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INTRODUCING "YOUR STORY"

Compelling, True-Life Personal Stories From Local Parents Just Like YOU

THINGS TO DO

THE CITY'S BEST CALENDAR, ONLY BETTER! Music Listings for All Ages + A Special Arts' Section


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NOVEMBER VOLUME 27 | NUMBER 4

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26 2019 Best of Parenting We’ve calculated all of your votes and the results are in. Here’s who YOU say provides the best goods and services for families in our area.

21 EXPECTING (Special Section) Newborn care 101 for newbie parents and great new products for fall.

29 WHOLENESS: Holidays and Special Diets Helping your family eat its way through the holidays is tricky. Good thing we’ve got expert help right here!

33 THINGS TO DO Our newly expanded listings are better than ever and now include more music for adults — we ARE Music City, after all — in addition to an entire section devoted entirely to the arts. Go to.

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THIS MONTH’S GIVEAWAYS: • Four tickets to “Zoolumination” at Nashville Zoo (Nov. 6) • Four tickets to “Music City Christmas” with the Nashville Symphony (Nov. 13) • Four tickets to ICE! featuring A Christmas Story (Nov. 20) • Four tickets to the “Family Series Holiday Spectacular & Sing-Along” with the Nashville Symphony (Nov. 27)

MISSION STATEMENT Nashville Parent and sister publications Rutherford, Sumner and Williamson Parent, aim daily to provide the community connection readers long for. We provide a helpful antidote to the isolation brought on by technology. We help moms, dads and families navigate the uncharted waters of parenting, and we weave bright threads of joy and opportunity into the daily lives of families. NASHVILLE, RUTHERFORD, SUMNER AND WILLIAMSON PARENT MAGAZINES are published monthly by Day Communications, Inc. The mailing address is 1229 Lakeview Drive, Ste. A., Franklin, TN 37067. Phone number: 855-949-6678. E-mail to: npinfo@daycommedia.com. Every precaution has been taken to ensure the accuracy of published material, however, NASHVILLE/RUTHERFORD/SUMNER/ WILLIAMSON PARENT cannot be held responsible for opinions expressed or facts supplied by its authors. NASHVILLE/RUTHERFORD/ SUMNER/WILLIAMSON PARENT is copyright © 2019 by Day Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction without written permission is prohibited. © 2019 DAY COMMUNICATIONS, INC. THIS PUBLICATION AUDITED BY

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DAY BYDAY Power to the People By Susan Day

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riving home on I-65, leaves are blowing everywhere. There are no trees on the Interstate, so it’s an interesting aspect to my drive. I do this jaunt weekly, I cover a lot of miles, and I see a lot of things. People hurrying, traffic, construction, cranes, hot-head drivers. This city has gotten a lot bigger! Nashville was a small town on the verge of something big when we launched Nashville Parent in 1993. Garth Brooks was a hot new star — he was still married to Sandy. The downtown scene was pretty much not happening beyond Second Avenue. Somewhere between the babies I kept having (four of ’em), Music City exploded. My sister used to joke about the toy town that I lived in compared to her glorious eight-laned-highway Atlanta. She’s stopped joking. Nashville is hotter than ever. So it’s the new Nashville now, and while you may not love the traffic, it’s not going anywhere, pardon the pun. It’s here to stay. It IS sort of fun to tell people you’re from Nashville, though, when they’re not. They get a sort of excited glisten in their eyes. And they should. Nashville’s cool! But before the town gets any larger and we risk losing our “small townness,” we’re launching YOUR STORY. It’s all about giving you a chance to tell us about yourself or something in your life that matters to you. Your family, your situation, your growing up or your growing older — there are no rules. YOUR STORY is intended to be a “read fest” where we learn about and from each other while sewing threads of community. Read the first stories in print, starting on page 76, and watch for the launch of YOUR STORY on nashvilleparent.com soon. Also: come up with an idea for YOUR STORY! Write it in the body of an e-mail, including your name and a photo, and send it to Associate Editor Noah Day at noah@ daycommedia.com.

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NOVEMBER 2019

FREE

BEST OF PARENTING 2019:

SEE THE WINNERS INSIDE

nashvillePARENT every family matters.

EXPECTING:

Life with a Newborn When You're Running On Empty

WHOLENESS:

Holiday Eating With a Dietary Restriction

INTRODUCING "YOUR STORY"

Compelling, True-Life Personal Stories From Local Parents Just Like YOU

THINGS TO DO

THE CITY'S BEST CALENDAR, ONLY BETTER! Music Listings for All Ages + A Special Arts' Section

Get Your Mag Hey all, even though Kroger has elected not to distribute any free publications to the public anymore (this is a nationwide stance), there are still hundreds of places where you can pick up your monthly issue! GET YOUR MAGAZINE

at area libraries, hospitals, doctor’s and dentist’s offices, retail stores, restaurants, schools, child cares and more. Email me at susan@daycommedia.com if you have questions.

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A rendering of GLOW Nashville at First Tennessee Park.

GLOW NASHVILLE First Tennessee Park 19 Junior Gilliam Way Nashville Nov. 22 - Dec. 31 Music City’s newest holiday attraction promises to shine bright with 4 million lights!

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here’s nothing quite like basking in the glow of Christmas lights during the holiday season. This year, your family can look forward to a whole new illuminating experience, and it’s happening at the Nashville Sounds’ First Tennessee Park. GLOW Nashville promises to be Nashville’s brightest outing, running 36 nights from Nov. 22 - Dec. 31. “From over-the-top ice skating and tubing experiences to meeting Santa in his workshop, GLOW is full of experiences that young kids will enjoy,” says Chris Stacey, founder and CEO of GLOW Nashville. “Visitors will be transported to a world of Christmas wonder from the time they step onto the field. Everywhere you look, there will be twinkling light displays and spectacularly lit structures,” he adds.

GLOWING HIGHLIGHTS

In addition to more than 4 million lights to behold, there are several other activities for your family to enjoy. Saunter into Santa’s workshop for a pic with the jolly elf. Join Mrs. Claus for stories and enjoy a sneak

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peek at the elves hard at work. Kids can have fun playing reindeer games, too. There’s an ice-skating rink with a three-story-tall frozen fortress as well as the Reindeer Run Tube Park; it’s a 32-foot-tall, 170-footlong tube ride build over the stadium seats. You can also make a dent in your holiday shopping list in the Winter Fest Market boasting more than 25 craft vendors. If you need a break from the cold, head into the Mistletoe Cafe for a soothing cup of cocoa and live entertainment. Stacey says to allot up to two hours to get the full GLOW experience during this new annual outing that will come with new light displays every subsequent year so it’s always fresh. GLOW operates Tue - Sun 4 - 10 p.m. (plus Mondays, Dec. 23 & 30). Tickets are $29.99 adults, $19.99 ages 3 - 12, $89.99 for a family pack (two adults, two kids), $79.99 VIP Experience (includes a buffet meal, premium parking plus other perks). There’s a general admission discount Tue & Wed. Ice skating is an additional $10; tubing an extra $4. For more info and tickets, go to glowholiday.com.

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• There’s a new storytime in town, and it’s at ARCADE KIDS (1721 21st Ave. S., Nashville). Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. a special guest will read to children, and a simple craft or activity related to the book follows. Call 615-9537073 or visit arcadenashville. com. • The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum offers FREE ADMISSION to active duty and retired armed services members and up to three immediate family members Nov. 9 - 11. Just show your military ID at the ticket booth. During the weekend, you can pop into the Taylor Swift Edcuation Center and write a letter to a U.S. soldier. Also for your radar, the museum’s annual Deck the Hall festivities kick off Friday, Nov. 29. Kids can get free photos with Santa on Saturdays, Nov. 30 - Dec. 21. Call 615-416-2001 or visit countrymusichalloffame.org. • Get free admission to Lane Motor Museum (702 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville) Nov. 7 - Dec. 9 when you bring a new, unwrapped toy ($10 value or more) for TOYS FOR TOTS. The museum is open Thu - Mon 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Call 615-742-7445 or visit lanemotormuseum.org. For more Middle Tennessee Toys for Tots drives, go to nashville-tn. toysfortots.org. • SHABBY LANE SHOPPING hosts free monthly shopping events at the Lane Agri Park Community Center and Barn in Murfreesboro on select Saturdays. It’s all holiday driven on Nov. 23 and Dec. 7. Aside from shopping, there’s fun for kids, including character visits, inflatables and scavenger hunts. Learn more at shabbylaneshohppingevents.com.

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Local mom, Jamie Cobb shows a Sop Soc. with the Bible verse wrapped around her feet.

Local Mom, Standing on the Promises, Launches SOP SOC

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amie Cobb was getting her four kids off to school one morning when she began asking God to show her what was in store for her. “I was actually watching the news,” Cobb says. “There had been a mass-shooting and the Lord just spoke to me and told me that we have one thing to stand on, and that’s His word and His promises. That was comforting to me, and I found it to be for so many people.” Cobb’s idea? Comfy socks with Bible verses sewn onto the bottom. They’re SOP SOC, which stands for “Standing on the Promises” socks. “This idea of wrapping God’s word around your feet — Ephesians 6 talks about this — about having the gospel wrapped around your feet; to shod your feet with the gospel of peace,” Cobb says. It took a long time to get SOP SOC going — Cobb does have four young kids, after all — but it’s been up and running for four months now. “The first sample pair I got from the manufacturer was, “I can do all things through Christ” (Phil. 4:13), and I wore those as I just wanted to get SOP SOC off the ground. Eventually Cobb manufactured enough for family and friends, and now they’re available to everyone. I tried a pair and their super-comfortable socks. SOP SOC has four different verses to choose from: Philippians 4:13; Joshua 1:9; Jeremiah 29:11; and Matthew 19:26, each going with a specific color. Cobb hopes to expand the line soon. One SOP SOC pair is $12.99. For more information, or to purchase, visit sopsoc.com. — Noah Day

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• HOUSE OF CARDS in downtown Nashville now offers a Family Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays — the only time kids are permitted. It’s an upscale outing with a dress code, and while you dine, strolling magicians entertain table side before you make your way into the theater for a full-on magic show. Ttickets are $40 per person. Visit hocnashville.com. • HARPETH HALL, the all-girls school for grades 5 - 12, hosts an admission preview day on Sunday, Nov. 3 from 1:30 - 4 p.m. Located at 3801 Hobbs Road, Nashville. Call 615-346-0126 or visit harpethhall,org. • UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF NASHVILLE (USN) hosts an open house Saturday, Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. for grades 5 - 12 and 2 p.m. for grades K - 4. USN is located at 2000 Edgehill Ave., Nashville. Call 615-3218000 or visit usn.org. • MONTGOMERY BELL ACADEMY (MBA) Admissions heads to downtown Nashville on Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. to discuss the school and the admission process. You’ll hear from the headmaster, current students, faculty and coaches. It takes place at the 505 Building (505 Church St.). RSVP at chandler. harrington@montgomerybell. edu.


CONGRATULATIONS SNODGRASS-KING DENTAL!

Voted Best of Parenting 18 years in a row!

SNODGRASS-KING DENTAL ASSOCIATES Snodgrass-King Dental Associates is a “family” of Dental Specialists who have been taking care of Middle Tennessee families for over 30 years. In 1987 Dr. David Snodgrass started his practice in Hermitage and then partnered with Dr. Terry King in 1998. Shortly thereafter, additional specialties were added making Snodgrass-King the first multi-Specialty dental practice in Middle Tennessee.

With state of the art technology, adult only waiting areas, an atmosphere that is fun for the kids with arcades, fish tanks, games and movie screens, patients not only receive great care with tremendous efficiency, but they actually look forward to their visits to the dentist!

“WE RECOGNIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ABLE TO CARE FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY UNDER ONE ROOF.”

“I’M PROUD OF ALL OUR DOCTORS AND STAFF FOR THEIR LEVEL OF EXCELLENCE IN CARING FOR OUR PATIENTS. IT IS AN HONOR TO RECEIVE THE “BEST OF” VOTES FROM OUR PATIENTS YEAR AFTER YEAR.” -FOUNDER AND CEO, DR. DAVID SNODGRASS

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Snodgrass-King now has five locations to better serve the Nashville community. In addition to Pediatric and Adult Dentistry, the practice has Orthodontic departments in every office. The caring team of doctors and staff work closely together to provide comprehensive care for patients and their families to “Keep Them Smiling for Life.”

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BEST OF PARENTING The winners and finalists for the 2019 Best of Parenting Awards were voted on by our readers — thank you for participating! Winners are shown in BLUE.

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Best Local Restaurant TIE – The Loveless Cafe The Pharmacy Burger Parlor

Best Rainy Day Outing Adventure Science Center

Five Points Pizza East

Frist Art Museum Nashville Public Library

Best Shopping Center/Mall The Mall at Green Hills

Best Kids Eat Free O’Charley’s

Best Family Weekend Getaway Great Smoky Mountains

Best Local Children’s Clothing Store The Children’s Place Outlet

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Best Burger The Pharmacy Burger Parlor Burger UP Hugh-Baby’s

Chattanooga TN Gaylord Opryland Resort & Hotel

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Best Ice Cream Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

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Best Mexican Restaurant Chuy’s Cinco de Mayo Mexican Restaurant Las Palmas

Best Local Bakery Five Daughters Bakery 12th South The Cupcake Collection Sweet & Sassy Bakery

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Deer Run Camps and Retreats Space Camp

Best Local Day Camp YMCA of Middle Tennessee Whippoorwill Camp YMCA Camp Widjiwagan

Best Museum Cheekwood Estate and Gardens Adventure Science Center Frist Art Museum

Best Live Theater Venue Nashville Children’s Theatre Ryman Auditorium TPAC

Best Party Entertainer Party Princess Productions

Best Tourist Attraction Cheekwood Estate and Gardens

Best Away-From-Home Party TopGolf

Best Local Park Centennial Park

Mr. Bond Science Guy Sean the Balloon Guy

Ford Ice Center Adventure Science Center

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Nashville Zoo

Percy Warner Park Radnor Lake State Park

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Arcade Kids Plaid Rabbit

Best Family Auto Dealer Beaman Toyota Crest Honda Freeland Chevrolet

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Best Hair Salon Bishop’s Salon

A Moment’s Peace Salon and Day Spa Experience this Hair

Best Family Photographer Sarah Sidwell Photography Ashley Seagroves Photography Mandy Johnson Photography

BEST PARENTING RESOURCES Best Financial Institution First Tennessee Bank Pinnacle Financial Partners Regions Bank

Best Realtor Ashley Lamb, Keller Williams Chad King, Team Wilson Realty Gary Ashton, Re/Max

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BEST OF PARENTING Many thanks to all the businesses and services who support parents and Nashville Parent!

Best Child Care Center The Gardner School

Best Emergency Room Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital

BEST ENRICHMENT

Best Hospital Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital

The Academy Child Development Center West End Community Church Child Care

Best Tutoring/Learning Service Learning RX Learning Lab Mathnasium

Best Dance Studio Dance in Bloom The Bellevue Dance Center School of Nashville Ballet

The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial Saint Thomas Midtown

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Best Place to Have a Baby Saint Thomas Midtown TriStar Centennial Medical Center Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Best Gymnastics Let it Shine Gymnastics

Best OB/GYN Dr. Bernadette Meadors, Heritage Medical

Boost Gymnastics Nashville Gymnastic Training

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Best Martial Arts David Deaton Karate Studios

Best Doula Midwife Baby + Co.

Artista Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu West Side Taekwondo

Nashville Doula Services NOVA Birth Services

Best Music Instruction Mobile Music Academy

Best Chiropractor Summit Family Chiropractic

Lane Music Vanderbilt-Blair School of Music

Berry Hill Chiropractic Nashville Brain and Body

BEST HEALTH & FITNESS

Best Eye Care Vanderbilt Eye Institute

Best Pediatrician Old Harding Pediatrics Green Hills Pediatrics Tennessee Pediatrics

Best Pediatric Dentist Swauger Pediatric Dentistry Brentwood Pediatric Dentistry Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dentistry

Cornea Consultants Nashville Eye Center

Best Family Fitness Center YMCA of Middle Tennessee Blooma Nashville Yoga Planet Fitness

Thank you for voting in the Best of Parenting!

Best Orthodontist Braces by Dr. Ruth

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to life with a newborn can be as gratifying as it is overwhelming. Time-tested tricks and expert tips will help you and your baby-thrive during the first few weeks postpartum.

Learning Curves Slow to adjust? No, it’s not just you. New parenthood is rife with uncertainty. “As the mother of a newborn, I know that every little thing can be challenging — from burping to changing diapers to breastfeeding and even trimming tiny nails, no matter if it’s your first or third child,” says Jenna Eschol, M.D., a family physician. So you need to gather information wisely to quell uncertainty. In the midst of a perplexing dilemma, you may turn to Google or an online parent support group for quick answers. But, proceed with caution. “If it doesn’t seem like that online advice really fits your baby, maybe it really doesn’t,” says Elizabeth Simpson, M.D., a pediatrician. “ Talk to your pediatrician or at least a trusted relative who has seen the baby and knows the situation a little better than generic online advice,” she adds.

Make it a Date Don’t skip your newborn’s well-baby checkups. Your baby’s physician will assess your baby’s overall health and verify that he’s gaining weight properly. A newborn should regain his birth weight by around 10 to 14 days of age. Baby’s appointment is also a good time for you to ask questions and raise any concerns.

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Newborns don’t understand schedules, but you understand all too well the lack of sleep you’re experiencing. Plan to sleep when your baby sleeps. “Babies are little rebels; they don’t follow rules,” Simpson says. “Babies are the schedulers and the parents are the people that get scheduled.” Hungry? Just as babies don’t care about clocks when it comes to sleep, they also eat on demand, anywhere between eight and 12 times in a 24-hour period. “Babies eat a lot during their first weeks in part to their tiny tummy size, and the rapid physical and mental growth they experience in the first couple months of life,” Eschol says. So if you’re breastfeeding, how do you know if Baby is eating enough? “If your baby seems happy and your pediatrician has assured you that weight gain is commensurate with your baby’s age, and enough dirty diapers are being produced (eight to 12 a day), then your baby is probably getting plenty to eat,” Eschol says. Participation in a breastfeeding support group at your hospital is helpful, too.

For a newborn, nothing is as comforting as Mom or Dad’s arms. “Babies have been held for the last nine months, so they don’t understand having to lay in their own crib. They like to be held whenever they are awake,” Simpson says. In addition to skin-to-skin contact, talk, sing and read to your baby, showing storybooks with high contrast colors like red, black and white.

Sometimes tears can signal a health issue. Call the doctor if your baby seems sick, has difficulty breathing or isn’t feeding. If you find yourself becoming increasingly frustrated with your crying baby and no one is around to help, take a time out. “Lay the baby safely on his back in his crib and hop in the shower for a sec to get out of earshot or use headphones to get out of earshot for a short period of time and give yourself a little break,” Simpson says.

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Brand New Skin Because a newborn’s skin is sensitive and thin, it is more susceptible to dryness and chapping. To offset that, avoid long baths. Bathe your infant in lukewarm water only two or three times a week using fragrance-free hypoallergenic soaps. “And no bubble baths!” Eschol says.

While you should cradle your baby as much as possible, avoid falling asleep while holding him. “The number one thing that causes sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is unsafe sleep practices,” Simpson warns. Place your infant on his back in his bassinet near your bed at night without blankets, pillows, crib bumpers, anything.

Baby Tears Babies cry when they’re hungry, tired or if they have a discomfort such as a dirty diaper or something pinching them. Other times they cry for no apparent reason. The crying can be uncontrollable. “Colic isn’t caused by pain,” Eschol says. She suggests the following “tried-and-true” tips for a colicky baby: • A pacifier • Hold Baby while rocking in a rocking chair or glider • Place Baby in a motorized swing • Softly talk or sing or play soothing lullabies at a low volume • Cuddle Baby or wear him • Take Baby for a car ride • Give Baby a warm bath

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Without taking time for selfcare, attending to your baby’s needs can become exceptionally challenging and overwhelming. “A good support system is essential for all moms and can include friends, families, counselors or support groups,” says Kelli Knapp, a board-certified women’s health nurse practitioner. “Even finding 10 to 15 minutes for yourself each day can improve your outlook,” Knapp says. Know that postpartum mood disorders are common and curable. Contact your healthcare provider if you are struggling. “A mom who admits she needs help is an amazingly strong woman and mom,” Knapp says. “Women who experience disorders during pregnancy or after a baby often feel like they are failing as a mom. A mom who reaches out for help is giving her child a huge gift, and they are already making a big step to the road to recovery.” Christa Melnyk Hines is an internationally published freelance journalist who covers pregnancy and postpartum issues. She is the author of Confidently Connected: A Mom’s Guide to a Satisfying Social Life.

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Diapers

buying gently used clothing and/or asking friends for hand-medowns. If you want new items, buy less than you think you will need because they are used for only a short time.

Child Care

To save on diapers, consider cloth. They’re easy to use and come in cute designs. The initial cost is typically $10 - $20 per diaper, but they can be reused for years. If cloth diapers aren’t for you, save money on disposables by checking manufacturer websites for coupons and combine them with store sales.

