 12-year-old daughter to wear neutral eye shadow, brown mascara and lip gloss. She isn’t allowed to wear eye liner, any “base” make-up or blush. Nikki Williams-Northern She can start to wear lip gloss around 13. I don’t wear tons of makeup, so I doubt she will either. When she does start to express an interest, I’ll show her how to properly apply it so she doesn’t look like a clown.

Dana DeSilvio I have a 3-year-old daughter, who obviously has not hit that stage. However, we frequent the Indian Lake area, mostly on the weekend. If it’s in the evening, it’s almost shocking to see the young girls there wearing hardly any clothes with their faces painted on. It’s clear the parents are OK with this, as they are the ones who are dropping them off. It’s sad, but clearly the parents aren’t setting any limits. Alison Windsor Owen I’m very thankful my mother made me wait until I was 16. (I remember a couple sneaky purchases of lip gloss and mascara.) At the time, I didn’t get it, but it taught me to

focus on skin care at a time when skin care was critical and I’m still seeing those benefits at 30. I feel that lots of times girls use makeup as a way to mask those perceived imperfections and hide behind makeup. I think by not having that to hide, I developed a better self-image and worked with what I had without using makeup as a crutch. I have a son, but if I ever have a daughter, I’ll probably let her have her mascara and lip gloss when she enters high school, but she’ll have to wait until 16 for everything else. — Kiera Ashford (please turn the page)

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Kids CAN do it! Local moms tell how by Deborah Bohn

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After teaching them the initial crisscross and pull down move, teach kids to make a bunny ear loop out of each lace, then repeat the cross-over-and-pull through sequence. “I taught my four kids the bunny ears method when they were around 5 years old because that’s the way I learned to do it,” explains Franklin’s Andrea Neal. “They wanted the Velcro shoes, but I made them wear the ones with the laces so they’d learn. I got an old shoe and let them practice and practice until it clicked.”

Peer pressure gets a bad rap, but it can be a cheap and effective motivational tool. If your child has a buddy that can tie shoes, invite that friend over for a play date and shoe tying lesson because seeing another kid do it is often all the incentive your child needs. Mother of three Jacquie Dotson says, “My 5-year-old son Aiden was motivated to get it quickly when his 4-year-old cousin did it first! I honestly barely helped him. I showed him how, then he practiced nonstop until he got it.”

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Are two loops better than one? Not according to SUSIE WALTERS of Nashville who prefer a tighter knot and good story to remember how to make it! Start with the cross-your-laces-and-pull-down first step. Then make a loop with the left hand. That loop is the “tree.” Wrap the right lace counter clockwise around the tree, then push it down and through the “rabbit hole” where your left thumb is resting. That forms the second loop. Tighten and voila!

stiff laces and small doses Long floppy laces are tough to wrangle when you’ve got little fingers developing motor skills. That’s why I had my kiddos practice tying Dad’s work boots. The laces are round and stiff so the loops hold their shape as kids go through the motions. I plop my kids and a boot in front of the TV. Every time there’s a three-minute commercial break, they have to practice tying. Deena Sacks Prichard of Brentwood agrees with learning in small doses. “Don’t spend too much time practicing at one time. Children have short attention spans, so set them up for success by spending just a few minutes a day on practicing it.”

embrace velcro and crocs Who needs laces? “My son is almost 8 and he doesn’t tie his shoes,” says Mindy Thomas of Franklin. “I think we’ll have to make him learn at some point, but it hasn’t been a priority yet. The kids his age wear Velcro shoes with lights, and tie shoes just aren’t as cool looking. Only two of his friends know how right now. ”

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Our toddler is suddenly losing the hair on his head. What could this mean?

We are always losing some of our hair, some of us more than others. Hair is made by hair follicles, which are a special part of our skin. At any given time, 70 percent of our hair is in a growing phase and 10 percent of it is falling out. On an average day, we lose about one hundred hairs. Experts tell us that we have to have a quarter or half of our hair follicles to be missing for hair loss to be noticed.   There are different types of hair loss — acquired or congenital, diffuse or localized. Localized hair loss can be caused from hair pulling by tight braids, children tugging at it themselves, by a fungal infection or by an inflammatory condition. Diffuse hair loss can be seen after a child has had significant illness, from a nutritional deficiency, from hormone deficiency or from other conditions. Be sure to bring this up to his pediatrician, who will hear your story, ask you questions and do a detailed physical exam to see what is going on. If the hair loss is from a fungal infection or getting over a serious illness or injury, rest assured that the hair will come back once the underlying condition is treated. Most causes of hair loss in children can be readily found by taking a history and doing an exam. However, your doctor may run some tests if the reason for hair loss isn’t identifiable.

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My 6-year-old son bruises easily. Could this be due to a vitamin deficiency or could there be something serious going on?

As doctors, we often get asked about bruising issues. Young children seem to pick up bruises pretty easily. Most commonly, these are on shins and forearms, having been picked up from the normal day’s activities. Often, they cannot recall how they got each of these. Bruising in odd locations is a concern, especially if it accompanies other signs like significant fatigue, fevers, pale skin, excessive nosebleeds, blood in urine or stool, or an otherwise ill-appearing child. Discuss this with his pediatrician, who will review many of these things with you and examine him to make sure that things are alright. Rarely, there are lab tests that are needed to evaluate a child in whom we are concerned about easy bruising or other bleeding concerns. It is uncommon for easy bruising to be the only sign of a vitamin deficiency, and we don’t tend to start children on vitamins for this, unless there are other indications of a problem.  

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kids’ health By Susan Day

Flu Vaccine: Shot or Mist?


hen it’s time for flu vaccines, do you choose the pinch or the sniff? The vaccine is recommended for all people over 6 months old and should be ideally received before the season begins. So which one?


One sniff upwards in each nostril does it and it’s available for ages 2 - 49. Made with the live, weakened flu virus designed not to cause the flu, common side effects are runny or stuffy nose and/or sore throat and fever over 100. It’s not for those allergic to eggs or gelatin; check with your pediatrician to be sure.

Flu Shot

A brief pinch with a needle and that’s it. The vaccine is made with inactivated flu virus designed not to cause the flu and is available for ages 6 months and older. The most common side effects are soreness where the shot’s given, low-grade fever and aches.

milk hydrates best


ater loses out to milk when it comes to the best choice for countering dehydration in kids, say researchers in a new study from McMaster University. Principal investigator of the study, Brian Timmons says that when kids work up a sweat during sports activities, milk’s the superior choice for replacing lost sodium. “Children become dehydrated during exercise, and it’s important they get enough fluids, particularly before going into a second a game,” says Timmons. “Milk is better than either a sports drink or water because it is a source of high quality protein, carbohydrates, calcium and electrolytes.” The study of 8- to 10-year-olds involved exercising in a climate chamber, then receiving a drink and being measured for hydration. A mere one percent dehydration can have up to a 15 percent decrease in performance, with an increased heart rate, core temperature and less ability to keep going, Timmons says. So bring on the milk. And if your children are hesitant to drink it, try the chocolate or strawberry variety. Keep it iced in your cooler at sports events and offer as an option to your child.

Icy cold chocolate milk is both a treat and outstanding hydrator for kids after a sports event. Keep it in your cooler.

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federal advisory panel is recommending that all newborns receive a simple test to detect heart problems before they leave the hospital, Pediatrics (the American Academy of Pediatrics’ journal) reports. The test — pulse oximetry — uses an infrared sensor placed on the fingers and toes to detect the level of oxygen in the blood. Low oxygen levels signal the need for further testing to look for a heart-related issue. Currently, about 1 in 6 babies who die from critical congenital heart disease are undiagnosed, and unrecognized cases cause about 200 infant deaths each year. While hospitals search for the best way to implement the screening, the issue has arrived on the national stage by parent groups who favor it. Learn more at by searching “pulse oximetry.”

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iddle Tennessee boasts many independent school options, and prospective students and their parents can learn more about them during Nashville Parent’s annual Private School Fair on Saturday, Sept. 17 at Adventure Science Center (ASC). Representatives from more than 50 private schools in the region will be able to speak one on one with you about everything their schools have to offer, from academics and athletics to arts and financial aid. ASC is located at 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville. The Private School Fair takes place from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Admission is free to the fair, but regular admission applies to ASC exhibits. For more information, call 256-2158 or visit


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goodlettsville gets new library


orth Davidson and Sumner County families can enjoy the brand new Goodlettsville Library. Part of the Nashville Public Library system, the new 16,000-square-foot branch is four times the size of the previous location and features environmentally conscious structures, including rainwater harvesting and drip irrigation, bicycle parking, electric car charging stations and more. Inside, visitors can enjoy the history wall that includes an interactive touch screen allowing visitors to experience text documents, pictures, audio and video highlighting Goodlettsville’s history. More than 35 public use computers are available, and there is also a children’s area, teen area, meeting room space and a cafe-style coffee and vending area — a first in the library system. The library is located at 205 Rivergate Pkwy. Hours are Mon/Wed 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Tue/Thu 12 - 8 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Weekly children’s activities include Toddler Time for ages 18 months - 3 years every Mon at 10:30 a.m. and Preschool Storytime for ages 3 - 5 every Wed at 10:30 a.m. Call 862-5862 or visit

Second grader Elizabeth Smith picks out a book at the new Goodlettsville Library.

new family practice in cool springs

nordstrom opens in green hills

folk festival lands in music city

A new “self-pay,” insurance-free family practice, GracePointe Healthcare, is now open in Cool Springs offering low-cost care. Office visits are $89 for first-time patients ($69 for existing patients), and lab work is affordable, too. Get your child’s mono or strep test for $10. Need to have your cholesterol checked? That’s $15, and urinalysis is $5. GracePointe also offers house calls and same day/next day appointments. Got insurance? Simply submit your receipt for reimbursement with your insurance company. GracePointe Healthcare is located at 740 Cool Springs Blvd., Ste. 110, Franklin. To make an appointment or to learn more, call 599-6868 or visit

One of the leading fashion specialty retailers in the nation, Nordstrom, opens its first Nashvillearea store at The Mall at Green Hills (2126 Abbott-Martin Road) on Wednesday, Sept. 14 with a grand opening gala from 7 - 10 p.m. For $100, you can be among the first to step through the doors and enjoy cocktails, dinner and dessert buffets, live entertainment and shopping. All proceeds from tickets sales benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee, Cheekwood and the YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee. For tickets to the event, call 888-983-5148 or visit For more info about Nordstrom, log on to http://

For the first time in its 73-year history, the National Folk Festival will take place this year (and in 2012 and 2013!) in Nashville Sept. 24 at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park (600 James Robertson Pkwy.). The festival will showcase 30 live bands, representing an array of styles like bluegrass, gospel, R&B, salsa, Appalachian string music, Cajun and more. The family stage features music, dance and puppetry for all ages. Kids can have more fun in the family activities area that includes hands-on activities like games, crafts, music, storytelling and more. Festival hours are Fri 7 - 10:30 p.m., Sat 12 - 10:30 p.m., Sun 12 - 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. Call 891-4944 or visit

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kids can audition for ballet’s nutcracker


oys and girls in Middle Tennessee can enjoy the thrill of the stage by auditioning for pintsized roles in Nashville Ballet’s December production of Nutcracker. Auditions take place Sundays, Sept. 11 and 18. Children must be 8 years old by Dec. 31, 2011. Ages 12 and older must be School of Nashville Ballet students. Girls should wear proper dance attire, and boys can wear shorts, T-shirts and socks. Participants must bring a full-body photograph, and there is a $10 audition fee. The audition schedule for both days is as follows: • Boys 7 - 12: Register at 11 a.m.; audition from 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. • Girls 7 - 8: Register at 11 a.m.; audition from 12 - 1 p.m. • Girls 9 - 10: Register at 12 p.m.; audition from 1 - 2 p.m. • Girls 11 - 12: Register at 1 p.m.; audition from 2 - 3 p.m. • Boys and girls 13 and older: Register at 2:30 p.m.; audition from 3:30 - 5 p.m.

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presented by Baptist Hospital for women only takes place Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. The free event features health screenings and an opportunity to ask personal health questions to local experts. Learn the latest on breast cancer risk, genetic testing, sleep medicine and general health. While there, nibble on hors d’oeuvres, chocolate and

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savvy mama Once you have a baby, it seems there’s an endless supply of toys. Here’s a smart way to manage them:


ver notice how many toys your baby receives as gifts? As he grows, those toys will stack up. He may grow bored with what’s available because he’s seen it over and over again. Having too many toys out may also overwhelm him. Instead of opening all the toys he gets all at once, set a few aside on a shelf in his closet. After he has lost interest in a certain toy, remove it from his environment and replace it with one from the box. Continue to do this and you can rekindle a love for an old toy you thought he’d outgrown. This also helps to reduce the amount of toys to pick up, too. Savvy mama!

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

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jack hanna comes to the zoo!

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eet renowned animal expert Jack Hanna at the Nashville Zoo’s Sunset Safari fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 8. Patron guests can sip cocktails and nibble on appetizers while Hanna roams and shares stories before taking the stage at 7 p.m. for an animal show featuring his diverse collection. Afterward, Hanna will join the crowd at the main event where partygoers can groove to musical beats while strolling the zoo grounds and enjoying food and exotic drinks from more than 40 of the city’s top restaurants, caterers and beverage purveyors. The patron party begins at 6 p.m. with the main event starting at 6:30 p.m. Patron tickets are $300; regular tickets are $150. Junior level tickets for ages 21 - 30 are $225 patron level, $75 main event. Call 833-1534 or visit

lend a hand to metro Pitch in and volunteer with others in the community during Hands On Nashville Day on Saturday, Sept. 24. The event marks Nashville’s largest day of service to Metro Nashville Public Schools. Volunteers will paint, landscape and clean in projects across the city at various schools. While most projects require volunteers to be 18 or older, a few select sites will have family friendly opportunities for ages 10 and older with a parent or guardian. A suggested $25 donation helps support Hands On Nashville, and all volunteers receive a T-shirt and invitation to the post-work CMT One Country Celebration, which includes lunch, entertainment and prizes from 12 - 2 p.m. Work projects take place from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Registration is required. Call 298-1108, ext. 110, or visit

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by Kiera Ashford

RELAX by the sea, SAIL on a pirate ship, MEET a truly special dolphin and more!

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Camp for Kids

Ages 5 - 11 can enjoy lots of activities inside or out — all based on Florida’s animals and ecosystems — from crafting fun, sand castle building, giant chess and meeting the camp mascot, Ridley the sea turtle. The wonderful staff of Camp Ridley keep everything upbeat and fun, even for those afraid to leave Mommy or Daddy. My 5-year-old daughter, Lilliana, cried when we dropped her off, but the staff had her fears thwarted within minutes. When I came back to pick her up, she didn’t want to leave!

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While the kids are at play, parents can relax at the spa. I opted for a facial and the therapist had me in another world fast as lightning. The entire experience is so relaxing from the moment you step through the door, waiting in the lounge sipping on water or tea, the treatment and even leaving. It’s just so peaceful.

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Sit pool side and bask in the sun while the kiddos splash around in the kid-friendly, zero-depth entry lagoon-shaped pool. Enjoy a chaise lounge or rent a cabana. When it’s time for lunch, wave over the waiter from Tate Island Grill and order! From yummy sandwiches, salads, appetizers, seafood and great children’s menu options, there’s something for everyone. Come nightfall, don casual clothes and dine next to a breathtaking view of the sunset at Carretta on the Gulf. This world-class, four-diamond restaurant is so mouth-watering good that you will want to eat there each night to try to taste everything on the menu and portions are enormous. Head to the Marketplace in the lobby for Starbucks coffee and frozen drinks, sandwiches, sodas, candy and more when you want something simple. Of course, there’s always the excellent room service.

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Ever wonder who takes care of marine animals when they’re injured by boats, oil spills or other dangers? Just a minute’s ride from the resort on the Jolley Trolley takes you to an inspirational place of healing and friendship. At CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM (727-441-1790; the staff nurses animals back to health and teaches visitors about the importance of keeping marine wildlife safe while enjoying the sea and beaches. Once an animal is healthy again and shows natural survival instincts, it’s released back into the wild. We saw sea turtles, sea otters, sharks and more. The most impressive encounter we had was with Winter, a rescued dolphin that beat the odds. She’d lost her tail to an injury attained in the wild, but with a prosthetic tail, still swims today. Her story is the spotlight of a new movie coming out this month — Dolphin Tale — where she plays herself in the movie. Sandpearl Resort is also the official resort partner with Dolphin Tale. If you’re looking for a fall break excursion for your family — or spring or summer — book Sandpearl Resort and Spa. It’s worth it! Your family will not only leave with a freshly revived soul, but with lots of fun stories to tell, too.  Kiera Ashford is associate editor for this publication and mother of two.


