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pinions and comments have grown contentious on the Common Core, with many on the pro side tossing darts to those on the anti side and vice versa. Here at the magazine, we see the angst that the Common Core has wrought on our Facebook page, where we interact daily with readers on a wide range of subjects related to our kids. We are moms ourselves here, and we talk all day long about life and things that are interesting to us. We share posting responsibilities, and on one rainy Saturday recently, I shared a well-researched post (albeit anti-Common Core) by Joy Pullman, the 2013-14 recipient of a Robert Novak journalism fellowhip for in-depth reporting on Common Core. I met Ms. Pullman last year at a Common Core hearing held here — she’d been invited to speak and she came from out of town with her baby in tow. Several of you took digs at me for posting Pullman’s piece because it was anti-Common Core, but posting it got us TALKING. And that’s what we need to do. Neither Pullman nor I are against teachers! We are not against higher standards! We want excellent educations for all children. But what does THAT mean? And why couldn’t parents have been asked that question before the national standards swept sneakily into our classrooms? I have four kids and they are completely different kinds of learners. My youngest is an out-of-the-box creative boy who excels with hands-on learning. In public school today there’s little time for that kind of learning which is why we’re eyeing homeschooling. Let me tell you what drove the final nail into my public schooleducated opinion.

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I am not a number! My husband and I attended a parentteacher conference for our boy. He’s a busy guy, excelling at soccer, ice hockey and music, and he has a hard time fitting in extra study hours without falling asleep at the table. The more prudent among you may tsk tsk, but shock, shock: there are more things in life than — dare I say it? DATA! We said quick hellos to his four-member teacher team before sitting down and being efficiently treated to a sideshow of data showing my son’s TCAP scores from last year compared to his “practice” TCAP scores from this fall. We saw data arranged on individual sheets from each of his classes, too, showing a color line for the district, a color line for our school and a color line for my son’s achievement. They spoke of percentages and recommendations. They used words like “gaps” and “on watch” and “RTI,” and in the middle of their talking, I thought how stressed they seemed. These good people, trying, caring, getting it done, needing their jobs, married to all of this data whether they liked it or not, and oh the endless shuffling of papers. Where, I wondered, are the living and breathing children in all of this? Where is their learning? Their individualisms? I wanted to talk about my son. Is he participating eagerly? Did he delight them at all, in any way, with his sharp wit and mind that I know and adore? I longed for any positive morsel they could give, but all I received was, “He was so happy because he knew all of his prepositions.” The commentary was on my boy’s percentages — not his mind or his aptitude or his person. The numbers, initials and lines on the data sheets made our heads spin. I am all for improved standards, but I think we should look at the different ways children learn before cementing a one-size-fits-all model and bowing down to all-things DATA. People used to scoff that humans are not just numbers. They did it because it’s true. Numbers are not what make us tick. That would be the heart.

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FAVORITE DOC NOMINATIONS! “I saw this on an early childhood education video I had to watch one time, and this early childhood teacher said she sat with the child who was spitting and she gave him a cup and told him to spit in it and to keep spitting in it. Of course, the child gets tired of constantly doing it because someone else was telling him to do it. Even when the child got tired, the teacher still told him to keep doing it. He eventually got tired of it altogether — the new slowly wore off — and he stopped.” Clarice Baker “My boys have been taught that there’s no spitting inside and no spitting at people. It’s a work in progress, but they’re allowed to spit outside.” April Brown Asante “Maybe give him a science lesson on the contents of saliva and all the bugs it can contain?” Megan Sukut-Kennedy

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Kids + Housework = Trouble? Get off the table, please. Please put that down. How on Earth are you supposed to cook, clean, do the laundry, stay sane … when your child’s testing your patience left and right!? Treat him like a big kid and get him involved. When my child was young, this is how I handled it: “Here you go, you can help Mommy fold all the laundry! After that, you can sit at the table and keep me company while I do the dishes. If we work together, we can be done with all our household responsibilities in no time, then you can pick out a game for us to play!” Rowena Soriano Gonzalez Aldridge

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Oh, I totally understand this times two! Some days I want to just scream! They’re even more testy when it’s raining because that means no outside! Arrgh!

Let them help with laundry, get them their own “cleaning” toys and have lots of Tupperware in the end cabinet along with a few old pots and pans and a couple of good thick wooden spoons.

Talk to him! Take a few minutes to explain what you need to get done. My son is 3, and the majority of household tasks I need/have to complete he can help or at least be a part of. If he’s having an off day and doesn’t want to help, I do keep a few new puzzles hidden.

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Kids & Coughs. Your child’s got a cough — no fever or any other symptoms. The big question is ... do you send her on to school? What if it gets worse? What if she IS sick and it’s just not showing yet? Maybe it’s allergies. I have kids with allergies, so a non-productive cough is pretty common. If I kept the one out of school for every little sniffle and cough, we’d be in truancy court. I think you get to know the difference and can notice the subtle signs of an oncoming illness. But, truth be told, if mine feels OK and just has cold symptoms, I’m probably going to send her to school. You get behind in AP US History, you’re in trouble. Amy Woehler Baker

Make sure it doesn’t worsen.

No fever? Send him to school.

Some coughing is nothing major to worry about.

I actually felt the same — that I send them to school. Now, I see if the cough goes away or gets worse. The last two winters my 5-year-old’s cough did not go away. It got worse, and he could not sleep because of it, but he had NO other symptoms. Turns out he actually had strep! I understand not going to the doctor for every little cough, and most of the time it’s a virus (doctor can’t do anything) and it works itself out. Our experience is that if he’s not better in 48 hours, take him in to see the pediatrician because he hasn’t gotten his tonsils out yet and it ALWAYS develops into strep. None of the rest of the family is ever affected, but I’m sure he could infect other children in his class.

Yep, my child goes unless he’s running a fever or is obviously miserable and not feeling well. Thankfully, we’ve not had any issues yet. He’s in third grade and he’s already had three years of perfect attendance! This would make year number four, although I’m not holding my breath.

My kid has gone to school quite often with a cough. This is one of the worst areas of the country for allergies, so some coughing in and of itself isn’t cause for major concern. If other symptoms show up such as fever, then yes, she stays at home.

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Investigate what could be the cause for the cough. He could be coughing from acid reflux or allergy related post nasal drip. I would want to know more. Is the cough happening during spring pollen season or fall ragweed season? What did the child eat before the cough appeared? Penny Ray

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• Glue two of the leaves together at the end to the bottom of the corn cob like it’s opening up. • Glue the other two leaves together to the back of the corn cob. • Take your paint and you can either finger paint in dots of different colors or use a paint brush. • Set aside to dry.

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The Music Class Turns 10!

Free Apps to Help You Hit Tennessee Trails Fall is the perfect time to get out and about to explore the beauty that Tennessee offers, including many trails and byways to enjoy while taking in the autumnal colors of nature. The Tennessee Department of Tourism helps make your trip more fun and informative with its new Discover Tennessee Trails & Byways initiative, and your kids will dig it because it’s in app form. You can download 16 free apps (available on the iOS platform; you’ll need the 7.0 or higher platform on your device) that highlight specific trails while pointing out major sites, off-the-beaten-path spots and beyond. You can view by category and create a custom trail itinerary ... you can share your favorite points of interest on Facebook, too. Among the trail app offerings is Nashville’s Trace, a cool road trip through Tennessee towns linked together by the beautiful Natchez Trace Parkway’s history and scenery. Other goodies include the Great River Road Trail (West Tennessee), Old Tennessee Trail (towns surrounding Franklin), Pie in the Sky Trail (Chattanooga), Ring of Fire Trail (Cumberland Plateau), Sunny Side Trail (Smoky Mountains and the Appalachian countryside) and more. Download the apps from iTunes or at tnvacation.com/ apps.

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A local tot has fun playing a tambourine at The Music Class. Free introductory sessions are available this month.

“The Music Class has brought music into my children’s lives in such a fun and easy way,” says local mom Karin Simmons. The Music Class — a music and movement program for ages 0 - 4 with a parent — celebrates its 10th anniversary in Music City this month (its main location is in Brentwood, but it offers satellite classes in Nashville). Free trial classes are available Nov. 3 - 8 (see “Things To Do,” page 65 for details). Learn more at 777-9314 or themusicclass. com/nashville.

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Chattanooga restaurateurs Mike and Taylor Monen are bringing two of their celebrated eateries to Nashville next year. Set to open in spring 2015, the URBAN STACK BURGER LOUNGE and MILK & HONEY will reside at 1700 Church St. in Nashville’s Midtown district. While Urban Stack caters to the adult crowd with gourmet burgers and a hefty whiskey selection (great for a parents’ night out!), Milk & Honey is the place to take the kids to enjoy made-from-scratch popsicles, gelato and other sweet treats. Stay tuned, we’ll keep you posted ... With all the holiday hoopla happening this month and next, keeping up with Fido’s grooming needs might seem like a hassle with one more place to go. Have the groomer come to you! CLOUD 9 MOBILE GROOMING can come to your house with a mobile trailer (it’s a self-contained grooming station on wheels) to take care of your pooch’s bathing and trimming needs as well as ear and nail care. Cloud 9 serves several areas in Davidson County as well as Brentwood and Mt. Juliet. Call 3518473 or visit cloud9mobilegrooming.com.

Parents of children with autism can find treatment options at the Nashville Autism Center (NCA), a division of the Stewart-Beavers Institute. Led by Shawn Stewart, Ph.D., and Lisa Beavers, Ph.D., NCA offers comprehensive assessment and treatments for children, teens and their families that include counseling and psychotherapy, behavior management, ADHD assessment/treatment, education planning and development, school consultation and more. One of the treatments available is brain mapping and neurofeedback, a process utilizing computer software that allows therapists to monitor and visualize the patient’s brain activity in order to treat conditions of autism, ADD and even migraines. Located at 704 18th Ave. S., Nashville, find more info at 782-0504 or visit stewartbeaversinstitute.com.


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RYMAN HOSTS Christmas 4 Kids Get tickets for the 13th Annual Charlie Daniels Band & Friends concert on Monday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. at Ryman Auditorium. The show benefits Christmas 4 Kids, a local not-for-profit that generates money for underprivileged kids in the mid state so they can enjoy a $150 shopping spree on anything they want at Wal-Mart in Hendersonville. Joining Daniels at the concert are Ty Herndon, The Roys, Phil Vassar, Andy Griggs and Jamie O’Neal. Tickets are $32.50 - $60 and are available at christmas4kids.org.

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Bring Christmas cheer to local boys and girls with families in need who might not otherwise have a happy holiday by participating in two annual toy drives this season.

A local child at Fannie Battle Day Home with Santa. Sign up this month to carol around town while raising money for the center.

The Salvation Army’s annual Angel Tree program runs Nov. 8 - Dec. 6. Pick up a paper angel and shop for a local boy or girl this season.

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There’s a new, upscale furniture consignment shop opening this month in the old Hub Cap Annie location in Nashville. THE VELVET SHOESTRING is set to open Friday, Nov. 14 featuring home furnishings on consignment. Brands include Ethan Allen, Henredon, Henkel, Kittinger and more. Located at 811 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville, store hours are Mon - Wed 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Thu Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Call 770-366-9969 or visit thevelvetshoestringinc.com/nashville ... The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center hosts the 20th Annual CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS art exhibit running December through June 2015. The exhibit features work in a variety of media created by all ages with disabilities. The center’s exhibit area (110 Magnolia Cir., Nashville) is open Mon - Fri 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., and admission is free. January through April, you’ll be able to see a few of the pieces on display on the lower level at TPAC as well. Call 322-8240 or visit kc.vanderbilt.edu.

TOYS FOR TOTS The U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots is now underway and continues through Friday, Dec. 12. Drop off a new, unwrapped toy in a bin at all Toys R Us and Babies R Us locations in Middle Tennessee. Other local businesses also host drop-off receptacles. Find a complete list of Middle Tennessee locations at nashville-tn.toysfortots.org. SALVATION ARMY’S ANGEL TREE Donate toys that will go to children in Davidson (specific ZIP codes only), Williamson, Sumner, Dickson, Hickman and Cheatham counties through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program taking place Nov. 8 - Dec. 6. Simply pick up a paper angel off a tree at The Mall at Green Hills, RiverGate Mall or CoolSprings Galleria, then shop for the boy or girl you select and return your gifts to the Angel Tree volunteers at the malls. Gifts are for children ages birth to 12 years. The Salvation Army also seeks volunteers to help at each mall location. Learn more at 2420411 or nashville.salarmyangeltree.com.

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embrace your momhood Yes, your days are busy and full ... but don’t miss motherhood. Instead, find the joy in raising your kids ... starting NOW.

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kay, so your daughter, age 2, has decided to flush her pullup down the toilet and now the bathroom’s flooded. This is the day after your son tossed a football across your living room, breaking a lamp in the process. Sometimes there will be days like this one. And some days, rather than losing it, you just have to laugh. What? It’s true. Laughter strengthens your immune system, lowers your blood pressure and makes your life more fun. Taking life less seriously can help you be more creative, diffuse anger and tap into the world’s wealth of happiness. So, it seems humor, or at least a good sense of it, is a great tool for living and perhaps an even better tool for the toughest of life’s jobs — mothering.

Creative Uses of Humor “What I’ve found is parents who are more open minded and have good senses of humor have a better time parenting their children,” says Jane Hannah, lower school division head at Currey Ingram Academy. Hannah tells a story about a couple who was worried about an upcoming trip to Florida with their children. “They gave each of their three kids $20 in quarters for the

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by Jenna Fleming trip down,” says Hannah. “The kids could lose a quarter if they said something mean or caused trouble in the car, but they could also earn quarters for saying something nice. They had a great time listening to their kids make up positive things to say.” On the way back, they gave each kid a sandwich and water. The children could earn a dime for every kind thing they said. “It was a way for them to earn money for a better meal,” said Hannah. “And once again, it worked!” Hannah warns that there are some times when humor is not the best response: “Certain behaviors like aggression, destruction of property and repeated non-compliance have to be dealt with seriously.” And as with any parenting tool, you have to be consistent. “Kids have a difficult time if one day you act funny about something and the next you are angry,” says Hannah. But for the most part, life is better when you’re laughing, and using your sense of humor will help your children develop their own.

The Laughter Tool Saying or doing things in a humorous way can help make difficult situations easier to handle — after all, your 2-yearold was trying to get rid of a pullup, not trying to be naughty.

“You can diffuse a potential problem and distract your kids with humor,” says Faye Johnson, associate professor of sociology at MTSU as well as assistant to the provost for special initiatives. “You can bring up difficult family issues by putting a humorous spin on them and they aren’t quite as threatening.” Johnson says truthful and positive humor can help moms cope with life.

For example, tell yourself you’re a good mom, that you come up with great ideas for dinner and that you’re a good decision maker. Don’t stop there: compliment yourself for saying something clever, for being a curious learner. Several times a day, tell yourself you are pretty and sometimes even go so far as to tell yourself that you’re the hottest mom in the school district.

Happy Tools For Moms HAVE A DAILY HAPPINESS FORMULA What are your basic needs that you’d like to see met each day? Some moms must have two yoga classes a week, quiet time in the morning and low-fat flavored yogurt in the refrigerator at all times. Some moms need to touch base with their own moms at the start of each day. Whatever it is that you need to meet your daily needs, identify your minimum requirements so you can rely on them to carry you through. There is more, but this is my basic happiness survival formula for this period in our family.

BE YOUR OWN CHEERLEADER You may feel under appreciated, so you have to be your own best cheerleader — and you have to OVERDO it. Throughout the day, point out the things you’re really good at and positive qualities you appreciate about yourself.

PLAY HARDER THAN ANYONE ELSE Have you ever found yourself thinking, “I wish I could play,” while you watch your kids cavort or when your husband tells you he’s going golfing with friends? Why does everyone get to play and you don’t? Because you don’t take yourself out to play! Don’t think you have time? You’re more efficient and effective when you’re happy. And, people are drawn to happy people, so others will want to be around you. You can play by window shopping, riding a bike, running, stomping through mud, cutting random things from magazines, swinging on swings, etc. Go out of your way to do things that are out of the ordinary and you’ll find pleasure. Jenna Fleming is a freelance writer and a mom of two kids, ages 4 and 7.


5 Scientific Tips for Raising Your Kids 1) Joke Around More: According to research presented at the Economic and Social Research Councils’ Festival of Social Science 2011, when parents joke and pretend, it gives young kids the tools to think creatively, make friends and manage stress.

4) Don’t Aim for Perfection: According to a study published in 2011 in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, new parents who believe society expects perfection from them are more stressed and less confident in their parenting skills.