To save money on child care, you have to get creative. Ideas include having a family or friend watch the baby at a lower rate, trading babysitting with another family or alternating shifts with your partner to reduce time in child care. Some companies offer flexible spending plans to pay for child care with pre-tax money.

Formula

Trim Expenses

Breastfeeding is not always an option for families for a variety of reasons, and formula is pricey. Coupons and rebates are readily available from manufacturer websites. Also, ask your obstetrician and pediatrician for free formula samples — they’re great for stashing in your diaper bag.

Baby Gear

Car seat, stroller, high chair, bouncer, swing — phew! The stuff you need for someone so small! It seems each item costs $100 or more. It’s wise to buy a new car seat that meets current safety standards, but all the other items can be purchased gently used and later sold again when your family no longer needs them.

Baby Clothes

It doesn’t make sense to spend a lot on cute baby outfits when your child outgrows them only a few weeks later. Consider

Look at the family budget and evaluate where you can easily trim expenses. Do you belong to a gym, have club memberships, subscriptions or other monthly bills that you do not use enough to justify the expense? Discuss with your partner whether some of these items can be cut to free up the money for other expenses. Bringing home a new baby is an adjustment in many ways and financial priorities may have shifted in your family. In time, you will adjust to your new lifestyle and budget and you will feel comfortable with budgeting after Baby. Things to consider going forward: Is your life insurance in place now that you have a baby? Is your will made? Have you thought for a moment how much more affordable college will be for your little bundle if you’re able to set money aside each month for that? — Sarah Lyons

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Eating Your Way Through the Holidays Your 10-year-old can’t eat nuts and your teenager won’t eat gluten, but it’s over the river and through the woods you go. BY MCKENNA HYDRICK

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vegetarian mom, a dairy-free kid, a Whole30 dad and a nut-free toddler all walk into a kitchen. Oh yeah, and a normal 7-year-old picky one who won’t eat anything green, too. What do they cook for dinner? I know, you’re confused. Heck, I’m confused! (The answer is usually marinara sauce and noodles with ground turkey on the side and spaghetti squash noodles for dad — whew!) But, this is our life: a complicated web of details that somehow ends up producing beauty. We’ve been at this for more than 10 years, and by now, we’ve found a rhythm for everyday life that works for us. But the holidays? Add in travel, potlucks, unknown recipes and ingredients, judgy family members and even the smell of foods our kids cannot eat — and a whole new level of anxiety and stress starts rising up. So how do we do it? How do we make it through the holiday season without turning into crazy people no one wants to be around while also keeping our family safe? It takes a perfected recipe of planning, preparation, strategy, grace and a calm heart. With these pro tips you can learn to manage it, too.

2. Communicate with the host in advance about special diets. Elise Thompson, a registered dietician and diabetes educator at TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, says it’s important to “communicate any food allergies or special diets ahead of time so this can be relayed to fellow attendees to take into consideration when preparing and labeling their contributions.” 3. Allow grace for human error, but prepare for emergencies. If you prepare yourself ahead of time for human error or mishaps, you won’t be disappointed or angry if a mistake acciden-

TRAVELING

Travel adds a whole new layer of complication to your food situation, but with a few pro tips you can conquer it with ease. 1. Pack a cooler for the car. Put safe snacks in individual bags or containers and label accordingly. When it’s time to eat, you can pass them out with no confusion. If your trip requires an overnight stay, choose a hotel with a small refrigerator/microwave in case you need to store or cook safe food. 2. Stop at a grocery store for snacks and meals, too. If you’re ever in a bind, make a pit stop at the nearest grocery store to load up on snacks for your family — oneingredient foods like fruit/nuts or individually packaged foods like granola bars, cheese sticks, hummus or guacamole. A health food store like Whole Foods is a great option for people eating diets like Vegan, Paleo, Whole30 or Keto (check out the hot food bar that usually has options for most diets).

3. Research before you leave. Many fast-food restaurants now carry options for various special diets. Some meals may have non-compliant inPREPARATIONS gredients though, so research I know that preparation takes before you travel. Most time and it’s a bit tedious, but THANKSGIVING WITH RELATIVES restaurants now have allergen overlooking this step can make Relay special dietary needs to your hostess before the menus online (like Subway) your holidays more difficult Thanksgiving Day gathering. or have a separate allergen than they need to be. It’s immenu available on site (like portant to remember that the Cracker Barrel). Don’t be afraid to make custally happens. While it’s always comforting end success of the holiday will directly cortomizations or get a little creative. Rememto have family support, it is unrealistic to relate to the preparation period beforehand. ber, your food choices may not be fail proof, expect that they will do everything perfectly. The bottom line? Don’t skip this step! Wingbut at least you’ll be on the right track. If your family’s special diets require rescue ing it will only cause stress, and we want A few fast-food restaurants that provide medicine or a medical plan, make sure to your soul free to enjoy the true meaning of options for people with preferred diets inspeak with your doctor about what to do in the holidays: togetherness. clude: Subway, Chipotle, Chick-Fil-A, Panera case of an emergency or unplanned expo(check out their gluten-free menu). 1. Organize your schedule so you can sure to a non-safe food. If you’re following a low-carb diet, try plan accordingly. 4. Prepare your heart, mind and soul a burger joint and leave off the bun. For As soon as you get the invite for a gatherprior to the holiday season. vegetarians, places like Burger King and ing, add it to your phone calendar, sync it Life is really busy around the holidays, so be- Backyard Burger now offer a veggie burger with your spouse/kids’ phones, and record fore they start, take some time to de-stress option — or try happycow.net for vegan the address and times immediately. your soul (take a bath, go for a walk, hike in restaurant options. nature, have a “chill” day) so we don’t carry that negative energy. family gatherings.

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4. Take extra caution with food allergies or food-related diseases. If your diet choices are because of a medical diagnosis, you’ll want to take extra caution. Cross contamination is dangerous, so extra planning will be required. Avoid “buffet” style restaurants (or even places like Chipotle or Subway where food can get mixed). You may need to call ahead to speak with a chef to take extra care (change gloves, cook in a separate skillet, etc.). A practical resource to help you find allergy-friendly restaurants on the road is allergyeats.com.

SKEPTICAL FAMILY

allow the host to plan on not preparing as much food.” 2. Bring a safe, hearty dish to share. Make sure the dishes you bring will fill you up just in case you aren’t able to eat anything else at the potluck. Include a hearty casserole or a large, filling salad. Eat a snack before you go or be open to grabbing safe food afterward if necessary. 3. Empower your diet-restricted child to learn self-advocacy. Zehntner says that a good way to educate your child is to role play prior to the event, review safe foods together and discuss

1. Communicate the menu with guests ahead of time. Consider utilizing a meal-organizing site like signupgenius.com as a way for everyone to stay aware of what dishes will be available. Thompson says, “proactive communication is key between hosts and attendees to prevent reactive awkward situations.” 2. Accommodate easy requests. For example, you can make a pumpkin pie instead of a pecan pie if someone in your group has a nut allergy. Or use a gluten-free crust for those who avoid gluten. If you have vegetarians coming, offer a plant-based main dish (like a Fieldroast Celebration loaf). More complicated requests should not be on your plate.

It’s important to remember that not everyone will fully comprehend why some food needs to be 3. Be prepared for “special” or separate. But, it isn’t people to ask about inyour job to make everyone undergredients. stand. Your job is to make people Keep boxes and recipes aware of your family’s needs so around in case there are any everyone is safe and healthy. Your questions about ingredients. family is your primary concern. It’s also wise to keep serving Sure, it would be nice for the utensils separate so you can whole family to confess their prevent cross contamination undying support for your complibetween dishes. cated situation, but the reality is 4. Offer a fruit tray or that may not happen. We can’t steamed vegetables. control how people react; we can A good rule of thumb for only control how we respond. hosts is to have a few “naked Just in case you are met with options” available in case of resistance, Thompson says to conflicting dietary restrictions. “educate yourself, through your health care providers, so you can 5. Make people feel at explain your medical diagnosis to home! your family and why your body As the host, your role is to needs the specific changes and create a space that feels CAN’T EAT THE DRESSING? Many children and adults can’t eat nuts, so think twice about your guests altered meal plans to optimally peaceful for your guests. Bring a safe, hearty share that dressing. you CAN eat. before adding nuts todish yourto Thanksgiving function.” Most of all,, remember the Be gracious when turning down special-recipe dishes! If it becomes too difficult to true meaning of the holidays. explain, Kathy Zehntner, clinical “Take a moment to reflect dietician at St. Thomas Ascension, says, on what the holidays are about,” Thompson “It may be of better service to you and your foods they should not eat. Teaching them to says. “Remembering the true meaning of family to host the meal the next go around.” ask questions like, “Are there any peanuts in the holidays can help take the stress off this dish?” before taking a bite can be lifewhat’s on the table and move the focus POTLUCKS saving information! And what about persismore to what’s in the heart.” Eating food at a potluck can seem like a tent family members? Coach your children nightmare for people with special diets, but to remain polite, but firm: “Oh that looks McKenna Hydrick is a former English teacher it’s not impossible. Try these tips: delicious, but I would rather have more of who quit her job to pursue country music. When [safe food]!” Ultimately, the safety of your her children were diagnosed with a rare disease 1. Have an open conversation with diet-restricted child is your responsibility. and life-threatening food allergies, she put her the host or person in charge. dreams on hold to become a medical careMake sure the host is aware of your special PLAYING HOSTESS taker. Now she is a writer, speaker and artist needs and offer to help find a solution that Hosting family and friends for holiday meals in Franklin, Tennessee, who blogs about living will work for the gathering (labeling food can be stressful, but understanding your her best life amidst struggle, sharing stories, or asking for a nut-free dessert section). responsibilities will smooth the way. resources and encouragement along the way. Zehntner says this conversation “may open Learn more at mckennahydrick.com. up that others are eating this way, or it may

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

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

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

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615-962-8773 murfreesborotn.gov/parks vstembridge@murfreesborotn.gov All ages. Bradley Academy Museum, 511 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro. Every Tue 1 - 3 p.m. A group roundtable discussion focusing on America’s civil rights.

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All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 110 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. Every Wed 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Meet a live animal then enjoy interactive, naturebased activities.

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

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All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville. Nov. 22 Dec. 31 Tue - Sun (plus Mondays, Dec. 23 & 30) 4 - 10 p.m. $29.99 adults, $19.99 ages 3 - 12, $89.99 family pack (two adults, two kids), $79.99 VIP Experience; general admission

Zoolumination: Chinese Fetival of Lights at Nashville Zoo runs nightly Nov. 15 - Feb. 2. It’s the country’s largest lantern festival boasting more than 500 displays, including zoo animals, holiday scenes and a 200-foot dragon! discount Tue & Wed. Music City’s newest holiday attraction features 4 million lights, the South’s tallest Christmas tree, Santa’s Workshop activities, ice skating, reindeer run tubing, marketplace shopping and more.

Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro). 1 - 1:50 p.m. $3. Physical education activities that promote good health, sportsmanship, group participation and socialization. No class when city schools are out.

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Ages 10+. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville. Thru Nov. 9: Wed - Sat 7 & 9 p.m. $35. Explore the haunted side of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage while wandering the mansion, grounds and cemetery by lantern light as guides share stories of the ghosts of the Battle of New Orleans and Jackson’s meeting with the Bell Witch.

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All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. Nov. 23 - Jan. 5 (closed Nov. 28 & Dec. 25) from 5 - 10 p.m. $22 adults, $17 ages 3 - 17 (tickets are $15 adults/$10 youth after 8:30 p.m., $5 discount for members). Walk through an illuminated winter wonderland. Pop into the Frist Learning Center to visit with Santa and make holiday crafts (5 - 8 p.m.).

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

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

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

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


FREE PLAZA STORYTIME

615-373-9292 | plazamariachi.com All ages. Plaza Mariachi, 3955 Nolensville, Nashville. 10:30 a.m. Stories in English and Spanish.

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

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

SNACK ATTACK!

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

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Ages 2 - 12. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville. 11 - 11:45 a.m. Explore Greek mythology and other history followed by related craft activities.

LITTLE ART HOUSE ART CLASSES

615-933-9644 littlearthousenashville.com

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

MARINE BIOLOGIST FOR A DAY (REGISTER)

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

MIND-BLOWING MATINEE 615-890-2300 explorethedc.org

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

MUSIC CITY BMX 615-361-5533 musiccitybmx.com

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

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

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

TODDLER TIME WITH THOMAS 615-907-2251 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

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

FREE TOT TIME: GYM

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FREE PARNASSUS STORYTIME

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

All ages. Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Ste. 14, Nashville. Thu 4 p.m., Sat 10:30 a.m. Stories and songs.

FREE TOT TIME: IMAGINATION

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

WATER POLO

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WILD THINGS

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TUMBLEWEEDS (REGISTER)

FREE STATE MUSEUM HIGHLIGHT TOURS

FREE MUSIC WITH MISS SHANNON

NASHVILLE FARMERS’ MARKET

Ages 1 - 3. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. Every Tue 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $20 adults, $13 ages 3 - 17, free ages 2 & younger. Parent/tot dropin activities include art and garden fun. Activities change weekly.

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

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

TUESDAYS FOR TOTS

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

Ages 2+. Hamilton Creek Park, 2901 Bell Road, Nashville. Every Sun 2 - 5 p.m. $12 per racer, free for spectators (practices take place Tue & Thu 6 - 8 p.m. for $5). Girls and boys can participate in the thrill of bike racing in a three-lap race around a quarter-mile track. Little kids can use balance bikes and striders.

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Ages 2 - 5. Delmas Long Community Center, 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville. Every Thu 9 - 11 a.m. Children

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

YOUTH VOLLEYBALL CLASS

615-907-2251 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

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

YOUTH YOGA

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

ZOOLUMINATION: CHINESE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

615-833-1534 | nashvillezoo.org

All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville. Nov. 15 - Feb. 2 from 5 - 9 p.m. (closed Nov. 28, Dec. 24 - 25 & 31 and Jan. 1). $19 adults, $14 ages 2 - 12, free ages 23 months and younger (members save $2 per ticket). The country’s largest Chinese lantern festival features more than 500 displays spread across the zoo’s 60 acres. The displays include zoo animals, holiday scenes and a 200-footlong dragon.

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FREE DIA DE LOS MUERTOS: A NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL DAY!

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All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 6 - 8 p.m. Celebrate All Souls Day with food and other festivities.

FREE FRANKLIN ART SCENE

615-815-6015 | franklinartscene.com All ages. 6 - 9 p.m. Explore dozens of art galleries in downtown Franklin.

FREE MTSU STAR PARTY mtsu.edu/physics

All ages. MTSU’s Wiser-Patten Science Hall Room 102, 1500 Greenland Drive, Murfreesboro. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Irina Perevalova presents “Terraforming” followed by telescope viewing.

MUSIC MAKERS (REGISTER)

615-790-5719 | wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 15522 Ages 3 - 5. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. Fridays, Nov. 1 - 27 from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. $70. This music class explores rhythm, drumming, dance, singing, reading music and playing the piano.

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All ages. First Baptist Church of Portland, 106 N. Broadway, Portland. Fri 5 - 9 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Crafts, woodwork, signs, sweets and more.

ROCK THE WORLD BREASTFEEDING AND PARENTING CONFERENCE lllofkytn.org

All ages. West End United Methodist Church, 2200 West End Ave., Nashville. Fri 4 - 8:30 p.m., Sat 8:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. $45. Topics on breastfeeding, attachment parenting, birth, sleep, mental health and more.

ROYALLY FUN COOKIE CLASS: FALL FUN (REGISTER) 629-202-6949 | sugardrop.com

All ages. Sugar Drop, 7020 Church St. East, Brentwood. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. $45. Learn to work with royal icing while decorating fall cookies.

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35TH ANNUAL ALL AMERICAN 400

615-254-1986 fairgroundsspeedwaynashville.com All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville. Sat 5:30 p.m., Sun 12 p.m. $5 - $20. An auto race featuring a variety of different vehicles.

ALL ABOUT OWLS

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Ages 6+. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 10 - 11 a.m. $3. Learn about raptors, meet a screech owl, then dissect owl pellets.

STICKY FINGERS (REGISTER)

Ages 3.5 - 6. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. Fridays, Nov. 1 - 22 from 9:30 - 11 a.m. $52. Educational art experiences using a variety of media.

All ages. Douglass-Clark House, 2115 Long Hollow Pike, Gallatin. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Live music, food, vendor shopping, dancing and more.

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WELLIEWISHERS FRIENDSHIP TEA PARTY (REGISTER)

FREE BOSWELL’S ANNUAL TOY PARADE

Ages 5+. American Girl Store, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. 4 - 5 p.m. $15. Food, crafts and cupcake decorating.

Adults. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville. A motorcycle ride supporting Metro Nashville Police

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FREE BACKYARD BLUEGRASS BASH

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CELEBRATE READING

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All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville. Today and Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. $19 adults, $14 ages 2 - 12. Follow a story map to hear a different children’s book read every half-hour.

CUMBERLAND DIVISION MEET & MODEL TRAIN SHOW 615-244-9001 | tcry.org

All ages. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. $4 adults, $1 ages 11 & younger, $10 family max, free for Scouts in uniform. Dealer tables, operating model railroads, guided tours to NC&StL Ry Steam Locomotive #576 and more.

EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

615-356-8000 | cheekwood.org

All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. $20 adults, free ages 17 & younger. This Latin American festival includes music, dance, interactive art activities and a marketplace.

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FABLE CRY

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FREE FALL STAR PARTY (REGISTER)

615-862-8555 | wpnc.nashville.gov All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 6 - 8 p.m. Meet astronomers for a night of star gazing and looking at planets through telescopes.

FREE FAMILY DAY

615-794-2103 | franklintn.gov/parks All ages. The Park at Harlinsdale Farm, 239 Franklin Road, Franklin. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. A petting zoo, face painting, hay rides, crafts and more.

FAMILY NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: OWL PROWL

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All ages. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna. 6 - 7:30 p.m. $8 ages 2+. An owl exploration walk, crafts, owl pellet dissection and more.

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THINGS TO DO: DAILY EVENTS FAMILY PROGRAM: SONGWRITING TUNE-UP (REGISTER) 615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

Ages 11 - 18. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. Today and Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Free with gate ($25.95 adults, free for ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties). One-on-one mentoring sessions with professional songwriters to help hone your craft.

GARLANDS & GLITTER FASHION SHOW

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GUITAR CLUB (REGISTER)

615-786-0186 | wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 14985 Ages 7+. Williamson County Enrichment Center, 110 Everbright Ave., Franklin. Saturdays, Nov. 2 - 23 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. $70. Students can learn songs on guitar ranging from classic rock to contemporary pop.

FREE HOME DEPOT KIDS’ WORKSHOP (REGISTER)

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Ages 5 - 12. Visit website for locations. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Create a wooden American eagle using different tools.

Adults. Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club, 550 Johnny Cash Pkwy., Hendersonville. 6 - 10 p.m. $60. A Dillard’s holiday fashion show, live entertainment and shopping.

FREE ISPY: FALL LEAVES

GRAPPLING FOR GOOD: TAP CANCER OUT TOUR

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wecan.tapcancerout.org All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville. 10 a.m. $10 adults, free ages 12 & younger. A martial arts tournament supporting Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

615-862-8555 | wpnc.nashville.gov All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Investigate autumn foliage.

615-782-4040 | tpac.org

Ages 12+. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $39.75 - $152.50. After a screening of Say Anything, John Cusack leads a conversation about his career and the making of the movie.

JUNIOR CHEF CLASS: THANKSGIVING HELPER PUMPKIN PIE (REGISTER) 615-292-5066 williams-sonoma.com

Ages 8 - 13. Williams-Sonoma, 2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville. 10 a.m. $30. Learn to bake a pumpkin pie.

KIDZKEYS (REGISTER)

615-786-0186 | wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 14980

Ages 5 - 8. Williamson County Enrichment Center, 110 Everbright Ave., Franklin. Saturdays, Nov. 2 - 23 from 9 - 10 a.m. $70. This class uses color to introduce kids to playing the piano.

FREE LEGO JR. MAKER 615-893-4131 | rclstn.org

Ages 4 - 12. Linebaugh Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro. 10 a.m. Build and create with LEGO blocks.

FREE LEGOS IN THE LIBRARY 615-595-1250 wcpl.ss9.sharpschool.com

All ages. Williamson County Public Library, 1314 Columbia Ave., Franklin. 3 - 4:30 p.m. Build with LEGO and Duplo blocks.

FREE MUSIC FOR KIDS FESTIVAL (REGISTER)

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Ages 5 - 16. Grand Ole Opry House Studio A, 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Music lessons on fiddle, guitar, bass, steel guitar, piano, drums, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, harmonica and vocals.

FREE NASHVEMBER project615.org

All ages. Sevier Park, 3021 Lealand Lane, Nashville. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sixty local craft vendors, live music, exhibitors, food trucks and more.