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For swashbuckling fun with the family, sail on a CAPTAIN MEMO’S PIRATE CRUISE (727-446-2587; captainmemo. com). Listen to tales, play activities and arm yourself with waterguns for a children vs. adults friendly water fight. Then, cover your ears as the cannon is fired — a tiny reproduction that’s way louder than you think! Be sure to take your camera; sailing along, you just might spot a dolphin or two which are known to swim along the side of the ship. The marvelous ship offers limited seating, so arrive early before spots fill up. Day cruises are two hours and cast off at 10 a.m. and again at 2 p.m.

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tennessee trails together by Justine Ickes

When parents are active, the kids are, too. As fall arrives, make a point to take to the hills together.

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all’s a great time for exploring Middle Tennessee’s parks and trails. But you need more than sunscreen, water and high-energy snacks to enjoy a family hike. Plan your family’s outdoor adventure before you hit the trails:

log or rock and investigate what’s underneath. A magnifying glass or box is useful for holding and observing small creatures. Fill up a small bag or jar with objects you find along the way. Notice objects with distinct textures and smell — a pine needle, a feather, a seed pod, for example. Stop walking, close your eyes and listen for a minute. Then invite everyone to name, describe or imitate what they heard.

Choose a trail that matches your fam- We made it! The fun and ily’s hiking skill and experience. Always pace your outing to the youngest or slowest walker in your family and build in time for breaks. If your family is new to hiking, choose a short, easy, circular trail. Paved trails are great for families with children of different ages and abilities because they are accessible by bike, stroller and foot. Once you’ve built up your family’s endurance, you can attempt longer and more challenging trails where your kids can scramble over ravines and boulders. No matter how short or long your hike, remember to pace yourself and take frequent breaks.

learning don’t have to end when the hike does. Encourage your kids to savor the moment by recording your hikes in a journal. Family members can take turns recording the sights, sounds and sensations of your outings. Even younger children who can’t yet read and write can glue in trail maps, make leaf rubbings, trace natural stencils or draw pictures. Use a real map or Google Earth and invite your children to recount the high and lows of the experience. For example, “Here’s where we walked over that log bridge.”

Know the trail before you go. Easy does it Use your local library and the Internet to gather resources about the area you’ll be exploring. For example, the National Park Service offers a free, downloadable Junior Ranger Activity Book with age-appropriate activities like using a map, identifying trees by their bark, fruit or leaves, and interpreting trail signs. Determine the best time for your hike based on your family’s routine, and plan around nap time, if necessary. A good rule of thumb is to double the estimated time you think the hike will take.

Go Local Match the destination to your children’s interests. Is there a star-gazer in your family? Your local nature center, arboretum or botanical garden may offer guided walks on full moon nights, Halloween, the winter solstice or other holidays. Take advantage of free or low-cost hands-on exhibits, theme gardens, guided hikes and educational programs.

On the Trail The key to kidcentered hikes is to focus on exploring and enjoying, not on a distance. Try these ideas once your family is out on the trail: Lift up or roll over a

• Let friends or family know where you’re going and the route you’ll be using. • Always carry a cell phone with a fully-charged battery. • Carry identification with your name, phone number, and any important medical information. • Stay alert, be observant about your surroundings and avoid areas where visibility is poor. • Follow your intuition about unfamiliar areas and people you meet on the trail.

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• Allow yourself enough time to complete your hike before dusk and never use trails after dark. • Teach your children that should they become separated from you for any reason whatsover, to stay exactly where they are and not to wander away looking for you.

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Justine Ickes is a writer who enjoys hiking with her two sons.

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By Christa Hines

ways to raise

street-smart kids Are your children equipped to manage when you’re not around? Follow these easy steps for peace of mind.


ith the parade sounds of blaring horns and beating drums marching off into the distance, Angie Worth, along with her newborn daughter Ella, her 2-year-old son Todd, and her elderly grandmother, began to head back to the car. The exciting morning turned into panicked chaos when Worth lost sight of her energetic toddler. “Todd took off running into the crowd and was out of my sight in just a few seconds,” Worth says. “I started yelling his name and running in the general direction of where I thought he might be.” Just as she was about to call the police, Todd reappeared. “I was so relieved and shaken at the same time,” she says. The idea of losing a child and not knowing what happened to him is a parent’s worst nightmare. Although abduction by strangers is statistically rare, the media sensationalism of such events makes the ordeal seem all the more likely. Chances are, though, at some point in his young life, your child will need to seek help from a stranger. Who should your child approach for help and how much information should he child give? Captain Marlene Pardue, Youth Services Division of Metro Nashville Police Department, says, “There are certain exceptions to the old adage, ‘don’t talk to strangers.’”

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Define “stranger.”

People can be nice and may have candy, toys or pets to show a child, but strangers are people you do not know. “To a child, a stranger should generally be thought of as a person with whom there is no established, trusting relationship,” says Pardue. In general, she says it’s easiest to teach very young kids not to talk to strangers at all. You can go into more detail with older children and come to a clear conclusion as to what a dangerous stranger is. If your child feels uncomfortable with someone who won’t leave her alone, she should yell “Stranger!” and run to tell a trusted adult.


Practice “what-if” scenarios. Use visits to large stores, shopping malls

or the zoo as opportunities to educate your children about what to do if you become separated from each other. Agree on an easy-to-find meeting spot. Debby Helmer, a former nanny and school teacher, says she began pointing out cash registers at various stores to her son Alex, age 7, when he was 3 years old. “I have found that the cash registers are easier to find than customer service. And I tell my kids to only talk to the cashier,” she says. Most of all, assure your child that you will never leave a place without him.


Are there safe strangers?

Err on the side of caution when you point out strangers your children could seek help from. “A child should always feel comfortable approaching a uniformed police officer or walking up to a fire truck or fire hall for help,” says Pardue. You can also point out distinctive name tags or badges at stores. Also, instruct them to only talk to employees in an area where other people are around.


Share limited information.

Car rides provide a good time to practice going over your child’s name, address and phone number. Turning it into a sing-song jingle also helps him memorize all those numbers. If your child does seek help from a stranger, however, his first name and his parents’ first and last names should suffice.


Avoid advertising your child’s name on the back of his coat or backpack. Strangers

can use your child’s name as a way to strike up a conversation.

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Take pictures. Helmer suggests non-

chalantly taking your child’s picture with your cell phone when you arrive at a busy public place, so you’ll have a current picture of your children to share right away with authorities should the unthinkable occur. And you won’t have to rack your already panicked brain about what clothes they are wearing.


Have a couple of “in case of emergency” friends on call, just in case. The schools typically ask families to designate a few emergency contacts who have permission to pick up children from school in the event of an emergency. Have a similar carte-blanche policy in your family and make sure your kids know who the designated safe people are whom you have selected.


Tell them who they may NOT go with. It’s difficult enough to

have someone untrustworthy in your family, but if you do not want that person to pick up your children in case of an emergency, then the children need to know that they should stay put until one of their “safe people” arrives.


Have a secret family password. If someone asks your child to go

somewhere with him, your child can say that his parents only allows him to go with someone who knows the password. Explain to your child that even if the person is insistent that he has your permission, you would never give anyone permission to take him anywhere without knowing ahead of time. And, if it’s a real emergency, the person you’ve put in charge will know the family password.


Safe-keep DNA samples.

What do your child’s old toothbrushes, baby teeth and hairbrushes have in common? DNA samples can help find a missing child. Save your child’s baby teeth in a labeled film canister in the freezer or collect hair with the root still attached from your child’s hairbrush and save it in an envelope labeled with your child’s name. “During 2010, police officers attended more than 1,500 meetings throughout Davidson County," says Pardue. “Officers are committed to supporting neighborhoods and families with crime prevention information that can help protect citizens of all ages. Establish a neighborhood watch group through your local precinct in which officers will attend the neighborhood meetings. J

Christa Hines is a freelance writer.

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SafetyTat $9.99 and up This technique works for kids who love stickers and temporary tattoos. Creat your own set of cute tattoos with different colors and icons through Tat Builder or get the Quick Stick Write-On set. They are easy to apply and last for days. SafetyTat QR — which integrates the use of a customized QR code — is also available. It’s a scannable two-dimensional barcode readable by smart phones with a camera.

TekTrak; $4.99/year An app for Android phones, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad and iPad2 that can locate your electronic device with the use of a computer. This works great if your teen is out past family curfew. Log in and find out his exact location on a street map at any given time. The program can locate, lock information, make your phone ring from a remote location — even when on silent — and more.


Create a personalized child identification card with your child’s picture and critical information. It comes with three, hard plastic cards for the parent, child and another trusted person to keep.

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raise a

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ook, Mommy! Come see what I made!” says 4-year-old Connor, running toward his mother and sliding in his socks on the hardwood floor. He’s busting to share his accomplishment — and there’s a lot of that these days. In his room, Connor has assembled a giant fire engine floor puzzle, and he’s overjoyed about it. First, he unwrapped the new puzzle’s cellophane wrapper, then, in the quiet of his room, he sat down to work on his own and completed his project. “You’re so smart, Connor!” his mom, Melissa Smithson tells him. “Good job!” Smithson says that she has “worked” with Connor since he was an infant. “It is my greatest joy,” Smithson says. “I love reading to him and encouraging his effort to do things on his own. Not all kids his age are so self-sufficient, but I think just playing with him and prompting him toward independence has helped him to blossom.” Just like trust is the foundation of babyhood, the preschool years are characterized by interdependence and mastery, says Marianne Neifert, M.D., in her book Dr. Mom’s Prescription for Preschoolers: Seven Essentials for the Formative Years (Zondervan; $14.95). The building blocks of a young child’s formative preschool years include social and emotional characteristics, language, self-care, gross motor skills, fine motor skills and intellectual abilities. These “blocks” modify each year as a child’s capabilities change. But not all kids are the same. While children follow the same predictable sequence in early development, each child progresses with learning at his own pace. That’s why play time is learning time. Helping your child develop and learn is one of the great joys — and challenges — of parenting. But it must not be a chore; think of it as fun for you, too. You can help your child gain ground in the preschool years of 3 to 5 by simply doing fun activities together. Here are several ideas for doing so:

as your child’s first teacher ... Create a Special Place Children love the idea of a secret club house. Some quick and easy suggestions: put a bean bag chair or large pillow in the bathtub, a big box or an old boat. Or, spread a blanket or put an umbrella over the top of two lawn chairs or try an old sheet attached to the ceiling, with a hula hoop sewn into the hem to hold it open. Use the secret club house as a “thinking room” for quiet talk together or just time alone. It’s an area to cool down, and play alone — a sanctuary for them if they need it.

Get All Dressed Up Children enjoy being “in-character.” You can use real costumes or create a special outfit from yarn, lace, or ribbon for this fun learning time. You can use simple things such as a floppy hat, dad’s slippers, mom’s fancy blouse or Grandma’s apron. If you want to be truly creative, make a paper-bag vest and decorate it with stickers each time your youngster completes a project.

Build a Learning Kit Have all the basics: pencils, pens, crayons, markers, tape, glue and scissors. Gather magazines, books on tape and activity pads. Have a large box for “fine and wonderful junk” to bring out the creative genius in your child. Collect cardboard, computer paper, envelopes, junk mail, pop sticks, buttons and other treasures. Also useful are leftover pieces from games and puzzles.

Do Fun Things Encourage independent activities or work together. Have your child draw a picture to go with a story you’ve read to him. Assign a letter each day and cut out pictures that start with that letter and tape them to index cards. Use them to make sentences, find rhymes and for placing cards on household objects that start with the same letter. Organize them into groups like animals, food, toys, furniture or clothes.

Go on Field Trips Introduce your child to more social settings by getting out together to all that the community offers for preschoolers. Check out the Calendar in the back of this publication for daily events, classes and more happening all around Middle Tennessee. Also, local play spots that have sprung up offer great socialization opportunities for both child and parent.

Have Rewards Keep a weekly record and write each day’s accomplishments on a large chart. Once a week, have a special celebration such as a tea party or quicksnack picnic. You can use stickers or draw happy faces on your chart as you review and discuss all the fun things that were done. You can take photos and mail them, along with art work, to Dad at his office, Grandma (near or far) or friends. Providing these simple opportunities for your preschooler will help get him on the track that learning is fun, and, when you’re engaged, easier! Valerie Allen is mother of six, author of two books and a psychologist.

There’s no reason to wait on the learning with a preschooler. Moms and Dads can create their own curriculum to cover all the bases. Start by creating learning units for your child. Here’s an example of how this can work in a week with your preschooler.

UNIT: BUBBLES & AIR 1. Blow bubbles together. What do they do? Does the direction they float change with a fan? Can you catch them? Engage my child’s mind. 2. Pop bubbles used for packing. What’s that like? What makes them pop? How many ways can we pop them? 3. Make bubble art. Let bubbles fall on our paper then decorate the designs with crayons. 4. Turn on a fan and watch what happens to the bubbles. Now add feathers, ribbons, tiny scraps of paper — those are “light” too. 5. How long can you hold your breath? 6. Blow bubbles in milk 7. Make a paper airplane to fly 8. Fly a kite 9. Blow up balloons and let them go before tying the knot 10. Blow air through a straw to push a small item along

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How Three of Tennessee’s Top Teachers Reach Kids in the Classroom By Wendy Lawrence


reat teachers know how to inspire kids to learn, but how do they do it? Here, the three Middle Tennessee finalists for 2011 - 2012 Teacher of the Year (Grand Division winners from East, West and Middle Tennessee will be selected this fall and finally, Teacher of the Year), share time-tested knowledge about what works for kids in school. Teacher of the Year recognizes outstanding teachers who exemplify excellence, dedication and a talent for working with students, and according to former Tennessee Education Commissioner Bruce Opie, “Teachers are the heart of motivating students’ academic achievement and success.” Jennifer Magnusson teaches first grade at Pleasant Hill Elementary

Bradley Academy’s Alison Payne

in Cumberland County; Alison Payne is a former classroom teacher, now school counselor at Murfreesboro City School’s Bradley Academy; and Mark Baker teaches English III AP Language and Composition at Williamson County’s Brentwood High.

✐ motivation Every good teacher starts with motivation and often, relationships. “I get to know them,” says Payne, who uses journals to write letters back and forth with her students. “Letting them know you care motivates them more than anything.” (please turn the page)

Brentwood High’s Mark Baker

Pleasant Hill’s Jennifer Magnusson


above & beyond Building relationships often means becoming one of the kids. In her first-grade classroom, Magnusson feels “free enough to be silly with them” even if that means “donning plastic glasses with a large fake nose” to introduce a vocabulary word or “flying through the classroom as Super E” to teach phonics. Payne meets the kids on their level by using puppets to teach conflict management. And it works; she often hears from her young students who have avoided a fight with a friend by using their new skills. Payne “likes to be involved right in the middle of the learning.” On a number of occasions, administrators visiting the classroom have asked a nearby student where the teacher went, only to find Payne — at just over five feet tall — right in the middle of a bunch of excited kids. Baker says teachers motivate with a mix of “innate ability” and a “conscious and continual effort to fine tune classroom techniques and student experiences.” That’s the heart and soul of teaching, he says. A great teacher is both a personable extrovert who leads the classroom and befriends the students and also a detail-oriented task master, prepared to spend hours at home grading papers and perfecting lessons.

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All three teachers have tricks for building confidence in the first few weeks. Significantly, Baker says, “I realized 30-plus years ago that no student enters my classroom on the first day of school with a desire to fail.” Payne evaluates her students individually and makes sure to give struggling students something she knows they can do for their first assignment “so their first grade would be a good one.” Baker has a similar idea. His first assignment is a personal essay. Students get a confidenceboosting perfect score for turning it in, but he also shows them a stellar student example from the past so they realize how far they need to go. “We learn best when we realize we don’t know,” he says. At the end of the semester, he returns the essays and asks students to analyze how far they have come.

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Magnusson notices that “children are used to getting information so quickly that teachers are faced with attention issues if they don’t keep their class moving.” But all three teachers caution that technology is best used as a tool to support good teaching, not to drive it. Baker says that with technology, he feels like “Merlin, Spock, Moses, Columbus, Einstein — often all at the same time. Yet, in the classroom arena, I have learned not to compete with such technological advances … To me, technology is much like what Ralph Waldo Emerson believed about books: well used they are the best of tools; abused, they are among the worst.” All three believe in the power of good old-fashioned conversation. “It is amazing what rich things come our way by unrehearsed conversation,” says Baker. “When students are forced to face the text, to decipher perceptions … magic happens.” Even in first grade, Magnusson has “a lot of discussion. The students are able to learn from each other.”