2) Be Positive: Studies show that moms who express negative emotions toward their young children are likely to find themselves with aggressive kindergartners. If you find yourself in a cycle of “angry mom, angry baby, angrier mom,” try to break free. It will ease your problems in the long run.

5) Know Your Kids: Everyone thinks they know the best way to raise a child, but it turns out that parenting is not one-size-fits-all. In fact, kids whose parents tailor their parenting style to the child’s personality have half the anxiety and depression of their peers with more rigid parents, according to a study published in August 2011 in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. It turns out that some kids, especially those with trouble regulating their emotions, might need a little extra help from Mom or Dad. However, parents can inadvertently hurt well-adjusted kids with too much hovering.

3) Take Care of Yourself: Research suggests that depressed moms struggle with parenting and even show muted responses to their babies’ cries compared with healthy moms. If you suspect you may be depressed, get help.

2 Solid Mom Tips BE A GOOD FANTASIZER. SCENARIO: You have to repeat yourself over and over again like a drill sergeant and still no one’s listening! SOLUTION: Create positive reasons for why so-and-so isn’t responding (this is strictly for your happiness). For example, if you asked 400 times for your daughter to put away her toys, make up a positive reason for WHY she didn’t do it in your mind. For instance, maybe she was making you a homemade card or ... maybe she was getting the dog a drink of water. See how that softens the way you feel?

DON’T TAKE ON A LOVED ONE’S PROBLEM. SCENARIO: Your son says to you, “Mom, I can’t find my soccer jersey!” SOLUTION: Look right at your child and say, “I am sorry to hear that you lost it.” Do nothing else. When he says, “Mom! Can you help me find it?” say, “You start looking and when I’m done with (fill in the blank) I’ll join in, but first, look in all the usual places.” By doing this you’re keeping the problem in the lap of the real owner. Do this every time a family member comes to you for THEIR solution!

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ou sooo love your lil’ darlin’, but there come those moments — and there will be plenty of ’em — when you’ll be lost for what to do. Here’s a collection of trickier parenting issues with tips to help you navigate:

SEPARATION ANXIETY “It broke my heart to see my baby’s eyes fill with tears as I began to leave,” says Julie Anderson of Nashville.

TIPS: • Have the person staying with your child create a distraction, such as playing with a new toy. Say a quick “goodbye” and go. • Remember that your child’s tears will subside within minutes of your departure. • Help your child learn to cope with separation with short practice sessions at home. Separation is easier when he initiates it — so when he crawls into another room and out of your sight, don’t follow right away; wait a minute or two.

From separations to tantrums, you’re going to need techniques to handle all the challenges of raising your toddler ... because ages 2 - 5 are among the most active and frustrating in terms of parenting.

• If you have to go into another room, tell him where you’re going and that you’ll return. If he fusses, call to him instead of running back. Gradually, he’ll learn that nothing terrible happens when you’re gone and that you’ll come back. Source: The Complete and Authoritative Guide for Caring for Your Baby and Young Child Birth to Age 5 by The American Academy of Pediatrics (Bantam; 2009) (please turn the page)

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Tough Stuff POTTY TRAINING “I don’t believe those moms who say they potty trained their 18-monthold. Give me a break,” says Annabelle Boehnlein of Brentwood.

TIPS: • Most tots show an interest in the potty sometime between the ages of 2 and 3. It’s time to give it a try if your child shows interest in watching you, if he has regular dry diapers in the morning, or he doesn’t like a dirty diaper and wants it changed. • Things that can help your child find success include limiting liquids after 6 p.m., rewarding him when he’s had a dry night or eliminated in the potty, and knowing that there will be accidents and being gentle about them. • Make it easier on yourself so you don’t get frustrated with your child: Buy a waterproof mattress cover for quick clean-ups once you’ve moved to cotton underwear. Source: Potty Training for Dummies by Diane Stafford and Jennifer Shoquist, M.D. (For Dummies Press; 2002)

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BYE, BYE, BINKY “We tried mailing away his paci to another baby who needed one,” says Charlotte Johnson of Smyrna.

TIPS: • This is hard, but if you have older siblings, they can help weaken your child’s pacifier dependency by limiting your toddler’s boredom. Engage your little one with toys or distractions, and try to keep him active without it. • Many toddlers fall asleep with a pacifier, only for it to fall underneath the crib while he sleeps. In trying to remove a pacifier altogether, start with nap time — tell him once he gets a good nap he can have his pacifier back. • Try “5 Days to End the Paci.” Day 1: Tell your child the paci has to go away and he gets to choose how (send it away, give it to someone, etc.). Day 2: Begin substituting it for a favorite or new toy. Day 3: Use the paci only for bedtime. Day 4: Give fair warning that tomorrow is bye-bye day. Day 5: Give paci away altogether. Source: nashvilleparent. com

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“I remember whisking my screaming boy down the stairs and out the door at the old Davis-Kidd Bookstore,” says Editor Susan Day of Nashville.

• Start the wind-down process early in the evening, and try to follow the same routine every night, if possible.

• Don’t force meals, but don’t offer snacks a lot, either.

• Help your toddler set his “biological clock.” Toddlers do well with an early bedtime (between 6:30 and 8 p.m.). Dim the lights an hour before bedtime and start your routine (warm bath, pajamas, story time). See if you can catch him in “yawn” mode before he kicks into “overdrive” mode. • Night wakings will diminish as your child learns to put himself to sleep. If he comes into your room, it’s fine to let your child crawl in with you, unless you don’t want him to, in which case, return him to his own bed each time he does it. Eventually ... slowly ... he will learn to fall asleep on his own and put himself back to sleep in his own bed when he wakes during the night. Source: Sleep Solutions by Rachel Waddilove (Lion Hudson; 2013)

• Serve meals at the same time of day, consistently. Offer liquids after food is eaten. • Be patient with new foods; repeat exposure is needed for kids to try something new. • Prepare one meal and have the family eat the meal. Try not to get into a routine of offering what the child wants and everyone else is eating something different. • Prepare balanced meals with protein, vegetables and starch, and eat with your child. • Minimize distractions at meal time: No iPads or TV at dinner! • Try to eat with your child or as a family as much as possible. Source: Whining and Dining by Emma Waverman and Eshun Mott (Random House; 2007)

TIPS: • Ignore the outburst as best as you can. When your child has a tantrum, his emotions have completely taken over so there’s no reasoning with him. • Have distractions with you when you’re away from home for when a tantrum happens. Try switching gears if you can see your child’s on the verge of a meltdown, but if he erupts into screaming and crying, calmly collect him and exit the building. • Try a hug. This may not be what you want to do in a hard moment, but it may be exactly what’s needed to help your child settle down. He may not quiet down, but at least he may feel comforted. • Speak calmly or you’ll get into a power struggle. Remember, YOU are the parent and have to demonstrate your maturity here. Source: The Mother of All Toddler Books by Ann Douglas (John Wiley & Sons; 2013)


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“That Look” Janet and Mike Aggers of Hermitage know “the look” well. By Jenna Fleming

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anet Aggers has seen “that look.” It’s the uncomfortable expression on someone’s face when noticing something unexpected about her youngest child. She’s not alone. It’s a “look” that’s familiar to many parents of children with special needs. With all the progress that’s been made in helping children and parents manage differences ranging from Down syndrome to cerebral palsy and other disabilities, parents still struggle with hurtful biases that threaten to hold their children back. Aggers and her husband, Mike, have two daughters, 14-year-old Mattie and 4-and-a-half-year-old Sammy. Sammy has Down syndrome and is working hard on her speech to be ready for kindergarten in a few years. “When she was little, I would see people with ‘that look.’ I knew they were wondering what was wrong with her,” her mother says. Sheila Moore, executive director of the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee, has known “the look” a lot longer than Aggers. Her grown son, Matthew, also has Down syndrome. “You see (people) looking at your child and you know that they’re feeling pity,” she says. “You know they’re thinking, ‘I’m glad that didn’t happen to me.’” Although most people are supportive, the stares sometimes do signal bias — a bias that would disappear if people looked a little deeper. “Everybody that we knew who looked at us that way … they saw a family doing fine,” Moore adds. The stares also affect siblings. Moore’s daughter, Katie, was always quick to notice someone wondering about her older brother. “When she saw it happening — the look — nine times out of 10 she’d grab his hand or put her arm around his shoulder. “That’s was her way of saying, ‘He may be different, but I love him,’” Moore says.

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Parents of children with cerebral palsy know the look well. One mom, who prefers not to be identified, says, “There are always those who look at my son and stare when we’re at the mall or the grocery store. Little children sometimes ask, ‘What’s wrong with his legs?’ I tell them my son was born with cerebral palsy and give a brief description of what that is.” Curious kids are OK she says, because kids are curious. But hurtful comments can come quickly to parents of children with disabilities. Aggers says her obstetrician told her soon after Sammy was born that she would hear “all the stupid things that come out of people’s mouths.” Even with the warning, she was surprised when they went out for a family dinner just two weeks after Sammy was born. It was the first time they had taken her out. It was cold, so she had on a hat and was wrapped in a blanket up to her nose. Still, a waitress glanced at her, and recognizing Down syndrome said, “Oh, you have a child with Down syndrome. I love them … If you don’t want her I’ll take her.” Aggers sat in silence the rest of the dinner but cried all the way home. Today, Aggers is getting Sammy ready for kindergarten, and being with typical kids will be an important part of her education. She’s in a parents’ day out preschool program and is the only child in her group with a disability. Her mother thinks the learning goes both ways. “Sammy learns from the other kids, and they learn from her. They learn compassion and patience and that everybody in the world is different,” she says. Jenna Fleming is a freelance writer and mom of two kids, ages 4 and 7.


non-disabled sibling needs • Acknowledge and accept your child‘s feelings about his sibling, understanding he must feel deprived of attention, jealous at times and even resentful. Those feelings are normal. • Let your child know that he’s not responsible for his sibling and will only be asked to help when absolutely necessary. • Find ways for each child in the family to gain recognition and a feeling of self-worth. • Acknowledge they are separate people, appreciated and loved for who they are rather than for what they can achieve. Source: Tending the Family Heart

“What About Me?” Non-disabled siblings have needs of their own. By Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D.

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avid never knows what it will be like when he gets home. Will Joey be in one of his moods or will he be friendly? Will they play and laugh or will there be yelling and tears? Will he be the target of rage or will he be safe? As he enters the house, he’s on high alert, trying to sense the atmosphere. David’s not the victim of a bully — David’s the older brother of Joey, a boy with mental retardation and autism. David is only 10. David’s parents are constantly stressed in their efforts to meet the needs of both boys. Their son is usually in a world of his own. Every day, many, many times a day, they work with him to keep him calm, to keep him occupied, to keep him learning. They refuse to give up on him when he withdraws to his private inner place. They go to countless meetings to advocate for education and services to meet his special needs.

In the United States, there are almost 6 million children with disabilities. Even in the most capable families, the normally developing child can end up shortchanged. Sometimes, especially in larger families, the help of the non-disabled child is very much needed in the day-to-day care of their sibling. Sometimes he’s just expected, to “understand” that his sibling’s needs come first, especially when there are also medical complications. Even when parents don’t expect it, typical kids put pressure on themselves to be good, to achieve, somehow to make up for the family’s sense of loss. Sometimes they feel torn between their desire to be part of the peer group and their loyalty to their family member, especially when other kids are being cruel. These siblings experience the full range of emotions toward their disabled siblings: love, jealousy of the time taken up by their care, confusion about how to respond, resentment, joy for a sibling’s accomplishments and frustration that they can’t be normal. A further challenge for their parents is finding ways to validate their nondisabled children’s very legitimate feelings while trying to maintain an emotional balance of their own. It’s not uncommon for parents to be too emotionally spent themselves to listen to a child’s worries. Yet it’s not all bad. There is a kind of strength and compassion that comes from managing all of this. The relationship between siblings is often tender. They share in the joy of their disabled sibling’s achievements and milestones as well as their disappointments and frustrations. As the parents of special needs children with typical siblings, just be mindful of what you have before — that they are separate people. THAT is the best you can do. Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D., is the author of Tending the Family Heart (PsychCentral.com; 2011).

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VANDERBILT BILL WILKERSON CENTER’S NEW PRESCHOOL There’s a new preschool program for children ages 18 - 36 months with autism or suspected autism at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center (BWC), with plans to expand to children through age 5. Children with autism focus on establishing and improving functional communication skills, social interactions and play skills with the guidance of occupational therapists, feeding therapists and behavioral analysts. For more information contact Jennifer Pilkington at 936-5212 or jennifer. pilkington@vanderbilt.edu.

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The Arc of Davidson County The Arc of Rutherford County The Arc of Williamson County 248-5878 • thearctn.org Advocacy nonprofit for the rights and full participation of all people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Through a family-based network of members and chapters, The Arc supports and empowers individuals and families; connects and informs individuals and families; improves support and service systems; influences public policy; increases public awareness; and inspires inclusive communities. Autism Speaks autismspeaks.org The world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks Tennessee resources are included at this site. Autism Foundation of Tennessee 376-0034 autismfoundationtn.org Offers a full range of occupational, behavioral and speech therapy services as well as support for children and adolescents. Autism Tennessee 385-2077 • autismtn.org An info hub to help families on their autism journey, it also provides educational workshops for parents, advocacy and support services. Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee 386-9002 • somethingextra.org Connects hundreds of families to support, programs, education, advocacy and other families. First Steps firststepsnashville.org An inclusive child development

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center, First Steps provides education and therapy to area children, including those who have been turned away due to the severity of their health issues. High Hopes Inclusive Preschool and Pediatric Therapy Clinic 661-5437 • highhopesforkids.org A non-profit organization serving children and families of Middle Tennessee. Nashville Autism Center 782-0504 stewartbeaversinstitute.com Offers comprehensive assessment and a variety of treatment options, including brain mapping and neurofeedback. Regional Intervention Program 963-1177 • ripnetwork.org Internationally recognized parent program that helps parents work directly with their own children when there is concern for the child’s behaviors. Support and Education of Exceptional Parents (STEP) 800-280-STEP • tnstep.org Organization that guides families through challenges they face accessing education and community programs for special needs. Tennessee Disability Coalition 383-9442 • tndisability.org An alliance of organizations and individuals joined to promote the full and equal participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of life. Among the programs offered are Family Voices of Tennessee (works to improve services for special needs children); Tennessee Autism Plan (working toward a system of health care and related services for Tennessee children with autism spectrum disorder and other disabilities) and Project Brain (A network and training resource for those supporting students with Traumatic brain injury).

Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS) 931-528-1623 tn.gov/education/early_learning/ TEIS.shtml Voluntary educational program for families with children birth through age 2 with disabilities or developmental delays. Therapy in a Bin 800-818-7107 therapyinabin.com Online store providing products for children with special needs. Tucker’s House 310-5224 • tuckershouse.org Non-profit that works to retrofit home environments for the wellbeing of special needs children. United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee 242-4091 • ucpmidtn.org Provides programs to serve individuals of all ages with a variety of disabilities primarily affecting mobility. Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Hearing & Speech Center 322-5000 vanderbilthealth.com/billwilkerson Specializes in ear, nose and throat diseases and communications disorders such as hearing, speech, language and voice problems.

UNIQUE PROGRAMS ARTS & MUSIC Bolton Music Therapy 715-1232 boltonmusictherapy.com Serving Murfreesboro and the surrounding area, Bolton Music Therapy’s mission includes using music for special needs individuals looking beyond limitations. Therapy begins with an assessment for your child to develop a treatment plan.

Musical Bridges (888) MUS-BRDGES musicalbridges.com Serving the Brentwood and surrounding areas, Musical Bridges provides music therapy predominantly to children and adults with autism and other developmental disorders. VSA Tennessee vsatn.org VSA Tennessee offers a fun, enriching array of arts programming all year and throughout the state for youth with and without disabilities, as well as for teachers looking for resources to guide talented students in the arts. Some of the offerings include: • Workshops: Offered on various weekends and after school, topic-specific workshops introduce young people with disabilities to an array of arts. • The Tennessee Dulcimer Choir: A partnership of VSA Tennessee and the Blair School of Music Vanderbilt University, The Tennessee Dulcimer Choir is comprised of adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders who are between the ages of 12 and 18 and who possess language and reading skills.

CAMPS & PROGRAMS ABLES Recreation Association ablesinc.org A non-profit organization that offers a modified summer camp for special needs children and young adults where campers participate in fun activities such as Sounds games, museum trips and trips to the Nashville Zoo. Bill Rice Ranch 800-253-RICE • billriceranch.org Offers one free week of day camp for the deaf ages 9 - 19 in June or July.