FREE NASHVILLE BUDDY WALK (REGISTER) 615-386-9002 nashvillebuddywalk.org

All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Hermitage. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Walk to celebrate and support individuals with Down syndrome. After the walk, enjoy live music, exhibits, inflatables, arts and crafts, games, food and a guest appearance by Lauren Potter from Glee.

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All ages. Little Harpeth Brewing, 30 Oldham St., Nashville. 6 - 10 p.m. $50 adults, $10 children. Enjoy bites and beverages. Proceeds benefit the Nashville Food Project.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS HOCKEY The Nashville Buddy Walk supports and celebrates those in our community with Down syndrome. It takes place Saturday, Nov. 2 at The Hermitage.

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All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501

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FREE NIGHT HIKE (REGISTER) wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 15612

All ages. Timberland Park, Mile Marker 437.2 on Natchez Trace Pkwy., Franklin. 6 p.m. A one-mile guided hike in the dark.

FREE NINTH ANNUAL SUMNER COUNTY ARTISTS & ARTISANS STUDIO TOUR sumnercountystudiotour.com

All ages. Various studios in Sumner County. Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m. Visit 11 studios with work from more than 30 artists on this self-guided tour throughout Sumner County.

OWL DAY (REGISTER)

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All ages. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. $10 individuals, $15 adult/ child pair, $30 family of four. Meet owls, make crafts, hike and dissect owl pellets.

FREE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP (REGISTER) wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 15611

All ages. Timberland Park, Mile Marker 437.2 on Natchez Trace Pkwy., Franklin. 10 a.m. Learn principles of taking great photos.

FREE PORTLAND COUNTRY CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW See Friday, Nov. 1.

ROCK THE WORLD BREASTFEEDING AND PARENTING CONFERENCE See Friday, Nov. 1.

FREE SHAKESPEARE ALLOWED

615-255-2273 | nashvilleshakes.org All ages. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville. 12 - 3 p.m. Participate in (or just listen to) a complete reading of Henry IV Part II.

SIXTH ANNUAL CHARACTER BREAKFAST (REGISTER) eventbrite.com

All ages. Long Hollow Baptist Church, 3031 Long Hollow Pike, Hendersonville. 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. $20 adults, $10 children. Dine with a variety of characters including from princesses to Santa.

SPECIAL NEEDS JUMP gotjump.com/tennessee

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

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THINGS TO DO: DAILY EVENTS FREE SUGAR DROP OPEN HOUSE

629-202-6949 | sugardrop.com

All ages. Sugar Drop, 7020 Church St. East, Brentwood. Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 4 - 6 p.m. Enjoy free samples of baked holiday items and learn about class offerings.

THE BEST BRUNCH KIDS’ CLASS (REGISTER) 615-956-6077 thecuriouskitchen.net

Ages 6 - 15. The Curious Kitchen, 1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. $50. Learn to make breakfast potato hash, cheesy scrambled eggs, turkey sausage, chocolate pancakes and more.

TIM MCGRAW AUTHOR EVENT

615-953-2243 | parnassusbooks.net All ages. The Ensworth School, 211 Ensworth Ave., Nashville. 4 p.m. $37.50. Country music star Tim McGraw discusses his new lifestyle book.

FREE TURNIP GREEN FESTIVAL 615-880-2001 nashvillefarmersmarket.org

All ages. Nashville Farmers’ Market, 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sample turnip greens while enjoying live music, cooking demos and a baking contest.

WINE DOWN MAIN STREET 615-794-4800 winedownmainstreet.com

Ages 21+. Main St., Main St., Franklin. 7 - 10 p.m. $85 - $200. This premier wine-tasting event features selections from around the globe, food and live music. Benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee.

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35TH ANNUAL ALL AMERICAN 400 See Saturday, Nov. 2.

FREE FAMILY PROGRAM: MAKE LETTERPRESS ART

615-256-2805 | hatchshowprint.com Ages 5+. Hatch Show Print, 224 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. 12, 1 & 2 p.m. Create art using carved wood, linoleum and metal block images. Attendance requires a program pass, available 30 minutes prior to each session on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

FREE NINTH ANNUAL SUMNER COUNTY ARTISTS & ARTISANS STUDIO TOUR See Saturday, Nov. 2.

ROYALLY FUN COOKIE CLASS: HOLIDAY FUN (REGISTER) 629-202-6949 | sugardrop.com

All ages. Sugar Drop, 7020 Church St. E., Brentwood. 2 - 3:30 p.m. $45. Learn the art of royal icing.

FREE SUGAR DROP OPEN HOUSE See Saturday, Nov. 2.

TEATIME WITH BLAIRE WILSON (REGISTER)

800-247-5223 americangirl.com/retail/nashville.php Ages 3+. American Girl Store, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. 12 - 1 p.m. $15. Savory delights, sweet treats and social time.

FREE VETERAN’S PARADE

All ages. Drakes Creek Park, 120 E. Main St., Hendersonville. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. A parade to honor and recognize those who have served our nation.

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FREE GINGERBREAD MAN CONTEST

615-851-2203 cityofgoodlettsville.org/1414/ Gingerbread-Man-Contest jspillers@goodlettsville.gov

All ages. Delmas Long Community Center, 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Pick up a template and entry form and complete your gingerbread man by Dec. 2 to be on display through the month of December (winners announced on Friday, Dec. 6 during Santa’s Holiday Party).

LEARNIN’ THE ROPES (REGISTER)

615-790-5719 | wcparksandrec.com Franklin registration code: 15508 Ages 7 - 13. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. Mondays, Nov. 4 - 25 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. $40. Learn the sport of jump rope.

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

Learn all you need to know about Fannie Battle Caroling (Dec. 1 - 24) during the Caroling for Kids Open House on Wednesday, Nov. 6. FREE ORIGAMI FOLDERS (REGISTER)

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Ages 7 - 12. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood. 4:30 5:30 p.m. Learn about paper-folding techniques.

FREE POWER YOGA TRIAL CLASS (REGISTER)

FREE READING PAWS (REGISTER)

Ages 3 - 6. Harvest Martial Arts, 595 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. 10 a.m. today plus Nov. 7, 12, 14, 19 & 21. A preschool program that helps develop basic motor movements.

Ages 13+. Harvest Martial Arts, 595 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. 9 a.m. today plus Nov. 6, 11, 13, & 18. An intro to vinyasa-style yoga.

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All ages. Linebaugh Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro. 3:30 - 5 p.m. Kids can sign up to read to Stevie, the reading education assistance dog.

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CHERISH THE NIGHT

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Adults. Marathon Music Works, 1402 Clinton St., Nashville. 6 p.m. $175 $500. This STARS fundraiser includes live music, a silent art auction and more. Attire: Nashville Chic.

GROOVAROO PRENATAL & BABYWEARING DANCE CLASS (REGISTER)

615-790-5719 | wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 15524

Ages 5 - 13. Harvest Martial Arts, 595 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. 1 p.m. today plus Nov. 7, 11, 14, 18 & 21. Experience a martial arts program.

All ages. Gordon Jewish Community Center, 801 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free admission but tasting requires tickets ($1 each). Sample hot chicken delights and other goodies while listening to live music.

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Ages 18 months - 5 years. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview. 10 - 11 a.m. A book reading, songs, games, crafts and a childfriendly hike.

Ages 5 - 15. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. $5. Learn how people around the world celebrate what they’re thankful for.

FREE MIGHTY SPROUTS MARTIAL ARTS TRIAL CLASS (REGISTER)

FREE FIFTH ANNUAL KOSHER NASHVILLE HOT CHICKEN FESTIVAL

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615-459-9710 | townofsmyrna.org

615-244-3851 harvestmartialarts.com

Ages 6 weeks to toddlers with their babywearers; pregnant moms. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. Tuesdays, Nov. 5 - 26 from 10 - 11 a.m. $75. A low-impact dance class.

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HOMESCHOOL PROGRAM: THANKSGIVING AROUND THE WORLD (REGISTER)

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All ages. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview. 10 - 11:30 a.m. Embark on a guided hike through the nature trails.

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MIXED MEDIA PROJECTS FOR TEENS (REGISTER)

615-786-0186 | wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 15247 Ages 13 - 18. Williamson County Enrichment Center, 110 Everbright Ave., Franklin. Tuesdays, Nov. 5 - 19 from 5 6:30 p.m. $55. Create original art while learning about gel plate monoprinting, reductive painting and more.

FREE OBSERVATORY OPEN HOUSE

615-373-4897 | dyer.vanderbilt.edu Ages 8+. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Astronomers provide tours of the facility, including the telescopes.

FREE PARENTING SEMINAR (REGISTER)

615-321-7272 mylearnlab.com dyarbrough@mylearnlab.com

All ages. Learning Lab, 2416 21st Ave. S., Nashville. 6 - 7:30 p.m. Learn how to support the emotional needs of gifted students.

PRESCHOOL PROGRAM: FUR, FEATHERS & SCALES (REGISTER)

615-459-9710 | townofsmyrna.org

Ages 2 - 5. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna.


1 - 2 p.m. $2. Learn about the different types of body coverings animals have and how they help them to survive.

FREE POWER YOGA TRIAL CLASS (REGISTER)

2 - 3 p.m. This stuffed-animal storytime explores nature.

TOT TIME: ART (REGISTER)

FREE RAPTOR RHAPSODY

FREE WILBUR THE OPOSSUM TURNS 2

615-851-2253 goodlettsvilleparks.com

Ages 2 - 5. Delmas Long Community Center, 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville. 10 - 11 a.m. $2. Explore creativity while making a work of art.

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AFTER-SCHOOL ART CLASS (REGISTER)

615-790-5719 | wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 15676 Ages 6 - 12. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. Wednesdays, Nov. 6 - 20 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. $42. Explore art history, techniques and styles.

FREE CAROLING FOR KIDS OPEN HOUSE (REGISTER) 615-338-6745 fanniebattle.org/caroling

All ages. Fannie Battle Day Home, 108 Chapel Ave., Nashville. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Tour the facility while learning about the annual Caroling for Kids fundraiser that takes place Dec. 1 - 24.

FAMILY PROGRAM: SONGWRITING TUNE-UP (REGISTER) See Saturday, Nov. 2.

See Monday, Nov. 4.

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 4 p.m. Meet a live bird of prey.

FREE SCHOLASTIC CHESS CLUB (REGISTER) 615-371-0090 brentwood-tn.libcal.com

Ages 6 - 12. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood. 5 & 6:30 p.m. Learn beginning, intermediate and advance chess strategies.

SOUNDTEK STUDIO (REGISTER)

615-786-0186 wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 15583

Ages 7 - 12. Williamson County Enrichment Center, 110 Everbright Ave., Franklin. Wednesdays, Nov. 6 - 27 from 5 - 6 p.m. $52.50. Learn music creation and production.

FREE STORYTIME WITH BETSY THE BEAVER 615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville.

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

CONVERSATIONS WITH THE CLASSICS: THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW WITH WASHINTGON IRVING 615-889-2941 thehermitage.com

All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. A party including crafts, snacks and meeting Wilbur.

All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Hermitage. Thu - Fri 7:30 p.m. $40. An Irving re-enactor reads the author’s most famous story and shares tales of Irving’s life and travels.

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FREE FAIRVIEW LEGO CLUB

615-975-9195 brentwoodshops.com

All ages. Fairview Library, 2240 Fairview Blvd., Fairview. 4 - 5:30 p.m. Explore creativity while building with LEGO blocks.

FREE BRENTWOOD CHRISTMAS CRAWL

All ages. Thu - Fri 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Fourteen shops in Brentwood offer special promotions and refreshments to kick off your holiday shopping season. Visit all 14 and be eligible to win a $700 gift card.

FREE CAREER QUEST

615-595-1227 wcs.edu/schools/programs/ccte/ ccte-career-quest

Grade 8 students. Williamson County Ag Expo Park, 4215 Long Lane, Franklin. 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Students in Williamson County (WCS, FSSD, private and homeschool) can attend this fair to learn about a variety of career opportunities.

HOMESCHOOL PROGRAM: TAPE WEAVING PART 1 (REGISTER)

615-224-6087 wcpl.ss9.sharpschool.com/fairview_public_library

FREE GULCH NIGHT MARKET gulchnightmarket.com

All ages. The Gulch, 299 11th Ave. S., Nashville. 5 - 9 p.m. Local artisans, food and drink vendors, a live DJ, entertainment and more.

JACKSON FAMILY WINE PAIRING DINNER WITH ALICIA MERTZ (REGISTER) 615-942-7169 greendoorgourmet.com

Ages 21+. Green Door Gourmet, 7007 River Road Pike, Nashville. 6:30 p.m. 8 p.m. $135 individuals, $00 couples. An exclusive vintner’s pairing dinner.

LABYRINTHS OF PASSION: PEDRO ALMODOVAR’S IRREVERENT CINEMA

615-859-3678 historicmanskersstation.eventbrite.com

615-383-9140 | belcourt.org

Ages 13+. Belcourt Theatre, 2102 Belcourt Ave., Nashville. 7 - 9 p.m. $25. This seminar investigates how the “Almodovarian” aesthetic developed in the context of “La Movida Madrilena,” a counter-cultural movement in postfascist Spain as well as through global film culture and systems of distribution.

Ages 8 - 14. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville. 1 - 3 p.m. $10. Set up an inkle loom and weave bands to create bags.

HOMESCHOOL PROGRAM: THANKSGIVING AROUND THE WORLD (REGISTER) See Tuesday, Nov. 5.

FREE MARTIAL ARTS FOR HOMESCHOOLERS TRIAL CLASS (REGISTER)

KNEE-HIGH NATURALIST: CREATURE FEATURE (REGISTER)

See Monday, Nov. 4.

615-370-4672 | owlshill.org

Ages 3 - 5. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood. 10 - 11:30 a.m. $10 adult/child pair; $9 each additional person. Learn about unique creatures in nature.

FREE MIGHTY SPROUTS MARTIAL ARTS TRIAL CLASS (REGISTER) See Tuesday, Nov. 5.

PIONEER PALS: THANKSGIVING (REGISTER)

POLYNESIAN DANCE (REGISTER)

615-859-3678 historicmanskersstation.eventbrite.com

615-302-0971 | wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 15146 All ages. Longview Recreation Center, 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill. Wednesdays, Nov. 6 - 27 from 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. $25. Learn to dance like the island natives of Hawaii, Samoa, New Zealand and Tahiti.

Ages 3 - 5. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville. 10 - 11 a.m. $2. Talk about why you’re thankful while learning about turkeys, pilgrims, letter T and number 9.

Kids of all ages can learn about majestic owls during Raptor Rhapsody at The Wilderness Station in Murfreesboro on Wednesday, Nov. 6.

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THINGS TO DO: DAILY EVENTS FREE LEGO MANIA (REGISTER) 615-371-0090 brentwood-tn.libcal.com

Ages 5 - 12. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Build with LEGO blocks.

FREE NATURE DETECTIVES: CRAFT EDITION (REGISTER) 615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

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All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 12 - 1 p.m. Embark on a kid-friendly hike and gather supplies to take back to the nature center for craft-making fun.

A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS NOV. 8 - JAN. 1

ne of Nashville’s biggest holiday celebrations boasts a bunch of family fun from live entertainment to cool exhibits and activities like snow tubing and ice skating. It’s all part of Gaylord Opryland Resort’s “A Country Christmas.” This year’s ICE! exhibit (always a family fave) features A Christmas Story, and there’s a new live show at the Opry House this year, too: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical. You can also schedule a special breakfast at the resort and meet Rudolph and Herme. Kids are sure to love creating gingerbread houses and playing the Reindeer Games scavenger hunt. Trace Adkins serves up this year’s dinner show, and let’s not forget the glow of those 3 million lights! Get the full schedule and tickets at christmasatgaylordopryland.com. FREE TWEEN TIME

615-824-0656 youseemore.com/hendersonville Ages 9 - 12. Hendersonville Public Library, 140 Saundersville Road, Hendersonville. 5:30 p.m. Crafts, games and snacks.

children and families in our communities. Includes mimosas and shopping.

FAMILY FRIDAY: THANKFUL TURKEYS

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All ages. Little Art House, 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville. 4 - 5 p.m. $15. Create a Thanksgiving decoration showing all the reasons you’re grateful.

615-890-5333 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

FREE FAMILY MARTIAL ARTS TRIAL CLASS (REGISTER)

21ST ANNUAL FALL HARVEST HAYRIDE All ages. General Bragg Trailhead, 1540 W. College St., Murfreesboro. 5:30 - 8 p.m. $2. Hayrides, live music, campfires, marshmallow roasting and s’mores.

FREE BRENTWOOD CHRISTMAS CRAWL See Thursday, Nov. 7.

615-244-3851 harvestmartialarts.com

Ages 5+. Harvest Martial Arts, 595 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. Learn Han Mu Do.

GRAND OLE GAMEROOM EXPO grandoleexpo.com

See Thursday, Nov. 7.

All ages. Millennium Maxwell House Hotel, 2025 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville. Fri 4 p.m. - 2 a.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 2 a.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $15 - $60. More than 200 arcade and pinball games all set to free play, including retro games, plus vendors.

CRAFTING CHANGE

INFANT CPR (REGISTER)

CONVERSATIONS WITH THE CLASSICS: THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW WITH WASHINTGON IRVING

615-333-2644 | eventbrite.com craftingchange@familycentertn. org

Adults. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. South, Nashville. 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. $75. The Family Center partners with local artisans to “craft change” for

615-797-8064 bloomanashville.com

Adults. Blooma Nashville, 4107 Charlotte Ave., Nashville. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. $40. Learn life-saving measures for infants.

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT (REGISTER)

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org/pno

Ages 4 - 12. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro. 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. $20 first child, $15 siblings. Drop the kids off for a movie, dinner, educational games and more while you enjoy an evening to yourself.

FREE REGARDING THE WEATHER (REGISTER) 615-862-8555 wpnc.nashville.gov

Ages 6 - 12. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 10 - 11:30 a.m. Meteorologists will be on hand to answer questions.

SIXTH ANNUAL TENNESSEE HISTORY TRAIL (REGISTER) 615-425-3706 tnstateparks.com/parks/ bledsoe-creek

All ages. Bledsoe Creek State Park, 400 Zieglers Fort Road, Gallatin. Fri - Sat 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. $5. Heritage interpreters discuss the past, including fur traders and colonial settlers.

TELESCOPE NIGHT (REGISTER)

615-373-4897 | dyer.vanderbilt.edu Ages 8+. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood. 7 - 9 p.m. $6.27. Chat with astronomers while gazing at the sky through telescopes.

WELLIEWISHERS FRIENDSHIP TEA PARTY (REGISTER) See Friday, Nov. 1.

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23RD ANNUAL ELVES FAIRE 615-354-0270 lindenwaldorf.org/elvesfaire

All ages. Linden Waldorf School, 3201 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $5 general admission; activity tickets range from $1 - $6 and are available in family packs (11 for $10, 22 for $20 and 55 for $50). Artisan vendors, music, puppetry, stilt-walkers, archery, climbing games, crafts, candle-making, face painting, henna, storytelling and more.

FREE 46TH ANNUAL PORTLAND HARVEST CRAFT SHOW AND SALE 615-325-6464 | cityofportlandtn.gov All ages. Richland Park, 303 Portland Blvd., Portland. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Vendor booths, arts and crafts, a kids’ crafting area and prize drawings.

A VERY MERRY 5K

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All ages. Berry Hill District, 698 Thompson Lane, Nashville. 7:30 a.m. $40. This 5K benefits Nashville Humane Association.

FREE BERRY HILL STREET FESTIVAL

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All ages. Berry Hill District, 698 Thompson Lane, Nashville. 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Vendors, live performances, kids’ activities, a pup parade and more.

BOURBON BASH

615-465-6456 leipersforkdistillery.com

Ages 21+. Leiper’s Fork Distillery, 3381 Southall Road, Franklin. 6:30 - 10:30 p.m. $100. A bourbon tasting benefiting the Green Beret Foundation.

FREE BRENTWOOD CHRISTMAS CRAWL See Thursday, Nov. 7.

CELEBRATE READING See Saturday, Nov. 2.

FREE COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS MARKETPLACE 615-244-4373 cefmiddletennessee.com

All ages. Lane Agri-Park, 315 John Rice Blvd., Murfreesboro. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Gifts, decor, crafts, raffles, food and more.

FREE CRAFTY NASHVILLE’S FALL ARTS & CRAFTS MARKET craftynashville.wixsite.com/ craftynashville

All ages. Track One, 1201 Fourth Ave. S., Nashville. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Local artisans and crafters plus live music, a kids’ zone and more. Collection bins will be on site for shoe donations for Soles4Souls.

CREATIVE ZONE: MAKE A CLOTHESPIN MILITARY AIRPLANE 615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. Sat - Mon 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free with gate ($25.95 adults, free for ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties). Make a clothespin military airplane while learning about country music’s connection to the military.

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THINGS TO DO: DAILY EVENTS FALL ART FRENZY

FROZEN SATURDAY

Adults. Channel to Channel, 507 Hagan St., Nashville. 6 - 8 p.m. $75. Cocktails, hors d’ooeurves, music and art by Omari Booker. Proceeds benefit the McNeilly Center for Children.