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friendship and authority Parents often wonder where the right balance is between being assertive and flexible, being authoritarian and being your child’s friend. Magnusson does not see the need for a conflict between authority and good relationships. “Making connections invites true learning,” she says, but also asserts that “I feel that it is my responsibility to be a leader in my room. There is a fine line between student ownership, the teacher as a facilitator and breaking the hierarchy.”

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Payne encourages parents to volunteer in their children’s activities. “I’ve helped all the way through with band and tennis team,” she says, reminding parents that “there is a fine line between helping and embarrassing.” Make sure you “talk about private things away from everyone else and show [your kids] respect.” To avoid that inevitable monosyllabic “fine” when children are asked about school, Payne suggests parents try open-ended conversation

starters such as, “Tell me about your schedule.” Magnusson agrees and adds that it’s not enough to just hear the answer, but to “truly listen” and “show sincere interest.” She also cautions against trying to solve all of your kids’ problems for them. But when you hear a troubling response such as, “I hate math,” she says that “is time to begin the dialogue. It is necessary to dig deeper” and start the conversations that will ultimately bring you and your child closer together.

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Magnusson says one tip for helping with homework is patience. “Learning to choose patience over perfection is critical. A child must be allowed to make mistakes in order to feel free enough to learn.” Payne says, “Consistency and structure are important. It’s important to have routines” even though they will inevitably be broken at times. She suggests having a place to do homework and a place to put it when finished, and recommends packing backpacks the night before so kids avoid the tendency to arrive without completed homework and filled-out forms. And that math sheet that doesn’t look anything like the math from your school days? Don’t ever feel embarrassed to ask the teacher to help you help your child.

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“By the time children are teenagers parents should be counselors rather than despots,” says Baker. “During the volatile and overly-charged adolescent years, parents must guide more and ridicule less.” His advice for confronting a student is to start with a positive, move to the issue that needs to be addressed and then finish with another positive that will happen if the problem is confronted successfully. Like Magnusson, Baker advises patience, telling parents to wait until they are calm and in control of their own emotions before confronting a child with a concern. “If I have ever mismanaged a chance to make a difference, it has been when I have spoken too soon, too quickly and with too little insight into my own motivations.” He says that his own efforts to talk with teenagers are always more successful when he understands up front the limitations of his words. “Parents can offer the chart,” he says, “but they cannot sail the ship.” J Wendy Lawrence is a freelance writer living in Nashville.



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he decision to homeschool is a personal one unique to each family embarking down the path, and it can lead to questions like: How do I get started? What does a typical day look like? What about socialization? After researching Tennessee’s homeschool laws (see sidebar), the first thing you need to know is there is no “perfect” or “right” way to homeschool. Teaching supplies and methods are as different as the families actually doing the homeschooling. Homeschooling can range from super-structured to complete freedom.

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Getting Started To get started, some parents buy a packaged curriculum with lesson plans, which works well for those who are unsure about what needs to be taught or where their child is on the academic spectrum. The choices can be overwhelming, so do Internet research, join online groups and find local homeschoolers to discuss what programs they are using and what they think of their packaged curriculum.

Different Homeschooling Methods Classical? Charlotte Mason? Unschooling? How you choose to homeschool your child boils down to what you want for his education. That’s why you need to do your homework first. If you can determine what you want for your child based upon the type of learner he is, you’ve made a good start. Next, explore the curriculums. There are Christian curriculums, online curriculums, even “unschooling” curriculums. “Unschoolers” let their children lead the way with the learning. Jessica Mattingly, an unschooler in Franklin, says, “Our schedule is generally determined by our outside commitments (classes, work, co-ops, field trips, etc.), and when we are home we relax and pursue a variety of projects and interests.” Unit studies are a fun way for a child to cover every subject by studying one topic. For instance, if your child is a dinosaur fanatic, you can incorporate reading, writing, spelling, history, geography and math into a unit study on dinosaurs. Your child can use a map to learn where dinosaur fossils have been found. Then he can read a historical book about dinosaurs, followed by a written book report. The “eclectic” method uses whatever works for a child at any given time. Homeschoolers pick and choose from different methods (classical, religious, secular, unit studies, etc.), incorporating lots of play time and field trips. Tresa Cope of Murfreesboro says, “For reading, I make sure to read to the kids as much as I can. They help me in the garden for ‘science class,’ and grocery shopping is ‘economics’! When they’re older, I’ll consider a pre-packaged curriculum.” As far as the daily job of homeschooling goes, some parents are flexible while others prefer a certain amount of structure. Eileen Smith, Nashville mom of two, shares, “We try to start each day as if we are in a brick and mortar school ... perhaps not as early. Everyone gets up, eats breakfast and gets ready to start the day. Some parents like to homeschool in their pajamas, but I prefer to get dressed like I’m going to work.” Some parents get started in the morning, taking frequent breaks. “Twenty minutes of work then a break for 20,” says homeschooler Sharon Emerzian, “we do that pretty much all morning long and the kids do well with it.”

What About Socialization? A big concern many parents pondering the homeschool decision have is socialization, but it isn’t usually a concern among homeschoolers. Get connected with other local homeschool groups to plug into social activities and go on outings to library programs,activities through parks and recreation, invite other homeschoolers for play dates and pursue opportunities. As with anything new, when you first start to homeschool you may feel a bit unsteady and unsure, but keep in mind the reward, Smith says. “One of the best things is really getting to know your child personally and bonding in a different way, as well as influencing them in a positive manner and knowing that you are the one who did it,” she adds.  Kerrie McLoughlin, mother of 5, has been homeschooling eclectically for four years.

Tennessee’s Homeschool Law ... in short.


omeschool parents need a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent to teach. For students in grades K - 8, parents must either register with the local superintendent of public schools or with a church-related school that offers services to homeschoolers. Grades 9 - 12 must be registered with their local public school system. Attendance for all grades must be at least four hours a day for 180 days, and attendance records must be submitted to the Director of Schools at the end of each school year. In grades 5, 7 and 9, students must take state-approved standardized tests in the school where the student would otherwise attend. To learn more about Tennessee’s home education law and requirements, visit tennessee. gov/education/homeschool.

Local Homeschool Info Home Education Association of Rutherford County (HEART) A supplemental, Christian-based organization that provides support and community for home-education families in Rutherford and surrounding counties. Middle Tennessee Home Education Association (MTHEA) Part of the Tennessee Home Education Association, MTHEA provides support for homeschool families by nurturing, educating and motivating them. Tennessee Department of Education Houses Tennessee’s homeschooling laws and requirements. Tennessee Homeschool Information Site An independent clearinghouse and network of home education info for Tennesseans. Tennessee Home Education Association Offers statewide network of information, support and resources.

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The rising country music star says he’s blessed to be a daddy.

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I’m a big kid at heart! I definitely change a lot of diapers

What kind of dad are you?

It’s my favorite part of life these days! Ava’s 11 months now and we’re surprised because she’s been taking steps for two months. The doctor tells us she’s incredibly active — she’s a handful which is all right with me. She’s got such a great spirit.

So how are you liking this daddy business?

ames Otto’s voice is deep, rich and edgy and yet with his 1-year-old little girl, Ava, toddling around in the background, he sounds more like a pussycat. They’re getting ready to watch Yo Gabba Gabba and that, he says, is all right by him. (“It’s got a music component that I can tolerate!”). The singer entered mainstream country music in 2008 with the hit single, “Just Got Started Lovin’ You” which became the most played song on country radio that year (he also got a Grammy nomination for Best Male Country Vocal Performance). In 2009, he snagged a ACM Award in the Song of the Year category as co-songwriter for Jamey Johnson’s “In Color,” and also reached the Top 25 on Country Billboard for “Groovy Little Summer Song.” Shake What God Gave Ya, Otto’s newest album to date, finds the soulful singer at his best, and he’s currently exploring more of that sound in the studio. I found him relaxed and happy on a break — and on daddy duty with Ava — when we talked.

When you came out with “Just Got Started Lovin’ You” in ‘08, you said that people who knew your earlier stuff might not have thought the work was ‘like you’ — what did you mean by that?

No, she hasn’t come out on the bus yet. There’s no place really for a little girl to get down and play. It’s a bunch of smelly guys!

Has she been on tour with you yet?

She’s extremely outgoing, way more outgoing than I am. She wants everyone’s attention and she’ll huff and puff about it — I’m not exactly sure where she gets it! My wife (Amy) is a lot more outgoing than I am, so she gets that part from her.

What’s her personality like?

Well, she’s definitely going to have to fight for herself. My Dad was a drill sergeant, so I got heavy discipline growing up and went through long trials. I want her to be able to do what she wants to do, but also to treat others a certain way.

I know your father was in the military, so do you think that will have any influence on how you parent Ava?

and all that, too. My favorite time of day is the morning with Ava. My wife does (or did) the overnight — but now the morning has developed into our time and we have that bonding time together. I’m blessed.

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We’re definitely having those conversations for sure. For the first three months with Ava it was like, huh-uh, but we made it, so ... who knows?

So what do you think? Anymore children?

My folks divorced when I was young, so I moved back and forth and around. I trace my roots back to Finley, North Dakota. I also trace them back to Fort Lewis Military Base in Washington state. But I’ve lived a lot in 38 years. I’ve been a sailor, an electrician, I’ve been to over 20 countries. I’ve done a lot of living and I definitely feel blessed.

You’ve definitely had an interesting journey so far — you’ve done a lot.

I think what I meant was, before that song I was making southern rock music. I wouldn’t say I was less rebellious, but I think what the success of “Lovin’ You” did was give me license to make more of that soulful sound which is where I was headed and where I’m still headed. We really did that with “Shake What God Gave Ya.” Since the album came out, my shows have become more fun and more interactive. It feels good.

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A New Leaf

939 Rodney Drive, Nashville 356-9136 Offering camps for children ages 3 - 12. Kick off the summer with a study of children’s literature and puppetry arts. See a show from professional puppeteers then create puppets and a set for a show. Campers also have a chance to become chef. Spend time in the garden to take a close look at soil sciences. New games to share and a treasure hunt with a musical twist. End the summer with a focus on visual arts.

Above The Rim Basketball Academy

in the Holloway High School Gym 619 S. Highland Ave., Murfreesboro 390-0982 Offering year-round after-school basketball programs for individuals and groups ages 6 - 17. We take skills to a higher level, stressing fundamentals and shaping character. Developmental program for boys and girls ages 7 - 16. All skill levels welcome. Travel basketball program also available. AAU Member.

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Ann Carroll School of Dance

1121 Harpeth Industrial Court, Franklin 790-6468 • Offering dance, voice and acting for children grade 1 - college. Students study ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, voice, monologue and a play. Guest teachers teach vocal and acting audition training and more.

Advantage Models and Talent

Baker Performance Academy

1411 Mark Allen Lane, Unit D, Murfreesboro 867-2290 • Sing, dance, act! BPA offers an exciting and educational way to experience the performing arts. Dance, musical theater, acting and voice classes are taught by professionally-trained instructors in a safe and fun environment. Ages 2 - adult. Enroll now for fall classes. Private lessons and sibling discounts available. New Zumba Fitness on Mon. and Thu. Call or visit our web site for more information.

Barfield School of Dance

2298 Barfield Road, Murfreesboro 896-3118 • We offer dance instruction in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, hip-hop, Irish, Kinderdance and Kindermusik, ages newborn - adult. All programs are developmentally appropriate and designed to meet the needs of each dancer. Our goal is to develop within each dancer a love for and a skill in the art of dance providing a sound dance education.

Bellevue Dance Center

7097-J Old Harding Pike, Nashville 662-8553 Now enrolling for fall classes! Offering tap, jazz, ballet, modern, musical theater and hip-hop classes for ages 3 - adult.

Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate

1911 Business Campus Drive, Murfreesboro 890-6755 1820 NW Broad St., Murfreesboro 893-6003 • Let martial arts take your kids to new heights. Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate offers programs in traditional karate from age 3 to adult. Call now to find out how to get two months free!

Bolton Music Therapy

Serving All of Middle Tennessee 715-1232 Offering individual and group music therapy services, regular and adaptive guitar and piano lessons, parentchild music classes and musical birthday parties. Drumming classes designed to improve communication and leisure skills for children with developmental disabilities starting soon in Murfreesboro and Franklin. Our mission is to use music to look beyond limitations and discover the ability of each child. continued on page 59 ...

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230 Franklin Road, Ste. 802, Franklin 790-5001 • An award-winning agency and talent development center. Encouraging environment, quality training, superior representation and successful talent placement. Actors Models and Talent for Christ search, Aug. 27: proven pathway to a movie set, runway or stage. Talent development courses help students prepare for the industry, establish goals and build self-esteem. Modeling and acting courses for ages 3 and up.

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GYMNASTICS DAY CELEBRATION! September 17th * 2pm-5pm

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dance and dram ages 3 & up

Ballet • Modern • Jazz • Tap • Hip-Hop Creative Movement • Boys Class • Acting

1647 Mallory Lane, Ste. 102, Brentwood, TN * 615-377-3444

Nashville School of Dance & Music PHONE 615.298.5271 615.298.5271 2001 Blair Blvd. Nashville 58 september 2011

Mount Juliet School of Dance 615.754.9186 2228 N Mt. Juliet Rd. Mt. Juliet

2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville 255-1422 • Bounce U’s Create and Bounce gives kids a chance to enjoy physical activity and creative time in equal doses, promoting the growth of imagination.

Champion Ballroom Center

206B Cool Springs Blvd., Ste. 203, Franklin 593-2491 Champion Ballroom Center is excited to bring ballroom and latin dancing to Williamson County! Located right on Cool Spring Blvd., this beautiful new facility will begin a kids ballroom dance program in August. Pre-registration is required so call or visit our website today. Kids classes start mid-August. The studio also holds private and group ballroom lessons for adults, wedding lessons, martial arts, zumba, yoga and social dances.

Creative Me Gymnastics

871 Seven Oaks Blvd., Smyrna 459-5512 • Creative Me offers a variety of programs in gymnastics, fitness and cheerleading for ages 18 mos. - 12 yrs. Our goal is to bring out the champion in every child in a fun environment that builds self-esteem and character. We encourage and reward trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Now enrolling for fall classes. Also offering birthday parties and kids’ night out.

Creekside Riding Academy & Stables

located in Gallatin ing nroll n Do E w a No ae Kw & Fall for T (NEW!) astics n Clases-K Gym es Pr Class

250 Hancock Street Gallatin, TN 37066


2359 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin 595-7547 Offers beginner, intermediate and advanced riding lessons. Family trail rides are available most weekends during the Spring and daily in the Summer. Children’s summer riding camps are Mon. - Fri., Jun. - Jul. Lessons and camps teach proper riding techniques, safety around horses, grooming, tacking and horse ground handling. Fun and adventure for ages 5 and up! 7982 Coley Davis Road, Bellevue 662-4819 • Located just off I-40 and Hwy. 70 in Bellevue, Dance in Bloom offers excellent classes for ages 2 and up. Quality training (with an emphasis on proper technique and terminology) is offered in a fun and upbeat environment. Classes available in creative movement, ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip-hop, pom and tumbling. Fun and affordable birthday party packages are also available!

OPEN HOUSE! Sunday, Sept. 11 1pm – 4pm

The Dancer’s School

special performance by:

2159 N. Thompson Lane, Ste. C-5, Murfreesboro 907-1155 • Now enrolling for fall sessions. Email or call for a brochure and registration information.

Diamond Academy of Dance

E.T.C. Gymnastics

1137 Haley Road, Murfreesboro 867-6900 • E.T.C. Gymnastics is dedicated to bringing a new standard of excellence in gymnastics through Him. We offer classes in gymnastics for boys and girls ages 2 years and older. We also offer cheerleading and tumbling, as well as competitive teams. Call and ask about our free trial class. We also do parties, field trips and parents’ nights out.

(Brentwood My Gym Only)

★ Award-winning programs for children 3 months to 9 years ★ Enhanced physical, social and cognitive development ★ Includes music, tumbling, swings, puppets and other fun activities ★ Safe, clean and FUN!