Buddy Break Hendersonville • 447-1323 Hermitage • 481-2819 Lebanon • 484-9386 Mt. Juliet • 772-3391 A service of Nathaniel’s Hope, Buddy Break is a free, once-amonth respite program where special needs kids can enjoy supervised activities while Mom and Dad take a break. Camp SummerSign at Brentwood Baptist Deaf Church (BBDC) 324-6103 • brentwooddeaf.org Offers a summer day camp for eight weeks June - July at BBDC for the deaf and hard of hearing youth. Camp Will: Therapeutic Summer Day Camp 790-5719, ext. 2021 wcparksandrec.com/seniors-therapeutics/activities A specialized therapeutic day camp for children, adolescents and young adults living in Williamson County with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. Takes place in June. Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee 386-9002 • somethingextra.org Offers a Creative Arts Camp in June as well as a Friends Camp for Kids and a Dance Camp in July for children ages 5 and older with Down syndrome. Easter Seals of Tennessee 292-6640 easterseals.com/tennessee/ourprograms/camping-recreation/ Easter Seals provides day and overnight inclusion camps for kids ages 7 - 16 with special needs (children are grouped by age with typically developing peers) at Camp Widjiwagan. Activities include swimming, crafts, horseback riding, adaptive yoga and more. Empower Me Day Camp 453-0005 • sites.google.com/ site/empowermedaycamp/ This summer camp for children with disabilities in Wilson County takes place in June and July with themed weeks like sensory, talent, cowboy, tropical and carnival.

Full Circle at the YMCA Bellevue • 646-9622 Brentwood • 373-9622 Donelson-Hermitage • 889-2632 Green Hills • 297-6529 Rutherford Co. • 895-5995 ymcamidtn.org/programs/youthdevelopment/full-circle A free service to Y members ages 3 - 21 with special needs, this yearround program includes after-school arts, fitness and sports classes, swimming lessons, summer activities and more. Gigi’s Playhouse 370-1500 gigisplayhouse.org Gigi’s Playhouse in Brentwood serves all ages with Down syndrome via 30 different educational and therapeutic programs as well as family night activities. Harpeth School of Gymnastics 790-7825 harpethgym.com/kidtastic The Kidtastic Gymnastics program for children 18 months and older with disabilities teaches basic fundamentals of the sport and is available year round. Muscular Dystrophy Association 832-5055 mda.org/summer-camp The Nashville chapter of MDA offers a summer camp program for ages 6 - 17 with neurological diseases at the Center for Courageous Kids in Scottsville, Ky., in June. Nashville Children’s Theatre 252-4675 • nashvillect.org NCT offers one sensory-friendly performance during each show’s run on a given Saturday or Sunday. During these shows, kids with disabilities are free to speak and move in reaction to the play. Audio levels may be lowered, and noise-reducing headphones are available. Nashville Zoo 833-1534 nashvillezoo.org/zoo-camps Created in conjunction with Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD), Zooper Heroes Camp for ages 7 - 12 is a

day camp for special needs kids that includes animal encounters, crafts, games and more. Sky High Sports 366-4252 • nas.jumpskyhigh.com On the first Tuesday each month, children with special needs ages 3 - 6 can play on the trampolines without the loud music or other distractions. Special Kids 496-4638 • specialkidstn.com A Christian, summer day camp for children with special needs ages 6 - 25 that is designed to allow the children to participate in an interactive, social and fun way.

HORSE THERAPY The Papillion Center 590-7213 • papillioncenter.org Located in Gallatin, equine therapy is available to children suffering from fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Paradise Ranch 382-5616 • paradiseranch.org Offers equine assisted therapy for children and adults in one-hour long sessions that focus on physically and mentally strengthening the rider while teaching how to ride a horse. Realistic Interventions 265-8584 realisticinterventions.com Located in Hendersonville, equine therapy is utilized to help treat children with autism and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Saddle Up! 794-1150 • saddleupnashville.org A year-round therapeutic riding program that serves children and youth with disabilities in the Middle Tennessee area.

CONTACT US To be added to our list of special needs services, e-mail npinfo@ daycommedia.com.

Southern STARRS (Special Therapeutic And Recreational Riding Students) 453-2592 • southernstarrs.org Offers therapeutic and recreational horseback riding and animal assisted activities to special needs children and adults. Take The Reins at Bending Tree Farms 566-7534 takethereinsridingcenter.com A year-round non-profit recreational therapeutic riding program that serves children ages 4 - 18 with documented disabilities.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS Largest organization in the nation providing athletic opportunities for children and adults with an intellectual disability, a cognitive delay or a developmental disability. Children ages 2 - 7 with intellectual disabilities can participate in the Young Athletes Program either at home or through a local Special Olympics program. Participation in Special Olympics starts at age 8 with no maximum age limit. People with intellectual disabilities can take part in Unified Sports, teams that mi people with and without intellectual disabilities. Contact your local chapter to get your child started: DAVIDSON COUNTY: Terry Watkins, 333-5070, ext.155 terry.watkins@mnps.org RUTHERFORD COUNTY: Lou Paschall, 893-5812, ext. 22118 paschall@rcs.k12.tn.us SUMNER COUNTY: Dave McAndrew, 438-8685 ddy2408@comcast.net WILLIAMSON COUNTY: Orson Bell, 337-1789 sotnwc@gmail.com

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Each summer, Act Too Players offers a combination of week-long performance camps and our full production summer intensives taught by some the best in the Nashville theatre industry. Every student gets the opportunity to rehearse with the best directors, musical directors, and technical staff. Our goal is to instruct your child on the art of theatre while providing a fun, safe, environment.

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Offering tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, contemporary for ages 3 and up. Now enrolling for the 2014 - 2015 dance year. Offering birthday parties, too!

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Offering ballet, tap, contemporary, pointe, jazz, modern, hip-hop and Pre-K themed classes. Visit our website for registration information.

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Music Together Now at Bolton Music Therapy musictogether.com 615-796-6162 Bolton Music Therapy is now offering Music Together®, an early childhood music program for children ages birth to five years. Our mixed-age, inclusive classes provide a rich, active music making experience. Each family receives a songbook and two recordings each semester. Contact us to attend a free demo class! Please call for locations or visit our website.

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Founded in 1931, NCT is the country’s oldest professional theater for youth and was ranked as one of the top five children’s theaters by Time magazine. NCT presents age-appropriate plays from the classics to contemporary. Saturday and Summer drama workshops are offered for children of various ages. For a complete listing of the 2015 season or for more information about drama workshops, visit our website or call the theater.

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School of Nashville Ballet offers the highest quality of training for children and adults of all ages. Artistic director Paul Vasterling leads an outstanding faculty comprised of highly respected professional teachers from around thew world, providing a complete dance experience that is challenging and fun for all students, whether they simply love to dance or aspire to a professional career. Students may have the opportunity to perform in Nashville Ballet productions.

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Join the art experience at Uptown Art. Our artist will guide you in a step-by-step group setting to create your own masterpiece. Offering kid-friendly class options for younger artists ages 5 and up, as well as birthday parties and more. Check out our website for the monthly calendar and class schedule.

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A cutting-edge, drug-free approach to help children improve their ability to learn academically, socially and emotionally. We don’t just work with your child’s strengths or compensate for a weakness. We tackle your child’s issue head on, by addressing the root cause at the most fundamental level. The Brain Balance Program® integrates three key pillars of brain development – sensory motor exercises, cognitive activities and nutritional guidance – to address the root cause of most learning and developmental issues.

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We believe that providing acceleration as well as challenging, inquiry-based educational opportunities, best serve the intellectual needs of gifted children; that being able to work alongside true academic peers provides a sense of community and belonging that helps to meed the social and emotional needs of gifted children; and that crafting authentic creative learning experiences best allows gifted students to develop their full capacities as thinkers, as problem-solvers and as compassionate people.

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A new yoga, wellness, and education studio for moms-to-be, mamas and families. Weekly drop-in classes include Prenatal Yoga, Mama-Baby Yoga, Mama-Crawlers Yoga, Babywearing Barre, Postnatal Yoga for Mom, Vinyasa Yoga for Everyone and kids classes from tots to tweens. Blooma offers childbirth education, massage, new mama support groups and women’s circles. We invite you to be part of our nurturing community for mind, body and spirit! Visit our website for info about our Grand Opening in November! continued on page 57 ...

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Come see the awesome improvements of our newly remodeled training center! Voted Nashville’s #1 gymnastics facility five years in a row!

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The free one-month summer camp gives children these five great life skills: (1) Easy-to-learn self-defense; (2) Vital safety tips; (3) How to handle bullies; (4) What to do when parents aren’t around; (5) What to do when confronted by strangers. Only three 4-week sessions will be held in June, July and August. Classes fill quickly so register now!

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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.

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

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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.

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Customized birthday parties, family reunions, group retreats. Paintball, climbing tower, lake, game field, ropes courses. Year-round family events: Father-Son (Aug.), Mother-Daughter (Sep.), Homeschool Family Day Camp (Apr.), Married Couples (Feb., Jun., Nov). Summer Camps: Day Camp (co-ed, K - 5), Adventure Day Camp (co-ed, middle school), and age-graded Overnight Camps (grades 3 - 12).

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Award-winning camp for girls is now accepting applications for 2015! Don’t miss our Mother-Daughter getaway, Apr. 25 - 26. The Riverview campus is also the site for the unique Nature’s Classroom Atop Lookout Mountain, an exciting experiential education program that has existed on a national level for 21 years and in Alabama since 1991. As a member of the Association for Experiential Education, the program provides an individually tailored format for each group’s needs.

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Nestled among the hills just 60 miles east of Nashville rests an adventure programming facility that rivals almost any other place like it in the United States. We utilize challenge courses, camping, paintball, canoeing, and other outdoor pursuits to fight apathy, to prepare students to face life with strength and direction, and to challenge people to think strategically, communicate directly, and live intentionally.

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64 DAILY ACTIVITIES Events in day-to-day order.

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ONGOING ACTIVITIES Recurring opportunities for all ages.

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PARENT PLANNER Events that require advance registration.

98 CHADDERBOX Nashville Symphony’s 2015 Movies at the Schermerhorn, look inside Nashville Rep’s A Christmas Story, kids’ auditions for Little Mermaid Jr. with MLT and family fun at the Frist!

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Local theater, music and dance happenings this month.

All aboard for a fun weekend of model trains during Adventure Science Center’s (ASC) annual Whistlestop Weekend taking place Nov. 14 - 16. In tandem with the All Aboard for Trains! exhibit running through Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, Whistlestop Weekend includes hands-on activities, engineering design challenges, presentations and demonstrations. ASC is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is $13 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12. Visit adventuresci.org.

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Sat 1 2014 Music City Muscle Championship Finals

Watch competitions in bodybuilding, figure, physique, bikini and fitness events. All ages. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 5:30 p.m.; $40; 782-4040 or tpac.org.

2014 Music City Muscle Championship Pre-Judging

Watch judging of competitors in body building, figure, physique, bikini and fitness events. All ages. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 8:30 a.m.; $15; 782-4040 or tpac. org.

FREE 24th Annual Holiday Arts and Craft Show and 11th Annual Kris Kringle Kar Klassic

Get your holiday shopping underway with more than 140 vendors who will have items like fine art, jewelry, pet products, novelty clothing, baby goods, home decor and more. While Mom shops, Dad can enjoy the car show featuring more than 80 classic and modified automobiles. Kids can bring their wish lists to share with Santa (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.). All ages. Williamson County Ag Expo Park, 4215 Long Lane, Franklin; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 790-5719, ext. 2010, or wcparksandrec.com.

Commodores Football

Cheer for the Vanderbilt Commodores when they challenge Old Dominion. Game time TBA. All ages. Vanderbilt Stadium, 2601

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Jess Neely Drive, Nashville; 3 p.m.; $35; 322-4653 or vucommodores.com.

Cumberland Division Meet & Model Train Show

Visit dealer tables, see operating model railroads, browse and buy in the hobby shop, take a self-guided tour of a large HO scale model railroad and more. All ages. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $4 adults, $1 ages 12 and younger, $10 family max, free for Scouts in uniform; 244-9001 or tcry.org.

Day of the Dead Tequila Festival

in the marketplace, exploring traditional arts and crafts, enjoying live music and dance, and more. All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; free with gate admission ($14 adults, $7 ages 3 - 17); 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

Fairground Speedway All American 400

Enjoy a night of fender-to-fender stock car racing on the oldest short track in the nation. All ages. Fairground Speedway, 625 Smith Ave., Nashville; 3 - 10:30 p.m.; $8 - $25; 254-1986 or fairgroundspeedwaynashville.com.

FREE Frozen Character Visit

Meet Elsa and Anna. All ages. Learning Express, 420 CoolSprings Blvd., Franklin; 1:30 p.m.; 771-3434.

Puttin’ on the Dog/Cat Holiday Gala Enjoy a silent auction, door prizes, food, announcement of the pet calendar contest winners, live entertainment by Kelly Lang and more during this benefit for the Human Society of Sumner County. All ages. Bluegrass Yacht and Country

Club, 550 Johnny Cash Pkwy., Hendersonville; 5 - 9 p.m.; $40; 822-0061 or hendersonvilleholidayfest.org.

Raiders Football

Cheer for the Blue Raiders when they take the field against BYU. All ages. Floyd Stadium, 1500 Greenland Drive, Murfreesboro; 2:30 p.m.; $22 - $28; 8982109 or goblueraiders.com.

FREE Shakespeare Allowed

Participate in (or just listen to) a complete reading of The Tempest. All ages. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; 12 - 3 p.m.; nashvilleshakes.org.

Sweet Side of Science

Explore the science behind sugary treats and get ideas for new uses for your Halloween leftovers, make a marshmallow launcher to take home, meet local candy makers and more. All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $13 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12; 862-5160 or adventuresci.org.

The Gathering Holiday Show

Shop for antiques, primitives, handmade items and seasonal fare. All ages. Tennessee State Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Ave., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $5; 516-3777 or thegatheringshow. com.

The Great Pumpkin Smash

Bring your own leftover Halloween pumpkin and have fun in the destruction of the farm’s pumpkins as well. Other activities include pumpkin bowling, the pumpkin sky drop, pumpkin chunking and more. All ages. Lucky Ladd Farms, 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville; 12 - 5 p.m.; $10 ages 2 and older ($7.50 if you bring a non-perishable food item for Second Harvest); 274-3786 or luckyladdfarms.com.

Watch Close, Don’t Blink

Nashville Magic Club presents this family-friendly interactive magic/comedy show. All ages. Bongo Java, 2007 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 3 p.m.; $10 ($25 per family of four); nashvillemagicclub.com.

Ages 21 and older can celebrate the Latin American holiday by sampling 16 variations of tequila, enjoying a chips/salsa bar, busting a pinata, listening to DJ music, viewing art and more. The Pavilion East, 1006 Fatherland St., Nashville; 6 - 10 p.m.; $25; dayofthedeadnashville.com.

East Nash Dash

This four-mile run/walk through East Nashville raises funds for Camp Progress, a summer camp for kids with disabilities. “A Taste of East Nashville” follows the race with food, beer and awards. All ages. Five Points, 1105 Woodland St., Nashville; 9 - 10:30 a.m.; $35 adults, free ages 12 and younger; 577-4717 or eastnashdash.org.

El Dia de los Muertos Fall Festival

Celebrate Latin America’s Day of the Dead with festivities including a tour of altars, shopping

Local kids can participate in arts and crafts fun during Cheekwood’s annual El Dia de los Muertos festival on Saturday, Nov. 1.


Wine Down Main Street

Adults can enjoy a wine-tasting event hosted by downtown merchants. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Franklin/ Williamson County. Main Street in Historic Downtown Franklin; 7 - 10 p.m.; $85 - $125; 6288188 or winedownmainstreet. com.

Women’s Flat Trade Derby Association 2014

Take in the excitement of this roller derby international championship tournament. Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville; 9 a.m.; $27 adults, $20 ages 9 - 12, free ages 8 and younger; 862-6390 or nashvilleauditorium.com.

Zombiefest

This BYOB outing for ages 21 and older includes music, dancing, a video scavenger hunt, door prizes, games, food and more. Encore Theatre Company, 6978 Lebanon Road, Mount Juliet; 7 p.m. - 12 a.m.; $10; 598-8950 or encore-theatrecompany.org.

Sun 2 FREE 24th Annual Holiday Arts and Craft Show and 11th Annual Kris Kringle Kar Klassic

fine art, jewelry, pet products, novelty clothing, baby goods, home decor and more. While Mom shops, Dad can enjoy the car show featuring more than 80 classic and modified automobiles. Kids can bring their wish lists to share with Santa 1 - 3 p.m.). All ages. Williamson County Ag Expo Park, 4215 Long Lane, Franklin; 12 - 4 p.m.; 790-5719, ext. 2010, or wcparksandrec.com.