All ages. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro. 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. $8. Ice and fire activities, create a snowball launcher and perform Disney karaoke.

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FREE FALL BARN DANCE

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All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville. 5 - 11 p.m. Live music, a dance floor, guest appearances, food trucks and more supporting the Community Achieves Program.

FALL COLOR HIKE (REGISTER) 615-370-4672 | owlshill.org

Adults. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. $12. Enjoy a nature hike taking in the progression of fall colors.

FREE FLANNELFEST PUB CRAWL

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All ages. Historic Downtown Gallatin, 146 N. Water Ave, Gallatin. 5 p.m. Wear your favorite flannel and try local brews and eats while enjoying live music.

615-890-2300 | explorethedc.org

FUR, FEATHERS AND FERNS CUB SCOUT WORKSHOP (REGISTER) 615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks hmeyer@murfreesborotn.gov

Ages 5+. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 10 11:30 a.m. $3. Identify animal signs on a hike, learn about threatened and endangered animals, and more.

GNU TALES

615-745-1009 thirdcoastcomedy.club

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

GRAND OLE GAMEROOM EXPO See Friday, Nov. 8.

FREE HAYRIDES AND HIKING HILLS

615-822-3898 hendersonvilleparks.org wkucs78@gmail.com

All ages. Batey Farm, 119 East Drive, Hendersonville. 1 - 4 p.m. Farm exploration, hayrides, face painting, food trucks and inflatables.

FREE HIKE FOR THE HOMELESS hike4homeless.org

All ages. Edwin Warner Park, 50 Vaughn Road, Nashville. 9 a.m. Hike to raise money for Safe Haven Family Shelter. Plus, live music, food and children’s activities.

HISTORY & WHISKEY

615-832-8197 travellersrestplantation.org

Ages 21+. Historic Travellers Rest, 636 Farrell Pkwy., Nashville. 4 - 8 p.m. $50. This field trip for adults includes demonstrations in blacksmithing, hearth cooking, weaving, lace making hat making and more.

FREE HOLIDAY TINSEL & TREASURES

615-452-4000 | gallatintn.org

All ages. Various Gallatin Merchants, 118 W. Main St., Gallatin. Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m. Local merchants in Gallatin open their doors so you can start your Christmas shopping early.

FREE HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS CRAFT FAIR

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All ages. Mt .Juliet Community Center, 1100 Charlie Daniels Pkwy., Mt. Juliet. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Shop vendors, hear live music and take photos with Santa (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.).

FREE ISPY: PLARN

615-862-8555 | wpnc.nashville.gov All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Learn how to make plastic bag yarn.

FREE JUNIOR CHEF CLASS: THANKSGIVING HELPER SIDE DISHES (REGISTER) 615-292-5066 williams-sonoma.com

Ages 8 - 13. Williams-Sonoma, 2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville. 10 a.m. Learn how to whip up crowd-pleasing side dishes for your Thanksgiving table.

KIDS SEWING WORKSHOP: PILLOW CASE (REGISTER)

615-790-5719 | wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 15529 Ages 9+. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. 9 - 11:30 a.m. $25. Make a pillow case while learning sewing techniques.

Kids can enjoy a variety of activities and challenges during the 23rd Annual Elves Faire at Linden Waldorf School on Saturday, Nov. 9.

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MUSICAL PETTING ZOO

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Free with gate ($25.95 adults, free for ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties). Try new and familiar instruments.

NASHVILLE HALF MARATHON, MARATHON & 5K runnash.com

All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville. 7 a.m. $55 - $340. Race to benefit Gilda’s Club.

PICTURES WITH SANTA

All ages. Gallatin Farmers’ Market, 160 W. Franklin St., Gallatin. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. $25. Hop on St. Nick’s lap for a professional photo. Cash only, includes five edited, e-mailed images.

SAFE KIDS 101 (REGISTER) 303-902-2097 smartkids101.com/class

Ages 9 - 13. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. 1 4:15 p.m. $40. Learn first aid, stranger danger, abduction and more.

FREE SANTA & FRIENDS SNOWY ARRIVAL

615-859-3458 | rivergate-mall.com All ages. RiverGate Mall, 1000 Rivergate Pkwy., Goodlettsville. 12 - 3 p.m. Santa, Frozen Sisters, Toy Story characters, face painting, a magic show, inflatables and more.

FREE SANTA’S ARRIVAL PARTY

615-896-4486 | shopstonesriver.com All ages. Stones River Town Centre, 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Santa brings a magic show, craft activities, giveaways, face painting, cocoa and cookies.

FREE SECOND SATURDAY AT STONES RIVER & FALL COLORS BIKE RIDE 615-862-8539 | sbnc.nashville.gov All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Discover the Stones River Greenway J. Percy Priest Dam Trailhead.

SIPTN NASHVILLE

615-880-2001 | siptn.com

All ages. Nashville Farmers’ Market, 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. $55 - $95. Live music, artisan crafts, groumet food and Tennessee wines. Proceeds benefit the Farmers’ Market.

SIXTH ANNUAL TENNESSEE HISTORY TRAIL (REGISTER) See Friday, Nov. 8.

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THINGS TO DO: DAILY EVENTS SONG AND STORYTIME: THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND 615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

Ages 3 - 5. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Free with gate ($25.95 adults, free for ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties). Explore the Valerie Pfundstein book Veterans in Our Neighborhood and the Woody Guthrie song “This Land Is Your Land.”

TRAINS! EXHIBIT OPENING

615-862-5160 | adventuresci.org

1 - 5:30 p.m. $60. Learn safe practices in starting a business, what kids like to do, simple first aid, emergency situations and more.

BEST BUDDIES FRIENDSHIP WALK

615-891-2046 bestbuddies.org/tennessee

All ages. Montgomery Bell Academy, 4001 Harding Pike, Nashville. 2 - 5 p.m. There is a $50 suggested fundraising minimum. Support Best Buddies, a nonprofit supporting those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. $18 adults, $14 ages 2 12. See working model railroads in G, O and S scales.

CREATIVE ZONE: MAKE A CLOTHESPIN MILITARY AIRPLANE

FREE WILDERNESS WALK (REGISTER)

GRAND OLE GAMEROOM EXPO

615-459-9742 townofsmyrna.org

All ages. Sharp Springs Park, 311 Jefferson Pike, Smyrna. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Enjoy outdoor activities, a family campfire and lunch (provided while supplies last).

See Saturday, Nov. 9.

See Friday, Nov. 8.

FREE HOLIDAY TINSEL & TREASURES

FREE THANKSGIVING FINANCIAL WORKSHOP FOR KIDS

615-991-6811 mathnasium.com/hendersonville

Ages 6 - 10. Mathnasium of Hendersonville, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville. 5 - 7 p.m. Games, food, prizes and learning how to “spend, save, share.” Every kid gets a piggy bank.

WRITE A LETTER TO A SOLDIER See Saturday, Nov. 9.

MON 11

BELMONT BRUINS BASKETBALL

615-460-2255 | belmontbruins.com All ages. Curb Event Center, 2000 Belmont Blvd., Nashville. 6:30 p.m. $13 in advance/$15 day of adults, $6 in advance/$8 day of ages 17 & younger. Versus Samford.

CREATIVE ZONE: MAKE A CLOTHESPIN MILITARY AIRPLANE

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See Saturday, Nov. 9.

FREE MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY

FAMILY MONDAY

All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. Sat - Mon 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free with gate ($25.95 adults, free for ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties). Write a thank-you letter to a soldier.

All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free for military personnel or veterans with military ID and their immediate families; all others are $18 adults, $13 ages 2 - 12. A collection of military items is on display at the Grassmere Historic Home in addition to militaryoriented vendors booths.

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

All ages. Frist Art Museum, 919 Broadway, Nashville. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $15 covers your entire family. Enjoy a trilingual storytime (English, Spanish, American Sign Language), family tours of the galleries featuring the Eric Carle Picture Books exhibit and hands-on fun in the Martin ArtQuest Gallery.

TEATIME WITH BLAIRE WILSON (REGISTER)

WRITE A LETTER TO A SOLDIER 615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

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

615-833-1534 | nashvillezoo.org

TENNESSEE TITANS FOOTBALL

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All ages. Ocean Way Studio, 1200 17th Ave. South, Nashville. 2 - 5 p.m. $15 adults, $7 kids. An afternoon of singing and dancing fun with an opportunity to record a song.

615-565-4000 | titansonline.com All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville. 12 p.m. $50 - $333. Versus the Kansas City Chiefs.

BABYSITTING 101 (REGISTER) 303-902-2097 smartkids101.com/class michaelahamer76@gmail.com

Ages 12 - 16. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin.

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Ages 11 - 18. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. 1 - 5 p.m. $15 students in Davidson and immediate surrounding counties. Explore the historic studio, learn the basics of studio design, tracking, recording and engineering before writing a group song to record and produce using GarageBand.

PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA 615-771-2050 coolspringsgalleria.com

All ages. CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. 6 - 9 p.m. Photo package prices vary. Leashed pets can pose with St. Nick.

FREE POWER YOGA TRIAL CLASS See Monday, Nov. 4.

615-893-0355 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

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AMERICA’S MOST MUSICAL FAMILY DAY OUT

OUT OF SCHOOL DAYS: HISTORIC RCA STUDIO B WRITE AND RECORD A SONG (REGISTER)

TEDDY BEAR PICNIC (REGISTER)

615-893-4131 | rclstn.org

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

See Monday, Nov. 4.

See Sunday, Nov. 3.

Ages 4 - 10. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro. 2 - 4 p.m. $2.50. Bring a picnic lunch and your favorite teddy bear for an afternoon of activities, including a drawing for a new teddy bear.

FREE YOUTH MAGIC GROUP

615-244-3340 fristartmuseum.org

FREE MARTIAL ARTS FOR HOMESCHOOLERS TRIAL CLASS (REGISTER)

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SHOP WITH A COP SANTA CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT (REGISTER)

1 - 2 p.m. $2. Share stories and make crafts for the people you are most thankful for.

615-527-7212 gallatintn.org kgregory@gallatinpd.org

ROYALLY FUN COOKIE CLASS: THANKSGIVING

FREE VETERANS DAY PARADE

All ages. Sugar Drop, 7020 Church St. East, Brentwood. 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. $45. Learn how to work with royal icing while decorating Thanksgiving cookies.

Adults. Tennessee Grasslands Lakes Course, 981 Plantation Blvd., Gallatin. 8:30 a.m. $400 per team of four. Tee up to raise money for the holiday “Shop with a Cop” program.

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629-202-6949 sugardrop.com

All ages. Broadway, downtown Nashville. 11 a.m. The parade honors those who have served our country in the military.

STICKY FINGERS GRANDPARENT & ME PRESCHOOL ART CLASS (REGISTER)

WRITE A LETTER TO A SOLDIER

Ages 3 - 5. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. 9:30 - 11 a.m. $15 per pair. Create art together with a “gobble, gobble” theme.

See Saturday, Nov. 9.

TUE 12

FREE ALL ACCESS NIGHT (REGISTER)

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org/allaccess mpurcell@explorethedc.org

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

HOMESCHOOL PE: TEAM SKILLS (REGISTER)

615-459-9710 | townofsmyrna.org

Ages 5 - 15. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 9 & 10:30 a.m. $2. Discover what it takes to make and be a part of an effective team while challenging yourself to problem solve and think outside the box.

FREE MIGHTY SPROUTS MARTIAL ARTS TRIAL CLASS (REGISTER) See Tuesday, Nov. 5.

FREE OUTDOOR HIKING/ ADVENTURE CHATS 615-302-0971 wcparksandrec.com

All ages. Longview Recreation Center, 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. A series of discussions with topics including hiking and backpacking tips.

PET PHOTO NIGHT (REGISTER) 615-859-3458 rivergate-mall.com/events/petphotos

All ages. RiverGate Mall, 1000 Rivergate Pkwy., Goodlettsville. 5 - 8 p.m. Photo package prices vary. Bring Fido for a pic with St. Nick.

PRESCHOOL PROGRAM: THINGS TO BE THANKFUL FOR (REGISTER)

615-459-9710 | townofsmyrna.org

Ages 2 - 5. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna.

615-790-5719 | wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 15531

615-862-8555 | wpnc.nashville.gov

Ages 21+. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 4:30 - 6 p.m. Tame Japanese honeysuckle by weaving wreaths from this invasive exotic vine. Bring your own pruners.

THU 14

FREE MARTIAL ARTS FOR HOMESCHOOLERS TRIAL CLASS (REGISTER) See Monday, Nov. 4.

FREE MIGHTY SPROUTS MARTIAL ARTS TRIAL CLASS (REGISTER) See Tuesday, Nov. 5.

SCHITT’S CREEK: UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL 615-782-4040 tpac.org

WED 13

ALL ELITE WRESTLING

615-862-6390 nashvilleauditorium.com

All ages. Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville. 6:30 p.m. $23 - $93. Action-packed wrestling.

HOMESCHOOL PROGRAM: TAPE WEAVING PART 2 (REGISTER)

615-859-3678 historicmanskersstation.eventbrite.com

Ages 8 - 14. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville. 1 - 3 p.m. $10. Complete the weaving project started on Nov. 6.

KNEE-HIGH NATURALIST: MOVING AND GROOVING (REGISTER) 615-370-4672 | owlshill.org

Ages 3 - 5. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood. 10 - 11:30 a.m. $10 adult/child pair; $9 each additional person. Movement fun in nature.

Ages 12+. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. 8 & 10 p.m. Tickets start at $49.50. Join Schitt’s Creek cast members for an insider’s look into the making of the series.

FRI 15

AMERICA RECYCLES DAY (REGISTER)

615-459-9710 | townofsmyrna.org

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 4 - 8 p.m. $4 adults, $3 children. Learn about recycling services in the area.

FREE BABIES IN THE GALLERY (REGISTER) 615-329-8544 fiskuniversitygalleries.org galleries@fisk.edu

Ages 0 - 12 months. Carl Van Vechten Gallery at Fisk University, 1000 17th Ave. N., Nashville. 11:30 a.m. Fisk musicians pair artwork with songs on a tour designed for babies to view artwork at eye level while being held or in a carrier.

CHRISTMAS VILLAGE

FREE MOONLIGHT MOSEY (REGISTER)

615-256-2726 | christmasvillage.org

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 7 - 8 p.m. Gaze at the moon while meandering around the one-mile loop.

FREE POWER YOGA TRIAL CLASS See Monday, Nov. 4.

FREE RAPTOR RHAPSODY See Wednesday, Nov. 6.

FREE WREATHS AND WINE AT THE HODGE HOUSE (REGISTER)

All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville. Fri 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m. $8 in advance, $10 at the gate adults, free ages 9 & younger. Nearly 260 merchants sell their goods, including toys, arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, pottery and collectibles.

FREE EXPERIMENT FRIDAYS: THE STEAM SERIES (REGISTER) 615-329-8544 fiskuniversitygalleries.org galleries@fsk.edu

Ages 2 - 5. Aaron Douglas Gallery at Fisk University, 1000 17th Ave. N., Nashville. 3 p.m. Kids can participate in

experiments at the intersection of art and science.

FAMILY FRIDAY: A HAIR-RAISING GOOD TIME 615-933-9644 littlearthousenashville.com

Ages 3 - 12. Little Art House, 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville. 4 & 5:15 p.m. $20. Make your hair stand on end then create “hair-sterical” self-portraits.

FREE FAMILY MARTIAL ARTS TRIAL CLASS (REGISTER) See Friday, Nov. 8.

FIVE POINTS SWING CONCERT & DANCE

615-786-0186 academyparktn.wcparksandrec.com All ages. Academy Park Performing Arts Center, 112 Everbright Ave., Franklin. 6 p.m. $10. A dance lesson precedes a night of swing music.

HAMILTUNES

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All ages. Centennial Black Box Theater, 211 27th Ave. N., Nashville. 7:30 p.m. $5 adults, $2 ages 12 - 17, free ages 11 & younger. An interactive Hamilton sing-along show.

FREE LIGHT UP NIGHT

866-704-3000 streetsofindianlake.com

All ages. Streets of Indian Lake, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville. 5 p.m. Live music and other entertainment, special characters, Santa and a tree lighting.

MADE SOUTH HOLIDAY MARKET (REGISTER) madesouth.com/ holidaymarket

Adults. The Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin. Fri 5 - 9 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. $49 VIP party on Friday, $17 Saturday. Do your holiday shopping with 100 different makers and artisans, plus chef tastings and live music.

NATIONAL I LOVE TO WRITE DAY

615-459-2341 samdavishome.org

All ages. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. $15 adults, $10 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 & younger. Try your hand at writing with a quill and ink while learning how people in the 19th century wrote letters to each other.

SKATE NIGHT

615-799-9331 wcparksandrec.com

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

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THINGS TO DO: DAILY EVENTS WELLIEWISHERS FRIENDSHIP TEA PARTY (REGISTER) See Friday, Nov. 1.

SAT 16

ASTRONAUT SENSORYFRIENDLY SCREENING

615-862-5160 | adventuresci.org

All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville. 10 a.m. $3:50 - $4 for members; $7 - $8 for non-members. See a sensoryfriendly planetarium show.

FREE AUTUMN HIKE (REGISTER)

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. This three-mile walk through the park includes tree identification.

BEST DRESSED BALL 615-891-1781 acsnashvillegala.org

Adults. Marathon Music Works, 1402 Clinton St., Nashville. 6:30 p.m. $100 - $250. This fashion-centric event features live entertainment, a roaming dinner and open bar supporting the American Cancer Society.

FREE CEMETERIES OF WARNER PARK (REGISTER)

615-862-8555 wpnc.nashville. gov

Ages 13+. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 10 - 11:30 a.m. Learn about the 10 cemeteries of Warner Park through pictures, maps and other documentation.

FREE CHRISTMAS HARVEST CRAFT SHOW

615-451-5911 | gallatintn.org

All ages. Gallatin Civic Center, 210 Albert Gallatin Ave., Gallatin. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Shop for holiday crafts of all kinds.

CHRISTMAS VILLAGE See Friday, Nov. 15.

Michael Carbonaro performs a night of magic and mystery at TPAC on Saturday, Nov. 16.

ELECTRIC AVE. ‘80S PARTY

615-786-0186 academyparktn.wcparksandrec. com

All ages. Academy Park Performing Arts Center, 112 Everbright Ave., Franklin. 7:30 p.m. $12. Don your neon or other ‘80s attire and dance the night away as the PacRats perform ‘80s hits from Prince to Whitney Houston.

Soar through the air on nine zip lines under the light of the full moon.

MTSU BLUE RAIDERS FOOTBALL

615-898-5261 | goblueraiders.com All ages. Floyd Stadium, 1500 Greenland Drive, Murfreesboro. 3:30 p.m. $18 - $24. Versus Rice.

MUSIC CITY YOGA FESTIVAL

FREE FAMILY MOVIE

615-893-4131 | rclstn.org

All ages. Linebaugh Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro, TN. 10 a.m. Enjoy a screening of Secret Life of Pets 2.

HAMILTUNES

615-843-4001 | rocketown.com

All ages. Rocketown, 601 Fourth Ave. S., Nashville. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $40. A day full of yoga sessions, a marketplace, music, food trucks and giveaways.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS HOCKEY

See Friday, Nov. 15.

FREE ISPY: SAMARAS, DRUPES AND MORE

615-862-8555 | wpnc.nashville.gov All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Learn about different types of fruit.

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com

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

FREE POKEMON SWORD & SHIELD

615-893-4131 | rclstn.org

FREE IT’S THE BALM (REGISTER)

615-862-8539 | sbnc. nashville.gov

Ages 6+. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 2 - 3 p.m. Make your very own tube of lip balm with simple ingredients.

MADE SOUTH HOLIDAY MARKET (REGISTER) See Friday, Nov. 15.

MICHAEL CARBONARO

615-782-4040 tpac.org

All ages. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. 7 p.m. $39 - $209. A night of bizarre antics and mind-blowing magic.

MOONLIGHT ZIP TOUR (REGISTER)

615-297-2250 adventureworks. com

Ages 8+. Adventureworks, 1300 Narrows of the Harpeth Road, Kingston Springs. 7 p.m. $65.

All ages. Linebaugh Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro. 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. An afternoon of Pokemon fun.

RIVERBEND KIDS’ CLUB 615-468-2008 riverbendnurseries.com

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

SAFE KIDS 101 (REGISTER)

303-902-2097 smartkids101.com/class michaelahamer76@gmail.com

SMYRNA STROKES: ROYAL KID’S NIGHT (REGISTER)

615-459-9710 | townofsmyrna.org

Ages 5 - 15. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. East, Smyrna. 6 - 8 p.m. $10. Create a stepby-step painting of a castle.

SPEAKUP 5K

615-966-1000 ckgfoundation.org/nashville

All ages. Lipscomb University, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville. 10 a.m. $35 adults, $20 ages 5 - 22, free ages 4 & younger. Support teen mental health and Tennessee Voices for Children.