EBDT Dance and Arts Center - Eccentrique Backbone Dance Theatre

103 Confederate Drive, Ste. 1, Franklin 599-7003 • Promoting adult dance, fitness and the performing arts for ages 2 - 70+. Small classes, economical fee, workshops and loft-style classrooms with sprung floors. Faith-based, non-recital school. Non-mandatory in-school dance concerts to teach performance skills.

330 Franklin Road (Near TJ Maxx)

(615) 371-KIDS / 5437

My Gym of HENDERSONVILLE 204 N. Anderson Lane

(615) 824-8002

Firstlight Art Academy

1710 Gen. George Patton Drive, Ste. 108, Brentwood 202-6426 Art instruction for enthusiastic kids, teens and adults. The curriculum, written by director, Dennas Davis, takes artists from beginners through advanced, and builds their skills and knowledge so they can pursue their dreams with confidence. Our approach is discovery oriented too. We don’t teach style, but try to help each student find their own way. Check our website for more information and a schedule of classes. continued on page 61 ...




NEW Members who enroll for Fall classes before or at the Open House will receive a Lifetime Family Membership.

FREE GIFT when you enroll! New Members only. exp. 9/11/11

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Dance in Bloom 587-7903 Coming soon to the Providence area! A new level of dance instruction to Wilson County. We are proud to be serving Mt. Juliet and surrounding areas. Dance instruction for ages 18 mos. to adult. Energetic, friendly, loving instructors certified in all areas of dance, specialized pre-school programs and Zumba. Ready and willing to treat your child like the precious gem they are.

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SPANISH! Spanish Language Instruction for Children

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Mommy & Me!

An Introductory Spanish class for babies, infants, toddlers & parents. Includes music, singing, dancing, story time, crafts, and more.

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Reserve your Fall Lessons NOW!

330 Franklin Road, Ste. 262B, Brentwood 373-1123 At Fleet Feet Sports Nashville, we hope to become more than just a store where you shop. We want to become a place you visit often because you feel comfortable. We want to be a resource for all your running, walking and general fitness needs. We want to be a place that inspires. And we want to be your friend. Come shop for mom and the kids. Dads too!

Great classes for ages 2 and up

Franklin School of Performing Arts

1885 Gen. George Patton Drive, Franklin 377-9606 • Offering unrivaled quality dance and drama training, a conservative dress code, choreography content that will not embarrass the grandparents and artistic integrity that doesn’t give our pop culture more attention than it needs. We are especially proud of our teen-aged student body for projecting themselves with dignity and graciousness, serving as positive role models for our younger students.

Gymboree Play & Music

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

Now Accepting New Students for Fall! Ask about our $150 Birthday Dance Party!

7982 Coley Davis Rd (Bellevue) 662.4819 •

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Harpeth Youth Soccer Association

7820 Coley Davis Road, Nashville 662-1466 • Harpeth Youth Soccer Association offers both recreational and select soccer for players ages 3 - 18. Players work on fundamental soccer skills and build on those each season. Camps run during spring break and summer for a variety of ages and skill levels. Email us or visit our web site for more information. 275 Jackson Meadows Drive, Hermitage 231-7100 • HDA offers the highest quality instructors along with a beautiful, spacious studio featuring video monitor viewing of all classes, computers utilized in all dance rooms and a playroom for siblings. We also offer ballroom, drama, voice and karate lessons along with our dance programs. New classes are forming now so don’t miss out on this opportunity to get in on the fastest growing studio in Nashville.

1st - 8th grade students form a band and learn to play guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, and sing.

Perform Live at BB King’s Blues Club!

Learning Lab - Play Smart

5500 Maryland Way, Ste. 110, Brentwood 377-2929 • Academic enrichment with art, music, technology, cultural exchange and fun. One-on-one and groups, K 12, Mon. - Fri., mornings and/or afternoons.

Mobile Music Academy • 301-8589 We bring high-quality music instruction from fun, energetic, qualified teachers directly to you. We provide lessons throughout the day and evening for piano, guitar, bass, drums, voice, band and orchestral. Special rates available for lessons before 3 p.m. We teach all ages.


see our FEATURED LISTING online • 319-8854 An international movement education and fitness program. Ages 3 - 6. Hands-on, structured fun with certified instructors and specialized Monkeynastix equipment. Games, music, adventurous obstacle courses, storytelling, arts and crafts. Non-competitive and not sport-specific. Customized activities for each age group. Check our web site for locations.

Mpact Sports

1647 Mallory Lane, Ste. 102, Brentwood 377-3444 MPACT your child’s school year with the right balance of athletic training, character building and social/ team outlets. Gymnastics for 10 mos. - adult, cheer for 5 - 18 yrs. and martial arts for ages 4 - 104. Competitive teams and proper training. Low teacher/student ratios. Our goal is to help your child develop to their fullest within their sport of choice and encourage learning. Come see why Mpact is the best kept secret in Cool Springs!

My Gym

330 Franklin Road, Brentwood 371-5437 204 N. Anderson Lane, Hendersonville 824-8002 • We build strong, healthy bodies through tumbling, relays, music and gymnastics. High-energy, structured classes improve balance, agility and build self-confidence. Our immaculate facilities and low student-teacher ratios help children 3 mos. - 13 yrs. develop excellent fitness habits in a non-competitive way.

Classes are held in the afternoon. No experience required. Classes for all skill levels. September 28th - February 8th (15 week session) Classes start Wednesday at 3:30 Grand Finale Show at BB King’s Blues Club! Registration information at or call 615.934.0941 •

STAR Inc. is a charitable 501(c)3 non-profit organization serving kids, schools and communities

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Nashville Striders Running Club 870-3330 Our mission is to promote running, walking and general fitness as lifelong endeavors for families and children of all ages. To help you achieve your fitness goals, whether they are primarily social or competitive, the Nashville Striders sponsor a broad range of events including weekly fun runs and fitness walks, road races, trail races and track events.

Paradigm Players

227 Island Drive, Hendersonville 686-7810 • Our performing arts classes are designed to be both fun and educational; increasing a student’s confidence and self-esteem, improving their ability to work with and trust in others, and providing invaluable experience in public speaking. Weekly classes are located in Hendersonville for grades 1 - 12. Come join us in “building character one line at a time.”

Peachtree Farms Equestrian Center

4819 Hwy 96 E, Arrington 419-1089 • Our camp provides extensive time with horses. Campers learn life skills through caring for and communicating with horses. We teach safe and correct riding skills. Beginner to advanced, English or Western. Half-day camps for ages 4 - 8, full-day for ages 6 and older. Aftercare available. Weekly camps in June and July. CHA approved facility and U.S. Pony Club Center offer a chance to excel in competition.

Ready for Spanish

1506 22nd Ave. N, Nashville 484-0855 • Explore the Spanish language, customs and cultures. Students will develop vocabulary and apply their knowledge through games, songs, dances, crafts, sports, stories and dialogs. New Mommie and Me classes! Introductory Spanish class for babies, infants, toddlers and parents. Includes music, singing, dancing, story time, crafts and more.

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B.B. King’s, 152 2nd Ave. N, Nashville 934-0941 • RockSTAR harnesses the cognitive, social and creative benefits of music education in an awesome and fun format that allows children to learn, live and let loose! Students grade 1 - 8 form a band and learn to play guitar, bass, keyboards, drums and sing. Classes start Sep. 28. For more information call or email.

Robinson Taekwondo

230 Franklin Road, Ste. 809, Franklin 791-6655 • Tiger Rock Taekwondo is a great way for children to gain confidence, coordination and mental strength. Our parents report that their children often increase their grades by one to two levels. We specialize in training leaders of the future. Register now for classes that will have lasting positive effects on your child’s self-esteem and success.

School of Dance, Nashville and Mt. Juliet

2001 Blair Blvd., Nashville 298-5271 2228 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet 754-9186 Over 40 years of dance history. Now offering top-quality music instruction. With a focus on quality instruction and customer service you are sure to find something special for your child. Classes in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap, lyrical, gymnastics and more. Ages 18 mos. - adult, boys and girls. Private and group music instruction on all popular instruments. Voted #1 dance studio by Nashville Parent for ten consecutive years. continued on page 64 ...


Serving Franklin Murfreesboro Smyrna Regular & Adaptive Guitar, Piano & Interactive Music Groups for Children with Learning Disabilities

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Only $60/mo.* Classes Beginning now!



OCT 17- 21, A.M. & P.M. SESSIONS FOR AGES 4 -18YRS.

* 10% discount for siblings. $40 annual registration fee.

NOW OPEN IN 2 LOCATIONS! 1137 Haley Rd. Murfreesboro 867-6900

1932 Almaville Rd. Smyrna 617-7644

• Girls and Boys • Ages 2 and up • Birthday Parties

• Cheerleading • Tumbling • Parents Night Out

Space Still Available for Fall Classes Call 662-8553

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tap • jazz • ballet • modern • musical theater hip-hop • ages 3 - adult • birthday parties

Lauri Gregoire, Director, BPA in Dance from Oklahoma City University

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a new experience in dance • Adult Dance & Fitness • Creative Movement (ages 3-5) • EBDT Dance Academy for the serious trainer (ages 8-adult) • Pre-Dance (5-7) • Basic Dance Classes (new-beginner) • Ballet • Modern/Contemporary Jazz/Musical Theatre Tap • Hip-Hop EBDT Dance is a faith based, non-recital dance school. We offer non-mandatory in-school session concerts to teach performance skills.

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123 Stadium Drive, Hendersonville 824-7400 Best of Parenting award winner. Tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, pointe, modern ballroom and music theater classes for ages 3 and up. All boys hip-hop and adult classes as well. Check into our award-winning competition teams.

Stevens Family Taekwondo

440 Rice Street, Murfreesboro 893-5304 -and805 Commercial Court, Murfreesboro • Offering day and evening classes for children and adults. Classes include traditional taekwondo, yoga, cardio kickboxing, Krav Maga and tumbling. Home of the area’s only structured Martial Arts After School Program.

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1227 Lakeview Drive, Unit 4, Franklin 790-8775 -and2000 Richard Jones Road, Suite 178, Nashville (Green Hills) 292-3900 -and110 Glancy St., Suite 211, Nashville (Rivergate) 860-9111 Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of tutoring and supplemental education services to students of all ages and skill levels. Our tutors tailor individualized learning plans that build the skills, habits and attitudes students need to succeed in school and in life. Affordable tutoring instruction in math, reading, writing, study skills, homework help and test prep. Visit one of our centers or call for a free consultation.

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at your location 656-3532 Serving Davidson, Rutherford and Sumner counties. Affordable and convenient in-home tutoring for all subjects, grades K - 12. Catch up or get ahead in math, reading, chemistry, Spanish and more. Prepare for the SAT or ACT. Get homework help or improve study skills and test taking techniques. One-on-one personalized instruction. Sun. - Thu., 9 a.m. - 9 p.m..

Taylor Gymnastics Academy

250 Hancock Street Gallatin 451-2055 Offering gymnastics for ages 4 and up, Tiny Tots for 18 mos. - 4 yrs., boys athletic classes ages 4 and up, cheerleading competition squad, dance (Center Stage Dance: tap, ballet, jazz and more) and kid’s camps (summer camp and school holidays) and birthday parties.

Universal Gymnastics, Dance & Cheer

5003 Market Place, Mt. Juliet 758-4791 We offer co-ed recreational gymnastics, tumbling, cheerleading, and dance as well as women’s competitive gymnastics and co-ed dance teams. We accept gymnastics and tumbling students on a month-to-month basis, year round. The dance season runs from Aug. - May with an end-of-year recital. Summer sessions also available for dance. Programs accommodate all levels, beginner to advanced.

Wado Karate Centers

2444 Morris Gentry Blvd., Antioch 399-3992 406 Two Mile Pike, Goodlettsville 859-9473 667 Presidents Place, Smyrna 399-3992 • Two-week “Quick Start Program” for $19.95. For ages 3 - adult. Designed to instill self-control, selfconfidence and boost self-esteem. Our classes are the product of more than 40 years of refinement and offer life skills along with karate skills. Call or email for more information or to register.

Watkins College of Art and Design

2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville 383-4848 Fall Break classes now being offered. Sessions for ages 4 - 18 yrs. Oct. 17 - 21, mornings and afternoons. Register now to reserve a spot for your young artist!

Westside Gymnastics

11 Vaughns Gap Road, Nashville 352-8533 Classes beginning now! Preschool through competitive gymnastics. A safe, structured program in a positive environment where every child is a star. Register online now!

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hoo-choo! Kids of all ages can hop on board and enjoy a day of fun with their favorite train pal, Thomas the Tank Engine, while he’s in Nashville for his annual Day Out with Thomas extravaganza. This year’s “Leader of the Track Tour” includes storytelling, live music, building with Mega Bloks, meeting Sir Topham Hatt, train tables, inflatables and the main attraction — a 25-minute train ride pulled by Thomas himself! The festivities take place at the Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville. Hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; train rides depart hourly from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tickets are $18 ages 2 and older. Be aware that this event tends to sell out, so get your tickets in advance. Call 244-9001 or visit


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thu 1 73rd Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Watch competition classes during this premier event

for the Tennessee Walking Horse, during which the breed’s world grand champion and 20 world champions will be named. Other activities include a barn-decorating contest, a trade fair and a dog show. Celebration Grounds, 110 Evans St., Shelbyville; Thu - Sat 7 p.m.; Thu $15, Fri $18, Sat $20; 931-684-5915 or

Creation Station All ages can make Venetian masks. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3 - 4:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Nature Nuts All ages can learn about the three sections of

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

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

Run Chikin Run All ages can participate in this 10K run benefiting World Vision and other Rutherford County charities. The run begins and ends at the Gateway on Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro; 7 a.m.; $35 in advance, $40 race day; 494-3141 or

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

FREE 30th Annual Bowen Campbell Auto Expo Spend a day exploring this vintage car show. Moss-Wright Park, 745 Caldwell Lane, Goodlettsville; 9 a.m.; free for spectators ($10 $20 to enter cars in the show); 822-1467 or sumnercounty-aaca. com/expo.shtml. 73rd Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Please see Thursday, Sept. 1 listing. FREE Animal Encounters All ages can meet a resident education animal and learn about the animals who call Tennessee home. The Wilderness Station, 697 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 1:30 - 2 p.m.; 217-3017. Day Out with Thomas Please see page 73.

73rd Annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Please see Thursday, Sept. 1 listing.

Franklin Jazz Festival Families can enjoy two stages of live

FREE Campfire Night at the Park All ages can join Ranger Ponda under the stars around the campfire. Bring snacks, musical instruments, games or other appropriate items; s’mores will be provided. Long Hunter State Park, 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage; 7 p.m.; 885-2422.

music, food, crafts and more. A portion of the proceeds benefits BrightStone and The GEAR Foundation. Public Square in downtown Franklin; Sat - Sun 5 - 10 p.m.; $8 adults in advance/$10 at the gate, free ages 12 and younger;

explore how music influences visual art by making a melodic work of art. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 ages 6 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

FREE Shakespeare Allowed All ages can participate in (or

just listen to) a full reading of Cymbeline. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; 1 - 4 p.m.;

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

sun 4 Day Out with Thomas Please see page 73. Franklin Jazz Festival Please see Saturday, Sept. 3 listing.

FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop Ages 5 - 12 can make locker message boards from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. To find a store near you, visit

FREE National Folk Festival Please see Friday, Sept. 2

Trains! exhibit in the evening along with live music by Larry Winslow, the San Rafael Band, Pianist Mark Sorrels and Elenowen. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; $15 adults, $8 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger; 356-8000 or cheekwood. org.