Women’s Flat Trade Derby Association 2014

Take in the excitement of this roller derby international championship tournament. Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville; 11 a.m.; $27 adults, $20 ages 9 - 12, free ages

8 and younger; 862-6390 or nashvilleauditorium.com.

Mon 3 An Invisible Red Thread

The Families with Children From

China present this movie screening about a Chinese adoptee who discovers her birthplace and the life she might have led if she’d remained there. Ages 13 and older. Bellevue Church of Christ, 7401 Hwy. 70 S., Nashville; 6:30 p.m.; $5; fccmidtn.org.

FREE Brentwood Firefighter and Engine Visit

Kids can meet a local firefighter and explore a fire truck. Ages 4 and older. Brentwood Library Parking Lot, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 1 - 2 p.m.; 371-0090, ext. 8290, or brentwood-tn.org/library.

Citizen Science

Look for signs of fall in the wetlands through games and activities. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

FREE Make Letterpress Art with Hatch Show Print

Kids of all ages can have fun making old-school letterpress prints. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 12, 1 and 2 p.m.; 416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Shop from more than 140 vendors who will have items like

Also see: ONGOING ACTIVITIES Page 90, for additional events taking place this month. PARENT PLANNER Page 93, to register your child for upcoming events requiring advance registration. For area LIBRARY STORYTIMES & EVENTS, go to nashvilleparent.com and click on the “Things To Do” tab.

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his month, The Music Class of Nashville celebrates its 10th anniversary of providing interactive music-and-movement classes to children 4 and younger with their parents. You and your child can take a free introductory class at one of these following spots: Brentwood (The Music Class, 5000 Thoroughbred Lane) • Monday, Nov. 3 at 10:30 a.m., 4:30 or 5:30 p.m. • Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 11:30 a.m. • Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 10:30 a.m. • Thursday, Nov. 7 at 8:30 a.m. • Saturday, Nov. 8 at 9:30 a.m. Franklin (Christ Community Church, 1205 Hillsboro Road) • Friday, Nov. 7 at 10:30 a.m. West Meade (St. David’s Episcopal Church, 6501 Pennywell Drive) • Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 10:30 a.m. Learn more about The Music Class at 777-9314 or themusicclass. com/nashville. (please turn the page)

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If you are considering a private education for your child, this is the perfect opportunity to get to know many of the private schools in Middle Tennessee. You’ll find this month’s Calendar is chock-full of ads for these Open Houses.

The Covenant School Academic Excellence in Christian Education

Parent Preview Days Thursdays – 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

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17 National Merit Semifinalists, 13 AP National Scholars in 2014

100 boys per year participate in school-funded international exchanges and programs on six continents

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24% of students receive $1.9 million in need-based financial aid

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daily activities Music City Golf Classic Tee up to raise money for the Tennessee Hemophilia and Bleeding Foundation. Adults. Westhaven Golf Club, 4000 Golf Club Lane, Franklin; 10 a.m.; $200; thbdf.org.

FREE Salon@615: R.J. Palacio

Youth author R.J. Palacio discusses her new book, 365 Days of Wonder. All ages. Henderson Theater at Harding Academy, 170 Windsor Drive, Nashville; 6:15 p.m.; free general admission (reserved seats are available online in advance for a $2.50 handling fee); salonat615.org.

FREE Sunshine Choir

Learn how to sing in a group and perform at Sunshine Player productions. Ages 6 - 17. The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.; free with Sunshine Players membership ($25); 867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Tue 4 FREE Music with Ms. Shannon

Preschoolers can enjoy music appreciation, songs and learning through playing with musical instruments. Ages 3 - 5. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 10:30 a.m.; 4521722 or gallatinlibrary. org.

Tuesdays for Tots: Harvest Moon

Preschoolers and parents can play with shadows, shapes and silhouettes while making a pop-up paper art project. Ages 3 - 5. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($14 adults, $7 ages 3 - 17); 3568000 or cheekwood.org.

The American Girl Fashion Show takes place Saturday, Nov. 8 at The Factory.

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Wed 5 48th Annual CMA Awards

Country stars Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley return as hosts for the Country Music Association’s biggest night. See live performances and awards given out (the show is also broadcast on ABC). All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $114.50 - $442; 770-2000 or bridgestonearena. com.

FREE America’s Got Talent Open Auditions

Show off your talent during this open audition day for the popular TV show. All ages. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 8 a.m.; 818-3814290 or americasgottalentauditions.com.

Thu 6 FREE Doctor Who Party Listen to a Doctor Who story, create a tasty craft, participate in a costume contest and more. Ages 10 and younger. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 5 - 6 p.m.; 452-1722 or gallatinlibrary.org.

GOTR Fall Fundraising Dinner

Enjoy dinner and entertainment benefiting Girls on the Run Nashville, an organization that works to inspire girls through running. All ages. Rocketown, 601 Fourth Ave. S., Nashville; 6 p.m.; $50; gotrnashville. org/html/.

FREE Sunshine Dance Class

This program focuses on choreography and the skills it takes to pick up dance routines. Ages 8 - 14. The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6 - 7 p.m.; free with Sunshine Players membership ($25); 867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Fri 7 An Evening with Friends

with special guest Turbo Thrust. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee and Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee. Adults only. Rocketown, 601 Fourth Ave. S., Nashville; 7 p.m. - 1 a.m.; $65 - $100; tasteofnashville.com.

Enjoy a night of live entertainment, dinner by the Loveless Cafe, an auction and more benefiting Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. All ages. 7 - 11 p.m.; $75; 840-0100 or the loveless barn.

Sat 8

FREE Author Discussion

FREE Adoption Day Storytime

Teen author R.L. LaFevers discusses her new title, Mortal Heart. Ages 12 and older. Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 6:30 p.m.; 9532243 or parnassusbooks.net.

Celebrate National Adoption Month with a special themed stories about adoption. All ages. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 10:30 a.m.; 452-1722 or gallatinlibrary.org.

Garlands and Glitter Fashion Show

American Girl Fashion Show

Discover holiday fashions by Belk, enjoy dinner and live entertainment. Proceeds benefit Ashley’s Place. All ages. Bluegrass Yacht and Country Club, 550 Johnny Cash Pkwy., Hendersonville; 6 - 10 p.m.; $40 general admission, $50 runway seating; 925-381-7851 or hendersonvilleholidayfest.org.

FREE Kidz Open Mic

Perform karaoke or bring your own instrument to rock out on stage. Ages 5 - 12. Rock Zone School of Music, 11902 Lebanon Road, Mount Juliet; 6 - 7 p.m.; 562-0070 or rockzonemusic.com.

Royal Flush Casino Night

Have fun playing casino games, listening to live music, enjoying food and bidding in a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Chron’s and Colitis Foundation of America. Adults. Citizen, 1126 McGavock St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $75 - $125; 3560444 or ccfa.org/chapters/ tennessee.

Taste of Nashville

The Ryman Hospitality Properties and Phoenix Club of Nashville present this annual tasting event where you can sample the area’s best food and libations from the likes of Etch, Party Fowl, City Winery, Sambuca, Sinema and more. Musical entertainment is by the Chris Weaver Band

Girls can bring their favorite dolls and enjoy presentations of historical and contemporary fashions, partake in refreshments and win door prizes. Proceeds benefit Mercy Community Healthcare. All ages. Liberty Hall at The Factory, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; 10 a.m., 2 and 6 p.m.; $40; 750-0567 or mercycommunityhealthcare.org/event/americangirl-fashion-show-3/.

Commodores Football

Cheer for the Vanderbilt Commodores when they challenge Florida. Game time TBA. All ages. Vanderbilt Stadium, 2601 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville; $35; 322-4653 or vucommodores.com.

Elves’ Faire

Families can enjoy Waldorf-inspired crafts as well as archery, an artisan market, climbing wall, face painting, food trucks, puppet shows, a magical garden and more. All ages. Linden Waldorf School, 3201 Hillsboro Road, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $5 ages 5 and older, free ages 4 and younger; 354-0270 or lindenwaldorf.org.

Fall Back Bolt

This inaugural five-mile and 5K run with a one-mile stroll option hosted by the Sumner Teen Center benefits both the center and Sumner County High Schools. All ages. Station Camp High School Stadium, 1040 Bison


Show Hope Fundraising Banquet

Enjoy a reception, dinner and program to help raise money for Show Hope, a nonprofit founded by Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman that aids orphans around the world. All ages. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 5 p.m.; $200; showhope.org.

FREE Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes Raise pledges and walk to benefit the local chapter of the American Diabetes Association. All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 8 a.m.; 298-3066 or main. diabetes.org/site/tr/stepout/ stepoutcontent?pg=entry&fr_ id=9883.

FREE Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles hosts the CMA County Christmas Concert on Friday, Nov. 7 at Bridgestone Arena. ABC is taping the show for later broadcast this season. Find event details on page 85. Trail, Gallatin; 8 a.m.; $35 in advance, $40 race day; 5304805 or sumnerteencenter.org.

Guild Fest

This inaugural event for adults is hosted by the Tennessee Craft Brewers Guild. Sample beers from 20 Tennessee breweries, enjoy live music, nosh on goodies from local food trucks and more. Parents only. Little Harpeth Brewing, 30 Oldham St., Nashville; 2 - 6 p.m.; $45; tncraftbrewers.org/fest.

FREE Hike for the Homeless

Raise pledges and embark on your choice of a 2.2- or 3.1-mile hike on paved trails, followed by lunch, face painting, inflatables, hands-on activities and live music. Funds raised benefit Safe Haven Family Shelter. All ages. Edwin Warner Park, 50 Vaughn Road, Nashville; 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 256-8195 or safehaven.org/ events/hike.

FREE Holiday Tinsel & Treasures Merchant Open House

Get a head start on your holiday shopping with retail merchants in Gallatin. All ages. Gallatin Retail Businesses; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 452-4000 or gallatintn. org.

FREE Holiday Toy Shop

Purchase gently used toys, games, DVDs, books and more at consignment prices. Proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee. All ages. Spring Hollow Early Learning Center, 4207 Arno Road, Franklin; 12 - 3 p.m.; facebook. com/wishmakersmidtn.

FREE Jam Fest Mega Jam Series

Watch a national cheerleading and dance competition. Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 a.m.; 862-6390 or nashvilleauditorium.com.

Light the Knight 5K Run/Walk

This benefit run/walk for The Covenant School includes a

kids’ fun run at 4:30 p.m. (ages 4 - 6, 7 - 9 and 10 - 12) followed by the 5K at 5:30 p.m. Afterward, an awards ceremony takes place with food and activities. Register online by Wednesday, Nov. 5. Ages 4 and older. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 33 Burton Hills Blvd., Nashville; 4:30 p.m.; $15 for the fun run, $35 advance/$45 race day 5K adults ($25/$35 kids); lighttheknight5k.com.

FREE Meet the Childbirth Educators Baby Fair

Expectant moms can participate in a meet-and-greet potluck and get to know a variety of local childbirth educators who teach different methods. Babies R Us, 1800 Gallatin Pike N., Nashville; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; 859-533-4667 or nashvillebirthnetwork.org.

FREE Nashville Crafts & Drafts

This craft exhibit and sale features dozens of vendors including Giggletree Toys, Kidd Epps Art Shop, Hip Hues, Sisters of Nature, Straw Castle, Upsy

Daisy Soap Co. and more. Food and beer vendors will also be on tap. All ages. Nashville Farmers’ Market, 900 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. 6 p.m.; southcommevents.com/ craftsanddrafts/.

FREE Pajama Party with Santa

Join Santa for his arrival with a morning party that includes treats, entertainment and stories with the jolly elf. Kids 12 and younger who wear PJs will get a free souvenir pillowcase while supplies last. All ages. CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 8 a.m.; 771-2050 or coolspringsgalleria.com.

Second Saturday

Catch three after-hours laser shows: Queen (8:30 p.m.), The Other Side of Pink Floyd (9:30 p.m.) and Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon (10:30 a.m.). All ages. Sudekum Planetarium, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; $8 per show or all three for $20; 862-5160 or adventuresci.org.

Teens and young adults can equip themselves with the skills to handle the challenges of today’s roadways through classroom experience and hands-on driving exercises. Ages 16 - 21. Gaylord Opryland parking lot, 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville; 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; 780-3347 or teensdrivesmart. com.

FREE The Mistletoe Market

This holiday gift show features artisans, craft makers and local merchants selling clothes, home decor, jewelry, accessories, food and more. All ages. Franklin High School, 810 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 300-7935.

FREE Volunteer Ranch Horse Show Enjoy an equestrian event. All ages. Tennessee Miller Coliseum, 304 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 8 a.m.; 494-8961 or mtsu.edu/tmc.

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FREE Mayor’s Challenge 5K Walk/Run

Join Nashville Mayor Karl Dean for a 3.1-mile walk/run (2:15 p.m.) and kids’ fun run for ages 12 and younger (2 p.m.). Activities begin at noon. All ages. Public Square Park, Union Street, Nashville; 862-6000 or mayorschallenge5k.com.

FREE Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience

Teens and young adults can equip themselves with the skills to handle the challenges of today’s roadways through classroom experience and hands-on driving exercises. Ages 16 - 21. Gaylord Opryland parking lot, 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville; 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; 780-3347 or teensdrivesmart. com.

FREE Volunteer Ranch Horse Show Enjoy an equestrian event. All ages. Tennessee Miller Coliseum, 304 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 8 a.m.; 494-8961 or mtsu.edu/tmc.

Mon 10 FREE Sunshine Choir

See stilt-walking youngsters, play outdoor games and enjoy other activities during Linden Waldorf’s annual Elves’ Faire. This year’s festival is on Saturday, Nov. 8.

Learn how to sing in a group and perform at Sunshine Player productions. Ages 6 - 17. The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.; free with Sunshine Players membership ($25); 867-7244.

Sun 9

The Shatterproof Challenge

A Women’s Thanksgiving

This evening includes a reception, silent auction, dinner and celebration of the success of Renewal House. All ages. Belmont University’s Curb Center, 2002 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 5 - 8 p.m.; $75; 255-5222 or renewalhouse.org.

FREE Author Discussion

Teen author Leigh Bardugo discusses her new book, Ruin and Rising. Ages 12 and older.

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Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 2 p.m.; 953-2243 or parnassusbooks. net.

Beards for Beard Whole-Hog Competition

Six prominent Nashville chefs will serve up delectable delights along with side dishes (local beers are on tap, too) during this benefit for the James Beard Foundation, a national not-for-profit whose mission is to educate and foster a deeper understanding of our culinary culture. Each of the chefs will be donning

a beard (real or fake) to raise cancer awareness. All ages. Green Door Gourmet, 7011 River Road Pike, Nashville; 4 - 8 p.m.; $50 James Beard Foundation members, $75 non-members; greendoorgourmet.com.

FREE Holiday Tinsel & Treasures Merchant Open House

Get a head start on your holiday shopping with retail merchants in Gallatin. All ages. Gallatin Retail Businesses; 1 - 5 p.m.; 452-4000 or gallatintn.org.

Rappel off the hotel to increase awareness and funding for the prevention, treatment and recovery of the disease of addiction. Ages 13 and older. Omni Hotel, 250 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $25 registration, plus a $1,000 fundraising goal; 203-849-2218 or shatterproof. org.

Tue 11 Veteran’s Day

FREE La Leche League of Portland

New and expectant moms interested in breastfeeding can get information and support. Portland Public Library, 301 Portland Blvd., Portland; 10 a.m.; 323-7158 or facebook. com/lllofportland.

Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Edmonton Oilers. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $35 - $220; 770-7800 or nashvillepredators.com.

FREE Tasting and Book Signing

Local author Anne Bryn shares recipes and signs copies of her new cookbook, Ann Bryn Saves the Day!, that features 125 recipes from appetizers to desserts. All ages. Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 6:30 p.m.; parnassusbooks.net.

Tuesdays for Tots: Music City Craft

Preschoolers and parents can focus on another art form that directly inspires visual art — music! Stop by the studios to decorate a music-inspired art project. Ages 3 - 5. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($14 adults, $7 ages 3 - 17); 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

FREE Veterans Day Parade

Enjoy a parade honoring our local service men and women, complete with floats, antique cars, local military groups, area high school marching bands and more. All ages. Broadway in Downtown Nashville; 11:11 a.m.; 883-8185.

FREE Veterans Day Remembrance Ceremony

Participate in a ceremony honoring our nation’s service men and women. All ages. Gazebo by City Hall, 5093 Murfreesboro Road, La Vergne; 11:11 a.m.; 793-3224 or lavergnetn.gov.