TEDDY BEAR TEA (REGISTER)

615-459-9710 | townofsmyrna.org All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. $2. Bring your favorite stuffed bear for tea, treats and crafts.

FREE THE PAW CLASSIC facebook.com/ events/917197921966856

All ages. Ford Ice Center Bellevue, 7620 Hwy. 70 S., Nashville. 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. A vintage-inspired wood stick tournament, shopping in the Friends of MACC Pawliday Market and adoptable animals. Benefits Metro Nashville Animal Care and Control.

THE SECOND CITY: GREATEST HITS, VOL. 59

615-538-2076 | franklintheatre.com Ages 16+. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin. 8 p.m. $47 - $57. A variety of comic acts share the stage.

VANDERBILT COMMODORES FOOTBALL

Ages 9 - 13. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville. 1 - 4:15 p.m. $40. Learn first aid, choking, fire prevention, stranger danger, abduction, aggressive dogs, digital safety, cyberbullying and more.

615-322-4653 | vucommodores.com

FREE SANTA’S ARRIVAL CELEBRATION

BABYSITTING 101 (REGISTER)

All ages. The Mall at Green Hills, 2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville. 9 - 10 a.m. St. Nick makes his grand debut with a festive parade, milk and cookies, holiday crafts and more.

Ages 12 - 16. Longview Recreation Center, 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill. 1:15 - 5:45 p.m. $60. Learn safe practices in starting a business, what kids like to do, simple first aid, emergency situations and more.

615-298-5478 shopgreenhills.com

SK8 TO ELIMINATE CANCER (REGISTER)

844-726-8884 mysk8.org/NashvilleTN2019

All ages. Ford Ice Center, 5264 Hickory Hollow Pkwy., Antioch. 4:45 - 7:15 p.m. $25. Ice skating, pumpkin bowling and a coaches vs cancer hockey game supporting the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation.

All ages. Vanderbilt Stadium, 2601 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville. Game time TBA. $27. Versus the Kentucky Wildcats.

SUN 17

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FREE CHILDREN’S AUTHOR EVENT

615-953-2243 | parnassusbooks.net All ages. Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville. 2 p.m. Megan Alexander discusses her book One More Hug.

CHRISTMAS VILLAGE See Friday, Nov. 15.

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THINGS TO DO: DAILY EVENTS CREATIVE ZONE: EMBELLISHED INSTRUMENTS 615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free with gate ($25.95 adults, free for ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties). Personalize paper instruments drawing from inspiration of the instruments on display in the museum.

FREE RISING STARS AUDITIONS

615-790-5719 wcparksandrec.com/activities/ children_s_theatre

Grades K - 8. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Try out for a role in Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.

FREE MARTIAL ARTS FOR HOMESCHOOLERS TRIAL CLASS (REGISTER)

100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 1 - 2 p.m. $2. Celebrate Mickey and Minnie’s birthday with reading and math activities along with a craft and snack.

FREE NATURE EXPLORERS (REGISTER)

WED 20

See Monday, Nov. 4.

615-799-5544 | bowiepark.org

Ages 5 - 7. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview. 10 - 11 a.m. This naturalist-led classes immerses kids in the forest, using different exploration-based techniques to engage them with nature.

PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA See Monday, Nov. 11.

FREE POWER YOGA TRIAL CLASS See Monday, Nov. 4.

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Explore the greenway of the park during a 2.5-mile hike.

615-859-3678 historicmanskersstation.eventbrite.com

CHRISTMAS CARD MAKING CLASS (REGISTER)

TEATIME WITH BLAIRE WILSON (REGISTER) See Sunday, Nov. 3.

Adults. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville. 6 - 8 p.m. $20. Create unique holiday cards while enjoying refreshments.

MON 18

FREE HIBERNATION: WINTER SLEEPERS

615-460-2255 belmontbruins.com

All ages. Curb Event Center, 2000 Belmont Blvd., Nashville. 6:30 p.m. $13 in advance/$15 day of adults, $6 in advance/$8 day of ages 17 & younger. Versus High Point.

CHILI COOK-OFF AT THE MUSEUM

615-962-8773 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

All ages. Bradley Academy Museum, 511 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro. 5 p.m. $19 to enter as a cook; spectators are $4 adults, $3 youth. Who cooks up the best chili in Murfreesboro? You be the judge.

FREE CODE CLUB (REGISTER)

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

Ages 7 - 12. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood. 4:30 p.m. Explore the worlds of technology and programming.

FRIENDSGIVING COOKIES (REGISTER) 629-202-6949 sugardrop.com

Adults. Sugar Drop, 7020 Church St. East, Brentwood. 6 - 7 p.m. $50. Learn the art of buttercream and cut-out sugar cookies while sipping cotton candy cocktails (you can also BYOB).

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Grades K - 5. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro. 2 - 3 p.m. $10. Use pumpkins in STEAM activities.

HOMESCHOOL PROGRAM: KEEP THE EARTH GREEN (REGISTER)

Ages 5 - 15. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. $5. Learn how things get recycled and why it’s important.

TUE 19

BELMONT BRUINS BASKETBALL

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org/homeschool

615-459-9710 | townofsmyrna.org

FREE TAKE A HIKE DAY

615-459-9710 | townofsmyrna.org

HOMESCHOOL LAB: PUMPKIN POWER

KNEE-HIGH NATURALIST: ALL ABOUT OWLS (REGISTER) 615-370-4672 | owlshill.org

Ages 3 - 5. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood. 10 - 11:30 a.m. $10 adult/child pair; $9 each additional person. Meet the resident owls and learn about raptors.

UNIVERSAL CHILDREN’S DAY

615-459-2341 | samdavishome.org

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Ages 10+. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 5:30 6:30 p.m. Learn what some animals do during the winter and how they slow their metabolism.

HOMESCHOOL PROGRAM: KEEP THE EARTH GREEN (REGISTER)

615-459-9710 | townofsmyrna.org

Ages 5 - 15. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. $5. Learn how things get recycled and why it’s important to do so.

FREE MIGHTY SPROUTS MARTIAL ARTS TRIAL CLASS (REGISTER) See Tuesday, Nov. 5.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS HOCKEY

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com

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

PET PHOTO NIGHT (REGISTER) See Tuesday, Nov. 12.

PRESCHOOL PROGRAM: A MICKEY AND MINNIE BIRTHDAY (REGISTER)

615-459-9710 | townofsmyrna.org

Ages 2 - 5. Outdoor Adventure Center,

All ages. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. $15 adults, $10 ages 6 - 12, free 5 & younger. Play with 19th century toys and games while learning about Sam Davis and his siblings.

a.m. Embark on a guided hike through the nature trails.

LITTLE NATURALISTS: A PARK RANGER’S MANY HATS (REGISTER)

615-425-3706 | tnstateparks.com/ parks/bledsoe-creek

Ages 2 - 5. Bledsoe Creek State Park, 400 Zieglers Fort Road, Gallatin. 10:15 - 11:15 a.m. $5. Learn the role of a park ranger, then create a ranger hat.

FREE MARTIAL ARTS FOR HOMESCHOOLERS TRIAL CLASS (REGISTER) See Nov. 4.

MEET THE ASTRONOMER (REGISTER)

615-373-4897 | dyer.vanderbilt.edu Ages 8+. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood. 7 p.m. $6.27. A local astronomer discusses a current topic of interest.

FREE MIGHTY SPROUTS MARTIAL ARTS TRIAL CLASS (REGISTER) See Tuesday, Nov. 5.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS HOCKEY

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com

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

OWL PROWL (REGISTER) 615-370-4672 | owlshill.org

THU 21

Ages 9+. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood. 6 - 8:30 p.m. $20. A night hike to call in wild owls.

615-244-3340 fristartmuseum.org

FREE SNAKES: MYSTERIES IN NATURE

FREE ARTLAB TEEN STUDIO: CLAY FORMS Ages 13 - 18. Frist Art Museum, 919 Broadway, Nashville. 3:30 - 6 p.m. Work on clay forms, explore the galleries and doodle in the studio.

FREE CHILDREN’S AUTHOR EVENT

615-953-2243 | parnassusbooks.net All ages. Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville. 6:30 p.m. Savannah Maddison discusses her book Sincerely, You: Letter-Writing to Change the World.

FREE FOSSILS: DINOSAURS OF THE AMERICAS 615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Ages 10+. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Learn about the dinosaurs that once called the Americas home.

FREE HIKE WITH A NATURALIST 615-799-5544 | bowiepark.org

All ages. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview. 10 - 11:30

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615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Ages 12+. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 5:30 6:30 p.m. Learn the natural history of snakes and conservation in Tennessee.

WORLD TELEVISION DAY (REGISTER)

615-459-9710 | townofsmyrna.org

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 4 - 6 p.m. $4 adults, $3 children. Learn about the history of television, watch a black and white TV show and go on a scavenger hunt.

FRI 22

FREE CHRISTMAS TREE ELEGANCE

615-822-0789 | holidayfesttn.org All ages. Monthaven Arts & Cultural Center, 1017 Antebellum Cir., Hendersonville. 6 - 9 p.m. Bid on regally decorated trees in a silent auction.


FREE FAMILY MARTIAL ARTS TRIAL CLASS (REGISTER)

5:30 p.m. $30 per adult/child pair. Paint a pair of canvases that fit together.

FREE HENDERSONVILLE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING holidayfesttn.org

FREE CONSERVATION: THREATS & PROBLEMS AFFECTING SPECIES & THEIR SURVIVAL

HOLIDAY CAKE DECORATING CLASS

Ages 10+. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro. 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Learn about invasive species, habitat loss, climate change and diseases threatening animals species.

See Friday, Nov. 8.

All ages. Memorial Park, 139 E. Main St., Hendersonville. 3 - 7 p.m. Inflatables, live entertainment, Santa and the lighting of the tree.

800-247-5223 | americangirl.com/ retail/nashville.php All ages. American Girl Store, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. 6 - 7:30 p.m. $35. Decorate a six-inch cake with a Thanksgiving theme.

FREE LEGO MANIA (REGISTER) See Friday, Nov. 8.

SMYRNA STROKES (REGISTER)

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

DOLL HAIR SALON SPECTACULAR (REGISTER)

800-247-5223 | americangirl.com/ retail/nashville.php

Ages 8+. American Girl Store, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. 9 - 10 a.m. $25. Learn insider tips to style your doll’s hair. Crafts and treats follow.

townofsmyrna.org

FREE GETTING TO THE RUT OF IT: ALL ABOUT DEER

FREE THANKFUL FOR THE HILL FOREST

Ages 6+. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 12 - 1:30 p.m. Learn about white-tailed deer on a hike.

Ages 14+. Smyrna Train Depot, 98 Front St., Smyrna. 6 - 8 p.m. $10. Paint a name plate.

615-862-8555 | wpnc.nashville.gov Ages 13+. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. A hike through the hills and hollows of Nashville’s old growth forest.

615-862-8539 sbnc.nashville.gov

HOLIDAY GREENERY WORKSHOP (REGISTER)

615-889-2941 | thehermitage.com

SAT 23

All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Hermitage. 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. $55. Create a holiday wreath or garland in the greenhouse.

artstudiotour.org

FREE ISPY: WINTER BIRDS

FREE ART STUDIO TOUR All ages. Various locations in Murfreesboro. Sat - Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Nine local craft artists open their studios for the public to view works.

CAMPFIRE AND NIGHT HIKES (REGISTER) 615-459-9742 townofsmyrna.org

All ages. Sharp Springs Park, 311 Jefferson Pike, Smyrna. 6 - 9 p.m. $2. Gather ‘round the campfire for games, music and s’mores, and you can embark on a guided night hike, too.

CATS: MAKEUP AND MOVE FAMILY WORKSHOP 615-782-4040 | tpac.org

All ages. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. 10:30 a.m. $25 kids, $5 adult chaperone. Become a cat while learning choreography of one of the songs from Cats led by a cast member. Local artists will apply basic feline face paint.

COLOR WHEELS: YOU + ME PAINT NIGHT (REGISTER)

615-790-5719 | wcparksandrec.com Registration code: 15532 colorwheelsnashville@gmail.com All ages. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. 3:30 -

615-862-8555 | wpnc.nashville.gov All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 10 a.m. 12 p.m. Learn about our wintertime feathered friends.

FREE LEGO PLAYTIME

615-452-1722 youseemore.com/gallatinpl

All ages. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin. 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Get creative while building with LEGO blocks.

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT (REGISTER)

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SANTA’S WONDERLAND NOV. 16 - DEC. 24

he most wonderful time of the year is even better when there’s a lot of FREE attached to it! And for that, look no further than Bass Pro Shop. It’s annual Santa’s Wonderland invites kids of all ages into a 3,500-square-foot village of awesomeness that’s full of games and activities that don’t cost a cent! Mingle with elves, hop on Santa’s lap for a free photo, build with Lincoln Logs, operate remote-control vehicles, take aim in the laser/foam toy arcade, create crafts, write letters to St. Nick and more. Santa arrives at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, and he’ll be doing free photos that day until 8 p.m. His photo hours vary daily throughout the season as do the crafting times. Bass Pro Shop is located at 323 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville. Store hours are Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Call 514-5200 or visit basspro.com/santa.

FREE SHABBY LANE HOLIDAY GIFT MARKET

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All ages. Lane Agri-Park, 315 John Rice Blvd., Murfreesboro. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Shopping with multiple vendors, inflatables, character visits and an elf scavenger hunt.

FREE SUMNER COUNTY CHRISTMAS BOAT PARADE

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All ages. Mallard Point Park, Sanders Ferry Road, Hendersonville. 5:30 - 8 p.m. Watch a parade of boats decked out in holiday lights and other decor.

FREE TALK TURKEY TO ME (REGISTER)

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Ages 6 - 13. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 6 - 10 p.m. $5 members, $10 nonmembers. Your kids can enjoy a variety of fun activities while you have a night out to yourself.

Ages 4 - 10. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville. 2 - 3 p.m. Learn about turkeys while pretending to be one.

RACCOON LOG RIDE

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615-745-1009 thirdcoastcomedy.club

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

VICTORIAN HOLIDAY CARDS WORKSHOP (REGISTER)

All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Hermitage. 3:30 - 5 p.m. $25. Create 19th-century handmade cards, complete with quill pen writing and a wax-sealed, hand-cut envelopes.

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FREE ART STUDIO TOUR See Saturday, Nov. 23.

CANVAS AND CUPCAKES (REGISTER)

800-247-5223 americangirl.com/retail/nashville. php Ages 7+. American Girl Store, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. 3:30 - 5 p.m. $35. Create a painting while enjoying cupcakes and lemonade.

CREATIVE ZONE: MAKE AN OUTLAW BANDANA 615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free with gate ($25.95 adults, free for ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties). Explore the style of the Outlaws, then customize your own bandana.

FAMILY FUN DAY: AUNTIE CLAUS 615-252-4675 nashvillect.org

All ages. Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville. 1 - 1:30 p.m. $10. Games and activities related to the Auntie Claus show.

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THINGS TO DO: DAILY EVENTS FREE RISING STAR CHOIR FALL CONCERT

PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA See Monday, Nov. 11.

615-390-3207 inharmonymusicmidtn.com All ages. Belmont’s Massey Performing Arts Center, 1920 Belmont Blvd., Nashville. 2:30 p.m. A concert by children with autism and other special needs.

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FREE SANTA CARES (REGISTER)

615-771-2050 coolspringsgalleria. com

All ages. CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd, Franklin. 9 - 11 a.m. A sensoryfriendly Santa experience.

FREE SANTA CARES (REGISTER)

615-859-3458 | rivergate-mall.com/ events/santa-cares All ages. RiverGate Mall, 1000 Rivergate Pkwy., Goodlettsville. 9 - 11 a.m. A sensory-friendly Santa experience.

SCOTT HAMILTON & FRIENDS 615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 5 p.m. $35.90 - $77. Figure skaters perform to live music. Proceeds benefit the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation.

TENNESSEE TITANS FOOTBALL 615-565-4000 titansonline.com

All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville. 3:05 p.m. $50 - $333. Versus the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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NASHVILLE PREDATORS HOCKEY

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 7 p.m. $50 $500. Versus the St. Louis Blues.

FREE NATURE INVESTIGATORS (REGISTER) 615-799-5544 | bowiepark.org

Ages 8 - 12. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview. 10 - 11:30 a.m. Learn the skills necessary to observe and explore our natural world.

FREE NUTS & BOLTS SOCIETY (REGISTER) 615-371-0090 brentwood-tn.libcal.com

Ages 8 - 12. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood. 4:30 p.m. Explore robotics.

FREE SMYRNA TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

615-459-4444 townofsmyrna. org

All ages. Smyrna Event Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 6 - 8 p.m. Music and fun accompany the tree lighting.

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HOMESCHOOL PE: PROTECT THE CASTLE (REGISTER)

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org

20TH ANNUAL TURKEY TROT AND KIDS FUN RUN 615-771-2050 turkeytrotfranklin.com

All ages. CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. 7:45 a.m. $13 $50. Start off the holiday with this race benefiting Graceworks Ministries.

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All ages. MTSU Track & Soccer Stadium, 1500 Greenland Drive, Murfreesboro. 8 a.m. $40 - $45. A four-mile race benefiting local charities.

All ages. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro. 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Snacks, crafts, stories and live animals.

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HOLIDAY TEA (REGISTER)

All ages. The Temple, 5015 Harding Pike, Nashville. 8 a.m. $40 - $70. A five-mile race benefiting local homeless charities.

All ages. American Girl Store, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. 6 - 7 p.m. $18. Treats, drinks, a scarf craft and more.

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INDIAN LAKE LOOP 866-704-3000 compassevents.org

PET PHOTO NIGHT (REGISTER)

MUSIC CITY TURKEY TROT

PRESCHOOL PROGRAM: INCREDIBLE INSECTS (REGISTER)

All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville. 8 a.m. $40 - $45. Trot along the 5K court to support the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Challenge/Supportive Housing.

Ages 2 - 5. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 1 - 2 p.m. $2. Learn about insects through games, crafts and more.

TODDLER TUESDAY: WIGWAMS AND TEEPEES 615-459-2341 samdavishome.org

Ages 1 - 4. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna. 10 - 11 a.m. $5 for toddlers and siblings, free for parents. Explore Native American culture through dance, crafts and games.

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NASHVILLE TURKEY TROT

224-757-5425 tennesseeruns.com/nashvilleturkeytrot

All ages. Wave Country, 2320 Two Rivers Pkwy., Nashville. 8:15 a.m. $80 for the 10 mile, $60 for the 8K, $9.99 for ages 11 & younger. Run to benefit the ALS Association.

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All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 7 p.m. $50 - $500. Versus the Vegas Golden Knights.

CREATIVE ZONE: PUPPET MAKING

All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free with gate ($25.95 adults, free for ages 18 & younger in Davidson and surrounding counties). Make a puppet and put together a mini show.

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All ages. Timberland Park, Mile Marker 437.2 on Natchez Trace Pkwy., Franklin. 9:30 a.m. Embark on a onemile hike.

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MAKE A LANTERN (REGISTER)

615-459-9710 | townofsmyrna.org

All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. East, Smyrna. 1 - 3 p.m. $4 adults, $3 children. Make a lantern craft.

FREE STRING CITY: NASHVILLE’S TRADITION OF MUSIC AND PUPPETRY 615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. Fri - Sat 10 & 11:30 a.m. A variety of puppets tell the history of country music.

WESTERN KENTUCKY VS LOUSVILLE 615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com

All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. 4 p.m. $25 $125. Enjoy men’s basketball.

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NASHVILLE PREDATORS HOCKEY

All ages. Loveless Cafe, 8400 Hwy. 100, Nashville. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Inflatables, face painting, photos with Santa, cookie decorating, craft stations, holiday gift vendors and more.

FREE GOBBLE! GOBBLE! LET’S TALK ABOUT TURKEYS

All ages. Streets of Indian Lake, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville. 8 a.m. $30. Choose a 5K or five-mile course during this benefit race for COMPASS.

615-459-9710 | townofsmyrna.org

615-724-7991 | lovelesscafe.com

BORO DASH

Ages 5 - 15. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna. 9 & 10:30 a.m. $2. Stand strong within a team to protect your castle from destruction by the opposing team. See Tuesday, Nov. 12.

FREE FAMILY FRIDAY

FREE 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF FRANKLIN ILLUMINATION 615-905-0687 | boft.org

All ages. Eastern Flank Battlefield Park, 1368 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin. 4:30 p.m. To commemorate the Battle of Franklin, 10,000 luminaries will be lit at dusk.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA (REGISTER)

615-824-6528 bowsandballcaps.org

All ages. Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club, 550 Johnny Cash Pkwy., Hendersonville. 8:30 & 11 a.m. $19.50 adults, $15.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 35 months & younger; plus bring a new, unwrapped toy for infants to teens who will be in the hospital on Christmas day. A breakfast buffet, photos with Santa, crafts and more.