Nanci Griffith Country/folk singer Nanci Griffith performs music from her latest album, The Loving Kind. The Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $45 - $65; 538-2075 or

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Cheekwood Nights All ages can enjoy the gardens and

of free music, ranging from blues and gospel to R&B and Appalachian string music. The family stage features puppetry, music and dance, and the family activities area includes storytelling, games, crafts, interactive music and more. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville; Fri 7 10:30 p.m., Sat 12 - 10:30 p.m., Sun 12 - 6:30 p.m.; 891-4944 or


FREE Pig’n the Grove Festival All ages can enjoy a barbecue cook-off, bluegrass and country music, a craft fair, car show and children’s area with inflatables. College Grove Recreation, 6665 Arno-College Grove Road, College Grove; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 368-7170 or

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Franklin Classic All ages can participate in this race benefiting Mercy Children’s Clinic. Spectators can attend the free KidZone and enjoy live music and more. Historic Downtown Square in Franklin; 7 a.m.; $10 - $30;

Labor Day Pool Party All ages can bid farewell to summer while listening to music, playing games and having fun in the pool. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., $4 adults, $3 ages 4 - 17, free ages 3 and younger; 895-5040 or

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family fun at the tennessee state fair sept. 9 - 18 Ten days of family fun returns to the Tennessee State Fairgrounds for the 2011 Tennessee State Fair. With the theme, “Tradition Lives On,” the 105th year of the state fair showcases the heritage, culture and promise of the entire state of Tennessee. Take in thrill rides, animal exhibits, live music, children’s activities, contests and more. The fair kicks off Friday, Sept. 9 at 5 p.m. Hours vary daily throughout the remaining nine days. Tickets at the gate are $8 ages 13 and older, $5 ages 3 - 12, free ages 2 and younger. All-you-can-ride wristbands are $25 Mon - Fri, $30 Sat - Sun. The fairgrounds are located at 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville. Visit

Parents and Tots Preschoolers and their parents can learn about frog friends. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or Snack Attack! All ages can make pizzadillas. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

tue 6 Animal Antics All ages can meet the blue-tongued skink. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or FREE Concert in the Courtyard Enjoy live music by the

Latin ensemble, Serenatta. Nashville Public Library’s courtyard, 615 Church St., Nashville; 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 862-5800 or

FREE La Leche League of Williamson County Expectant mothers can learn more about breastfeeding and the services

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Parents and Tots Please see Monday, Sept. 5 listing. Tuesdays for Tots: TRAINS! Preschoolers and their parents can explore the Trains! exhibit then create a railroad-inspired work of art in the studio. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

wed 7 FREE Open House Day Tour the observatory and have your questions answered by local astronomers. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 373-4897 or

Snack Attack! Please see Monday, Sept. 5 listing.

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Happy Birthday Patsy Cline Featuring Mandy Barnett

A full band backs singer Mandy Barnett as she performs the hits of Patsy Cline in honor of the late legend’s birthday. The Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $25 - $35; 538-2075 or

FREE Preschool Storytime Ages 3 - 5 can hear readings

of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Chicka Chicka 123 followed by craft activities. Brenthaven Church, 516 Franklin Road, Brentwood; 10 a.m.; 373-4826.

Nature Nuts All ages can embark on an insect hunt. Discovery

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

fri 9 24th Annual Nashville Greek Festival All ages can enjoy

Greek food, dancing and entertainment. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 4905 Franklin Road, Nashville; Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 12 - 7 p.m.; $2 adults, free ages 11 and younger; 333-1047 or

24th Annual Pioneer Power Days The South’s largest

antique tractor and gas engine show features more than 700 tractors. Eagleville Tractor Show Grounds, 747 Chapel Hill Road, Eagleville; Fri - Sat 7 a.m.; $5 adults, free ages 12 and younger; 5425656 or

FREE Cookeville Fall Fun Fest Enjoy live music, festival

food, storytellers, arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities and more. Downtown Cookeville, 345 Jefferson Ave.; Fri 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.; fallfunfest. com.

Exhibit Opening

A Divine Light: Northern Renaissance Paintings from the Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery opens today and runs through Feb. 5, 2012. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; $10 adults, free ages 18 and younger; 244-3340 or fristcenter. org.

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FREE Family Movie Night All ages can watch a family friendly movie on the big screen. Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 349 Chaney Road, Smyrna; 7 p.m.;

FREE Bird Club All ages can learn about birds and their behavior. Nickajack Wetland, Murfreesboro (call for directions); 9 a.m.; 217-3017 or

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

Day Out with Thomas Please see page 73. FREE Fairview Nature Fest Artisans and craftsmen fill the park along with live music, food, children’s activities, hayrides and more. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 799-9290.

Home Decorating & Remodeling Show Discover products and services for your home, attend free seminars, talk with experts and more. Nashville Convention Center, 601 Commerce St., Nashville; Fri 12 - 9 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. 6 p.m.; $8 adults, free ages 11 and younger; nashvillehomeshow. com.

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friendly movie outdoors. Long Hunter State Park, 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage; 7 p.m.; 885-2422.

FREE Movies in the Park All ages can enjoy an outdoor

screening of Rio, along with inflatables, concessions and pre-movie entertainment. Rotary Soccer Park, 300 Soccer Way, Smyrna; 5:30 p.m. gates open, movie starts at dusk; $1 ages 3 and older; 459-9773 or

Season Opening Celebration The Nashville Symphony’s 2011-2012 season kicks off tonight with guest cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $90 - $240; 687-6400 or

Wetland Walk All ages can join a naturalist for

a guided tour through the wetland. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

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24th Annual Pioneer Power Days Please see Friday, Sept. 9 listing.

FREE Cookeville Fall Fun Fest Please see Friday, Sept. 9 listing.

FREE Animal Encounters All ages can

meet a resident education animal and learn about the animals that call Tennessee home. The Wilderness Station, 697 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 1:30 - 2 p.m.; 217-3017.

see Kidney Foundation. River Park, 1100 Knox Valley Drive, Brentwood; 7:30 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. walk; registration is free online prior to the event, $10 event day; 383-3887 or firstgiving. com/tkf.

Home Decorating & Remodeling Show Please see Meet Clifford All ages can meet Clifford the Big Red Dog and have their pictures taken with him. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Kennedy’s List Sickle Cell Anemia Fundraiser All ages can enjoy roller skating and helping raise money for kids and families affected by sickle cell disease. RiverGate Skate Center, 119 Gleaves St., Madison; 1 - 6 p.m.; $5 (includes skate rental), plus donation; 474-2032 or FREE Nashville’s Got Talent This local talent show features live entertainment, vendors, giveaways and more. Hickory Hollow Mall, 5252 Hickory Hollow Pkwy., Antioch; 2 - 6 p.m.; 300-2871 or FREE Porter Crossing Arts Market All ages can enjoy

arts, fashion, film and the Craftville Children’s Workshop where kids can make personalized pencil toppers (from 12 - 4 p.m.). Located at the East Nashville intersection of The Family Wash, 2038 Greenwood Ave.; 12 - 9 p.m.; http://portercrossingnashville.

Ranch Rodeo Four major competitive events include wild cow milking, sorting, facsimile branding and trailer loading. The public can participate in sack races, horseback riding, mechanical bull rides, greased pig chases, stick pony races and more. Tap Root Farm, 4104 Clovercroft Road, Franklin; 10 a.m.; $5 ages 4 and older (entrance fee for competitors is $50 per person or $200 per team); 794-3358 or Roller Derby Cheer for the Nashville Rollergirls when they take on the Naptown Tornado Sirens. Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville; 5:30 p.m.; $10 adults in advance/$15 at the gate, $7 ages 7 - 12, free ages 6 and younger; Saturday AM: Bird Buffet Families can take in the local wildlife then create a craft to attract feathered friends. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

FREE Storytime Children’s author/illustrator Kelly Pulley reads Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog at the Discovery Center Sept. 10 - 11.

his new book, The Cycling Wangdoos, and demonstrates how to draw a few of his characters. Eastside Cycles, 1012 Woodland St., Nashville; 10 a.m.; 469-1079 or

Walk Now for Autism Garner donations and participate in a

one-mile walk to support Autism Speaks Tennessee. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville; 8:30 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. walk;

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FREE White Oak Crafts Fair The work of more than 80 craft artisans will be on sale, including textiles, woodcarving, pottery, photography, chairs, baskets, stained glass and more. The Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury; Sat - Sun 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; there is a $2 parking fee; Wings of Freedom Fish Fry Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Smyrna, this event features fried fish dinners, live music, vintage aircraft displays and more. Proceeds benefit local charities. Smyrna Airport, 278 Doug Warpoole Road; 5 p.m.; $40; 459-2651 or

sun 11 24th Annual Nashville Greek Festival Please see Friday, Sept. 9 listing.

Day Out with Thomas Please see page 73. Home Decorating & Remodeling Show Please see

Friday, Sept. 9 listing.

Meet Clifford All ages can meet Clifford the Big Red Dog and have their pictures taken with him. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or FREE My Gym Open House Learn about available programs and activities, and enjoy a show by The Zinghoppers as well. My Gym, 330 Franklin Road, Brentwood; 1 - 4 p.m.; 3715437 or Nutcracker Youth Cast Audition Boys and Girls (must be 8 years old by Dec. 31) can audition for the Nashville Ballet’s Nutcracker. Girls should wear a leotard and tights with ballet slippers, and boys should wear shorts, T-shirts and socks; all children need to bring a full-body photograph. Martin Center for Dance, 3630 Redmon Drive, Nashville; boys ages 7 - 12 register at 11 a.m., audition 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; girls ages 7 - 8 register at 11 a.m., audition 12 - 1 p.m.; girls ages 9 - 10 register at 12 p.m., audition 1 - 2 p.m.; girls ages 11 - 12 register 1 p.m., audition 2 - 3 p.m., boys and girls 13 and older (must be School of Nashville Ballet students) register at 2:30 p.m., audition 3:30 - 5 p.m.; $10 audition fee; 297-2966, ext. 20, or FREE White Oak Crafts Fair Please see Saturday, Sept.

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FREE Williamson County Community Band Bring a

picnic supper and enjoy an afternoon of music featuring big band, patriotic, Broadway and movie themes. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 5 p.m.; 790-5719, ext. 30, or

mon 12 FREE Missoula Children’s Theatre Auditions Approxi-

mately 50 - 60 local kids ages 5 - 18 will be cast in the Saturday, Sept. 17 production of The Tortoise Versus the Hare. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 4 - 6 p.m.; 790-5719, ext. 30, or

Parents and Tots Preschoolers and their parents can discover

apples. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Taylor Swift plays Bridgestone Arena Sept. 16 - 17.

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Snack Attack! All ages can make key lime banana smoothies. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

tue 13 Animal Antics All ages can meet the bearded dragon. Discov-

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

FREE Concert in the Courtyard Enjoy western music

by Riders in the Sky. Nashville Public Library’s courtyard, 615 Church St., Nashville; 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 862-5800 or library.

wed 14 FREE 4-H with Mr. Shirley Ages 8 - 12 can participate in programs based on science, engineering and technology. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 4 - 5 p.m.; 893-7439 or Snack Attack! Please see Monday, Sept. 12 listing. FREE Wacky Wednesday All ages can participate in a

program about bullying presented by Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate. Smyrna Public Library, 400 Enon Springs Road W., Smyrna; 3:30 p.m.; 459-4884 or

Sam Davis Home Quilt Show View a variety of restored

and originally crafted quilts. Same Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna; Thu - Sun 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $6 in advance, $8 at the gate; 459-2341 or

fri 16 FREE African Street Festival Enjoy a weekend of AfricanAmerican culture through live music, exotic food and stage shows presenting poetry, rap, reggae, blues, jazz, gospel, R&B, drama and more. Tennessee State University, 3500 John A. Merritt Blvd., Nashville; Fri 6 - 10 p.m., Sat 12 - 10 p.m., Sun 12 - 9 p.m.; 251-0007 or

Journey Take in an evening of classic pop/rock from the 1980s.

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Bank of America Pops Series: Wynonna Please see

FREE Mocha Moms Open House Moms of color can learn

Bank of America Pops Series: Wynonna Grammywinning country star Wynonna joins the Nashville Symphony for an evening of music featuring her hit songs. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $54 - $139; 687-6400 or

FREE Dancing in the Park Ages 10 and older can learn the history of the park and then take a swing dancing lesson. Long Hunter State Park, 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage; 7 p.m.; 885-2422.

Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $39.50 $79.50; 770-2000 or

about this support group through an educational forum with door prizes and kids’ activities. Living Word Community Church, 5380 Hickory Hollow Pkwy., Antioch; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 944-6141 or

Parents and Tots Please see Monday, Sept. 12 listing. FREE Paying for College Without Breaking the Bank

Teens and adults can get updated information about the state of financial aid, an overview of what’s available, planning timelines, tips and more. Smyrna Public Library, 400 Enon Springs Road, Smyrna; 4 p.m.; 459-4884 or

Tuesdays for Tots: Wabi Sabi Preschoolers and their

parents can listen to a reading of Wabi Sabi, then visit the studio to create an inspired storybook. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

FREE Turtle Search Ages 8 and up can participate in a box

turtle study. The Wilderness Station, 697 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; 217-3017.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Golf Classic Tee up and raise money for the organization that matches children in need with a positive adult role model. Gaylord Springs Golf Links, 18 Springhouse Lane, Nashville; 7:30 a.m. registration, 8:30 a.m. shotgun start; $375; 522-5653 or

Creation Station All ages can make beaded lizards. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3 - 4:30 p.m.; $6; 8902300 or

Nature Nuts All ages can learn

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

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ondering an independent education for your child? Be sure to attend Nashville Parent’s annual Private School Fair at Adventure Science Center (800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville) on Saturday, Sept. 17. You can meet one on one with representatives from more than 50 private and boarding schools in the Middle Tennessee area. Learn what they have to offer from academics to arts to athletics and beyond. The fair takes place from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Admission to the fair is free, but regular admission applies to the science center’s exhibits. Call 256-2158 or visit

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FREE Hispanic Heritage Month Explore the traditions of the Hispanic culture through music, arts and food. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 5 7:30 p.m.; 890-2300 or John Hassmiller Memorial Golf Classic Tee up

and raise money for the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring and the La Vergne/ Smyrna Food Bank. Cedar Crest Golf Course, 7972 Mona Road, Murfreesboro; 10:30 a.m. registration begins, 1 p.m. shotgun start; $100; 287-7304.

FREE Lascassas Fall Festival Enjoy live and

silent auctions, games, dinner and more. Lascassas Elementary School, Lascassas Highway (Highway 96E), Lascassas; 5 - 9 p.m.; admission is free but tickets are required for games and dinner; 893-0758.

FREE Music at the Mill All ages

can bring blankets and lawn chairs for a live show from Top Tier, a local cover band that plays everything from REO Speedwagon to Blondie. Gregory Mill Park, 350 Enon Springs Road E., Smyrna; 7 p.m.; 459-9773 or

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For September events requiring advance registration, turn to page 95. FREE Bringing Stories to Life The Junior Service League

of Gallatin hosts this storytime for ages 2 - 8 that features a reading of Let’s Be Fit, followed by a physical activity and healthy snack. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 10:30 11:30 a.m.; 452-1722 or

FREE Brushfire’s 14th Birthday Bash Enjoy free studio fees all day, free pizza from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 5 - 8 p.m., free Maggie Moo’s ice cream while supplies last, prizes and more. Brushfire Pottery Studio, 4004 Hillsboro Pike, Ste. 150, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; 385-5334 or FREE Celebration of Nations Explore different cultural booths featuring ethnic food and wares, and enjoy an array of live performances. O’More College of Design, 423 S. Margin St., Franklin; 5 - 9 p.m.; 794-4254. FREE Community Yard Sale Shop to raise money for new sun shades over the park’s playground. Coleman Park, 384 Thompson Lane, Nashville; 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 512-869-9525. FREE Cruise In Concert All ages can view classic cars and trucks, then enjoy live oldies music by Four on the Floor. Sumner Crest Winery, 5306 Old Hwy. 52, Portland; 3 - 6 p.m. cruise in, 6 9 p.m. concert; 325-4086 or FREE EMS Night Lights A host of emergency agencies will

be on hand, and kids can look at, climb on and sound all the bells on different vehicles like fire trucks, police cars, ambulances and military vehicles. Fairview Recreation Complex, 2714 Fairview Blvd., Fairview; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; 799-9331 or wcparksandrec. com.

Fall Fest All ages can enjoy children’s entertainment, pony rides, carnival games, food vendors, antiques, crafts, live music and more. Belle Meade Plantation, 5025 Harding Road, Nashville; Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $10 adults, children 12 and under admitted free; 356-0501 or

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FREE Fall Folk Festival Step back into the 19th century with

sept. 23 - 25 Take in all things arts and crafts during the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists (TACA) Fall Craft Fair at Centennial Park (2500 West End Ave., Nashville). Hundreds of statewide artisans and crafters exhibit and sell their goods, ranging from basketry and clay to glass and wood creations. The TACA Kids’ Tent allows children of all ages to explore hands-on art activities. Festival hours are Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more info, call 3851904 or visit

FREE Old Timers’ Day All ages can enjoy carnival rides, parades, pageants, live music and more. Veteran’s Memorial Park, 115 Floyd Mayfield Drive, La Vergne; Fri 7 p.m., Sat 11 a.m., Sun 12 p.m.; Sam Davis Home Quilt Show Please see Thursday, Sept.