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FREE Music City Arabian Horse Show

Enjoy an equestrian event featuring Arabian horses. All ages. Tennessee Miller Coliseum, 304 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 2 p.m.; 494-8961 or mtaha.com.

Sparkle & Twang

During this benefit for the Tennessee State Museum, enjoy live music, cocktails, food, a silent auction and more. Adults. Lexus of Nashville, 2010 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville; 8 - 10:30 p.m.; $175 per couple, $90 individuals, $50 ages 21 - 40; tnmuseum.org.

Whistlestop Weekend

The Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!: Music is Awesome tour comes to TPAC on Tuesday, Nov. 11 for two performances. Find show info on page 88.

Wed 12 FREE Salon@615: Chris Van Allsburg Author of youth books including Jumanji and The Polar Express, Chris Van Allsburg discusses his new release, The Misadventure of Sweetie Pie. All ages. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; 6:15 p.m.; free general admission (get reserved seats online in advance for a $2.50 handling fee); salonat615.org.

Thu 13 FREE A World of Possibilities Career Fair

Williamson County Schools eighth-grade students only — public, private or homeschool — can attend this fair to learn about a variety of career opportunities. Williamson County Ag Expo Park, 4215 Long Lane, Franklin; 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; 472-4063 or wcs.edu/ career-exploration-day/.

Champagne and Chardonnay

This chic cocktail party for women benefits local cancer charities and takes place in a private home that has been a set for the TV show Nashville. Adults. Home of Sylvia Roberts, 1358 Page Road, Nashville; 6 - 8:30 p.m.; $100; nashvillewineauction.com/champagneandchardonnay.

Hats Off to High Hopes

Songwriter Tim Nichols performs during this event that also includes dinner, cocktails and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit High Hopes’ pediatric therapy and preschool programs. The Rosewall, 1120 McGavock St., Nashville; 6 p.m.; $150; 6615437 or highhopesforkids.org.

FREE Sunshine Dance Class

This program focuses on choreography and the skills it takes to pick up dance routines. Ages 8 - 14. The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6 - 7 p.m.; free with Sunshine Players mem-

bership ($25); 867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Fri 14 16th Annual Fall Harvest Hayride

Listen to live music while toasting marshmallows around the campfire, then embark on an old-fashioned hayride along the greenway. All ages. General Bragg Trailhead, 1540 W. College St., Murfreesboro; 5:30 - 8 p.m.; $2 ages 3 and older; 893-2141 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

Blue and Gray Days

Experience Civil War soldier life through re-enactors, period vendors, music and more. All ages. The event also takes place at the Carnton Plantation (1345 Eastern Flank Cir., Franklin). The Carter House, 1140 Columbia Ave., Franklin; 1 - 5 p.m.; $5 (does not include house tour); 791-1861 or battleoffranklintrust.org.

Christmas Village

Approximately 260 merchants show and sell their holiday arts and crafts including toys, clothing, pottery and collectibles. All ages. Tennessee State Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Ave., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; $10 adults, free ages 9 and younger; 256-2726 or christmasvillage.org.

d’Vine Selections Wine Tasting This fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville includes wine tastings, food from local eateries, a silent auction, live music and more. Adults. Nashville Farmers’ Market, 900 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville; 6 - 9 p.m.; $60 in advance, $70 at the door; rmhcnashville.com.

FREE La Leche League of Hermitage/Wilson County

Find breastfeeding support and resources. Donelson Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 2914 Old Lebanon Road, Nashville; 10 a.m.; 447-5182 or llleus. org/state/tennessee.html.

Explore numerous train layouts in a variety of scales and participate in hands-on activities like engineering design challenges and viewing demonstrations. All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $13 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12; 862-5160 or adventuresci.org.

Sat 15 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin

Re-anactors from across the country will recreate scenarios from the 1864 Battle of Franklin. Spectators must be on site by 12:30 p.m. in order to attend. All ages. Eastern Flank Battlefield Park, 1368 Eastern Flank Cir., Franklin; 2 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 7940903 or battleoffranklintrust.org.

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othing says “Christmas in Nashville” like Gaylord Opryland’s annual A Country Christmas celebration. The resort hosts lots of holiday events and activities, including the ever-popular ICE! exhibit that kids love. This year’s exhibit features ’Twas the Night Before Christmas, and little ones will love taking several zips down the ice slides! The Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes is another family favorite, and it comes with new scenes this year. If you haven’t seen The Rockettes’ show before, this is your last chance as it’s the final year that the high-kickin’ ladies will be here for A Country Christmas. Other highlights include photos with Santa, the Christmassy DreamWorks Experience, Gingy’s gingerbread decorating, arctic plunge snow tubing, glacier glide ice skating, carriage rides, millions of Christmas lights, the Treasures for the Holidays Craft Show and more. Enjoy live entertainment and down-home country food during the Season of Harmony Dinner Show with Restless Heart as well. Dates, times and admission for individual activities vary. The resort is located at 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville. Get the full schedule, more info and tickets at 889-1000 or christmasatgaylordopryland.com.

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Christmas Village

Approximately 260 merchants show and sell their holiday arts and crafts including toys, clothing, pottery and collectibles. All ages. Tennessee State Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Ave., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $10 adults, free ages 9 and younger; 256-2726 or christmasvillage.org.

Family Program: Song and Story Time

Hear a story and participate in a hands-on activity that focuses on the basics of music, art and creativity. Ages 3 - 5. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger); 416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

FREE Grand Opening: Children’s Play Area at CoolSprings Galleria Williamson Medical Center and the Galleria unveil the new children’s play area (lower level

near Belk) complete with face painting, a DJ, balloon animals and other activities. The first 200 children will receive goody bags. All ages. CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; coolspringsgalleria.com.

FREE Home for the Holidays Craft Fair

Start your holiday shopping with a variety of vendors, crafters, artisans, local businesses and more. Santa will be there, and you can also enjoy music, food and goody bags. Proceeds benefit Friends of the Park. All ages. Mt. Juliet Community Center, 1100 Charlie Daniels Pkwy., Mount Juliet; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 335-0384.

FREE Music City Arabian Horse Show

Enjoy an equestrian event featuring Arabian horses. All ages. Tennessee Miller Coliseum, 304 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 8 a.m.; 494-8961 or mtaha.com.


FREE Panini America’s NFL Mobile Tour

Enjoy an interactive football toss, play games, win prizes and more. Learning Express, 420 CoolSprings Blvd., Franklin; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 771-3434.

Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Winnipeg Jets. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 6 p.m.; $35 - $220; 770-7800 or nashvillepredators.com.

Repticon Reptile & Exotic Animal Show

Vendors offer reptile pets, supplies, cages and other merchandise. Participate in free raffles, animal seminars and children’s activities. All ages. Jamison Hall at The Factory, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 5 12, free ages 4 and younger; 863-268-4273 or repticon. com/nashville.html.

Whistlestop Weekend

Explore numerous train layouts in a variety of scales and participate in hands-on activities like engineering design challenges and viewing demonstrations. All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $13 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12; 862-5160 or adventuresci.org.

Sun 16 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin Re-enactment

Re-anactors from across the country will recreate scenarios from the 1864 Battle of Franklin. Spectators must be on site by 12:30 p.m. in order to attend. All ages. Eastern Flank Battlefield Park, 1368 Eastern Flank Cir., Franklin; 2 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 7940903 or battleoffranklintrust.org.

FREE Artful Tales: Saint Francis and the Animals

Watch, listen and play along as an art-related story comes to life, then visit the art studio to create a related project. All ages. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 2 - 3 p.m.; 244-3340 or fristcenter. org.

Brunch Bash

Enjoy brunch eats, games and other activities benefiting the local chapter of the American Cancer Society. All ages. Musicians Hall of Fame, 417 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $40 in advance, $50 at the door; 341-7323 or gala.acsevents.org/site/ tr?fr_id=68624&pg=entry#. vequ5udn1oi.

Christmas Village

Approximately 260 merchants show and sell their holiday arts and crafts including toys, clothing, pottery and collectibles. All ages. Tennessee State Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Ave., Nashville; 12 - 6 p.m.; $10 adults, free ages 9 and younger; 256-2726 or christmasvillage.org.

FREE Family Festival Day

Enjoy a day of art-making activities, live music, performances and more that feature highlighted exhibits, including Kandinsky: A Retrospective, Helen Pashgian: Light Invisible and Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Francisan Orders in Renaissance Italy. All ages. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 1 - 5:30 p.m.; 244-3340 or fristcenter.org.

FREE A Morning with Santa for Children with Special Needs

Enjoy stories, activities, treats and a visit with Santa without the bright lights and loud music. RiverGate Mall, 1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; 8 - 11 a.m. (tickets are available at the website in one-hour time slots); 859-3458 or rivergatemall.com.

Nashville Jewish Film Festival Nov. 5 - 15

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program of the Gordon Jewish Community Center (GJCC), the Nashville Jewish Film Festival celebrates its 14th year with a variety of films chosen to show the depth of Jewish cultural, religious, historical and social conditions of the modern era. Films will be presented at the following locations: Belcourt Theatre (2102 Belcourt Ave., Nashville), Franklin Theatre (410 Main St., Franklin), GJCC (801 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville) and The Noah Liff Opera Center (3622 Redmon St., Nashville). Movie tickets are $10 adults, $5 students. Find a complete list of movies and purchase tickets at nashvillejff.net.

FREE Music City Arabian Horse Show

Enjoy an equestrian event featuring Arabian horses. All ages. Tennessee Miller Coliseum, 304 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 8:30 a.m.; 494-8961 or mtaha.com.

Nashville Clean Air 5K

Participate in a 5K race to benefit Climate Nashville (proceeds will be used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions). The 1K for kids following the 5K is free. All ages. Shelby Park, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 2 - 4 p.m.; $35; 714-369-9280 or cleanair5k.racesonline.com.

NCA/NDA Nashville Classic

Watch a national cheerleading competition. All ages. Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $12 ages 8 and older, free ages 7 and younger; 862-6390 or nashvilleauditorium.com.

Repticon Reptile & Exotic Animal Show

Vendors offer reptile pets, supplies, cages and other merchandise. Participate in free raffles, animal seminars and children’s activities. All ages. Jamison Hall at The Factory, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger; 863-268-4273 or repticon.com/ nashville.html.

Whistlestop Weekend

Explore numerous train layouts in a variety of scales and participate in hands-on activities like engineering design challenges and viewing demonstrations. All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $13 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12; 862-5160 or adventuresci.org.

Mon 17 FREE Sunshine Choir

Learn how to sing in a group and perform at Sunshine Player productions. Ages 6 - 17. The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.; free with Sunshine Players membership ($25); 867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Titans Football

Cheer for the Tennessee Titans when they challenge the Pittsburgh Steelers. All ages. LP Field, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $38 - $260; 5654200 or titansonline.com.

Tue 18 Tuesdays for Tots: Friends Forever

Preschoolers and parents can learn about famous artist collaborations and friendships while creating a mixed-media piece in the studios. Ages 3 - 5. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($14 adults, $7 ages 3 - 17); 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

Wed 19 FREE La Leche League of Portland

New and expectant moms interested in breastfeeding can get information and support. Portland Public Library, 301 Portland Blvd., Portland; 6:30 p.m.; 323-7158 or facebook. com/lllofportland.

Thu 20 14th Annual BSA Extravaganza

Enjoy a cocktail dinner, live entertainment, silent and live auctions, and more to benefit the Middle Tennessee chapter of Boy Scouts of America. Adults. Westside Stadium Club at LP Field, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 6:30 - 9 p.m.; $100 ($150 per couple); mtcbsa.org. (please turn the page)

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daily activities Light Up the Night Gala

This preview of the Wilson Living Holiday Expo includes live music, food, vendor specials, giveaways and more. All ages. James E. Ward Agricultural Center, 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon; 6 - 10 p.m.; $10; wilsonlivingexpo.com.

FREE Local Author Storytime

Author Tina Pool shares her book and thoughts on bullying. All ages. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 5 p.m.; 452-1722 or gallatinlibrary.org.

Lunch and Lecture — Big Bad Bugs: Identifying Threats to Your Garden

Enjoy a light lunch while learning how to become a citizen scientist and aid plant conservation by becoming a first detector in your community. All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 12 - 1 p.m.; $15 members, $25 non-members; 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

FREE Sunshine Dance Class

This program focuses on choreography and the skills it takes to pick up dance routines. Ages 8 - 14. The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6 - 7 p.m.; free with Sunshine Players membership ($25); 867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Fri 21 Discover DaVinci & Michelangelo Side by Side

This theatrical, multimedia event features movies, videos, 3D animations and images of DaVinci and Michelangelo’s inventions, machines, sketches, codices, painting and sculptures. All ages. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $22 - $42; 782-4040 or tpac.org.

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Nashville International Auto Show Get an up-close look at the newest cars, crossovers, trucks, alternative fuel vehicles and more. All ages. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 7 - 12, free ages 6 and younger; motortrendautoshows. com/nashville.

FREE Wilson Living Holiday Expo

Several vendors will be on hand to help you start your holiday shopping. All ages. James E. Ward Agricultural Center, 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; wilsonlivingexpo. com.

Sat 22 FREE 21st Annual Stones River Craft Artists Studio Tour

Several craft artists’ studios in Murfreesboro are open to the public to view their art displays, showcasing iron, stained glass, weaving, prints, woodwork, fine jewelry, sculpture and more. All ages. Various locations in Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; artstudiotour.org.

Centennial Holiday Show

More than 170 arts and crafts vendors sell their hand-crafted merchandise during this popular annual event. All ages. Centennial High School, 5050 Mallory Lane, Franklin; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $4 ages 11 and older, free ages 10 and younger; centennialholidayshow.com.

FREE Lego Play Time

Get creative and have fun building with Legos. Ages 3 and older. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 4521722 or gallatinlibrary.org.

Nashville International Auto Show Get an up-close look at the newest cars, crossovers, trucks, alternative fuel vehicles and more. All ages. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; $10 adults, $5

Discover the world of exotic critters — and perhaps bring home a new family pet — during the Repticon Reptile and Exotic Animal Show at The Factory Nov. 15 - 16. ages 7 - 12, free ages 6 and younger; motortrendautoshows. com/nashville.

Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Florida Panthers. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $35 - $220; 770-7800 or nashvillepredators.com.

Raiders Football

Cheer for the Blue Raiders when they challenge Florida Atlantic.

All ages. Floyd Stadium, 1500 Greenland Drive, Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; $22 - $28; 898-2109 or goblueraiders.com.

FREE Wilson Living Holiday Expo

Several vendors will be on hand to help you start your holiday shopping along with live entertainment and a visit from Santa from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. All ages. James E. Ward Agricultural Center, 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon; 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; wilsonlivingexpo.com.

Sun 23 FREE 21st Annual Stones River Craft Artists Studio Tour

Several craft artists’ studios in Murfreesboro are open to the public to view their art displays, showcasing iron, stained glass, weaving, prints, woodwork, fine jewelry, sculpture and more. All ages. Various locations in Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; artstudiotour.org.


FREE Sunshine Choir

Learn how to sing in a group and perform at Sunshine Player productions. Ages 6 - 17. The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.; free with Sunshine Players membership ($25); 867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Tue 25 Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the L.A. Kings. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $35 - $220; 770-7800 or nashvillepredators.com.

FREE Smyrna Christmas Tree Lighting

Glide into the holiday mood with the annual lighting of Smyrna’s tree. All ages. Smyrna Town Centre, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 6 p.m.; 4599773 or townofsmyrna.org.

FREE Storytime at RiverGate Mall

Ms. Katie from the Madison Public Library and Mick the Moose from Mix 92.9 share stories with kids at the play area. All ages. RiverGate Mall, 1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; 10:30 a.m.; 859-3458 or rivergate-mall.com.

Tuesdays for Tots: THANKSgiving Root for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the L.A. Kings at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 25. Centennial Holiday Show

More than 170 arts and crafts vendors sell hand-crafted items. All ages. Centennial High School, 5050 Mallory Lane, Franklin; 12 - 4 p.m.; $4 ages 11 and older, free ages 10 and younger; centennialholidayshow. com.

Nashville International Auto Show Get an up-close look at the newest cars, crossovers, trucks, al-

ternative fuel vehicles and more. All ages. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 7 - 12, free ages 6 and younger; motortrendautoshows. com/nashville.

Tokens Show

Lee C. Camp and friends hosts this variety show that features music from classical to bluegrass along with authors, comedians and more. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $29.50

- $47.50; 889-3060 or ryman. com.

Mon 24 FREE La Leche League of Hendersonville

Find breastfeeding support and resources. Hendersonville Public Library, 140 Saundersville Road, Hendersonville; 10:15 a.m.; 447-5182, hendersonvillelll@ gmail.com or llleus.org/state/ tennessee.html.