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

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String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry returns to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Nov 29 - 30. Performances are free! Pictured here is the beautiful Dolly Parton marionette. BREAKFAST WITH SANTA (REGISTER)

HOLIDAY COCKTAILS: A MIXOLOGY CLASS (REGISTER)

Ages 3+. American Girl Store, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin. 10 - 11 a.m. $25. Enjoy breakfast treats with St. Nick.

Ages 21+. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Hermitage. 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. $75. Learn the basics of flavor theory and cocktail crafting while making six different drinks.

CREATIVE ZONE: PUPPET MAKING

NORTH POLE EXPRESS SANTA EXCURSION TRAIN

DOG DAYS AT THE HERMITAGE

All ages. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville. 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. $21 - $85. Ride the rails to Watertown with St. Nick.

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See Friday, Nov. 29.

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All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Hermitage. 10 a.m. $8 on your own, $15 guided tour. Hike the trails with your dog.

GINGERBREAD DECORATING WORKSHOP (REGISTER) 615-356-8000 | cheekwood.org

All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. 9 & 11 a.m. $60 members, $75 non-members (includes one gingerbread house and daytime admission for up to five people). Create a gingerbread masterpiece. Santa will be in the Frist Learning Center from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

FREE HANDMADE NASHVILLE HOLIDAY MARKET facebook.com/HandmadeNashville615

All ages. Red Caboose Park, 684 Colice Jeanne Road, Nashville. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Nearly 50 handmade vendors, food trucks and more.

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STOP, DROP AND DECORATE: GINGERBREAD HOUSE EDITION 629-202-6949 | sugardrop.com

All ages. Sugar Drop, 7020 Church St. East, Brentwood. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. $30. Decorate a pre-assembled gingerbread house with fondant and candies.

FREE STRING CITY: NASHVILLE’S TRADITION OF MUSIC AND PUPPETRY See Friday, Nov. 29.

YOGA UNDER THE STARS (REGISTER)

615-862-5160 | adventuresci.org

All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville. 9 a.m. $17 members, $22 non-members. A planetarium yoga session with NASA visualizations and 6.5 million stars on the dome.

y recent trip the the Frist Art Museum to check out the amazing new exhibit, Eric Carle’s Picture Books: 50 Years of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” (it’s here through Feb. 23, 2020; go experience it!), left me impressed, awestruck and deeply grateful for how the Frist designed the exhibit to make Carle’s unique artwork accessible to young ones. First, the art in the exhibit is hung on the walls lower than is normal for a fine art gallery — it gives children a better glimpse at Carle’s unique approach to illustrating children’s books. The Family Guide that you can pick up for free at the exhibit’s entry is full of activities to engage your little ones during their journey throughout the exhibit. The guide is designed to help kids observe art and interact with it. You’ll learn how Carle’s teachers encouraged his love of art when he was 6 years old. By the way, Carle is 90 now and still creating! During my journey through the exhibit, I was struck by how powerful and important that kind of encouragement is for a child (or anyone of any age for that matter). When it comes to the arts and kids, encouragement is huge when you have a child with a particular talent and an inkling for creativity. But before the encouragement comes the introduction to the arts, and it’s one of the greatest gifts you can give to a child. I’m a big believer that parents have a responsibility to introduce their children to all forms of the arts. After all, the arts provide windows into our souls, and they help us express things we might not be able to otherwise. Even if kids don’t grab hold of certain artistic aspects, it’s still important to lead them to the well and encourage them to find their own inspiration. And it’s never too soon to engage children with any form of the arts. There’s a reason why, in recent years, there’s been a boom in parent/tot music-and-movement programs that babies can attend. Even that young, exposure to music in stimulates those tiny brains. I love how throughout the year, the Carl Van Vechten Gallery at Fisk University hosts “Babies in the Gallery” outings. Music is paired with art that’s hanging at a baby’s eye level while he’s held or in a carrier. And I love that Nashville Children’s Theatre created its “Snuggery,” which produces fully immersive, interactive theater for little ones ages 5 and younger. While you mostly find toddlers there, it’s always great to see moms and dads bringing their infants. How wonderful it is to expose babies to any kind of artistic experience and give them the opportunity to grow up with the arts being the norm in their lives! Sometimes a little bit of encouragement can go a long way, even to the extent of inspiring a different trajectory of a young one’s life. Twenty-two-year-old Lorenzo Pugliese is a prime example. His boyhood ambition was to become a pro baseball player, but after his piano teacher nudged him to audition for a musical, he discovered a whole new passion, and now he’s onstage eight times a week as SpongeBob SquarePants on a national theater tour! (You can read my interview with him on page 73.)

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61 DANCE Nashville Ballet’s A Streetcar

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65 MUSIC Three packed pages of music

listings span the spectrum, and for the younger set, Disney Junior Holiday Party! On Tour! is the big concert draw this month.

71 THEATER Take a trip to Bikini Bottom

when The SpongeBob Musical makes a splash at TPAC. We’ve got your theater happenings this month, plus an exclusive interview with the young actor playing SpongeBob!

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Help us learn about how children with hearing loss process sounds during sleep! The Auditory Development Lab at Vanderbilt is looking for children with bilateral cochlear implants, ages 2 to 5, to participate in a research study on how children with hearing loss process sounds while sleeping. All parts of the study can be completed in one day and for participating, you will receive $50 (mailed check), a gift card for lunch on campus, and your child will receive one age-appropriate book. In this study, children will be asked to complete behavioral, cognitive, and/or audiological testing, listen to sounds (nonsense words) while taking a nap in our research lab, and visit our EEG lab. If you are interested in participating, please email adrienne.s.roman@vumc.org for more information.

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FIRST TIME EVER: All Santa’s Village activities are included in the per car admission price!! excludes food, pictures, and merchandise.

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GO WEST YOUNG MAN Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center, Hendersonville Nov. 16, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020 A special journey to the Western Frontier spotlighting the couture fashions of style icon Manuel Cuevas.

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hances are if one of your favorite music celebrities is decked out in bling then fashion icon Manuel is the creative force behind the outfit. Known as the “Stylist to the Stars,” you can experience the handiwork of the talented couture mogul through the exhibit Go West Young Man at Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center (1017 Antebellum Cir., Hendersonville). In addition to select Manuel designs, the exhibit’s western inspiration also includes the vintage Western art of Mark Hobley and colorful, beaded skull sculptures of Maria D’Souza. A free opening reception where you can meet the artists takes place Saturday, Nov. 16 from 6 - 9 p.m. Gallery hours are Tue - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m. Admission is free. Call 615-822-0789 or visit monthavenartsandculturalcenter.com.

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THINGS TO DO: ART GALLERY LISTINGS THE ARTS COMPANY

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

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

BENNETT GALLERIES

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

BERGER GALLERY AT THE ARTS CENTER OF CANNON COUNTY 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury 615-563-2787 artscenterofcc.com • Rotating art exhibits throughout the year.

CARL VAN VECHTEN ART GALLERY AT FISK UNIVERSITY

CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Above: One of the displays in the Eric Carle’s Picture Books: Celebrating 50 Years of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” exhibit at the Frist Art Museum. This case features one of the fun facts about the artist. Carle hand-paints the sheets of tissue paper he uses to create his whimsical collages. He’s 90 years old and still going at it! Right: One of Carle’s work smocks also on display at the Frist. Talk about getting wonderfully messy with art!

• Thru Nov. 11: Through the Windows of My Soul

LEIPER’S CREEK GALLERY

1000 17th Ave. N., Nashville 615-329-8720 | fisk.edu/galleries

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

110 W. College St., Murfreesboro 615-904-2787 | boroarts.org

CHEEKWOOD

1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville 615-356-8000 | cheekwood.org • Thru Jan 5: Umwelts 2019 (As the Crow Flies): David Brooks • Thru Jan 5: Selections from The Cheekwood Collection

FRIST ART MUSEUM

919 Broadway, Nashville 615-244-3340 | fristartmuseum.org • Thru Jan 5: Murals of North Nashville Now • Thru Jan 12: Hearts of Our People: native Women Artists • Thru Jan 12: OSGEMEOS: In Between • Thru Feb. 23: Eric Carle’s Picture Books: Celebrating 50 Years of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”

GALLERY 202

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

LEU ART GALLERY AT BELMONT UNIVERSITY

1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville belmont.edu/omore

• Thru Dec. 6: eWaste • Thru Dec. 6: The Nashville Portraits • Thru Dec. 6: Greetings and Salutations

MONTHAVEN ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER

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

• Nov. 16 - Jan. 5: Go West Young Man

202 Second Ave. S., Franklin 615-472-1134 | gallery202.com

MTSU’S TODD ART GALLERY

HATCH SHOW PRINT’S HALEY GALLERY

• Thru Nov. 9: Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts Residency • Nov. 9 - 16: Olivia Reidl: Illustration Exhibit • Nov. 16 - Dec. 7: Bachelors of Fine Arts Show

• Local, regional and national artists on display.

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

• Thru Nov. 18: Carlos Hernandez: Psychedelic Honky-Tonk Rock N Roll Freak Circus

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

OZ ARTS

THE PARTHENON

2500 West End Ave., Nashville 615-862-8431 | nashville.gov/ Parks-and-Recreation/Parthenon. aspx

• Permanent: The Cowan Collection of American Art

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

• Thru Nov. 30: Lesser Gods

THE RYMER GALLERY

233 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville 615-752-6030 therymergallery.com

• Nov. 2 - 30: A Collection of Places

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

• Thru Nov. 29: Current: Tyler Shields

VANDERBILT ART GALLERY 419 21st Ave. S., Nashville 615-322-0605 vanderbilt.edu/gallery

• Thru Dec. 14: Symbols and Archetypes: Two Millennia of Recurring Visions in Art

6172 Cockrill Bend Cir., Nashville 615-350-7200 | ozartsnashville.org • Thru Nov. 4: Camping Alone: Selected Works of John Paul Kesling

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YORK & FRIENDS FINE ART GALLERY

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

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


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November 7 - December 9 It’s almost time to bring your toy donations to the Museum! We will thank you for your donation of an unwrapped toy worth $10 or more with a FREE ADMISSION to the Museum, or a ticket to return another time.

Serving: Antioch, Brentwood, Franklin, Murfreesboro, and Smyrna

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Nicely done, beef. You put the seasoning in the holiday season.

Linden Waldorf School’s 23rd Annual

An Enchanting Festival for the Family Activities for Children and the Young at Heart • Angel Room, a special place for children to shop • Artisan Vendors • Archery & Jacob’s Ladder • Pockets the Elf and Friends • Natural Crafts

• Facepainting and Henna • Jump Rope Winding • Waldorf Puppet Shows • Live Global Music, Dance & Storytelling • Food Trucks and Other Tasty Offerings … and much more!

Saturday, November 9 • 9am - 4pm Tickets available at the door or at lindenwaldorf.org $5 admission (under 5 free) • Most Activities $2-$6

3201 Hillsboro Road • 615-354-0270 www.lindenwaldorf.org

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A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE TPAC’s Polk Theater 505 Deaderick St., Nashville Nov. 1 - 3 With depictions of physical/emotional abuse and sexual violence, this Nashville Ballet production is recommended for adult audiences due to mature themes. Book the babysitter and enjoy a date night!

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riginally commissioned by the Scottish Ballet in 2012, Nashville Ballet brings the award-winning production of A Streetcar Named Desire to the United States. The balletic adaptation of the Tennessee Williams classic brings aging Southern belle Blanche DuBois’ devastating demise center stage in a performance meant to mesmerize. Choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa says what she loves about the production is that they are “real people, not fairytale people, and that it’s a universal story of human nature,” that contains some humor in the midst of tragedy. Showtimes are Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. Tickets are $30 - $98. Call 615-782-4040 or visit nashvilleballet.com.

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THINGS TO DO: DANCE LISTINGS

Brazil’s Companhia Urbana de Danca presents Na Pista at OZ Arts Nov. 14, 16 & 17. FREE BALLET FOLKLORICO SOL DE MEXICO

Every Sunday | All ages 615-373-9292 | plazamariachi.com

Plaza Mariachi, 3955 Nolensville Pike, Nashville. 1:30, 2:30 & 3:45 p.m. Dance performances representing several regions from Mexico.

THE DISTINCTIVE SHOWDOWN Saturday, Nov. 16 | All ages eventbrite.com

Jewels of Distinction at Pearl-Cohn Entertianment Magnet High School, 904 26th Ave. N., Nashville. 12 - 7 p.m. $10. A dance competition with “an HBCU feel for that ultimate halftime experience.”

FALL DANCE CONCERT Nov. 21 - 23 | All ages mtsu.edu/tuckertheatre

MTSU’s Tucker Theatre, 1301 Main St., Murfreesboro. 7:30 p.m. $10 adults, $5 students. A collection of dance pieces choreographed by MTSU faculty, students and guest artists.

NA PISTA & A U.S. PREMIERE

Nov. 14, 16, 17 | All ages 615-350-7200 | ozartsnashville.org

6172 Cockrill Bend Cir., Nashville. Thu 8 p.m., Sat 2 & 8 p.m., Sun 3 p.m. $25 - 40. Choreographer Sonia Destri Lie and nine performers deconstruct the kinetics of Rio de Janeiro’s St. dance, fusing together hip-hop, samba, capoeira and contemporary forms.

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

Nov. 1 - 3 | Adults 615-782-4040 | nashvilleballet.com

Nashville Ballet at TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $30 - $98. A balletic adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ classic tale of tragedy. Not suitable for children to do mature themes and sexual violence.

TODRICK HALL HAUS PARTY TOUR

Wednesday, Nov. 13 | All ages ticketweb.com

The Cowan at Topgolf, 500 Cowan St., Nashville. 8 p.m. $25 in advance, $30 at the gate. Hall is an American dancers, singer, director, actor, drag queen, choreographer and YouTuber who first gained attention on season nine of American Idol. He’s starred as Lola in Kinky Boots on Broadway and has also been in Chicago as Billy Flynn.

Brazil’s Companhia Urbana de Danca at OZ Arts,

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Experience Todrick Hall’s unique costumes during his Haus Party Tour coming to The Cowan on Wednesday, Nov. 13.


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Strings Attached Get Hooked on History

Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, and other legends tell Nashville’s country music story— in puppet form—during String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry. Nearly one hundred puppets share hit songs that span decades of country music history in a free show that’s fun and educational for all ages. After the show, explore the Museum with a String City Search activity, or create a puppet in the Taylor Swift Education Center. Co-created in collaboration with the Nashville Public Library’s Wishing Chair Productions and made possible by Judy and Steve Turner, String City is presented in partnership with the Nashville Public Library and the Nashville Public Library Foundation.

NOVEMBER 29–30, SHOW TIMES 10:00 AND 11:30 AM

Free D O W N T O W N

CountryMusicHallofFame.org/StringCity

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

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

Additional Support Provided by Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission; Nashville Parent; and Tennessee Arts Commission.


MUSIC

CMA MUSIC AWARDS Bridgestone Arena 501 Broadway, Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 13 Who needs Brad when three country queens are hosting country music’s biggest night?

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he 53rd Annual CMA Music Awards marks a new era. For the past 11 years, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley have shared hosting duties, which have brought many comedic twists and turns along the way. This year, Brad’s stepping out of the cohosting spotlight to make way for two of country’s biggest female icons to join Underwood: Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire! “It’s an incredible honor to welcome Carrie, Reba and Dolly to the CMA Awards stage this year,” says Sarah Trahem, CMA’s CEO. “The 53rd Annual CMA Awards will celebrate the legacy of women within country music, and we couldn’t think of a more dynamic group of women to host the show,” she adds.” The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $170 - $720. The show airs live on ABC. Call 615-615-770-2000 or visit bridgestonearena.com.

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THINGS TO DO: MUSIC LISTINGS THE BASEMENT EAST

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

• Nov 1: Los Colognes + Midnight North 8 p.m. $15 • Nov. 2: Gus Dapperton 8:30 p.m. $25 • Nov. 3: King’s X 8 p.m. $30 • Nov. 5: Mayday Parade 8 p.m. $30 •Nov. 7: Hiss Golden Messenger 8 p.m. $24 • Nov. 8-9: Papadosio 9 p.m. $30 • Nov. 10: Rising Appalachia 8 p.m. $25 • Nov. 11: Crumb 8 p.m. $21 • Nov. 12: Allah-Las 8 p.m. $20 • Nov. 13: Jimmy Herring 8 p.m. $28 • Nov. 14: Marco Benevento 8:30 p.m. $15 • Nov. 16: The Last Waltz Tribute 8 p.m. $17 • Nov. 17: John 5 and The Creatures 7:30 p.m. $23 • Nov. 18: Merkules 8:30 p.m. $20 • Nov. 21: Luthi with Three Star Revival 8 p.m. $17 • Nov. 22: Ben Kweller 9 p.m. $20 • Nov. 23: Liza Anne 9 p.m. $12 • Nov. 25: Sasha Sloan 8 p.m. $23 • Nov. 26: The Menzingers 8 p.m. $25

Enjoy the country stylings of Jeffrey Steele on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 3rd & Lindsley. 3RD & LINDSLEY

818 Third Ave. S., Nashville 615-259-9891 | 3rdandlindsley.com • Nov. 1: Rubik’s Groove 8 p.m. $17 • Nov. 2: Gary Nicholson & Friends 8 p.m. $240 • Nov. 4, 11, 18 & 25: The Time Jumpers 8 p.m. $20 • Nov. 5: Adam Warner 6 p.m. Free • Nov. 5: Webb Wilder 7:30 p.m. $10 • Nov. 6: Laurel Canyon with Mark Hudson, Gary Murr and Mark Mirando peforming the songs of Crosby, Stills and Nash 7 p.m. $15 • Nov. 7: Farewell Angelina 6 p.m. Free • Nov. 7: The Cowboy Poets 7:30 p.m. $10 • Nov. 8: Fab Beatles Revue 7 p.m. $10 • Nov. 8:Miss Jackie Wilson: Live from the Living Room 9:30 p.m. $12 • Nov. 9: The Long Players perform The Cars debut album 8 p.m. • Nov. 12: Cautious Clay 8 p.m. $20 $20 - $40 • Nov 15: The Midnight Riders Allman Brothers Revue 7:30 p.m. $17 • Nov. 16: Jeffrey Steele 8 p.m. $20 • Nov. 22: World Turning Band 8 p.m. $15 • Nov. 6: Kaylee Starr 6 p.m. Free • Nov. 27: Alex Williams 8 p.m. $15 • Nov. 29: Radney Foster 8 p.m. $20 • Nov. 30: The Eaglemaniacs 8 p.m. $20

ARRINGTON VINEYARDS

6211 Patton Road, Arrington 615-395-0102 arringtonvineyards.com

• Every Sat - Sun: Music in the Vines jazz in the pavilion. Sat 4 - 8 p.m., Sun 2 - 6 p.m. Free.

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THE BASEMENT

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

• Nov. 1: Maya De Vitry & Anna Tivel 7 p.m. $14 • Nov. 2: Thomas Csorba, The Prescriptions 7 p.m. $7 • Nov. 2: The Wans 9 p.m. $10 • Nov. 3: Hadley Kennary 8 p.m. $10 • Nov. 4: Hollie Hammel & Kendra Chantelle 7 p.m. $10 • Nov. 5: Kaylee Federmann 6 p.m. Free • Nov. 5: New Faces Night featuring Ozwald 8 p.m. Free • Nov. 6: Satsang 7 p.m. $12 • Nov. 6: Jamie McLean Band 9 p.m. $10 • Nov. 7: Jack Klatt 7 p.m. $10 • Nov. 7: The Steepwater Band, Feathers 9 p.m. $12 • Nov. 8: Armon Jay, Jake Etheridge 7 p.m. $8 • Nov. 8: Justin Wells, Jeff Shepherd 9 p.m. $10 • Nov. 10: Black Marble 8 p.m. $14 • Nov. 11: Grady Spender & Mark Fredson 7 p.m. $10 • Nov. 13: Brother Moses 7 p.m. $8 • Nov. 13: Pepper Said, Basic Printer 9 p.m. $10 • Nov. 14: Fine Lines 7 p.m. $8 • Nov. 15: Jackson Bruck & The Dukes of Hume 9 p.m. $10 • Nov. 16: Michael Nau & The Medium with Wildflower 8:30 p.m. $15 • Nov. 18: Nick Fradiani 7 p.m. $10 $60 • Nov. 19: Taylor Scott 7 p.m. Free • Nov. 20: Josiah Johnson 7 p.m. $12 • Nov. 22: Derek Webb 7 p.m. $15

THE BLUEBIRD CAFE

4044 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville 615-383-1461 | bluebirdcafe.com

• Nov 4, 11, 18 & 25: Open mic hosted by Barbara Cloyd 6 p.m. Free • Nov. 2, 11, 18 & 25: Mike Henderson Band with Michael Rhodes and Kevin McKendree 9:30 p.m. $15 Other November shows not available at press time.