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Taylor Swift Country music’s reigning princess brings her live show home to Music City. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; Fri - Sat 7 p.m.; $27.50 - $72; 770-2000 or

FREE Third Friday Outdoor Concert All ages can bring lawn chairs and listen to live music by The Hands of Time Bluegrass Band as well as other local acts. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 7 - 9:30 p.m.; 890-0355.

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

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

sat 17 FREE African Street Festival Please see Friday, Sept. 16 listing.

Bank of America Pops Series: Wynonna Please see

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period re-enactors and see demonstrations in quilting, weaving, spinning, country dancing, candle making, wood carving and more. Children can enjoy train rides. Buchanan Log House, 2910 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 370-9415 or

Festival by the Lake Enjoy a day filled with live music, arts and crafts, food and a children’s area featuring inflatables, face painting, games and more. Veterans Park, Vietnam Veterans Bypass and Indian Lake Boulevard, Hendersonville; 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; $5 ages 4 and older, $20 family cap; FREE Greenway Art Festival Artists display and sell their work including oils, acrylics, watercolors, pottery, sculpture, glass and more. While you’re there, enjoy live music, food and children’s activities. Old Fort Park, 1025 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 893-2141 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

Joey + Rory Enjoy an evening of country music. The Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $75 - $125; 538-2075 or Nashville Dog Day Festival and Music City Mutt Strutt All ages can start the day with a one-mile fund-raising dog walk, followed by a festival that’s all about canines, featuring demonstrations, contests, pet-related vendors, live music, food, adoptable pets, microchip clinics and more. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; walk registration is 8:30 a.m., walk is 9:30 a.m., festival runs 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; walk registration is $25 adults, $20 ages 11 - 17; festival admission is $5 adults, free ages 9 and younger (and free for walk participants); 3521010 or

For September events requiring advance registration, turn to page 95. FREE Nashville Zoo at the Park Staff from the Nashville Zoo will bring several animals for kids of all ages to meet. Gregory Mill Park, 350 Enon Springs Road E., Smyrna; 10 a.m.; 459-9773 or FREE Old Timers’ Day Please see Friday, Sept. 16 listing.

runs Dec. 1 - 4. Bring sheet music or CD and prepare to sing a song from the musical theater genre. Freedom Middle School Theatre, 750 Hwy. 96 W., Franklin; 1 - 3 p.m. those new to the Star Bright program, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. returning teens; there is a $70 participation fee for those cast in the show; 790-5719, ext. 30, or

FREE Private School Fair Please see page 80.

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lenge the Baltimore Ravens. LP Field, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 12 p.m.; $43 - $83;

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Saturday AM: Contemporary Kids Families can learn about contemporary art then stop by the studio to make a related work of art. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 ages 6 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or Sunburst Beauty Pageant Girls newborn and older and boys newborn to 3 years can participate in a pageant for a chance to go to state finals. RiverGate Mall, 1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; 11 a.m.; $45 registration plus $10 - $15 per entry category; 813-839-8054 or Taylor Swift Please see Friday, Sept. 16 listing. Trike & Bike Rally Ages 3 - 5 can bring their helmets and

wheels (all kinds are welcome, including Big Wheels, tricycles and bikes with training wheels) and enjoy riding around an obstacle course. Patterson Park Community Center Gym, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $3 (includes swimming after lunch); 893-7439 or

FREE Walk for Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) All ages can participate in a one-mile walk and make donations to support PKD initiatives. Bikes and leashed pets are welcome, and other activities include games, prizes and a meet and greet with Star Wars characters. River Park, 1100 Knox Valley Drive, Brentwood; 8 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. walk begins; pkdcure. org/nashvillewalk.

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mon 19 Great Nashville Duck Race Up to 10,000 rubber ducks will be dropped into the Cumberland River as a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Middle Tennessee. Duck adoptions are $5 each, and winning ducks garner prizes for their owners. Riverfront Park in Downtown Nashville; 11 a.m. gates open, 1 p.m. duck drop; 833-2368 or Parents and Tots Preschoolers and their parents learn about

colors. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Snack Attack! All ages can make silver dollar pancakes. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

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See 18th century demonstrations during the 20th Annual Daniel Smith Colonial Days at Historic Rock Castle in Hendersonville Sept. 24 - 25.

Animal Antics All ages can meet the amphibians. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Creation Station All ages can make beaded lizards. Discovery

FREE Concert in the Courtyard Enjoy live music by bluegrass band Bearfoot. Nashville Public Library’s courtyard, 615 Church St., Nashville; 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 862-5800 or library.

FREE African Street Festival Please see Friday, Sept. 16


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

FREE Artful Tales All ages can explore the proverb, “You

Parents and Tots Please see Monday, Sept. 19 listing.

can’t tell much about bird by looking at its feathers,” then learn about the artistic tradition of Mexican papel picado (cut paper). Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 2 - 4 p.m.; 244-3340 or

Fall Fest Please see Saturday, Sept. 17 listing.

Tuesdays for Tots: Bird Buffet Preschoolers and their par-

ents can explore the local wildlife then visit the studio to create a craft to attract feathered friends. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

Latino Family Festival Enjoy Latin music, traditional dance,

Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3 4:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Nature Nuts All ages can meet the center’s spiders. Discovery

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

FREE Preschool Storytime Ages 3 - 5 can hear a reading

of Alphabet followed by craft activities. Brenthaven Church, 516 Franklin Road, Brentwood; 10 a.m.; 373-4826.

SunTrust Classical Series: Bela Fleck’s Banjo Concerto Bela Fleck joins the Nashville Symphony for the world

premiere of his “Concerto for Banjo.” Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $44 - $114; 687-6400 or

Taste of Hendersonville Sample foods from local restau-

rants, caterers and grocers, and kids can also enjoy inflatables. Streets of Indian Lake, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 5 - 8 p.m.; $12 adults, $3 children; 824-2818.

children’s games and more. Spanish translators will be stationed throughout the zoo at animal shows and keeper talks. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $14 adults, $9 children (stop by a State Farm office to receive a buy one get one free ticket of equal or lesser value); 833-1534 or

wed 21 Snack Attack! Please see Monday, Sept. 19 listing.

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Nutcracker Youth Cast Audition Please see Sunday, Sept.

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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Enjoy an evening of country rock

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FREE Old Timers’ Day Please see Friday, Sept. 16 listing. Sam Davis Home Quilt Show Please see Thursday, Sept.

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FREE Star Bright Players Theater Audition Ages 14

through high school seniors can audition for Kiss Me Kate, which

Back to Basics: The Music of Mozart and Beethoven

Enjoy an evening of live music with the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra. First United Methodist Church, 265 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 7:30 p.m.; $10 - $40; 898-1862 or

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FREE Trivia Night at the Park All ages can flex their brain muscles by answering nature- and science-related questions. Long Hunter State Park, 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage; 7 p.m.; 885-2422.

Bluebird on the Mountain Local singer/songwriters

Wetland Walk All ages can join a naturalist for a guided

FREE Child Seat Safety Check The Metro Nashville Police Department will make sure your child’s car seat is properly installed. Metro Southeast Building, 1417 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 862-7738 or erika.bowden@

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

sat 24 20th Annual Daniel Smith Colonial Days All ages can

enjoy this 18th century re-enactment and colonial fair that includes demonstrations, children’s games, period artisans, music, food and more. Historic Rock Castle, 139 Rock Castle Lane, Hendersonville; Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $10 adults, free ages 12 and younger; 824-0502 or

perform under the stars. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood; 8 p.m.; $95 per carload of eight; 800-745-3000 or

FREE Family Program: Classic Country Songs with Professor Smartypants Ages 2 - 8 can join Professor

Smartypants as he sings his favorite songs by Johnny Cash, Tom T. Hall, Roger Miller, Hank Williams and others. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m.; 416-2001 or

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Fall Book Frenzy This annual used book sale features thousands of titles for children and adults as well as movies, music, software and games for $2 or less (a $5 per bag sale begins at 2 p.m.). University School of Nashville’s main auditorium, 2000 Edgehill Ave.; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 321-8019. FREE Goodlettsville Arts and Antiques Festival Enjoy

arts, antiques, 40 local business booths, live music, inflatables, face painting, a kids’ coloring contest, Affordable Appraisals, 100 for 100 Art, Taste of Goodlettsville and more. Proceeds benefit the Goodlettsville Help Center and Nashville Children’s Alliance. Located on North Main Street and City Hall in Goodlettsville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.;

Harvest Days The Croft House lawn will feature period

artisans and activities as well as a Civil War display, animal presentations, storytelling, children’s activities, live music and more. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville; Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; $14 adults, $9 children; 833-1534 or

30th Annual Mt. Juliet Pow Wow Celebrate Tennessee’s American Indian Heritage Month by experiencing the culture through crafts, food, dance, music and more. Charlie Daniels Park, 1038 Charlie Daniels Pkwy., Mt. Juliet; Sat - Sun 10:30 a.m.; $7 adults, $4 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger;

38th Annual Heritage Ball Adults can enjoy this

black-tie event featuring cocktails, dinner and dancing to the Jimmy Church Band. Proceeds benefit the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County. Historic Eastern Flank Battlefield Park, 1343 Carnton Lane, Franklin; 6 p.m.; $300;

FREE Active Learning Center Fall Festival All ages can celebrate the center’s 10th anniversary with entertainment, games, an inflatable and more. Active Learning Center, 7676 Old Harding Pike, Bellevue; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 662-1362 or FREE Animal Encounters All ages can meet a resident education animal and learn about the animals who call Tennessee home. The Wilderness Station, 697 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 1:30 - 2 p.m.; 217-3017.

Flumpa the tree frog performs three educational science shows at the Butterfly Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 11:30 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m.

ROAD TRIP: the butterfly festival in oak grove, ky. Your family can be all a flutter on Saturday, Sept. 24 during the third annual Butterfly Festival. Located an hour-and-a-half away in Oak Grove, Ky., the free festival is heavy on kid-friendly fun. Little ones can participate in arts and crafts activities, visit the Butterfly House, enjoy pony and train rides, visit the Insect Road Show exhibit and experience live performances by Flumpa and Friends, Dragon Scales and Faerie Tales, and Enchanted Wagon. The event concludes with the release of more than 500 butterflies. The festival takes place from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the War Memorial Walking Trail, 101 Walter Garrett Lane. For more info, call 866-779-1250 or visit (please turn the page)

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new exhibit gets kids moving at discovery center


ids can have fun being physically active in the Discovery Center’s new exhibit, Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action. Opening Saturday, Sept. 24, the exhibit comprises four adventure scenes and an action star training center that offers kids physical challenges in the areas of balance, coordination, strength and cardiovascular endurance. One of the highlights is the Surfing and Snowboarding exhibit (pictured) where kids can hop on balance boards with a video sequence taking them through pine trees, past lakes and down a mountain before heading off a cliff to sail through the clouds prior to landing on the ocean to surf. Other areas include the Kung Fu Forest, Climbing Canyon and Flycycle Sky. Kids can enjoy Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action through Saturday, Dec. 31. The Discovery Center is located at 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro. Hours are Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m. Admission is $6. Call 890-2300 or visit

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In the Artist’s Studio All ages can join local artists Mike Novak for hands-on art instruction. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; $6; 8902300 or Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play All ages can enjoy

outdoor activities including a corn maze, playgrounds, a new nature trail with an interactive geocaching game and more. Lucky Ladd Farms, 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $8 ages 2 and older; 274-3786 or

FREE Reading Rally All ages can participate in this family

oriented literacy event celebrating the written word. Smyrna Public Library, 400 Enon Springs Road W., Smyrna; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 459-4884 or

FREE Red Kettle Craft Fair View and purchase works from local arts and crafts vendors. Salvation Army, 1137 W. Main St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 895-7071 or redkettlecraftfair. Saturday AM: TRAINS! Families can explore the Trains!

exhibit then visit the studio to make a railroad-inspired work of art. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

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Southern Fried Festival Please see Friday, Sept. 23 listing. FREE Thompson’s Station Fall Festival This day of fam-

ily fun includes arts and crafts vendors, food, children’s activities and games, live music, a chili cook-off, corn hole competition and more. Thompson’s Station Park, 1513 Thompson’s Station Road W.; 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; parking donations requested; 794-4333 or

sun 25 20th Annual Daniel Smith Colonial Days Please see Saturday, Sept. 24 listing.

30th Annual Mt. Juliet Pow Wow Please see Saturday,

Sept. 24 listing.

Harvest Days Please see Saturday, Sept. 24 listing. FREE Regions Free Day at Cheekwood Families can

wander the grounds, visit the art museum and see the garden’s Trains! exhibit. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; 356-8000 or

Titans Football Root for the Tennessee Titans when they challenge the Denver Broncos. LP Field, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 12 p.m.; $43 - $83;

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Blast! kicks off TPAC’s 2011 - 2012 Broadway series on Tuesday, Sept. 27. See “On Stage,” page 91 for details.

Parents and Tots Preschoolers and their parents can have fun with silly shapes. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Snack Attack! All ages can make banana strawberry parfaits.

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

tue 27 19th Century Trades Festival All ages can step back in time where artisans and re-enactors demonstrate trades like blacksmithing, soap making, broom making, fire pit cooking and more. Hands-on activities for kids include candle dipping, corn grinding, quill pen writing, sack races and making a corn husk person. Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum, 636 Farrell Pkwy., Nashville; Tue - Wed 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; $5.50 ages 4 and older, free ages 3 and younger; 832-8197 or travellersrestplantation. org. Animal Antics All ages can meet the rabbit. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or FREE Concert in the Courtyard Enjoy music by The WannaBeatles. Nashville Public Library’s courtyard, 615 Church St., Nashville; 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 862-5800 or

Parents and Tots Please see Monday, Sept. 26 listing. Tuesdays for Tots: Wilderness Walk Preschoolers and

their parents can create a nature project for a wilderness walk on the Carell Woodland Sculpture Trail. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or cheekwood. org.

FREE Turtle Search Ages 8 and up can participate in a box

Nature Nuts All ages can learn about the life cycle of insects.

turtle study. Nickajack Wetland, Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; 217-3017.

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

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19th Century Trades Festival Please see Tuesday, Sept.

FREE Belmont Community Celebration of Art Show and Sale More than 50 local artisans will show and sell their

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FREE Rachel Sumner Award-winning children’s entertainer

Rachel Sumner performs interactive family music for ages 10 and younger. Whole Foods, 11566 W. McEwan Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 778-1910 or

Snack Attack! Please see Monday, Sept. 26 listing.

work; featured artist is JJ Sneed. Christ the King School, 3001 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; Fri 6 - 9 p.m. (preview party), Sat 12 - 8 p.m., Sun 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.;

FREE Fire and Ice Cruise In All ages can view vintage cars from the 1930s - 1970s. Downtown Smyrna, 100 Front St.; 7 p.m.; 459-9773 or

FREE Wacky Wednesday All ages can enjoy a music

Heritage Days All ages can enjoy living history presentations, skilled artisans, live animals, music and more. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna; Thu - Fri 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $5; 459-2341 or

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Jazz Series: Larry Carlton Grammy-winner Larry Carlton performs a concert incorporating jazz, blues, pop and rock (concert presented without the Nashville Symphony). Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $44 $104; 687-6400 or

program by Miss Lynn. Smyrna Public Library, 400 Enon Springs Road W., Smyrna; 3:30 p.m.; 459-4884 or

Creation Station All ages can make an erupting volcano. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3 - 4:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Heritage Days All ages can enjoy living history presentations,

skilled artisans, live animals, music and more. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna; Thu - Fri 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $5; 459-2341 or

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

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

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Adventureworks The Eco-Zip Line Adventure allows

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

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

miniature shadow boxes every Thu and Fri, Sept. 1 - Oct. 28 at The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 6 - 8 p.m.; 244-3340 or

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

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

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

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

FREE Hillsboro Village Art Walk The first Thursday each

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

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

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

FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related

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

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

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

FREE Borders Books Children’s storytime activities take place every Friday at 10 a.m. at 330 Franklin Road, Brentwood (221-8805), and 545 Cool Springs Blvd., Franklin (771-2870).