Preschoolers and parents can come by the studios to make a Thanksgiving masterpiece. Ages 3 - 5. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($14 adults, $7 ages 3 - 17); 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

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Gallatin; 11:30 a.m.; 4521722 or gallatinlibrary.org.

Thu 27 Happy Thanksgiving! 15th Annual Turkey Trot and Kids Fun Run

Start the holiday off with exercise during this race benefiting Graceworks Ministries. All ages. D1 Sports, 7115 South Springs Drive, Franklin; 8 a.m.; $35 for the 5K, $9 kids fun run (9 and younger); turkeytrotfranklin.com.

Boro Dash

Participate in a four-mile run through Murfreesboro to benefit The Family Center, a local organization that helps abused children. All ages. MTSU Track and Soccer Stadium, 1500 Greenland Drive, Murfreesboro; 8 a.m.; $40; borodash.org.

Music City Thanksgiving Day Run

Choose a four- or eight-mile course and run to raise money for Nashville Rescue Mission. All ages. Nashville Rescue Mission, 639 Lafayette St., Nashville; 8 a.m.; $35 in advance, $40 race day; active.com.

Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Edmonton Oilers. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $35 - $220; 770-7800 or nashvillepredators.com.

The Boulevard Bolt

Participate in a five-mile race down Belle Meade Boulevard to raise money for local homeless charities. All ages. The Temple, 5015 Harding Pike, Nashville; 8 a.m.; $35 by Nov. 17, $45 Nov. 18 - 26, $65 race day; 649-1645 or boulevardbolt.org.

FREE Music with Ms. Shannon

Preschoolers can enjoy music appreciation, songs and learning through playing with musical instruments. Ages 3 - 5. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St.,

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Fri 28 Turkey Day

Learn all about turkeys through stories, crafts and animal encounters. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $6; 8902300 or explorethedc.org.

Sat 29 Challenge in Music City

Watch a variety of basketball tournaments. All ages. Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville; 5 p.m.; $22; 862-6390 or nashvilleauditorium.com.

Holiday at Cheekwood

Visit live reindeer, drop in to the studio for Holiday ‘ART’ivities, decorate cookies, sit on Santa’s lap for a photo and enjoy live seasonal music. All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $14 adults, $7 ages 3 17; 356-8000 or cheekwood. org.

FREE String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry

This hour-long history of country music and Nashville’s transformation is told through a variety of marionettes and other puppets (limited seating). All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 and 11:30 a.m.; 416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Commodores Football

Cheer for the Vanderbilt Commodores when they challenge Tennessee. Game time TBA. All ages. Vanderbilt Stadium, 2601 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville; $35; 322-4653 or vucommodores.com.

Mrs. Santa Pancakes and Presents

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& Ballcaps, a nonproift that offers support and gifts to children battling cancer. All ages. Barefoot Charlie’s, 125 Sanders Ferry Road, Hendersonville; 8 10:30 a.m.; $10 plus a gift for a child at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital; 517-5714 or hendersonvilleholidayfest.org.

North Pole Excursion Train

Kids of all ages can enjoy a train ride with Santa and his elves. Bring letters to mail to the North Pole at the Santa Post Office during the layover in Watertown. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 8:30 a.m.; $21 $75; 244-9001 or tcry.org.

Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Columbus Blue Jackets. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $35 - $220; 770-7800 or nashvillepredators.com.

Sun 30 FREE 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin Annual Illumination

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nce turkey time is over, your family can gear up for the Christmas season each weekend during Holiday at Cheekwood. New this year, your kids can meet live reindeer every day (Tue - Sun) from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Special activities take place Sat - Sun from 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., including drop-in holiday ‘ART’ivities in the studio, Christmas cookie decorating fun, live holiday music (2 - 3 p.m.) and portraits with Santa in his workshop. In December, photos with Santa will also be available Fridays, Dec. 5 - 19 from 3 - 5 p.m. (photo package prices vary and are in addition to admission to the grounds). Holiday at Cheekwood is included with gate admission ($14 adults, $7 ages 3 - 17). Call 356-8000 or visit cheekwood.org.

tennial of the Battle of Franklin, see 10,000 luminaries, representing the battle’s casualties, lit at dusk. All ages. Eastern Flank Battlefield Park, 1368 Eastern Flank Cir., Franklin; 5 p.m.; 794-0903 or battleoffranklintrust.org.

Challenge in Music City

Watch a variety of basketball tournaments. All ages. Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave.

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FREE Hendersonville Christmas Tree Lighting

Enjoy live music, carriage and train rides, and the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree. All ages. Memorial Park, 151 E. Main St., Hendersonville; 3 - 8 p.m.; hendersonvilleholidayfest. org.

Holiday at Cheekwood

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Aegis Sciences Classical Series: Mozart

Nov. 7 - 8; All ages Pianist Jeffrey Kahane joins the Nashville Symphony for a night of music by Mozart and Bartok. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $22 $138; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Nov. 20 - 22; All ages Featuring both student and faculty choreography, this show includes West African dance styles as well as jazz and ballet. MTSU’s Tucker Theatre, 1301 E. Main St., Murfreesboro; 7:30 pm.; $10 - $12 adults, $5 - $7 ages 12 and younger; 494-8810 or mtsu.edu/tuckertheatre.

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So You Think You Can Dance Tour

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Monday, Nov. 17; All ages The top 10 finalists from Season 11 of So You Think You Can Dance perform on the Ryman stage, including Bridget Whitman, Casey Askew, Emilio Dosal and Zack Everhart. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $45 $65; 889-3060 or ryman.com.

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Wednesday, Nov. 12 All ages Enjoy an evening of chamber music. Proceeds benefit the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald. Turner Hall at the Blair School of Music, 2400 Blakemore Ave., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $29 adults, $5 students; aliasmusic.org.

Saturday, Nov. 8; All ages This genre-busting banjo duo performs an evening of live music. CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $25 - $45; 416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Bobby Bare & Bobby Bare Jr.

Friday, Nov. 7; All ages Enjoy an evening of country music performed by a country legend and his son. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $22 - $28; 324-1010 or citywinery.com/nashville.

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Friday, Nov. 28; All ages Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin, artists including Bobby Bare, Maura O’Connell and Kim Richey will perform new songs about the battle. The Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $34 - $44; 538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

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Aegis Sciences Classical Series: Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2

Nov. 20 - 22; All ages Pianist Joaquin Achucarro and the Nashville Symphony Chorus join the symphony for an evening of music by Brahms and Durufle. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $22 - $138; 6876400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Chair-ish the Night with Vince Gill and Friends

Friday, Nov. 14; All ages Country star Vince Gill and special guests perform to raise money for STARS (Students Taking a Right Stand). The event also includes a chair-themed art silent auction. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 6 p.m.; $175 - $275; 983-6805 or starsnashville.org.

Chrissie Hynde

Monday, Nov. 10; All ages Enjoy a night of rock music with the former lead singer of The Pretenders along with special

guest The Rails. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $32.50 $75; 889-3060 or ryman.com.

Christmas 4 Kids Concert

Monday, Nov. 24; All ages The Charlie Daniels Band along with Ty Herndon, Phil Vassar, Andy Griggs and Jamie O’Neal, perform to raise money for Christmas 4 Kids, a local charity that serves underprivileged children during the holidays. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $32.50 $60; christmas4kids.org.

Christmas with Celtic Thunder

Sunday, Nov. 16; All ages Irish performers Celtic Thunder join the Nashville Symphony for an evening of holiday music. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $39 - $114; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

CMA Country Christmas

Friday, Nov. 7; All ages Country star Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland hosts a night of holiday music that also includes music by Carrie Underwood, Idini Menzel, LeAnn Rimes, Michael W. Smith, Little Big Town, Sara Evans and more. ABC is taping the concert to broadcast later during the holiday season. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25 - $50; 770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

Daniel Lanois

Thursday, Nov. 13; All ages Enjoy an evening of ambient music. All ages. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $22 - $28; 324-1010 or citywinery.com/nashville.

Daughtry

Sunday, Nov. 16; All ages Take in a night of rock music led by Season 5 American Idol finalist Chris Daughtry. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $35 $62.50; 889-3060 or ryman. com.

Country star Vince Gill headlines the Chair-ish the Night fundraiser for Students Taking a Right Stand on Friday, Nov. 14 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. David Grisman’s Sextet

Nov. 21 - 22; All ages Enjoy a night of acoustic jazz. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $48 - $60; 324-1010 or citywinery.com/ nashville.

Drawing Room Concert Series with Inversion

Sunday, Nov. 2; All ages Enjoy traditional gospel music with Inversion. All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 2 p.m.; free with gate admission ($14 adults, $7 ages 3 - 17); 3568000 or cheekwood.org.

An Evening with Emily West

Saturday, Nov. 8; All ages The former America’s Got Talent contestant performs live during this benefit for the Music Health Alliance. The Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 7 p.m.; $50 - $250; 538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

FirstBank Pops Series: The Music of Queen

Saturday, Nov. 1; All ages Brett Havens conducts the Nashville Symphony and featured vocalists in a night of Queen music, including “We Will Rock You,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Another One Bites the Dust” and more. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $44 - $138; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

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FREE FPC 200th Anniversary Concert

Sunday, Nov. 16; All ages First Presbyterian Church celebrates its 200th anniversary with an afternoon of worship music. Downtown Presbyterian Church, 154 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 4 p.m.; fpcnashville.org.

Give Thanks Concert

Sunday, Nov. 23; All ages World Outreach Church presents an evening of spiritual music featuring G. Allen Jackson, Angus Buchan and Charlie Daniels. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25; 770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

Griffin House

Thursday, Nov. 20; All ages Take in a night of music that includes sounds of folk, rock, pop and punk. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $15 - $18; 324-1010 or citywinery.com/nashville.

Growing in Grace

Thursday, Nov. 6; All ages This benefit concert for Graceworks Ministry features country music by The Austin Brothers. The Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 7 p.m.; $35 $50; 578-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

Howe Gelb & GrantLee Phillips

Wednesday, Nov. 5; All ages Enjoy an evening of Americana and “erosion rock.” City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $18 - $22; 324-1010 or citywinery.com/nashville.

Ian Hunter

Nov. 8 - 9; All ages Experience a night of British rock music. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $40 - $50; 324-1010 or citywinery. com/nashville.

Jake Shimabukuro

Saturday, Nov. 22; All ages Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro plays music from his new record, Grand Ukulele. All ages. The Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 9 p.m.; $35 - $45; 538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

A volunteer helps a local girl get acquainted with a flute during an instrument petting zoo prior to a Nashville Symphony Pied Piper Series concert. On Saturday, Nov. 1, families can enjoy the Under the Big Top show with a circus theme. Arrive one hour early for a variety of hands-on kids’ activities throughout the building. James Taylor and His All-Star Band

Justin Hayward

Sunday, Nov. 9; All ages Singer/songwriter James Taylor performs a night of folk/pop music. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $69.50 - $89.50; 770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

Tuesday, Nov. 11; All ages This former singer/guitarist with The Moody Blues performs a solo set of rock tunes. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $55 - $75; 324-1010 or citywinery.com/ nashville.

John Butler Trio

Justin Townes Earle

Thursday, Nov. 13; All ages Enjoy a live concert by this Australian jam band with special guest Monica Heldal. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $29.50 - $32.50; 889-3060 or ryman. com.

Thursday, Nov. 20; All ages Singer/songwriter Justin Townes Earle performs contemporary Americana tunes with special guest Cory Branan. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $27.50 $35; 889-3060 or ryman.com.

J.T. Hodges

FREE Kid’s Hour with Ginger Sands

Friday, Nov. 14; All ages Enjoy a night of country pop/ rock tunes. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $10 - $15; 324-1010 or citywinery.com/nashville.

Wednesday, Nov. 12 Ages 10 and younger A local children’s entertainer performs an interactive music program for kids. Whole Foods, 1566 McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 550-5660.

FREE Kid’s Hour with Jacob Johnson

Wednesday, Nov. 19 Ages 10 and younger Multi-instrumentalist Jacob Johnson entertains kids. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 550-5660.

FREE Kid’s Hour with Mare Wakefield

Wednesday, Nov. 5 Ages 10 and younger Music for kids. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 550-5660.

FREE Kid’s Hour with Rachel Sumner

Wednesday, Nov. 26 Ages 10 and younger Music and movement fun for kids. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 550-5660 or rachelsumner.com.

K.T. Olsin

Thursday, Nov. 6; All ages Enjoy a night of folk/country music by a three-time Grammy winner. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $29 - $39; 324-1010 or citywinery. com/nashville.

Langhorne Slim

Friday, Nov. 28; All ages Enjoy a night of rock music. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $15 - $22; 324-1010 or citywinery.com/ nashville.

Legends of Music Series: Itzhak Perlman

Sunday, Nov. 2; All ages Violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman performs works including those by Beethoven, Ravel and Vivaldi. Presented without orchestra. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $26 - $109; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org. (please turn the page)

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Leon Russell

Nov. 18 - 19; All ages Enjoy a night of gospel-infused southern boogie piano rock with Leon Russell and special guest Riley Etheridge Jr. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $40 - $55; 324-1010 or citywinery.com/nashville.

Lucinda Williams

Nov. 24 - 26; All ages Enjoy a night of rock ‘n roll. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $45 - $65; 324-1010 or citywinery.com/ nashville.

FREE MBA High School Choirs

Sunday, Nov. 23; All ages Experience an afternoon of music by high school choirs from Montgomery Bell Academy. All ages. First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville; 4 p.m.; 383-1815 or fpcnashville. org.

Music City Roots

Every Wednesday; All ages Jim Lauderdale hosts this evening of live music featuring bands of different genres. Liberty Hall at The Factory, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; 7 p.m.; $15 adults, $10 students; musiccityroots. com.

FREE Music in the Vines

Every Fri - Sun; All ages Enjoy live music by local bands. Visit website for full lineup. Arrington Vineyards, 6211 Patton Road, Arrington; Fri - Sat 5 - 9 p.m., Sun 2 - 6 p.m.; 395-0102 or arringtonvineyards.com.

Opry at the Ryman

Tue, Fri & Sat; All ages Enjoy classic and contemporary country artists as they bring the Grand Ole Opry back to Nashville’s mother church for the fall/winter months. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $46.50 $58.50; 800-733-6779 or opry.com.

Phillip Phillips

Wednesday, Nov. 19 All ages American Idol Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips performs live with special guest Saints of Valory. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $49.50 - $59.50; 8893060 or ryman.com.

Pied Piper Series: Under the Big Top

Saturday, Nov. 1; All ages Acrobat Kristen Leophard and dance troupes FALL and The Aerial Fabricators join the Nashville Symphony for a concert celebrating the fun of a circus. Show up an hour early for free kids’ activities, including crafts, stories, an interactive instrument petting zoo and more. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 11 a.m.; $14 - $28; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Rhett Miller

Sunday, Nov. 23; All ages Experience an evening of live rock music. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $15 - $22; 324-1010 or citywinery.com/nashville.

Robyn Hitchcock

Sunday, Nov. 2; All ages Enjoy an evening of live folk music. All ages. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $22 - $30; 324-1010 or citywinery.com/nashville.

Ronnie Milsap

Saturday, Nov. 29; All ages A country legend performs an evening of music. CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum`, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $35 - $55; 416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

A Salute to Our Veterans

Friday, Nov. 7; All ages The Murfreesboro Symphony performs an evening of music to honor veterans. First United Methodist Church, 265 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 7:30 p.m.; $10 - $40; 8981862 or murfreesborosymphony. com.

Sam’s Place

Sunday, Nov. 2; All ages Steven Curtis Chapman hosts a night of spiritual music with special guests Danny Gokey, MercyMe, Tenth Avenue North and Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott. A portion of the proceeds benefits Show Hope. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $27.50 - $39.50; 889-3060 or ryman.com.

Straight No Chaser

Wednesday, Nov. 12; All ages Enjoy an evening of a cappella pop music. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $35 $55; 889-3060 or ryman.com.

FREE Tootsie’s Birthday Bash

Wednesday, Nov. 12; All ages Historic Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge celebrates its 54th anniversary with a musical street party on lower Broadway taking place all day and featuring live performances by Terri Clark, Trick Pony, Chuck Wicks, Darryl Worley and more. 12 p.m.; tootsies.net.

Vijay Iyer: Music of Transformation

Nov. 8 - 9; All ages See a film by Prashant Bhargava while David Fulmer conducts the International Contemporary Ensemble. OZ, 6172 Cockrill Bend Cir., Nashville; Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $47.50 $57.50; 350-7200 or oznashville.com.

Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Music is Awesome!