BRIDGESTONE ARENA

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

• Nov. 1: The Avett Brothers 8 p.m. $39.50 - $59.50 • Nov. 13: CMA Awards 7 p.m. $170 - $720 • Nov. 17: Casting Crowns 8 p.m. $39.50 - $59.50 • Nov. 24: Scott Hamilton & Friends featuring music by Sheryl Crow, Kenny Loggins, Gavin DeGraw, Bart Millard and more 5 p.m. $39.50 - $77

CANNERY BALLROOM

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

• Nov. 7: Josh Abbott Band 8 p.m. $25 • Nov. 9: Koe Wetzel with Kody West 8 p.m. $20 • Nov. 12: Static-X 6:30 p.m. $25 - $30 • Nov. 15: Dinosaur Jr. 8 p.m. $28 • Nov. 20: Jaden & Willow 8 p.m. $35.50 - $40 • Nov. 21: Casey Donahew 8 p.m. $18 • Nov. 25: Bad Wolves with Fire From the Gods 7 p.m. $25 - $28

CITY WINERY

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

• Nov. 3: Leo Kottke 8 p.m. $30 - $40 • Nov. 4: Edwin McCain 8 p.m. $30 - $45

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• Nov. 5: Whine Down with Jana Kramar & Michael Caussin 8 p.m. $20 - $35 • Nov. 8: Gaelic Storm 8 p.m. $20 - $28 • Nov. 10: Craig Morgan 8 p.m. $60 - $75 • Nov. 11: 80th Anniversary for Blue Note Records featuring Kandace Springs, James Francies, James Carter 8 p.m. $40 - $55 • Nov. 13: Mindy Smith 8 p.m. $20 $30 • Nov. 14: Sawyer Fredericks 8 p.m. $20 - $30 • Nov. 17: The Music of The Allman Brothers for Kids 12 p.m. $15 • Nov. 17: Corey Smith 8 p.m. $38 $48 • Nov. 21: Amy Speace 7 p.m. $15 • Nov. 22: Brendan James 7 p.m. $20 • Nov. 24: The McCrary Sisters, Nicki Bluhm & Amy Black supporting Thistle Farms 7 p.m. $20 - $28 • Nov. 25: Matt Werz 8 p.m. $20 - $25 • Nov. 30: Griffin House 8 p.m. $20 - $30

CMA THEATER

224 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville 615-760-6556 | cmatheater.com

• Nov. 9: Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins 8 p.m. $45 - $59.50

COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM

222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville 416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org All of these performances are free with museum admission ($25.95 adults, free ages 18 & younger in Davidson & surrounding counties) • Nov. 2: Tom Hambridge 11:30 a.m. • Nov. 2: Salute to Pat Alger 2 p.m. • Nov. 9: Joe Newberry • Nov. 9: Corrina Rose Logston &


FRIST ART MUSEUM

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

• Nov. 1: Mandolin Master Mike Compton 6 p.m. Free • Nov. 8: Frist Friday performance by Daisha McBride 6 p.m. $20 adults, $15 students, free 18 & younger • Nov. 14: Lillie Syracuse and Friends 6 p.m. Free • Nov. 21: The Contrarian Ensemble 6 p.m. Free • Nov. 22: Tim Gartland 6 p.m. Free • Nov. 29: Barry and Holly Tashian and the Eclectic Five 6 p.m.

THE HIGH WATT

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

It’s the big concert event of the month for little ones. Disney Junior Holiday Party! On Tour! takes the stage at TPAC’s Jackson Hall. The show features several Disney characters singing popular Disney Junior tunes, and there’ll be a special appearance from Santa, too! Jeremy Stephens 12:30 p.m. • Nov. 9: Jim Hurst & Friends 2 p.m. • Nov. 9: Dale Ann Bradley 3:30 p.m. • Nov. 10: Ashleigh Caudill 1 p.m. • Nov. 10: RaeLynn 3 p.m. • Nov. 11: Bob Regan & Friends 1 p.m. • Nov. 17: Eli Barsi • Nov. 23: Max T. Barnes 11:30 a.m.

THE COWAN

500 Cowan St., Nashville 615-777-3007 topgolf.com

• Nov. 1: Lali 7 p.m. $25 • Nov. Dreamers 7 p.m. $20 • Nov. 7: LSDream & Shlump 9 p.m. $23 • Nov. 8: Charlotte Lawrence 7 p.m. $18 • Nov. 12: Filter 7 p.m. $25 • Nov. 13: Todrick Hall 7 p.m. $30 • Nov. 16: Vintage Trouble 7 p.m. $18 • Nov. 23: Bear Grillz 9 p.m. $25 • Nov. 30: Mark Farina 9 p.m. $25

THE END

2219 Elliston Place, Nashville 615-321-4457 | endnashville.com All shows are 18+ • Nov. 2: Bogues 7 p.m. $15 • Nov. 4: Gentry 8 p.m. $5 • Nov. 6: Icon for Hire 7 p.m. $18 • Nov. 7: Justine Stone 7 p.m. $18 • Nov. 8: Paradigm 7 p.m. $5 • Nov. 9: Vital Remains 8 p.m. $17 • Nov. 13: Texas Hippie Coalition 7 p.m. $20 • Nov. 14: Sanction, Queensway, Vatican 7 p.m. $14 • Nov. 20; Sharptooth, 7 p.m. $14 • Nov. 23: Jet Black Alley Cat 8 p.m. $15

EXIT/IN

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

• Nov. 3: Doobie 8 p.m. $12 - $55 • Nov. 4: GWAR 7:30 p.m. $30 - $35 • Nov. 5: The Devil Wears Prada 7:30 p.m. $22 • Nov. 6: Alex Cameron 9 p.m. $18 • Nov. 8: Com Truise 9 p.m. $18 • Nov. 9: Aqueous 8:30 p.m. $15 • Nov. 10: Cursive, Cloud Nothings 9 p.m. $25 • Nov. 14: Tiny Moving Parts 7:30 p.m. $22 • Nov. 16: Fruit Bats 9 p.m. $20 • Nov. 19 Mac Ayres 9 p.m. $15 • Nov. 20: Skizzy Mars 8 p.m. $25 • Nov. 23: Briston Maroney 9 p.m. $12 • Nov. 24: William Elliott Whitmore 8 p.m. $17 • Nov. 25: Cassadee Pope 8 p.m. $15 • Nov. 26: 1977 8 p.m. $20 - $60 • Nov. 29: The Main Squeeze 9 p.m. $15

FRANKLIN THEATRE

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

• Nov. 4: Gateway Chamber Orchestra 7 p.m. $25 - $40 • Nov. 8: The Kingston Trio 8 p.m. $50 - $65 • Nov. 9: Karla Bonoff 8 p.m. $33.50 - $43.50 • Nov. 14: JD Souther 8 p.m. $45.50 - $55.50 • Nov. 17: Travis Cottrell 7 p.m. $15 • Nov. 22: The Black Lillies 8 p.m. $27 - $37 • Nov. 24: Steve Wariner 8 p.m. $43.50 - $57.50

• Nov. 1: Suzy Jones 8 p.m. $10 - $40 • Nov. 2: Jay Som with Boy Scouts 8 p.m. $13 • Nov. 5: Mating Ritual with Pet Envy 8 p.m. $10 • Nov. 6: Last Dinosaurs 8 p.m. $15 • Nov. 7: Mat Kerekes 7:30 p.m. $14 • Nov. 8: Ayokay 8 p.m. $12 - $37 • Nov. 9: Southern Culture on the Skids with Dex Romweber 8 p.m. $20 • Nov. 10: Bailey Bryan 8 p.m. $15 • Nov. 11: Antique Gardens with Ghost Town Remedy 8 p.m. $7 - $10 • Nov. 12: King Buffalo 8 p.m. $10 • Nov. 13: Mikaela Davis and Southern Star 8 p.m. $10 • Nov. 16: Cosmic Shift 9 p.m. $10

MTSU’S HINTON HALL 1439 Faulkinberry Drive Murfreesboro mtchoralsociety.org

• Nov. 17: Middle Tennessee Choral Society’s “Season’s Greetings” 4 p.m. $10 - $15

MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM 417 Fourth Ave. N., Franklin 615-862-6390 nashvilleauditorium.com

• Nov. 3: Kevin Gates 8 p.m. $33. $48.50 • Nov. 8: ScHoolboy Q 8 p.m. $35 $39.50 • Nov. 15: Legends of Hip Hop 7 p.m. $62 - $104 • Nov. 19: Lana Del Rey 8 p.m. $39.50 - $79.50 • Nov. 22: The Degenerates Tour 6:30 p.m. $35 - $49.50 • Nov. 30: Live. Life. Love: Concert for Suicide Prevention 6 p.m. $33 - $68

PALLADIUM BALLROOM AT WOOLWORTH ON FIFTH 221 Fifth Ave. N. Nashville 615-891-1361 woolworthonfifth.com

• Nov. 2: Duffy Jackson Big Band 7:30 p.m. Free

MARATHON MUSIC WORKS 1402 Clinton St., Nashville 615-891-1781 marathonmusicworks.com

• Nov. 6: Mini Ladd 8 p.m. $35 • Nov. 7: Hippo Campus 8 p.m. $25 - $79 • Nov. 8: Simple Plan 6:30 p.m. $30.50 - $61 • Nov. 10: X Ambassadors 8 p.m. $35 - $125 • Nov. 11: Kim Petras 8 p.m. $33 - $143 • Nov. 14: Gryffin 8 p.m. $35 - $115 • Nov. 15: Matt and Kim 8 p.m. $30 - $99 • Nov. 17: Rob Bell 7:30 p.m. $25 - $75 • Nov. 21: Highly Suspect 8:30 p.m. $28 - $135 • Nov. 23: Strange ‘90s 8 p.m. $30 $250 • Nov. 29: Boy Named Banjo 8 p.m. $15 - $45

MERCY LOUNGE

1 Cannery Row, Nashville 615-251-3020 | mercylounge.com All shows are 18+ • Nov. 1: A Tribute to Nirvana 8 p.m. $12 • Nov. 4: Yoke Lore 8 p.m. $15 • Nov. 6: Chelsea Wolfe 8 p.m. $20 • Nov. 8: Vacation Manor 8 p.m. $10 - $20 • Nov. 10: Black Mountain 8 p.m. $18 - $20 • Nov. 16: Electric Avenue: The ‘80s MTV Experience 8 p.m. $12 - $15 • Nov. 21: Augustana 8 p.m. $20

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Country sensation Cassadee Pope plays Exit/In on Monday, Nov. 25. RYMAN AUDITORIUM

116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville 615-889-3060 ryman.com

• Nov. 1: Opry at the Ryman (Temecular Road) 7 & 9:30 p.m. $50 - $100 • Nov. 2: Opry at the Ryman (Williamson & Ree) 7 & 9:30 p.m. $50 - $100 • Nov. 3: Zach Williams 7:30 p.m. $25 - $60 • Nov. 4: Elvis Costello & The Imposters 7:30 p.m. $55 - $75

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THINGS TO DO: MUSIC LISTINGS (Ryman Auditorium, cont’d) • Nov. 5: Opry at the Ryman (Sawyer Brown) 7 p.m. $50 - $100 • Nov. 6: Shovels & Rope 7:30 p.m. $29.50 - $49.50 • Nov. 8: Opry at the Ryman (Dusty Slay) 7 & 9:30 p.m. $50 - $100 • Nov. 9: Opry at the Ryman (artists TBA) 7 & 9:30 p.m. $50 - $100 • Nov. 11: Ryan Bingham 7:30 p.m. $35 • Nov. 12: Opry at the Ryman (Craig Morgan) 7 p.m. $50 - $100 • Nov. 13: Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin 7:30 p.m. $49.50 $79.50 • Nov. 15 - 16: Opry at the Ryman (Gary Mule Deer) 7 & 9:30 p.m. $50 - $100 • Nov. 17: Kathie Lee Gifford: 1,000 Voices of Christmas 6:30 p.m. $68 $149 • Nov. 18: The Doobie Brothers 7:30 p.m. $39 - $99 • Nov. 19: Opry at the Ryman (Matt Stell) 7 p.m. $50 - $100 • Nov. 20: Sylvan Esso 7:30 p.m. $29 - $49 • Nov. 21: Straight No Chaser 7:30 p.m. $45 - $73

• Nov. 22: Opry at the Ryman (artists TBA) 7 & 9:30 p.m. $50 - $100 • Nov. 23: Opry at the Ryman (The Milk Carton Kids) 7 & 9:30 p.m. $50 $100 • Nov. 24: Tokens Show 7:30 p.m. $31.50 - $49.50 • Nov. 25: Christmas 4 Kids Benefit 7 p.m. $38.50 - $60 • Nov. 26: Opry at the Ryman (Kelsea Ballerini) 7 p.m. $50 - $100 • Nov. 29 - 30: Opry at the Ryman (artists TBA) 7 & 9:30 p.m. $50 - $100

SCHERMERHORN SYMPHONY CENTER

1 Symphony Place, Nashville 615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org

• Nov. 1 - 2: Don Williams: Music & Memories of the Gentle Giant 8 p.m. $32 - $86 • Nov. 7 - 9: Symphonie Fantastique Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m. $24 - $131 • Nov. 14 - 15: India.Arie with the Nashville Symphony 7:30 p.m. Thu, 8 p.m. Fri $34 - $157 • Nov. 16: Johnny Mathis with the Nashville Symphony 8 p.m. $60 - $140 • Nov. 21 - 23: Rachmaninoff’s The Bells 7 p.m. Thu, 8 p.m. Fri - Sat $25 - $101

THE STATION INN

TPAC

• Nov. 1: Kelsey Waldon 9 p.m. $15 • Nov. 2: Theo & Brenna Macmillan • Nov. 3, 10, 17 & 24: Bluegrass Jam 8 p.m. Free • Nov. 5, 12, 26 7 27: Doyle & Debbie 7 p.m. $20 • Nov. 5 & 14: Dan Tyminski 9:30 p.m. $20 • Nov. 6: Wes Corbett 9 p.m. $15 • Nov. 7: Becky Buller Band 9:30 p.m. $15 • Nov. 15: The Likely Culprits 9 p.m. $15 • Nov. 19: 45RPM 8 p.m. $15 • Nov. 20: Jim Rooneys Irregulars 9 p.m. $15 • Nov. 22: Fireball Mail 9 p.m. $15

• Nov. 4: Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls 7 & 9:30 p.m. $25 - $55 • Nov. 9: Joshua Radin & The Weepies 7:30 p.m. $35 - $45 • Nov. 13: Disney Junior Holiday Party! On Tour! 6 p.m. $29.50 - 159.50

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

TENNESSEE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA AT FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 265 W. Thompson Lane Murfreesboro 615-898-1862 | tnphil.org

• Nov. 8: Veteran’s Concert: Treasures of Times Gone By 7:30 p.m. $15 - $40

Straight No Chaser brings its smooth a cappella music to the Ryman on Thursday, Nov. 21.

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505 Deaderick St., Nashville 615-782-4040 | tpac.org

WILDHORSE SALOON

120 Second Ave. N., Nashville 615-902-8200 wildhorsesaloon.com

• Nov. 16 - 24: The Gift of Christmas with Trace Adkins & Friends 6 p.m. Sat, 5 p.m. Sun - Fri $39.99 - $129.99

WINTER HOUSE CONCERT SERIES AT ROCK CASTLE 139 Rock Castle Lane Hendersonville 615-824-0502 historicrockcastle.com

• Nov. 16: The Arcadian Wild 6 - 9:30 p.m. $50


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STORYTIME AND

PUPPET SHOW

BLACK FRIDAY

Linebaugh Public Library will present a holiday-themed Storytime & Puppet Show inside Books-A-Million.

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Stop by Center Court to enjoy some music and sip complimentary hot coffee and cocoa beginning at 6 a.m. on Black Friday, while supplies last. Stones River Town Centre will be open Extended Hours 6 a.m.-10 p.m. for all your holiday shopping needs!

NOV. 9 - DEC. 24

PERFORMANCE SERIES

FRIDAY, NOV. 29 • EXTENDED HOURS

FRIDAY, NOV. 1 & FRIDAY DEC. 6 • 10 A.M.

OL’ SAINT NICK

SOUNDS OF THE SEASON

Steer your sleigh toward Santa’s Workshop in Center Court for professional photos with Santa.

Visit www.shopstonesriver.com for a schedule of all performances.

A HOLIDAY

CELEBRATION

BE REWARDED: SPEND $200,

GET $25 GIFT CARD

SATURDAY, NOV. 9 • 11 - 1 P.M.

Join us for craft activities, giveaways, hot cocoa, cookies, face painting and more to celeberate Santa’s arrival.

MONDAY, DEC. 2 – SUNDAY, DEC. 8

PET PHOTOS DURING

PAWS & CLAUS

NOV. 11, 18, & 25 • DEC. 2, 9, & 16 • 5 - 8 P.M.

Bring your furry, four-legged friends to have photos taken with Santa. Dogs and cats, only; they must be leashed or crated at all times. Beesley Animal Foundation will be on site providing information about their services and accepting food donations. Event is sponsored by Doggie’s Day Out.

GOBBLE, GOBBLE

THURSDAY, NOV. 28

Stop by Center Court to enjoy some music and sip complimentary hot coffee and cocoa beginning at 7pm, while supplies last. Stones River Town Centre will be open 6am to 12 midnight on Thanksgiving Day.

Refer to our calendar at shopstonesriver.com for holiday hours. Store hours may vary; visit your favorite retailers for details.

STORYTIME &

BREAKFAST WITH MRS. CLAUS SATURDAY, DEC. 7 • 8 - 10 A.M.

THANKSGIVING DAY

extended shopping hours!

Spend $200 across three stores/restaurants at Stones River Town Centre between Dec. 2-8 and receive a $25 Be Rewarded Gift Card to Dillard’s, JCPenney, or Bath & Body Works, while supplies last. Bring qualifying receipts to the Mall Management Office (9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday). Redeem your receipts by Wednesday, December 11 at 5pm. Visit shopstonesriver.com for details.

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Take the guesswork out of gift-giving with a gift card from one of our fabulous shops! Please visit your favorite retailer or restaurant to purchase store gift cards.

Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Instagram & Twitter to find out more about holiday happenings, sales, and special events.

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1720 Old Fort Pkwy, Murfreesboro | 615-896-4486

Enjoy Breakfast with Mrs. Claus with a special appreance by Santa and a lot of holiday fun! Tickets are $5 each and donated directly to Beesley Animal Foundation. Purchase tickets in the Mall Management Office (cash only) Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm. Space is limited; purchase your tickets early. Tickets must be purchased for both children and adults Ticket sales begin Nov.4

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World Outreach Church returns to Stones River Town Centre to provide complimentary gift wrapping this holiday season. Volunteers will be set up next to Bath & Body Works from 12/7 - 12/24. Gifts must be purchased from Stones River Town Centre; those purchased elsewhere will not be eligible for complimentary gift wrap.

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THEATER

THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL TPAC’s Jackson Hall 505 Deaderick St., Nashville Nov. 5 - 10 The beloved cartoon character makes a splash onstage in a show that both kids and adults can enjoy. Read our interview with the star on page 73.

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ho would have thought in May 1999 when a whacky little sea creature named SpongeBob SquarePants first hit the Nickelodeon airwaves that 18 years later he’d also be a big hit on the Broadway stage? The SpongeBob Musical opened on Broadway in December 2017, garnering 12 Tony nominations along the way (it only won one, for Best Scenic Design). The musical follows SpongeBob and the gang from Bikini Bottom as they set out to thwart a disaster that threatens their town. The original songs in the show were written by major artists like Steven Tyler, David Bowie, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! at the Disco and more. The music is groovy, for sure. Showtimes are Tue - Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 & 8 p.m., Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 - $90. Call 615-782-4040 or visit tpac.org.

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THINGS TO DO: THEATER LISTINGS ANNIE JR.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

DISTRACTED

Centre Stage Productions at Academy Park Performing Arts Center, 112 Everbright Ave., Franklin. 2:30 & 6:30 p.m. $12 - $15. The musical tale of little orphan Annie.

Nashville Rep at TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Wed - Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2:30 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $25 - $64. Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved tale using five actors and imaginative props.

Act 1 at Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Ave., Nashville. Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $15. A look at a modern family with an ADD diagnosis.

Nov. 2 - 3 | All ages cspkids.com

ARISTOCATS KIDS

Nov. 8 - 9 | All ages academypark.wcparksandrec.com

Williamson County Parks & Rec’s Musical Theatre Experience Program at Academy Park Performing Arts Center, 112 Everbright Ave., Franklin. Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 p.m. $7. Based on the Disney film, this musical features feline fun and a jazzy score.

AUNTIE CLAUS (WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTION)

Nov. 14 - Dec. 29 | All ages 615-252-4675 | nashvillect.org

Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville. Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 26 at 10 a.m.; Friday, Nov. 29 10 a.m. & 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 20 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 27 at 10 a.m. & 7 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m. (additional 10 a.m. shows on Nov. 30, Dec. 21 & 28); Sun 2 p.m. starting Nov. 24; Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 10 a.m.; Wednesdays, Dec. 4 & 18 at 1 p.m. $23 adults, $17 ages 3 - 17. Based on Elise Primavera’s children’s book, this musical follows Sophie Kringle’s glamorous great aunt.