Patterson Park Community Center 521 Mercury Blvd.,

Bowie Park and Nature Center Nature programs and

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

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

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

FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related

Metro Parks Cultural Arts Classes Visit

FREE Delmas Long Community Center Tot Time for

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

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

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

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

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

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

Glow Galaxy Weekly open play times feature inflatables,

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

Jump!Zone Open play is Tue, Wed and Fri 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Thu 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 4 - 7 p.m.; $7 per session. 1725 Columbia Ave., Franklin; 866-2021 or FREE Lifeway Christian Store Ages 2 - 8 can enjoy stories and songs every Friday at 10 a.m. at 1725 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 771-9050. Monkey Joe’s This inflatable play center is located at 1648 Westgate Circle, Brentwood; Mon - Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $9 Mon - Thu, $10 Fri - Sun (ages 2 and younger are $6); 377-5900 of monkeyjoes. com. Monkey’s Treehouse An indoor play center located at 91

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

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

Saturday morning class times and fees at 330 Franklin Road, call 371-5437 or visit

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

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

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

Drakes Creek Activity Center Laser Adventure, mini golf,

Monkey’s Treehouse An indoor play center located at

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

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

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

Storybook Village This indoor play center features storybook

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

Nashville Ghost Tours All ages can embark on a walking tour of downtown Nashville’s haunted history. Tour begins at the corner of Sixth Avenue North and Union Avenue across from the Hermitage Hotel; daily 7:45 p.m.; $15 adults, $8 ages 7 - 11, free ages 6 and younger; 884-3999 or FREE Pottery Barn Kids Preschoolers can participate

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

FREE Radnor Lake Natural Area Nature programs at

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

rutherford county FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related

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

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

My Gym Pay-to-play, open gym and Saturday morning classes take place at 206 N. Anderson Lane, Hendersonville; call 824-8002 or visit for a complete schedule and fees. FREE Special Sports Saturdays Children ages 2 and

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

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

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

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

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take in some theater with your family this month!

The wonderful Lamplighter’s Theatre in Smyrna opens its 2011 - 2012 season with Annie (Sept. 9 - 18), starring Charlotte Myhre and Dan Diehl. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

(continues through Tuesday, Sept. 13; Ages 16 and older) Boiler Room Theatre, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; Tue 8 p.m., Thu 8 p.m. (Sept. 1 and 8 only), Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $27 adults, $21 ages 11 and younger (Tuesdays are two-for-one night and all tickets on Thursdays are $15); 794-7744 or

Altar Boyz (Sept. 2 - 24; Ages 12 and older) Street Theatre

Company, 1933 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville; Thu - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 5 p.m.; $16 adults, $14 students; 554-7414 or

American Buffalo (Sept. 20 - Oct. 15; Ages 12 and older)

Act 1 at Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Ave., Nashville; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $12 (high school and younger students receive free admission on Thu and Sun with student ID); 726-2281 or

Anne Frank (Saturday, Sept. 24; Ages 13 and older) Nashville Ballet at Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; 1 and 2:30 p.m.;

Annie (continues through Saturday, Sept. 3; Ages 5 and older) Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Tue - Sat 6 p.m. doors open for dinner, 8 p.m. show begins; $50 adults, $35 ages 13 - 18, $25 ages 12 and younger; 646-9977 or Annie (Sept. 9 - 18; Ages 5 and older) Lamplighter’s Theatre

Company, 14119 Old Nashville Hwy., Smyrna; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 4:30 p.m.; $10 adults, $8 students, $5 ages 4 - 12; 852-8499 or

Annie (Sept. 30 - Oct. 22; Ages 5 and older) Towne

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

Anything Goes (Sept. 9 - 25; Ages 10 and older) Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $12 adults, $8 ages 12 and younger; 904-2787 or

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Sept. 9 - 18; Ages

Blast! (Sept. 27 - Oct. 2; Ages 5 and older) TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 and 8 p.m., Sun 1 and 6:30 p.m.; $25 - $67; 7824040 or

The Rocky Horror Show (Sept. 30 - Oct. 31; Ages 17 and older) Boiler Room Theatre, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; Mon 8 p.m. (Oct. 31 only), Tue 8 p.m., Thu 8 p.m. (Oct. 6, 13 and 27 only), Fri - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. (Oct. 9 and 23 only); $27 adults, $21 ages 11 and younger (Sunday shows are $2 off, Tuesdays are two-for-one night and all tickets on Thursdays are $15); 794-7744 or

Chicago (Sept. 15 - Oct. 1; Ages 12 and older) Larry Keeton

Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike, Nashville; Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; dinner show $26, show only $21; thelarrykeetontheatre. org.

12 and older) Murfreesboro Little Theatre, 702 Ewing Ave., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 students; 893-9825 or

Cinderella (Sept. 22 - Oct. 9; Ages 8 and older) Steeple

FREE Romeo & Juliet (continues through Sunday, Sept. 18; Ages 8 and older) Nashville Shakespeare Festival at Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; Thu - Sun 6:30 p.m. preshow entertainment, 7:30 p.m. show.; admission is free, but a $10 donation is suggested;

The Fantasticks (Sept. 16 - 25; Ages 10 and older) Arts

Say What?!? Improv Insanity (Sept. 10 and 17; All ages) Old School Theatre, 1220 School St., Spring Hill; 7 p.m.; $10 adults, $8 students, free ages 4 and younger; 931-486-3344 or

A Few Good Men (Sept. 30 - Oct. 15; Ages 12 and older)

The Tortoise Versus the Hare (Saturday, Sept. 17; All ages) Missoula Children’s Theatre at Freedom Middle School, 750 Hwy. 96 W., Franklin; 2 and 7 p.m.; $5; 790-5719, ext. 30, or

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

Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $12 adults, $10 students; 5632787 or

Lakewood Theatre Company, 2211 Old Hickory Blvd., Old Hickory; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $12 adults, $10 students; 847-0934 or

Holes (Sept. 20 - Oct. 16; Ages 8 and older) Nashville

Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m., Sat - Sun 2 p.m. (no show Sunday, Oct. 2); opening night tickets are $12 adults, $6 children, Sat - Sun tickets are $19 adults, $12 children; 252-4675 or

Writer’s Block (Sept. 8 - Oct. 15; Ages 10 and older) Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Tue - Sat 6 p.m. doors open for dinner, 8 p.m. show begins; $50 adults, $35 ages 13 - 18, $25 ages 12 and younger; 646-9977 or

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the good pain of creativity


ecently, while working on a creative project with one of my best friends, Janet, she flung her hands over her head in exasperation and cried, “WHY do I have to care so much?!?” I couldn’t help but laugh in response. I wasn’t being rude; it’s just that I know her SO well that I understood where she was coming from, and taking the easy way out is never an option in anything truly artistic. It had been a long day already and a long process with what we were working on, and her exclamation came from a position of being physically and emotionally tired, but not willing to throw in the towel and just stop ... because the product — although perhaps “sufficient” at that juncture — really wouldn’t have been complete, nor the absolute best that she knows she is capable of producing. When it comes to any artistic endeavor — whether you’re a musician, actor, painter, dancer, writer or graphic designer — “pain” is an asset. If you don’t feel it, there’s something askew. The best end result often comes from a lot of labor and the proverbial blood, sweat and tears (and sometimes cursing!) along the way. An actor worth his salt can’t just glide into a character. He has to study it. Breathe it. Live it. Embrace the sheer uncomfortable aspect of it. I wish Heath Ledger was still alive, because I’d love to pick his brain about the process he went through in order to portray the dark, demented Joker as Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter. brilliantly as he did in the The Dark Knight. Likewise, I’d love to know Daniel Radcliffe’s journey to bring Harry Potter to such amazing life as he did so well in the film franchise based on J.K. Rowling’s infamous book series. It certainly took a lot more from him than just reading the books and memorizing a script to pull of the dynamic character for which he’ll always be known. He had to really get inside the head of Harry Potter, quirks, fears, hopes, ambition, etc., etc. There is bold truth behind the “no pain, no gain” sentiment which parlays itself into all aspects of life, but most importantly the creative self. Nothing truly worthwhile in any art form occurs by happenstance, just so easily. It’s a process, and no matter how fabulous the final result may be when you put it out to the world, it can still be improved upon. And there’s the rub that exists with every artistic soul. While you may achieve great things and garner appropriate praise and accolades for a given work or performance, if you are genuinely a true artist, you’ll always seek a way to make it even better the next time. The same goes for artistic kids, regardless of the art form they pursue. It might drive your child to the brink of pulling out his hair when practicing and practicing and practicing his number for the upcoming piano recital. But once he gets it down and masters it, he’ll enjoy the extreme thrill of artistic success.

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

• FREE Children’s Nature Hike Saturday, Sept. 24. Ages 6 and older. Look and listen for birds and other animals, then wade in the creek to search for crayfish, minnows and salamanders. 9 - 11 a.m. • FREE Family Night Hike Friday, Sept. 9. All ages. Enjoy a moonlit hike listening for owls and other nocturnal creatures. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Bells Bend Outdoor Center 4187 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 862-4187 or

• FREE Geocaching for Kids Saturday, Sept. 17. Ages 6 12. Learn to use a GPS, mark way points and find your way back to camp. 9 - 10 a.m.

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

• Kids Adventure Cruise Saturdays. All ages. Don a swimsuit, bring towels and a sack lunch and enjoy a float down the river, viewing wild birds and more along with waving bubble wands, splashing in water, playing games and more. 1 - 4 p.m. $10 • Nature Cruise Wed - Sun. All ages. See spring in bloom, wild birds building nests and miles of homes, horses and barns along the Cumberland River. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $10 adults, $8 ages 2 -12

BounceU 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 255-1422 or

• Labor Day Create & Bounce Camp Monday, Sept. 5. Ages 3 - 12 (must be potty trained). Enjoy bouncing, games, art and lunch. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. $40, $25 siblings • Parent’s Night Out Fridays, Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. Registration deadline is the Wednesday prior. Ages 3 - 12 (must be potty trained). Kids can enjoy bouncing, pizza and drinks while Mom and Dad have a night out. 6 - 9 p.m. $18 ($15 siblings) • PreK & Play Mother’s Day Out Fridays, Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. Ages 3 - 6 (must be potty trained). Registration deadline is the Wednesday prior. This new Mother’s Day Out includes bouncing, games, arts and crafts, and a snack. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. $25 per session

Brentwood Library 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 371-0090

• FREE Movie Matinee Saturday, Sept. 3. Ages 12 and older. Watch a screening of Moonstruck, starring Cher and Nicolas Cage. 1 p.m.; ext. 838, to register

Cheekwood 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 353-9827 or

• Lunch and Lecture: The Belmont Mansion Painting: Re-Framing History Thursday, Sept. 15. All ages. Enjoy lunch while learning about the painting depicting Adelecia Acklen’s lavish estate. 12 p.m. $15 members, $25 nonmembers • Parent’s Night Out Friday, Sept. 2. Ages 5 and older. Participate in both indoor and outdoor activities, create art projects in the studio and dine on a boxed dinner. 6 - 9 p.m. $30 members, $40 non-members

Kids in grades 1 - 6 can sign up for fall/ winter basketball this month at the Delmas Long Community Center.

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

• Bird Feeder Tuesday, Sept. 27. Ages 3 - 12. Create and paint a bird feeder out of a clay pot and saucer. 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. ages 3 - 6, 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. ages 7 - 12. $4 • Ceramics Tuesday, Sept. 13. Ages 3 - 12. Paint a ceramic piece to remember your summer. 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. ages 3 6, 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. ages 7 - 12. $4

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

• Basketball Sign-Ups Deadline is Friday, Sept. 30. Kids in grades 1 - 6. Sign up this month for the season running November - February in Goodlettsville Parks. Registration fee is $65 residents, $90 non-residents • FREE Children’s Karate Seminar Saturday, Sept. 17. Registration deadline is Thursday, Sept. 15. Ages 5 - 12. Learn basic karate techniques, situational examples and general physical fitness. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. • FREE College Prep Class Monday, Sept. 12. Registration deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 6. Ages 14 - 18. Find out how to get started on the path to college, including scholarship info, the application process and more. 6 - 8 p.m. $10

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 890-2300, ext. 226, or

• FREE Home School Open House Tuesday, Sept. 20. Home school families. Learn about the services the center can offer to enhance your home school curriculum. 4:30 - 6 p.m.

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

• Adventures in Sewing Workshop Saturday, Sept. 24. Ages 9 - 12. Learn sewing machine basics then complete a simple project. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (bring a sack lunch). $45 • American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training Saturday, Sept. 24. Ages 11 - 15. Learn to become good babysitters. 9 a.m. 2:30 p.m. (bring a sack lunch). $50. Call 585-9055 to register • Create Your Own Piggy Bank Thursday, Sept. 22. Ages 6 and older. Create your own portly piglet to stash your cash using plastic jars and plaster. 5 - 6:30 p.m. $6 • Customized Picture Frames Thursday, Sept. 8. Ages 12 and older. Transform old picture frames into creative, unique pieces. 5 - 6 p.m. $10 • Miss Amy’s School of Dance Tuesdays, Sept. 12 - May 29, 2012. Ages 5 - 12. Explore different types of dance, including ballet, tap, jazz and hip-hop. 3:30 p.m. (ages 10 12), 4:30 p.m. (ages 7 - 9), 5:30 p.m. (ages 5 - 6). $50 per month, plus a $35 registration fee • Spirit Gymnastics Tuesdays, Sept. 6 - Dec. 20. All ages. Work on tumbling, balance beam, bars and trampoline skills while focusing on strength, flexibility, body awareness and control. 5, 6 and 7 p.m. $48 per month, plus a $20 supply fee (please turn the page)

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The Leavitt family poses with the scarecrows they made at last year’s Scarecrow Workshops. While the workshops this year are Oct. 1, 8, 9 and 15, spaces are limited and fill up fast. First Baptist Church of Hendersonville 106 Bluegrass Commons Blvd., Hendersonville 447-1323 or

• FREE Buddy Break Friday, Sept. 23. Ages 2 - 16 with special needs. Parents of special needs kids can drop off their children for fun and recreation while they enjoy respite time. 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

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

• American Red Cross Babysitter Training Saturday, Sept. 10. Ages 11 - 15. Learn the skills and confidence to become a great babysitter. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (bring a sack lunch). $50. To register, call 585-9055 • Art Connections: Identity Journey Wednesdays, Sept. 7 - 28. Ages 7 - 12. Explore famous self-portrait artists and create your own self-portrait using photography, paint, drawing and sculpture. 9 - 11 a.m.; $73 • Fabulous Fun Fridays: Art Club Fridays, Sept. 9 - 23. Ages 6 - 12. Explore new ways to make art. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. $20 • Guitar or Bass Guitar Lessons Mondays, Sept. 12 - Oct. 3 Ages 5 and older. Learn to play guitar or bass during lessons focusing on improving technique, reading musical notation and tablature, improvisations and learning to play by ear. Choose a 30-minute slot between 3 - 8 p.m. $88

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• Just the “2” of Us Creative Arts Program Sept. 14 or 28. Ages 2 - 6 with a caregiver. Enjoy creative art explorations that promote socialization, self-expression and imagination. 9 - 10 a.m. or 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. $10 • Piano Lessons Fridays, Sept. 2 - 30. Ages 5 and older. Learn to play the piano with private lessons. Choose a 30-minute slot between 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. or 3:30 - 8 p.m. $110 • Sticky Fingers Preschool Club Tue and Thu, Sept. 6 - 29, Fridays, Sept. 9 - 30 or Mondays, Sept. 12 - 26. Ages 3 - 6. Enjoy a variety of crafting experiences to enhance fine motor and development skills. Tue/Thu 8:45 - 10:15 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. ($48), Fri 9 - 10:30 a.m. ($24), Mon 8:45 10:15 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. ($18) • Voice Lessons Fridays, Sept. 2 - 30. Ages 5 and older. Private studio lessons stress notation reading skills, artistic interpretations, proper breathing and phrasing. Choose a 30-minute slot between 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. or 3:30 - 8 p.m. $110

Frist Center for the Visual Arts 919 Broadway, Nashville; 744-3357 or

• FREE Kids Club: Patchwork Puzzles Saturday, Sept. 10. Ages 5 - 10. Create an artwork that mixes together your past and present. 10:30 a.m., 1 or 3 p.m.

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

Hutton Hotel 1808 West End Ave., Nashville

• FREE Revive: Fall Refresh Tuesday, Sept. 13. Ladies only. Baptist Hospital presents this event that includes hors d’oeuvres, wine, chocolate, health screenings and the chance to ask personal health questions to local experts. 6 p.m.

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

• Piano Lessons Thursdays, Sept. 1 - 29. Ages 5 and older. Learn to play the piano through private lessons. Choose a 30-minute slot between 1:30 - 4 p.m. or 5:30 - 8 p.m. $110 • Voice Lessons Thursdays, Sept. 1 - 29. Ages 5 and older. Private instruction covers notation reading, proper breathing and phasing, and artistic interpretation. Choose a 30-minute slot between 1:30 - 4 p.m. or 5:30 - 8 p.m. $110

Call ahead to reserve your child’s spot! (These events require advance registration.)