Tuesday, Nov. 11; All ages The characters from this preschool TV series — DJ Lance, Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Plex and Toodee — present a live rock concert for kids. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 3 and 6 p.m.; $19.50 - $39.50; 782-4040 or tpac. org. Read our interview with show co-creator Christian Jacobs in our Online Exclusives at nashvilleparent.com.

Your family can enjoy the story and music of medieval lore during Camelot at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, Nov. 4 - 9.

theater The Addams Family

Nov. 7 - 22; All ages Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $13 adults, $11 students; 563-2787 or artscenterofcc.com.

Annie

Nov. 7 - 16; All ages St. Cecilia Academy, 4210 Harding Pike, Nashville; opening night gala is 7:30 p.m. ($15 adults, $12 children); Fri 8 - Sat 8 p.m. (there is a 2 p.m. show on Saturday, Nov. 8), Sun 2 p.m.; $13 adults, $10 children; 2984525 or stcecilia.edu.

Book of Mormon

Nov. 18 - 23 Ages 14 and older Broadway Special at 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.; $62.50 - $137.50; 782-4040 or tpac.org.

Camelot

Nov. 4 - 9; All ages Broadway Series at 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.; $27.50 - $72.50; 782-4040 or tpac.org.

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A Christmas Carol

Nov. 20 - Dec. 28; All ages Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Thu - Sat 6 - 7:30 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show, Sun 12 - 1:30 p.m. lunch, 2 p.m. show; $60 adults, $40 ages 13 - 18, $30 ages 12 and younger; 6469977 or dinnertheatre.com.

A Christmas Carol

Nov. 21 - Dec. 14; All ages The Larry Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike, Nashville; Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $22 - $27 adults, $13 $18 children; 883-8375 or thelarrykeetontheatre.org.

A Christmas Carol

Nov. 28 - Dec. 14; All ages Hendersonville Performing Arts Company, 260 W. Main St., Ste. 204, Hendersonville; Thu Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; 826-6037 or hpactn.com.

A Christmas Carol

Saturdays, Nov. 29 - Dec. 13 All ages Olde Worlde Theatre at The Belcourt, 2102 Belcourt Ave., Nashville; 10 a.m.; $8; 3000734 or oldeworldetheatre. com.

A Christmas Story

Nov. 29 - Dec. 21; All ages Nashville Rep at TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Wed - Thu 6:30 p.m., Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $45; 782-4040 or nashvillerep.org.

A Doll’s House

Nov. 5 - 8; Ages 10 and older MTSU’s Tucker Theatre, 1301 E. Main St., Murfreesboro; Wed - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $10 - $12 adults, $5 - $7 ages 12 and younger; 494-8810 or mtsu.edu/ tuckertheatre.

Frankenstein

Saturdays, Nov. 1 and 8 All ages Olde Worlde Theatre at The Belcourt, 2102 Belcourt Ave., Nashville; 10 a.m.; $8; 3000734 or oldeworldetheatre. com.

Girls Night: The Musical

Kringle’s Window

Saturday, Nov. 1 Ages 12 and older TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $31.50 - $71.50; 7824040 or tpac.org.

Nov. 14 - 22 Ages 8 and older Encore Theatre Company, 6978 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $10; 598-8950 or encore-theatre-company.org.

Gone But Not Forgotten

The Legend of Robin Hood

Through Sunday, Nov. 16 Ages 12 and older Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Thu - Sat 6 - 7:30 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show, Sun 12 - 1:30 p.m. lunch, 2 p.m. show; $60 adults, $40 ages 13 - 18, $30 ages 12 and younger; 6469977 or dinnertheatre.com.

Greater Tuna

Nov. 14 - Dec. 6; All ages Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Thu - Sat 6 - 7:30 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show, Sun 12 - 1:30 p.m. lunch, 2 p.m. show; $60 adults, $40 ages 13 - 18, $30 ages 12 and younger; 6469977 or dinnertheatre.com.

Hamlet

Through Sunday, Nov. 9 All ages Murfreesboro Little Theatre, 702 Ewing Blvd., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $10 adults, $7 students; 893-9825 or mltarts.com.

FREE Incident at Fort Grainger

Saturday, Nov. 8; All ages Pull-Tight Theatre at Eastern Flank Battlefield Park, 1368 Eastern Flank Cir., Franklin; 3 p.m.; 794-2103 or franklintn. gov/parks.

James and the Giant Peach

Nov. 6 - Dec. 14; All ages Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; opening night is 6:30 p.m. (tickets opening night only are $14 adults, $7 children), Sat - Sun 2 p.m. (an adiitional 7 p.m. show takes place Saturday, Nov. 27); $20 adults, $14 children; 252-4675 or nashvillect.org.

Nov. 14 - 22 Ages 8 and older Street Theatre Company youth production, 1933 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville; Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 and 7 p.m.; $6 - 10; 554-7414 or streettheatrecompany.org.

Lilies

Nov. 7 - 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.; $15; act1online.com.

Steel Magnolias

Through Sunday, Nov. 9 Ages 10 and older Studio Tenn at The Factory’s Jamison Hall, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; Thu - Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 and 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $47.50 - $57.50; 888-6646362 or studiotenn.com.

Tommy the Musical

Nov. 7 - 23; Ages 10 an older Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $15.50 adults, $13.50 students, $11.50 children; 9042787 or boroarts.org.

West Side Story

Through Saturday, Nov. 8 Ages 10 an older Lipscomb Theatre at Collins Auditorium, 3901 Granny White Pike, Nashville; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 3:30 p.m.; $17 adults, $5 students; 9667077 or lipscomb.edu/news/ events/detail/4920.

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every Mon includes breakfast, storytime and a planetarium show. 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; $10 per adult and children 6 and older, $5 kids 5 and younger; 862-5160 or advendturesci.org.

FREE Art Making in the Lobby

Families can create artwork related to current exhibits every Thu and Fri from 6 - 8 p.m. at The Frist Center, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 2443340 or fristcenter.org.

BounceU

Bounce on inflatables at 2990 Sidco Drive; 255-1422; bounceu.com. Open play times are Tue - Fri 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 3 - 6 p.m., Sat 8:30 - 10 a.m. Cost is $7.95 ($6.95 siblings); cosmic glow-in-the-dark bounces are Mon 3 - 6 p.m. and Fri 6:30 p.m. Cost is $8 ($7 siblings).

FREE Brilliant Sky Storytime

Stories and sing-alongs take place every Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Brilliant Sky Toys & Books, 2002 Richard Jones Road, Ste. B-100, Nashville; 800-7754 or nashvilletoystore. com.

Centennial Sportsplex Public skate sessions, classes, aquatics and more at 222 25th Ave. N., Nashville; times and prices vary; 862-8480 or nashville.org/sportsplex.

FREE Fairytales Storytime

Stories and crafts every Saturday at 11 a.m. at Fairytales Bookstore and More, 114-B S. 11th St., Nashville; 915-1960 or fairytalesbookstore.com.

Ford Ice Center

The Learn to Skate program is available to all ages. Eight-week sessions take place Tue or Thu at 5:30 p.m. or Sat at 10:30 a.m. Cost is $120. Located at 5264 Hickory Hollow Place, Antioch; 742-4399 or fordicecenter.com.

Gymboree Play & Music

A variety of classes for ages

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

Metro Parks Community Centers & Activity Schedules

Visit nashville.gov/Parks-andRecreation/Community-Centersand-Recreation for a list of recreational activities and arts classes.

Monkey Joe’s

This inflatable play center is located at 1580 Gallatin Pike N., Madison; Mon - Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. 6 p.m.; $9 Mon - Thu, $10 Fri - Sun (ages 2 and younger are $5.50); 915-0561 or monkeyjoes.com.

FREE Parnassus Storytime

All ages can enjoy storytime activities every Thursday at 3:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 953-2243 or parnassusbooks. net.

FREE Radnor Lake Natural Area

Nature programs at 1160 Otter Creek Road, Nashville. See complete schedule at radnorlake.org or call 3733467.

Sky High Sports

Family Night is every Thursday from 4 - 9 p.m. For $40, a family of four ($6 each additional person) can enjoy one hour of trampoline jumping, a large pizza and bottled water. Visit website for other daily specials. 5270 Harding Place, Nashville; 366-4252 or nas. jumpskyhigh.com.

rutherford county FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime

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


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FREE Books-A-Million Preschool storytime is every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.; members of the Linebaugh Library present a story and puppet shot on the first Friday of each month at 10 a.m. at 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 995-7112 or booksamillioni.com.

BounceU

Bounce on inflatables at 1222 Park Ave., Murfreesboro; 8938386 or bounceu.com. Call for open bounce and preschool play date times.

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring

502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc. org; Ongoing programs: • Animal Antics Every Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. All ages. Meet one of the center’s resident animals • Crafternoons Every Thursday at 3:30 p.m. All ages. Participate in an arts and crafts activity • Nature Nuts Every Thursday at 4 p.m. All ages. Enjoy nature activities • Science a la Carte Every Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. All ages. Conduct science experiments with the staff • Shake, Rattle & Roll Every Friday at 3:30 p.m. All

ages. Explore percussion instruments • Snack Attack Every Monday at 4 p.m. All ages. Make treats in the kitchen • SPARK! Every Monday at 9 a.m. Ages 3 - 5. Learn in areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM). $1 in addition to regular admission • Wetland Walk Every Friday at 4 p.m. All ages. Tour the Murfree Spring wetland with a naturalist

Jumper’s Playhouse

Inflatable fun at 6600 New Nashville Hwy., Smyrna; 2207575 or jumpersplayhouse. com. Call for open bounce and toddler storytime information.

Patterson Park Community Center

521 Mercury Blvd. Murfreesboro; 893-7439 Ongoing programs: • Busy Bees: Ages 3 - 5 can learn to follow directions, improve coordination and practice good sportsmanship every Tue and Thu; 10:45 11:15 a.m.; $3 • Terrific Twos: Ages 24 - 36 months with a parent can enjoy songs, finger plays, art projects and more every Wednesday; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $3

Sports*Com

2310 Memorial Blvd. Murfreesboro; 895-5040 Ongoing programs: • Homeschool Boot Camp

ongoing Ages 5 and older can do calisthenic exercises to develop motor skills every Friday; 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.; $3 • Toddler Time with Thomas Ages 5 and younger can participate in activities that develop cognitive skills every Friday; 10 a.m.; $3 • Youth Volleyball Ages 9 15 can learn volleyball skills every Thursday; 4:30 - 6 p.m.; $3

FREE Stones River National Battlefield

Rangers present 30-minute talks at 2 p.m. Mon - Fri (weekends features an 11 a.m. talk). Located at 1563 N. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 893-9501 or nps.gov/stri.

sumner county FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime

Stories and related activities for all ages every Mon and Sat at 11 a.m. at 300 Indian Lakes Blvd., Hendersonville; 2640183 or bn.com.

Holder Family Fun Centers

Bowling, roller skating, laser tag, a climbing wall, mini glow golf and more at 683 S. Water St., Gallatin (5754386) and 460 W. Main St., Hendersonville (590-4386). Visit holderfamilyfun.com.

Hoppity Hop Inflatable Play Center Bounce on inflatable structures at 143 New Shackle Island Road, Hendersonville; call or check website for open play times; $6 ages 1 - 3, $8 ages 4 and older; 265-8020 or hoppityhopinflatableplaycenter. com.

Strike & Spare

Bowling, video games, a soft play area, laser tag, bumper cars, roller skating, a bungee trampoline and more at 90 Volunteer Drive, Hendersonville. Call 824-5685 or visit strikeandsparebowling.com.

My Gym

Pay-to-play, open gym and Saturday morning classes take place at 206 N. Anderson

Lane, Hendersonville; call 8248002 or visit my-gym.com/ hendersonville.

williamson county A-Game Sports Complex

Open skate lessons, laser chase, special events, fitness classes and sports for kids with two ice rinks, 12 volleyball courts, six basketball courts and outdoor fields. Located at 215 Gothic Court, Franklin, call 771-2444 or visit goagame. com.

FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime

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

FREE Books-A-Million

Preschool storytime is every Tue and Sat at 10:30 a.m. at 1040 Crossings Blvd., Spring Hill; 931-486-0113 or booksamillioin.com.

FREE Family Trivia Night

Families can compete in trivia games for a chance to win a $25 gift card every Friday at 6 p.m. at Goofballs Family Fun, 1113 Murfreesboro Road, Ste. 360, Franklin; 861-3668 or letsgetgoofy.com.

Franklin on Foot Children’s Tours

The “I Spy Downtown Franklin” scavenger hunt takes place at Franklin’s Public Square by appointment; $11; 400-3808 or franklinonfoot.com.

FREE Franklin School of Rock

Kids of all ages can take a free 30-minute trial lesson in guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, fiddle or vocals. Located at 616 Bradley Court in Franklin, call 221-9700 to schedule a time. Visit franklinschoolofrock.com.

Glow Galaxy

Weekly open play times feature inflatables, mini-golf, air hockey, an interactive game floor,

football toss, soccer kick and basketball in a glow-in-the-dark setting at 121 Seaboard Lane, Ste. 8, Franklin; open play is Tue - Wed 1 - 3 p.m., Thu 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; $12 per child (adults are free); 3704386 or glowgalaxy.com.

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. ($9), Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. ($10), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. ($10); ages 2 and younger are $6; 377-5900 or monkeyjoes.com.

Monkey’s Treehouse

An indoor play center located at 91 Seaboard Lane, Brentwood; open play times are Mon/Wed/Fri 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Thu 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $8 ages 1 - 8; 942-7911 or themonkeystreehouse.com.

My Gym Brentwood

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

Pump It Up Play Time

Open jump times are Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. for preschoolers, Thu 5 - 8 p.m. and Fri 1 - 4 p.m. ages 12 and younger, and all school holidays 1 - 4 p.m. ages 12 and younger. Pump It Up, 7104 Crossroads Blvd., Ste. 128, Brentwood; $8 per child; 3738340 or pumpitupparty.com.

wilson county FREE Rock Zone School of Music Ages 7 - 13 can take one free trial music lesson in voice, piano, guitar or drums (call for appointment) at 11902 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet; 5620070 or rockzonemusic.com.

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

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro 893-2300 • explorethedc.org

• Parents’ Night Out Saturday, Nov. 15. Kids can have fun playing and exploring things in the center while Mom and Dad enjoy a night out to themselves. Ages 4 - 12. 6 - 9:30 p.m. $20, $15 siblings

Dyer Observatory 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood dyer.vanderbilt.edu

• Open House Day Tuesday, Nov. 4. Tour the facility when astronomers are available for questions. All ages. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. $6.27 • Telescope Night Friday, Nov. 14. All ages. View the night sky through the telescopes, tour the facility and talk to astronomers. 7 - 9 p.m. $6.27

Kids can participate in the Nashville Predators’ free G.O.A.L. program on Saturday, Nov. 8 at Ford Ice Center. A-Game Skate Academy 215 Gothic Court, Franklin 778-9825 or agameskateacademy.com • Homeschool Ice Skating Lessons Wednesdays, Nov. 19 - Dec. 17. Learn to ice skate. Ages 6 and older. 1 - 2 p.m. $60 .

Belmont Mansion 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville 460-5459 • belmontmansion.com

• Lunch with Santa Saturday, Nov. 22. Dine with Santa and Mrs. Claus, get a keepsake photo, enjoy a magic show, participate in crafts and a sing-along, and more. All ages. 11 a.m. $30 adults, $15 children

Brentwood Library 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood 371-0090, ext. 8290 chappella@brentwood-tn.org

• FREE After-School Explorers Every Tuesday. Grades K - 2. Explore the world through books, games, activities and crafts. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. • FREE Brentwood Bunch Book Club Every Third Friday of the month. Grades 3 - 5. Read books from the Tennessee Volunteer State Book Awards list. November’s title is Year of the Book. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m • FREE Lego Mania Every first Friday for ages 6 - 7 and every second Friday for ages 8 - 12. Unleash your creativity and have fun building with Legos. 4:30 - 6 p.m. • FREE Read with Lily Every first and third Monday. Children can read aloud to Lily the ReadingPAWS dog. All ages. 4:15 - 5:15 p.m.