CATS

Nov. 19 - 24 | All ages 615-782-4040 | tpac.org

TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Tue - Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 & 8 p.m., Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m. $45 - $95. This Andrew Lloyd Webber musical tells the story of a feline ball.

Nov. 29 - Dec. 22 | All ages 615-782-4040 | nashvillerep.org

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: CAMPBELL’S THEATER PLAYHOUSE Nov. 15 - 24 | All ages 615-598-8950 encore-theatre-company.org

Encore Theatre Company, 6978 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $16 adults, $13 ages 11 & younger. This version of the Dickens’ tale is transcribed from the original Dec. 23, 1938 radio broadcast of Orson Welles and Campbell’s Theater Playhouse.

A CHRISTMAS STORY THE MUSICAL

Nov. 8 - 23 | All ages 615-563-2787 | artscenterofcc.com Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $15 adults, $13 students. Based on the movie, this musical follows a 9-year-old’s quest for a Red Ryder B.B. gun for Christmas.

CRIMES OF THE HEART Nov. 8 - 24 | Ages 10+ 615-847-0934 lakewoodtheatre.org

Lakewood Theatre Company, 2211 Old Hickory Blvd., Old Hickory. Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $15 adults, $12 students. A tale of escaping the past to seize the future.

Nov. 15 - 23 | Ages 12+ act1online.com

EVERY BRILLIANT THING Nov. 7 - 10 | Ages 14+ 615-782-4040 nashvillerep.org

Nashville Rep at TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Thu - Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2:30 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $20 - $45. Discover thousands of reasons to love, both simple and profound.

THE FANTASTICS

Nov. 8 - 24 | Ages 8+ 615-904-2787 boroarts.org

Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $18 adults, $16 students, $14 children. A timeless fable of love that’s both nostalgic and universal.

GREATER TUNA

Thru Nov. 2 | Ages 10+ 615-646-9977 dinnertheatre.com

Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville. Thu 12 p.m., Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m. $35 adults, $20 students, $13 ages 12 & younger. A comedy about Texas’ third smallest town, where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies.

THE MUSIC MAN

Nov. 15 - 24 | All ages 615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks

Perform Murfreesboro at The Washington Theatre, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro. Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $10. A traveling salesman cons a town into purchasing uniforms and instruments for a boys’ band he vows to organize.

NUNCRACKERS THE MUSICAL Nov. 29 - Dec. 15 | All ages 615-826-6037 hpactn.com

Hendersonville Performing Arts Company, 260 W. Main St., Hendersonville. Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $18 adults, $15 students. This Nunsense Christmas musical is presented as the first TV special taped by Reverend Mother in the convent basement.

OLLIE’S DINER

Oct. 24 - Nov. 2 | Ages 10+ 615-646-9977 dinnertheatre.com

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical takes flight at the Grand Ole Opry House Nov. 16 - Dec. 27.

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Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville. Thu 12 p.m. (plus 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24), Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m. $35 adults, $20 students, $13 ages 12 & younger. A failing diner gets a “ghostly” renovation.

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PIPELINE

Thru Nov. 3 | Ages 14+ 615-782-4040 nashvillerep.org

Nashville Rep at TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Thu - Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2:30 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $25 - $60. A mother’s hope for her son clashes with an educational system rigged against him.

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW Thru Nov. 3 | Ages 14+ 615-332-7529 circleplayers.net

Circle Players at Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville. Thu Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 3 p.m. $20 ($15 on Thursdays). The tongue-in-cheek musical about a newly engaged couple who get caught in a storm and seek refuge in the home of a madcap transvestite scientist who unveils his latest creation.

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER THE MUSICAL

Nov. 16 - Dec. 27 | All ages 615-889-1000 christmasatgaylordopryland.com

Grand Ole Opry House, 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville. Dates & times vary. $24.99 - $109.99. A live musical version of the classic TV holiday special.

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN

Nov. 7 - 30 | All ages 615-646-9977 dinnertheatre.com

Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville. Thu 12 p.m. (plus 7:30 p.m. Nov 7), Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. $35 adults, $20 students, $13 ages 12 & younger. The story of a starlet, a leading man and a love affair that could make or break careers.

THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL Nov. 5 - 10 | All ages 615-782-4040 tpac.org

TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Tue - Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 & 8 p.m., Sun 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. $45 - $90. Nickelodeon’s beloved cartoon character leaps to life onstage for a musical adventure.

TWELFTH NIGHT

Nov. 1 - 10 | All ages lacklandtheatre.com

Lackland Theatre Co. with The School at Nashville Shakes at the Church at Lockeland Springs, 1601 Holly St., Nashville. Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 5:30 p.m. $10 adults, $8 students. This youth Shakespeare production presents the Bard’s romantic comedy.


EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

Lorenzo Pugliese Takes on SpongeBob! The once aspiring baseball enthusiast found a new playing field onstage.

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hen now 22-year-old Lorenzo Pugliese was a little boy growing up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, watching SpongeBob SquarePants on Nickelodeon, little did he know he’d one day become that character from Bikini Bottom onstage in front of thousands of people. In fact, back then, he didn’t even have stage goals. His dream was to grow up and become a professional baseball player. However, a nudge from a teacher set another ball rolling. “It was the summer before seventh grade when I did my first musical. My piano teacher roped me into auditioning for High School Musical, and I ended up getting Troy,” says Pugliese. He remembers feeling “really embarrassed” to do it in front of people, but once he stepped onstage for the first time in front of an audience and performed his first number, he says it “was instantly one of the most intoxicating feelings” he’d ever felt. “I didn’t necessarily write off baseball until my sophomore year of high school when I had to choose between playing ball and doing a production of Rent, and I chose Rent,” says Pugliese. “That was the turning point!” he adds with a lift in his voice.

A SURREAL EXPERIENCE

Like many kids who grew up in the late ‘90s and the early ‘00s, Pugliese was an avid SpongeBob viewer. “It was my favorite show as a kid,” he says. While growing up to play a character he so loved as a child is remarkably cool, Pugliese admits the whole thing still doesn’t feel quite real, even though he’s been on the road with the first national tour of The SpongeBob Musical since it opened on Sept. 22 in Schenectady, New York (Nashville is the seventh city on the tour; see show details on page 72). “Every now and then, I’ll take a step back and remind myself what I’m doing. It’s kind of overwhelming to know that I’m given this opportunity to play this character I’ve been so fond of since I was a child, and it’s a character most of the world is fond of, too,” he says. “To be able to do this as the second person ever [Ethan Slater originated the role on Broadway] is just a privilege,” he adds. Pugliese, a self-professed lover of staying in hotels (“ever since I was a kid”), also enjoys the travel opportunity the show affords him. “I’ve never been to any of the places we’re going to, so if kind of feels like a vacation,” he says.

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THE UNIVERSAL APPEAL OF THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL

The SpongeBob Musical isn’t your typical Broadway show. And don’t jump to conclusions assuming its just a kids’ show because it’s based on a cartoon character. Part of this musical’s magic is that it appeals to kids and adults alike. It’s suitable for a family outing or a date night without the kids. “There are jokes the kids will laugh at, and there are jokes that will go over their heads that their parents will laugh at, and there are jokes they’ll laugh at together,” says Pugliese, who also notes the uniqueness of the show’s composers being the likes of Aerosmith, Panic! at the Disco, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend and others. “I think the thing that surprises the audience the most is just much fun it is. It’s satisfying for fans of the TV show, but it also completely works if you know nothing about SpongeBob because it’s a well-written story with great songs and great performers. It works all the way through,” says Pugliese. While Pugliese acknowledges that he hopes kids of all ages discover the magic of live theater during their SpongeBob experience, “the most important thing is that we just want to spread joy,” he notes. And goodness knows, we can all use more of that these days!

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The Tutoring Center

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Mathnasium

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

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

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

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

ANIMALS/EQUESTRIAN Harris Riding Academy

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

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

ARTS: DANCE

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

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

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

Dance in Bloom

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

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

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

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

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

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


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School of Karate offers programs in traditional karate from age 3 - adult. Call now to find out how to get one month free with uniform.

My Gym

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

David Deaton Karate

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

Mobile Music Academy

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

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

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

Beat the boredom on days off school! Register for an Out of School Day workshop offered Veterans Day — Monday, Nov. 11. Youth ages 11 - 18 can learn new skills, make new friends, tour the galleries and enjoy interactive fun. Pre-registration is required.

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

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

FITNESS/SPORTS Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate

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

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

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

E.T.C. Gymnastics

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

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

Harvest Martial Arts

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

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

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

One Goal Sports

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

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

YMCA of Middle Tennessee

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

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

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

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

Swim Lessons • ymcamidtn.org/swim-lessons

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

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

Let martial arts take your kids to new heights! Bill Taylor’s Bushido

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

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

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

Digital Worlds VR

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

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

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Know others and be known by others by sharing YOUR STORY with us! Every month, we’ll print your stories here. Read on, then submit YOUR STORY to Associate Editor Noah Day at noah@daycommedia.com. Include your name and a photo. baby dolls, Barbies, My Little Ponies and my doll house, all inside the comfort of my playroom down in our cool, bug-free basement. But then, when I was 15, I met the young man who would become my husband, Derrick, and he loved the outdoors. So in a space of six months, I went hiking, became a student of football, snow skied for the first time, learned to play tennis and joined our high school track team. Fast forward 24 years, two moves, two daughters, four careers and three churches later, I shocked my hubby one day by saying that we should buy a pontoon boat. Since that wasn’t in the budget, my resourceful, professional-banker husband suggested kayaks. So, for the past two years now, that has become one “All around us, blue herons, ducks, geese and a wide variety of fish abound.” of our family’s favorite pastimes. We get to enjoy being outside (even me), exploring different areas of Percy Priest Lake, a mere three-minute drive from us. All around us, blue herons, ducks, geese and a wide variety of by Joy Wallace fish abound, not to mention that we get to swim for free, too. I hope that I am teaching my daughters to appreciate both the If someone had told me when I was a child that I would someday comforts of home that God has given us and the outside world that enjoy kayaking, I would’ve wrinkled my nose at them. Actually, I He created. We can find pleasure in both. And I am thankful for a probably would’ve asked, “What’s kayaking?” husband who encourages me to try new hobbies and make new I was never the outdoor type. While my friends enjoyed walkgoals for myself. In fact, I’ve been thinking of (walking) a 5K. ing in their neighborhoods, playing in their backyards and exploring the woods around our small town, I much preferred to play with (please turn the page)

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needs, we also had to decide on childcare. With no grandparents in the city and the closest retired family member being two hundred miles away, we had decisions to make. And oh my, was it difficult. It took four months before I was back at work and it took just as long to find the perfect nanny. She was great and the kids loved her. Did I miss my children when I was at work? Yes. Did my kids miss me while I was at work? Probably. Did I feel a tad bit of guilt? Little bit. But more important, were my kids thriving and well taken care of? Yes. Was my sanity intact so that I could be a good mom and half way decent wife? Most definitely!! Those were the two most important questions. The hardest thing about working outside of the home was sending baby number three to daycare at 6 weeks old. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. But you know what? I found a daycare that worked for me. His daycare was one mile from my job. I was able to go there and nurse him at least once, if not twice every day until I decided it was okay to discontinue that practice. They were great communicators and didn’t mind my multiple “I was not my best self when staying home with two children under the age of 2.” check-in calls each day. Plus, I knew I could pop in anytime, which I did. I trusted them with my baby. That was most important and allowed me to be a productive employee. Did I feel like a failure? Absolutely not! I was not my best self when by Amy Willoughby Bryant staying home with two children under the age of 2. Remember, you There was a time I dreamed of being a stay at home mom. I even must be physically and emotionally healthy and present to be a good tried it. After baby number two was born, I was so excited and mom. Working feeds me mentally, emotionally and physically. I have dreamed of how wonderful it would be to stay home with my then time to miss my children and rejuvenate daily. twenty month old and newborn. My babies would not have to go to There are 24 hours in every day and I try to make the most of daycare, I thought. I would be able to provide all of their nurturing every minute. As a mom my hours are divided between my children needs, I envisioned. It would be wonderful, right? Wrong! and my other obligations. One of my obligations is me. If you are like After four weeks of being home with no adult interaction, no me and want to work outside the home because staying home with intellectual stimulation, no lunch break and no rest, I was looking your children would literally drive you insane, I’m here to tell you that for a J-O-B. Things were not okay. I understand and it’s okay. In addition to looking for a new job that would fit our family’s

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“He set himself to the task of understanding me as best he knew how; he was patient with me while we fought my demons.”

These Things I Never Wanted by Mayme Kelley Medina Driving home today blasting Don Henley’s 1989 CD The End Of The Innocence, I had a moment. A revelation really. About these things I never wanted. I never wanted another Ford. I had a Mercury in 2003. A girl ran a two- way stop sign and threw me into a bird bath then a house. That was replaced by a Thunderbird that was nothing but problems. It didn’t last a few months. My dad chose it for himself really. I had no choice in the matter even though he didn’t pay for my original car. The Mercury. After that I swore them off. Bad luck they were. Or so I thought. I have a 2005 Ford Expedition. We bought it in January, 2015 with 115,000 miles on it because Orlando was about to arrive and grandma lived with us at the time. We needed a third row, and my Tahoe didn’t have it and couldn’t be converted. I wasn’t pleased. I was one of those “piss on Ford” people. But this vehicle ... this two tone, awful red-colored Ford ushered in a new era for me. Adulthood. It’s been with me in my worst times. Depression and a diagnosis that I fought for more than a year to no avail. The diagnosis anyway. The depression eased because I refused to let it win. The drive. It’s a dream. The hum of the BF Goodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires. The roar of the after-market exhaust. The 20-percent tint that gives me enough privacy to not feel seen. The handling and steering ... a dream. I’ve driven brand-new vehicles that don’t come close. Not even a little. In my best times, 47,201 miles later it’s been there for adult Mayme, for basketball practices, for Girl Scout meetings, for new career paths, a third child, new states, new adventures. I’ve been offered to trade it in. Sell it. I’ve went on two separate occasions. Checked out a Jeep Grand Cherokee and a Kia Telluride. Just took the business cards and told them I’d let them know. I

never did. I couldn’t. I pray it makes it another 100,000. Weird, huh? Because this thing I never wanted became everything to me. I never wanted to be married. I was with my first boyfriend six years. After seeing marriage as a child the 17 years prior, I thought I’d pass. He proposed. I accepted because I didn’t want to hurt him. The ring was perfect. It was made especially for me. There was no reason to reject the proposal. When it came time to plan the wedding, I began planning it with his mother then I walked out on our life. Our home. Our pets. He was a good teammate, kind, considerate, handsome. Everything you could ask for in a human but he wasn’t for me. Afterward, other men proposed to me a few more times. Poor things! Four years later, I married Silvestre. Then I married him twice. Once at the courthouse on the square. Then two years later at Good Shepherd Catholic Church. He wanted to get married because I was seven months pregnant, or so I thought. I accepted. I knew he loved me. I knew I didn’t want to ever marry anyone else, so I called out of work on a Friday in September 2008. Got married and had the reception at Los Alamos Mexican Restaurant. And we carried on. We’ve had moments. I’ve had moments. I didn’t want him. I didn’t want marriage anymore. Moments I wanted to give up. Moments I never wanted to look at another man as long as I lived. But this marriage has healed me, brought me to God, killed the careless and could care less in me, destroyed the selfish in me, calmed the wild that coursed through my veins. This marriage has blessed me with three children and one in heaven. This marriage has brought me a relationship with God, Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary that I don’t know how I functioned without the 21 years prior. I can’t tell you how much this means to me except to tell you as I write it tears fall. A little boy who came from Mexico into California when he was 2, surviving on Jumex, and a mother’s determination and love saved me. He asked me to church, he set himself to the task of understanding me as best he knew how, he was patient with me while we fought my demons, he was forgiving and patient while I worked through this constrict I thought was marriage. No one else could have brought me through. I’ll never be able to show him enough love and gratitude for his perseverance. Weird, huh? Because this thing I never wanted became everything to me. I never wanted children. If I did, I said I’d reconsider at 32. See where I was in life. I’m 34 this July. I’ve been pregnant four times by the same man. I never wanted female children. I was the oldest of six girls from blended families. One full blooded. One half. And three steps. I consider them all my full sisters. I don’t play that. I love them all. That being said I was sure that I’d had enough of girl babies though. I wanted a boy baby. One boy. I lost my first child at seven weeks and three days. Not being able to grow the way I needed and cope with life caused that. So I was sure this was a sign. That I was right to begin with. I don’t want children. Ever. I’ll just be a mother to those children who I may come in contact with. I had two girls. Two years and two months apart. I gave up. I was done. I put in a 10 year IUD. Four years later on a whim, maybe loved ones who’ve gone before me whispered in my ear to, “Try Now”. I did later that day. Ten months later I had Orlando. That soul was delivered to me because I listened to a whisper on the wind. I trusted my instincts. I worked through a marriage that could have ended. Blood, sweat, tears, counseling. I carried on. Otherwise he (please turn the page)

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“We have been listening to ‘Praise You in the Storm’ by Casting Crowns, and it really sums it up for us and helps us.”

These Things I Never Wanted (cont.) wouldn’t exist. His warm small child body is pressed between my legs as I write this. We’re watching Paw Patrol. Well he is. I’m smiling and nodding. He loves to dance, sing and tell jokes. He’s my gift for not giving up. Him and his father both. Avi helped me to think about others. She’s my gift of selflessness. Her and her father both. Laura was my miracle. My proof that I was and could be a mother. That I loved every moment of it. That I hung on her every breath. Her and her father both. Weird, huh? Because this thing I never wanted became everything to me. I never wanted to work at a bank. I almost turned around when I was driving to the interview. When I saw the building come into sight, I became so nervous. I never get nervous. I’m fearless. But I thought I was in over my head. I came from a law office. Before that, a receptionist at a ladies’ gym. Then the 10 years prior factory work. But I pep talked myself in the parking lot. “Mayme you can do this. You can do anything.” I got the job. A teller position. Then a promotion after 7 months. I open accounts now among other things. I’m up for another promotion now. A traveling loan officer. I find out soon who they’ve chosen. This has been the place I have looked for my whole life. The company takes care of you if take care of them. Great benefits. Good pay. Great management. The same values as me. I regret the decade I spent doing other work. I wish I would have found it sooner, but that’s fine. I have it now. I almost turned around the morning of the interview. Now I plan to retire there. I’m not going anywhere. Weird, huh? Because this thing I never wanted became everything to me. So because I had an early day at work, the sun was shining, it was beautiful out, my vehicle was feeling like something someone would pay $80,000 for today, I thought of each one of these things in this exact order for the 30 minute drive home. If I were to pass away tonight in my sleep or leave this earth when I’m 45, 65 or if I live to 116 (my goal), I have been given a life I could never imagine. Even in my wildest dreams, it was never this good. When I used to pray as a child for God to save me and heal certain individuals in my life, I never thought it would be this level. That I could be this level. That I would have a husband of this level. Children of this level. A career of this level. If it all fell apart today, I had it. I’ll always have this. Weird, huh? Because these things I never wanted became everything to me!

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Testament to a Flood By Libby Sanders We bought our first home November 8, 2018, and it all got taken away a few months later on February 23, 2019. We lost all of our contents, and are still out of our home as of right now. We are living with relatives until we are able to get back home. The first couple of months we spent throwing everything we own into dumpster trailers, tearing all our carpet up and throwing it out, and then a contractor came and gutted our entire house. After $14,000 later, we only had our gutted home, joists and some of the subfloor replaced along with our back wall and reframed bathroom, and we took off the brick in front. Then our home wasn’t touched for a few months because every contractor that would come through told me they would rather tear it down and just rebuild or one of them told me he just couldn’t do it because it was too much. After a couple months with no luck on a new contractor we got a phone call from a local real estate agent. She wanted to know what way she could help. She made a page for us on Facebook (Extreme Flood Makeover-Sanders Edition) so people could follow along with the progress of our house and also donate materials, labor or anything else if they wanted to. Ronda Philpott, Chad Philpott (both are real estate agents and also Navy veterans) and Chris Browning (the police officer who got us out of our home the night of the flood by driving an army truck down our street) are all working together to get us back home and find other people to help as well. The community is stepping in and trying to get our house back together by Thanksgiving so we can spend the holidays back home. We have been learning a lot from this experience: 1) Always get a home inspection, it doesn’t matter how well you think you know someone. 2) Make sure you have “comprehensive” on your insurance. It is worth the extra $20 a month! 3) Make sure contents are covered on your insurance. 4) Make sure whoever works on your house has references and check them! Look for multiple bids! Our community truly does care. We love that people care for our children and want to see us back home and are helping in any way they can. We are learning as we go, and we hope our story helps someone. God has been with us and guiding us every step. We have been listening to “Praise You in the Storm” by Casting Crowns and that song has really summed it up for us and helped us. We believe God has a plan for us and He will continue to guide us through this time. We believe we will have an amazing testimony once this is all behind us. We just have to praise Him through this storm.

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