Life Assembly 555 Pleasant Grove Road, Mt. Juliet; 758-7779 or

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

Longhunter State Park 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage; 885-2422 or

• FREE The Nature Circle Every Monday. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Enjoy stories with a nature theme and hands-on craft activities. 10 a.m. September’s themes are: • Sept. 12: Captivating Canoes • Sept. 19: A Log’s Life (decomposition) • Sept. 26: Out of the Ordinary Opossum

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

• American Red Cross Babysitter Training Saturday, Sept. 17. Ages 11 - 15. Learn the skills and confidence to become a great babysitter. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (bring a sack lunch). $50. To register, call 585-9055 • Deb’z Doodlez Thursdays, Sept. 1 - 29 (skip Sept. 15). All ages. Transform a drawing into a work of art. 6 - 7:30 p.m. $45 • FREE Don’t Be Rude, Dude: Bullying Monday, Sept. 19. Ages 8 - 12. Learn what bullying is and how not to be a target. 3 - 3:30 p.m. • FREE Don’t Be Rude, Dude: Sportsmanship Monday, Sept. 12. Ages 9 - 12. Learn aspects of being a good sport, including fairness, respect and sense of fellowship. 3 - 3:30 p.m. • Fall Painting Party Saturday, Sept. 10. Ages 8 and older. Bring a sack lunch and take a painting class. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. $30 • Intermediate Manga Drawing Sept. 20 and 22. Ages 8 and older. Learn the fundamentals of cartoon drawing from body proportion, facial expression, clothing and costumes for characters in the traditional big-eyed style of Japanese cartooning. 4:15 - 5:45 p.m. $25, plus an optional $5 supply fee • Intro to Face Painting Saturday, Sept. 10. Ages 8 and older. Learn to face paint or brush up on your skills. 10 - 11 a.m. $20 • Introduction to Manga Drawing Sept. 6 and 8. Ages 8 and older. Learn the basics of drawing Mango Shoujo and Shonen characters in the traditional big-eyed style of Japanese cartooning. 4:15 - 5:45 p.m. $25, plus an optional $5 supply fee • Just the “2” of Us Creative Arts Program Mondays, Sept. 19 or 26. Ages 2 - 3 with a parent. Enjoy creative art exploration that promotes socialization, self-expression and imagination. 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. $10 • Longview Martial Arts Mondays, Sept. 19 - 26. Ages 8 and older. This martial arts class combines Judo and Karate. 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. $20 • Longview Self-Defense Mondays, Sept. 19 - 26. Ages 8 and older. Learn the basics of self-defense through martial arts skills and their practical applications. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. $20 • Manga Chibi Workshop Sept. 27 and 29. Ages 8 and older. Learn to draw the mini-proportioned comic book characters called “Chibis” in this Japanese-style cartoon class. 4:15 5:45 p.m.; $25, plus an optional $5 supply fee

• Mighty Tikes Triathlon Saturday, Sept. 10. Registration deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 6. Ages 3 - 7. “Swim,” bike and run through an obstacle course. Bring a helmet and bike (no larger than 16 inches) or tricycle. 8 a.m. $8 • FREE Nutrition Detectives Monday, Sept. 12. Ages 8 - 12. Learn about healthy eating habits and the food plate. 3:30 - 4 p.m. • FREE Parenting Classes Mondays, Sept. 12 - 26. New mothers. Learn about caring for your newborn, including feeding and nutrition, breastfeeding, introducing solids and more. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. • Parris Island: The F Series Mon, Wed and Fri, Sept. 19 - 30. Ages 8 and older. Whip yourself into shape in this 45-minute intense military based calisthenics class. 5:30 6:15 a.m. $45 per month or $5 per class • Splash Painting with Watercolor Ink Tuesday, Sept. 27. Ages 12 - 18. Create your own unique painting. 2 - 3 p.m. $30 • Sticky Fingers Preschool Club Wednesdays, Sept. 7 - 28 (skip Sept. 14) and Mondays, Sept. 19 and 26. Ages 3 - 6 (must be potty trained). Participate in craft experiences designed to enhance fine motor and development skills. Wed 8:30 - 10 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Mon 8:30 - 10 a.m. $18 Wed, $12 Mon • Tie-Dye T-Shirts Saturday, Sept. 10. Ages 8 - 12. Design and create your own tie-dye shirt. 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. $30

Moss-Wright Park 745 Caldwell Lane, Goodlettsville; 851-2253 or

• Under the Stars Family Campout Friday, Sept. 16. All ages. Enjoy hot dogs, s’mores, kickball, an outdoor movie and crashing in a tent overnight. 6 p.m. $25 per tent (max 5 campers per tent)

Nashville Zoo 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville; 833-1534 or

• Backstage Pass: Elephant Barn Saturday, Sept. 3. Registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 2 at 12 p.m. Ages 5 and older (children must be accompanied by an adult). Go behind the scenes with a zookeeper into the Elephant Barn and learn about animal care, behavior, conservation and more. 9:30 - 11 a.m. $25 members, $50 non-members • Homeschool Days Sept. 21 - 22. Registration deadline is Sunday, Sept. 11. Ages 5 - 13 (grades K - 8). Learn the importance of conservation by exploring the world of animals. This month, learn about babies in the animal kingdom. 10 - 11 a.m. ages 5 - 6, 12 - 1:30 p.m. ages 7 - 9, 2 - 3:30 p.m. ages 10 - 13. $6 members, $13 non-members • Kid’s Animal Art Photography Class Saturday, Sept. 10. Registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 9 at 12 p.m. Ages 8 - 12. Bring a digital camera and learn how to photograph wildlife including lions, leopards and cheetahs. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. $50 members, $75 non-members • Toddler Series Six weeks beginning Aug. 31, Sept. 1 or Sept. 3. Ages 18 months - 4 years with a parent. Enjoy crafts, stories and visits from animal friends. 9:30 - 10:15 a.m., 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. $60 per child members, $85 non-members • Twilight Adventure Saturday, Sept. 17. Registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 16 at 12 p.m. Ages 5 and older. Enjoy the zoo after hours with animal encounters, a hike, snacks, crafts and more. 6 - 10 p.m. Members: $25 per adult/child pair ($15 additional person); non-members: $50 per adult/child pair ($30 additional person)

• Zzzoofari Slumber Sept. 3 - 4. Ages 4 and older. Camp out overnight and enjoy outdoor games and campfire activities. 4 p.m. - 9 a.m. $30 members, $40 non-members

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

• Days of Washing, Churning and Learning Sept. 21 - 22. Grades PreK - 6. Experience the chores of the mid-1800s through demonstrations, hands-on activities, games, period crafts and tours of the mansion. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. $5 students, free for parents

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

• Butterfly Day Saturday, Sept. 10. All ages. Learn about butterflies, how they protect themselves from predators, how you can attract them to your yard and how to raise the caterpillars you find. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $7 in advance, $10 at the gate

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

• Parent Child Cupcake Class Saturdays, Sept. 10 and 17. All ages. Practice basic piping techniques and decorate your own cupcakes. 10 - 11:30 a.m. $30 per parent/child, $5 additional child • Royal Icing Cookie Class Thursday, Sept. 29. All ages. Learn about Royal Icing and practice techniques by decorating cookies to take home. 6 - 8 p.m. $30

Patterson Park Community Center 521 Mercury Blvd. Murfreesboro; 893-7439 or

• A, B, C, 1, 2, 3 ... Let’s Go Every Tue and Thu. Ages 2 - 5. Sing songs, play games, hear stories and do crafts. 10 10:45 a.m. $3 • Busy Bees Every Tue and Thu. Ages 3 - 5. This class focuses on following directions, participating in a group environment, improving coordination and practicing good sportsmanship. 10:45 - 11:15 a.m. $3 • Homeschool P.E. Mon - Thu, September - November. Grades 1 - 9. Participate in a variety of physical education activities. 1 - 2 p.m. $3

Peay Park 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville; 851-2255 or

• Backyard Bombers Sept. 13, 20 and 27. Ages 4 - 5. Learn basic baseball skills like catching, throwing and hitting. 5 p.m. $15

Pediatric Associates of Franklin 570 Bakers Bridge Ave., Franklin; 790-3200, ext. 133

• FREE Newborn Parenting Seminar Thursday, Sept. 15. Expectant parents. Ask questions about the arrival and care of your upcoming newborn. 6 - 7 p.m.

Pottery Barn Kids at The Mall at Green Hills 2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville; 385-2308

• FREE Little Explorers Club Saturday, Sept. 24. Ages 3 and older. Learn about tigers through hands-on activities, games, songs and more. Time TBA (please turn the page)

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Call ahead to reserve your child’s spot! (These events require advance registration.) The Wellness Center at Baptist Hospital 2021 Church St., Nashville; 284-2348 or • Strong Mommy Tuesdays and Thursdays. Expectant moms. This pre-natal fitness/wellness program includes water aerobics, personalized fitness coaching sessions, preand post-natal massages, fitness workshops, a three-month center membership and more. 5:30 p.m. $125

The Wilderness Station 697 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 217-3017 or

All ages can observe and learn about hummingbirds at Warner Parks Nature Center on Sept. 1 and 3. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 862-8539 or

• FREE Can It! Thursday, Sept. 15. All ages. Learn canning techniques and swap recipes. 5 - 6 p.m. • FREE Fall Evening Hike Friday, Sept. 23. All ages. Enjoy a relaxing stroll around the bottoms. 5 - 6 p.m. • FREE Finding Fall Scavenger Hunt Saturday, Sept. 24. All ages. Take a leisurely hike around the one-mile loop to complete a scavenger hunt and receive a prize. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. • FREE Groovy Grasshoppers Saturday, Sept. 3. All ages. Learn about grasshoppers and see a spot where they are frequently seen. 10 - 11 a.m. • FREE Sunset Picking Party Friday, Sept. 2. All ages. Bring a string instrument and participate in a picking party; lemonade provided. 7 - 8 p.m.

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

• American Red Cross Lifeguard Class Sept. 22 - 25. Ages 15 and older. Learn skills and knowledge to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. Thu - Fri 5 - 9 p.m., Sat 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m. Call for fee • Homeschool P.E. Tue and Thu, Sept. 6 - Dec. 15. Ages 13 - 17. Learn fundamentals of weight lifting and design a cardiovascular program. 2 - 2:45 p.m. $3 • Superhero Training Class Saturday, Sept. 17. Ages 3 - 6. Kick, punch, run, jump, roll and get yourself into superhero shape. 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.; $3 • Tumbleweeds Mon and Wed. Ages 3 - 5. Learn the basic techniques of tumbling while improving balance, coordination and overall fitness. 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. $3

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• Campfire Circle Saturday, Sept. 24. All ages. Enjoy a guided nature hike, then enjoy campfire songs, skilts, snacks and more. 6:30 p.m. $3 • Family Campout Friday, Sept. 23. All ages. Enjoy an overnight camping excursion complete with various nature activities, snacks and more. Check in between 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. $10 adults, $5 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger • Growing Up Wild Every Wednesday. Ages 2 - 6 with a parent. Explore nature and gain an appreciation for wildlife. 10:30 a.m. $3 • Homeschool in the Wilderness Last Thursday of the month, September - May. Ages 8 - 10. This science curriculum explores a new topic each month through handson experiments, live observations, interpretive hikes and more. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. $40 for eight-month program • Wild Things Every Wednesday. Ages 1 - 4 with a parent. Toddlers and preschoolers can enjoy programs to spark a love for the wilderness. 9:30 a.m. $3

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

• FREE Toddlers, Tales and Trails Sept. 12 and 23. Ages 18 months - 4 years. Bring a blanket for storytime, then enjoy a nature activity. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Warner Parks Nature Center 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 352-6299 or

• FREE de-Classification Friday, Sept. 30. Ages 6 - 12. Learn how and why to sort living things into kingdoms, phyla and more. 10 - 11:30 a.m. • FREE End of Summer Stroll Saturday, Sept. 17. All ages. Enjoy the beginnings of fall color during a leisurely stroll around the Old Roadway. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. • FREE Family Bird Walk Saturday, Sept. 24. All ages. Learn about bird migration while taking a walk to the bird blind. 9 - 10 a.m. • FREE Fun Fall Flowers Friday, Sept. 16. Ages 3 - 5. Explore the park and learn about fall flowers starting to bloom. 10 - 11 a.m. or 1 - 2 p.m. • FREE Hummingbird Happy Hour Thursday, Sept. 1. All ages. Observe ruby-throated hummingbirds during the peak of migration. 5 - 6 p.m. • FREE Hummingbird Holiday Saturday, Sept. 3. All ages. Observe migrants at the back porch feeders and flowers and learn how to attract hummingbirds to your yard. 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. • FREE Storytime on the Back Porch Friday, Sept. 9. Ages 3 - 5. Listen to nature stories celebrating late summer. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

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Hendersonville First United Methodist Church, 217 E. Main St.


309 Franklin Rd., Brentwood

(across from Chick-Fil-A & Kroger)

Sept 15th: 5-8pm (participant sale, must have pass) Sept 16: 10am-5pm (public sale) Sept 17: 9am-12pm(1/2 price)

Love Muffins Children’s Consignment Sale Sept. 7-9, 9 am-6 pm Sept. 10, 8 am - 2 pm (1/2 price) Accepting items: Sept. 3 - 5

Your checks & cards are ready at pick-up!

Location: 245 Heritage Park Drive , Murfreesboro (behind Fuji)

Call Tina for appointment @ 294-5756


Tots to Teens Consignment


Proceeds benefit Youth Missions

Forest Hills Baptist Church 2101 Old Hickory Blvd.


(most items 1/2 price)

Piano, Voice, Guitar, Songwriting lessons by Berklee College of Music Grad and Professional Musician. Develop the gifts inside you, and follow your dreams! Children and Adults.

DRIVERS WANTED to deliver Nashville, Williamson, Sumner and Rutherford Parent (van or truck required)

Call Tom at 615-256-2158 x 104


handmade baby afghans baby hooded ponchos


Southern Pride reStorationS Kitchen and Bath Experts. Both Remodeling and Additions. Call Bill for references & quotes. Licensed and Insured.


Fun, AFFordAble drum/ Percussion lessons


Positive/Supportive Lessons in your home or instructors studio * Tom performs with numerous national pop & country artists * BA in music, 21 years teaching metro/private schools

Going on vacation? Busy work schedule? NO WORRIES! Full service animal in-home care. Sylvan Park resident. For appts. 615-491-6724 615-457-0141 *

The Pilates Place

For a cleaner, healthier yard

Pilates equipped studios offer individual & mat classes. Yoga also offered at Bellevue location. 579-3959 Bellevue & Leiper's Fork

YOGA AT THE FACTORY 230 Franklin Rd. Suite 809



09/15: 7pm-9pm expectant & new mom shopping 09/16: 7am-7pm 09/17: 7am-2pm


Online classifieds at

Vacation Rental 2 Bdm 2 Ba w/bunks • Sleeps 6-8 Brand New Gulf-front condo in Panama City Beach

Professionally Decorated • Inexpensive rate!

Call Mandy 850-685-1021 september 2011 101

snap shots - yours

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


Ashley, Austin and Luke



Names of those in photo (Please print) ________________________________________ Signature

(parent or guardian)

________________________________________ Phone ________________________________________ Laela


EMAIL ________________________________________ *Photo publication cannot be guaranteed due to the large volume of photos received. All submitted photos are considered for “A Snap to Remember” (see page 104).

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


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snap shots - ours

Williamson Parent’s annual Back-toSchool Fair at Cool Springs Galleria was a blast!

Magician Scott Tripp entertains the crowd.

Elaine, Daniel and Katherine Williams

Ethan Iseral

Eyan and Trupti Patel

Goria and Jan Cunningham

Jack Jackson, Cherie Ayers, Savannah, Trinity and Bethani Jackson and Kali Patton

Lauren and Emma Hallmark

Leena, Aeysha, Yousef and Mostafa Sindi

Marissa, Braden, Nathan and Avery Zapp

Ramsey Haynes

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snap shot of the month

Lillia is ready for fall! 104 september 2011




Thank you John Armbruster, (age 13 from Nashville) for your help in naming our mascot!




George Adams Jr. D.M.D. A Father-Son Team Caring for Kids Since 1977. Certified, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

George Adams Sr. D.D.S., M.S.D.

Belle Meade Office Park St. Thomas Hospital Area 4515 Harding Road, Suite 114 Nashville, TN 37205 (615) 297-7597

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