Cedar Crest Golf Course 7972 Mona Road, Murfreesboro 867-9000 • tncac.org

• Turkey Tee Off Saturday, Nov. 8. Registration deadline is Saturday, Nov. 1. Hit the greens and golf to raise money for the Child Advocacy Center of Rutherford County. Adults. 9 a.m. $75

Cheekwood 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville 356-8000 • cheekwood.org

• Family Gingerbread Workshop Saturdays, Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13. Create a family memory by creating an edible gingerbread house to take home. All ages. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $45 members, $60 non-members • Mighty Masters Saturdays, Nov. 8, 15 and 22. Find inspiration from the gardens and learn about a variety of art forms while getting creative with paint, collage, sculpture and more. Ages 6 - 12. 1 - 4 p.m. $90 members, $120 non-members • School’s Out: One-Day Camp Tuesday, Nov. 4. Spend the day digging into art fun with drawing, painting and more. Ages 5 - 12. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $63.75 members, $85 non-members • Young at ART! Workshop Saturday, Nov. 15. Explore 2D and 3D techniques through drawing, painting, collage and sculpture. Ages 3 - 5. 9 - 11 a.m. $26.25 members, $35 non-members

Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville 416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org • Making Records at Historic RCA Studio B Sunday, Nov. 9. Visit Nashville’s historic recording studio, learn the basics of the recording process and create a recording (shuttle transportation to the studio provided). Ages 5 and older. 2 p.m. $5

Fairview Recreation Complex 2714 Fairview Blvd., Fairview 799-9331, ext. 2310 wcparksandrec.com

• Preschool Safety Program Wednesdays, Nov. 5 - 19. Learn self-confidence and how to avoid dangerous situations. Ages 3 - 5. 10:45 - 11:15 a.m. $15 per class • Teen Pottery Tuesdays, Nov. 4 - 25. Work on handbuilt pieces as well as wheel-thrown pieces. Ages 13 and older. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. or 5:45 - 8:30 p.m.$82 • Tiny Tadpoles Taekwondo Wednesdays, Nov. 5 - Dec. 31. This program focuses on gross motor development, listening skills and safety. Ages 2 - 3. 10:15 - 10:45 a.m. $15 per class

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• FREE G.O.A.L. (Get Out and Learn) Saturday, Nov. 8. Participate in a youth ice hockey program with the Nashville Predators. Ages 5 - 8. 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.

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• Day of the Dead: Ancient Animals and Historic Peoples Among Us Saturday, Nov. 1. Explore natural history and fossils of Middle Tennessee. Afterward, enjoy a marshmallow roast and haunted history tour. Ages 7 - 14. 1 - 6:30 p.m.

The Fortress 1419 Clinton St., Nashville 210-722-6665 • hopeforaccreta.org

• Hope for Accreta Conference Saturday, Nov. 15. Guest speakers share information about placenta accreta (brunch and dinner included). Adults. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. $110

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• Basketweaving Saturday, Nov. 8. Create a simple basket using basic weaving techniques. Ages 16 and older. 1 - 5 p.m. $15 • Brain Builders: Legos Simple and Powered Machines Mondays, Nov. 3 - Dec. 1. Gain understanding of simple machines, structures and mechanisms while learning how to incorporate the power brick into models. Ages 12 and older. 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. $50 • Brain Builders: Legos We Do Robotics Class Mondays, Nov. 3 - Dec. 1. Build and program different models while learning about sensors. Ages 12 and older. 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. $50 • Buttons and Bows Nov. 6 and 18. Make a fall craft designed with buttons. Ages 12 and older. 9:30 11:30 a.m. $18 • Drawing for Beginners Wednesdays, Nov. 5 - Dec. 30. Learn the basics of drawing like seeing shapes within an object, lighting and shading, perspective and more. Ages 13 and older. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. $65 • Knitting for Beginners and Beyond Thursdays, Nov. 6 - 20. Learn basic knitting stitches as well as casting off a finished project. Ages 13 and older. 6 - 8 p.m. $50 • Painting with J.A. Yances Mondays, Nov. 3 - 24. Learn the principles of painting and composition using either oils or acrylics. Ages 13 and older. 10 a.m. 12:30 p.m. $20 per class • Sticky Fingers Preschool Club Mondays. Nov. 3 17. Use a variety of materials to explore the world around you in a creative way. Ages 3 - 6. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $20 • Super Saturday Respite Saturday, Nov. 8. Enjoy games, music, swimming, crafts and more. Ages 6 23. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. $20 • Writing for Screen, Stage and Literature Tuesdays, Nov. 4 - 18. Published author Sean Kenelly teaches students how to create engaging characters and build entertaining stories. Ages 13 and older. 7 - 8:30 p.m. $72

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• FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop Saturday, Nov. 1. Create a pallet coaster. Ages 5 - 12. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. • FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop Saturday, Nov. 29. Build a give-and-save bank. Ages 5 - 12. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Longview Recreation Center 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill 302-0971, ext. 2210 wcparksandrec.com • American Sign Language Tuesdays, Nov. 4 - 25. Learn basic sign language techniques. Ages 11 and older. 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. $32

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• Beginning Spanish Thursdays, Nov. 6 - 20. Learn vocabulary, words and basic Spanish phrases. All ages 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. $50 • Deb’s Doodlez Thursdays, Nov. 6 - 20. Learn to create a practice drawing using basic shapes and working with a variety of methods. Ages 8 and older. 6 - 7:30 p.m. $30 • Judo Karate Mondays, Nov. 3 - 24. This martial arts class combines judo and karate into an exercise program that builds confidence and self-esteem. Ages 8 and older. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. $40 • Kids Spanish Thursdays, Nov. 6 - 20. Learn Spanish while creating arts and crafts, playing games, moving to Latin music and more. All ages. 4 - 5 p.m. $50 • Learn to Draw: Christmas Friday, Nov. 14. Learn to draw the Christmas holiday in perspective, contrast, mass, shape and form. Ages 13 and older. 1 - 3 p.m. $30 • Little Fingers Tuesdays, Nov. 4 - 25 (skip Nov. 11). Participate in season-themed projects. Ages 2 - 4 with a parent. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. $18 • Manga Drawing Nov. 18 and 20. Learn the basic drawing technique to create Japanese-style comics. Ages 9 and older. 4:15 - 5:45 p.m. $25 • Miss Deb’s Oil Painting Wednesdays, Nov. 5 - 19. Learn the basics of creating an oil painting step by step. Ages 13 and older. 1 - 2:30 p.m. $45 • Open Acrylic Painting Mondays, Nov. 3 - 17. Learn to create art with acrylic paint. Ages 13 and older. 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. $25 plus optional $20 supply fee • Polynesian Dancing Wednesdays, Nov. 5 - 26. Learn to dance like the island natives of Hawaii, Samoa, New Zealand and Tahiti. Ages 8 and older. Beginners 5:15 - 6 p.m., intermediates 6 - 7 p.m. $25 • Safety and Self-Defense for Teen Girls Monday, Nov. 10. Learn safety strategies, situational awareness, how to avoid dangerous situations and basic physical self-defense. Ages 13 and older. 6 - 8 p.m. $35 • Sticky Fingers Preschool Club Tuesdays, Nov. 4 - 25 (session 1) and Wednesdays, Nov. 5 - 19 (session 2). Enjoy crafting experiences that enhance fine motor and developmental skills. Ages 3 - 6. Tue 9 - 10:30 a.m., Wed 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $18 • Still Life Drawing Thursday, Nov. 6. Learn how to set up a successful still life composition in this drawing class. Ages 13 and older. 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. $30 • Super Saturday Respite Saturday, Nov. 15. Enjoy games, music, swimming, crafts and more. Ages 6 23. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. $20

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• FREE Kids Clinic Saturday, Nov. 8. Create a science lab. Ages 5 - 12. 10 - 11 a.m.

My Gym of Brentwood 330 Franklin Road, Brentwood 371-5437 • mygym.com/brentwood

• Parents’ Night Out Saturday, Nov. 15. Mom and Dad can enjoy a night out to themselves while their

Students can put their sleuthing skills to work during the History Detectives program at Oaklands Museum, Nov. 12 - 13. kids enjoy games and activities. Ages 2-and-a-half to 9 years. 6 - 10 p.m. $30 (discounts for multiple children)

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

• Zzzoofari Slumber Saturday, Nov. 1. Bring a tent, sleeping bags, toiletries and flashlights to camp out on zoo’s grounds while enjoying games and other activities. All ages. 4 p.m. - 9 a.m. $30 members, $40 non-members

Oaklands Historic House Museum 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro 892-0022 • oaklandsmuseum.org • Annual Membership Dinner and Musical Program Tuesday, Nov. 11. Enjoy dinner and a program on Civil War music. All ages. 6 - 8:30 p.m. $25 • History Detectives Nov. 12 - 13. Public, private and homeschool groups with a minimum of 20 students can examine artifacts and documents to make deductions about the people depicted. A mansion tour and scavenger hunt are included. 10 a.m. RSVP to mb@ oaklandsmuseum.org

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

• Fall Fairyland Sunday, Nov. 2. Construct a fairy house from natural materials or purchase items with “fairy gold” at the Gnome Depot. Stories and a nature walk also take place. All ages. 1 - 4 p.m. $10 per child/adult pair, $7 each additional child (please turn the page)

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

• FREE Fall Colors Bike and Hike Saturday, Nov. 8. Join a naturalist-led biking trip to Stones River Farm, then hike to points of interest. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. • Fall Colors Float Saturday, Nov. 1. Embark on a paddling trip on the lower Stones River. Ages 12 and older. Time TBA. $25. Register at 429-3549

Be sure to RSVP for the Owl Day Celebration at Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary on Sunday, Nov. 16. • Knee-High Naturalist: Leaves, Leaves Everywhere! Nov. 3 or 4. Learn all about leaves during a scavenger hunt, crafts and other activities. Ages 3 - 5. 10 - 11:30 a.m. $10 per adult and one child, $7 each additional person • Owl Day Celebration Sunday, Nov. 16. Meet resident program owls, hike through owl territories, participate in crafts and more. All ages. 1 - 4 p.m. $7 in advance, $10 at the gate • Owl Prowl Thursday, Nov. 13. Enjoy an evening of food and outdoor fun learning about owls while on a nature hike. Ages 9 and older. 5 - 8:30 p.m. $20

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• 1, 2, 3, Count with Me! Every Tuesday. Ages 2 - 5. Learn numbers through games, songs, crafts and more. 9 - 9:45 a.m. $3 • A, B, C, Come Learn with Me Every Tuesday and Thursday. Ages 2 - 5. Learn the alphabet through songs, crafts, stories and more. 10 - 10:45 a.m. $3 • Busy Bees Every Tuesday and Thursday. Ages 3 - 5. Learn how to follow directions, participate in a group environment, improve coordination and practice good sportsmanship. 10:45 - 11:15 a.m. • Homeschool P.E. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Ages 5 15. Participate in fun fitness activities. 1 - 2 p.m. $3 • Kreative Kids Every Thursday. Ages 2 - 5. Participate in arts and crafts activities. 9 - 9:45 a.m. $3 • Pre-K Homeschool P.E. Thursdays through May. Ages 3 - 5. Participate in fitness activities. 1 - 1:45 p.m. $3

Riverdale Baptist Church 307 Warrior Drive, Murfreesboro 895-3295 • riverdalebaptistchurch.net

• RBC Christmas Toy Store Saturday, Dec. 6. Registration deadline is Sunday, Nov. 30. Low-income families can sign up for this annual holiday event where they can pick up toys for their children free of charge

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• FREE Great Gourds Saturday, Nov. 15. Learn about the ancient vegetable that has many purposes. All ages. 2 - 3 p.m. • FREE Meditation in the Park Saturday, Nov. 15. Learn to connect to what your mind is capable of achieving for mental balance and stress relief. Ages 18 and older. 10 - 11 a.m. • FREE Star Party Saturday, Nov. 1. Join astronomers with telescopes to view the heavens. All ages. 7 - 9 p.m. • FREE Turkey Time: Let’s Get Wild Tuesday, Nov. 25. Enjoy a turkey-themed story, craft and stroll around the nature center. Ages 3 - 5. 10 - 11 a.m.

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• Tiny Trainers Every Tuesday. Children can participate in this introduction to large motor movements, following directions and learning how fitness can be fun. Ages 9 months - 3 years with a parent. 10:30 11:15 a.m. $3 • Toddler Time with Thomas Every Friday. Enjoy playtime while learning to follow directions. Ages 5 and younger. 10 a.m. $3 • Tumbleweeds Mondays and Wednesdays. Learn basic tumbling techniques while improving balance and coordination. Ages 3 - 5. 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. $3

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• FREE Caring for Yourself Mentally, Physically and Spiritually During the Holidays Tuesday, Nov. 11. HighPoint Hospice presents this workshop that focuses on self-care during the holiday season. All ages. 5:30 - 7 p.m. (light dinner included)

Warner Parks Nature Center 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville 352-6299 • nashville.go/parks

• FREE Explore the Fallen Forest Saturday, Nov., 15. Bring a sketch book to take a closer look at the communities that develop when trees fall. All ages. 1 - 2:30 p.m. • FREE Homeschool: Geology of Warner Parks Thursday, Nov. 13. Homeschool students can participate

in age-appropriate science-based field experience activities. Ages 5 - 13. 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. • FREE Nature Center Storytime Fridays, Nov. 7 and 21. Listen to seasonal tales under the giant beech tree. Ages 3 - 5. 10:30 - 11 a.m. • FREE Oh Dear, Opossum! Friday, Nov. 14. Listen to stories about Tennessee’s ubiquitous marsupial. Ages 3 - 5. 10 - 11 a.m. or 1 - 2 p.m.

The Wilderness Station 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro 217-3017 • mufreesborotn.gov/parks

• Campfire Circle Saturday, Nov. 15. Embark on a twilight nature hike, then enjoy campfire fun with songs, skits, treats and more. All ages. 6:30 p.m. $3 • Rock Hop Every Monday. Try new instruments, learn silly songs, dance and more. Ages 2 - 4 with a parent. 9:30 a.m. $3 • Tales and Trails Every Wednesday. Enjoy stories about Tennessee wildlife while hiking the trails. Ages 4 - 7 with a parent. 10:30 a.m. $3 • Wild Things Every Wednesday. An introduction to the wonders of nature through songs, hikes, crafts and more. Ages 1 - 4 with a parent. 9:30 a.m. $3

Williams-Sonoma at The Mall at Green Hills 2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville 292-5066 • williams-sonoma.com

• FREE Thanksgiving Helper: Decorating Pies Saturday, Nov. 15. Learn how to make a lattice top or decorate the top of a pie with cut outs, sugar crystals and other finishing touches. Ages 5 - 13. 10 a.m. • FREE Thanksgiving Helper: Mashed Potatoes Saturday, Nov. 8. Discover the secrets to making creamy mashed potatoes. Ages 9 - 13. 10 a.m. • FREE Thanksgiving Helper: Soup Please! Saturday, Nov. 1. Learn to make butternut squash soup. Ages 9 - 13. 10 a.m. (please turn the page)

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Little Mermaid JR. Auditions Murfreesboro Little Theatre hosts auditions for Little Mermaid Jr. Nov. 17 - 18 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at 702 Ewing Blvd., Murfreesboro. Open to ages 8 - 14, the production takes place Feb. 20 - 29, 2015. Learn more at 893-9825 or mltarts.com.

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Quick Bit: The FRIST CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS has a fun Family Workshop coming up on Saturday, Dec. 6 that truly glitters, and you’ll need to make reservations by Friday, Nov. 21. The workshop, “Good as Gold: Creating Gilded Holiday Gifts,” is for families with kids ages 8 and older. You’ll work together to create unique holiday gifts and heirlooms using real gold. Projects include a gilded frame, ornaments and edible treats. The registration fee ($50 members, $65 non-members) includes gallery admission and all workshop materials for two adults and two children. Reserve your spot at 744-3355.

If your kids are curious about what goes on behind the scenes of a theatrical production before it opens, you can satisfy their inquiring minds by taking them to a Nashville Repertory Theatre LookIn event this month. While most Rep shows are for older audiences, it’s annual holiday production of A Christmas Story is perfect for youngsters. On Tuesday, Nov. 25, you can head to TPAC’s Johnson Theater (505 Deaderick St., Nashville) for a sneak peek of the rehearsal process before the curtain goes up on the show on Saturday, Nov. 29 (the show runs through Sunday, Dec. 21). During the LookIn, you’ll learn about the creative processes of the directors, set designer and costumer. Plus, you’ll get to see a scene or two from the show during the fine tuning of the rehearsal. The LookIn is from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., and admission is free. Advance registration is required by logging on to patron.tpac.org/events/detail/christmas-story-2014-lookin

Grandparent Days at NCT Kids can spend special time with their grandmas and grandpas while taking in a show at Nashville Children’s Theatre. Every second Saturday of each show (this month, it’s James & The Giant Peach on Nov. 15 at 2 p.m.), attendees will get stickers, enjoy pre-show activities in the lobby and participate in a post-show Q&A with the cast and crew. Tickets are $20 adults, $14 kids. Learn more at nashvillect.org.


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