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3 Things I’ve Learned My First 3 Years As a Dad

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y son turns 3 next month. My wife and I will have succeeded in keeping our baby alive for 1,095 days. This is a big win — especially considering that we killed every plant we’ve ever owned, occasionally forgot to feed our dogs and spent a large portion of our time talking about decisions made by fictional characters from television. In celebration of this miraculous life our son has lived in spite of his parents being little more than children themselves, I’d like to share some things I have learned as a new dad. In no particular order … It’s not all about me. OK. This first one might be obvious, but it wasn’t to me when I became a new dad. It wasn’t like I brought my child home from the hospital with a brand-new outlook on life, immediately knowing that my old way of doing life was over. Before having a child, I could sleep in on Saturdays, watch whatever shows I wanted, leave the house whenever I wanted and use the bathroom in peace. Once I became a parent, any expectation that I could live the same way I did before withered away pretty quickly. I had to change my perspective and realize that there were other breathing human depending on me. If I could change my perspective to find enjoyment in helping other people, I could find joy in waking up early on Saturdays, watching “Baby Einstein” videos and always having company to enjoy the show when I use the bathroom. Enjoy the present. This isn’t just hippy-talk. At every stage of my child’s life — crawling, walking, eating solid food — I thought to myself, “I can’t wait until he can” or, “When he’s old enough, he’ll be able to.” My mind was constantly set on the future and what we’ll be able to do together when he got older. I was so focused on surviving my current season of life, or getting my child prepared for his next milestone, I would forget to just “be.” A huge life lesson from this dad to you is that you don’t realize how fast those first few years go by. Seriously, enjoy the now. Empathy solves many problems. All good people have one characteristic in common: they show empathy. They are able to put themselves in the shoes of another person so that they can understand the world through different eyes. When you’re in the thick of learning how to be a dad, you can make the difficult seasons better by showing empathy toward your child and partner. Patience, papa. If you can figure this out, you’ll enjoy being a dad a LOT more. Trust me.

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“My husband said from the very beginning of our relationship that he wanted four kids. I was still deciding if I wanted to draw the line at three, but God made up my mind for me and gave us our last sweet baby girl. We knew we were complete after her. I was willing to get my tubes tied if I was going to have to have a c-section anyway, but I had a natural birth. I just reasoned with my husband and told him I had birthed four children, breastfed for almost a consecutive seven years between them, taken pretty much all of the night time feedings, gained 50+ lbs., and can no longer laugh hard or sneeze without peeing a little. So, I think I’ve done my part. He agreed. He had his procedure on a Friday and was back to work Monday. He said it wasn’t a big deal at all.”

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or more than three decades, Gaylord Opryland has provided magical holiday events and activities for visitors to experience, and this year will be no different. The 38th annual A Country Christmas opens November 12, 2021 and continues through January 2, 2022. A full lineup of Christmas programming will entertain — along with the new, previously-announced Mission: Save Christmas featuring Elf™ interactive pop-up experience. With acres of airy indoor atriums decorated with millions of twinkling holiday lights, towering Christmas trees and thousands of shimmering ornaments — coupled with abundant outdoor fun — visitors can look forward to myriad festive experiences this year at the expansive Nashville resort. Indoors, guests can pose at an array

of Christmassy selfie spots, write Letters to Santa, watch holiday movies at the Opryland Theater, enjoy a Reindeer GamesTM Scavenger Hunt featuring Rudolph and The Misfit Toys; Gingerbread Decorating Corner; the synchronized Delta Fountain shows; Delta Riverboat rides; and sing-alongs with Dickens carolers. More holiday fun can be enjoyed outdoors via private horse-drawn carriage rides, a nightly tree lighting and caroling on the Magnolia lawn, and a nativity display featuring special lighting effects and an audio rendition of the beloved biblical story. At Pinetop, an outdoor Appalachianesque village, enjoy live performances, tubing, ice skating and lessons, ice bumper cars, Reindeer Encounters and festive beverages. The Oak Ridge Boys “Christmas in Tennessee” Dinner Show will also be returning this year with a 25-day residency through

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Dec. 25, 2021. Learn all about the fun at Gaylord this holiday season by visiting ChristmasAtGaylordOpryland.com.

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‘Tis Better to Give ... Nashville Giving Machines Provide a Way to Encourage Generosity

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ne great way to help children experience the joys of giving is to visit the Giving Machines located at Bridgestone Arena Plaza at 501 Broadway. Plenty of families will be downtown during the holidays for special events, and the Giving Machine will be in place from November 18 through December 31 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, so be sure to stop by and check it out. Imagine swiping your credit card at the Giving Machine, but instead of purchasing candy or chips, you are able to buy a goat for a thirdworld country. Or bunk beds for children who sleep on the floor. Or a full holiday meal for a struggling family. When you use the Giving Machine, your transaction is represented by a symbolic card that drops into a donation bin at the bottom of the machine. One hundred percent of the funds go directly to local charities to pay for your selected item. Since the launch of the Giving Machines (located in various cities around the country), hundred of thousands of people have donated more than $9.1 million to charities. The local and global charities that will benefit this season include: Able Youth (leads children with physical disabilities to become independent); One Generation Away (distributes food to Middle Tennessee and surrounding states); Sleep in Heavenly Peace (builds bunkbeds for children who otherwise sleep on the floor); UNICEF (saves chidren’s lives in more than 190 countries); and others. Make sure to visit the Giving Machine this holiday season. And to learn more, visit givingmachinesnashville.org.

Independant School Open Houses • BRENTWOOD ACADEMY is hosting admission preview days Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021 and Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. 219 Granny White Pike, Brentwood; brentwoodacademy.com. • CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN ACADEMY is hosting “Prospective K-3rd Grade Campus Visit Mornings” Tuesday, Nov. 2 and Tuesday, Dec. 7; and “Prospective 4th-5th Grade Campus Visit Mornings” Wednesday, January 12, 2022. 2323 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; cpalions.org. • ENSWORTH SCHOOL is hosting a “Grade 5 admission lunch” Wednesday, Nov. 17. 211 Ensworth Ave., Nashville; ensworth.com. • FRANKLIN ROAD ACADEMY hosts an open house for prospective students on Sunday, Nov. 7. 4700 Franklin Pike, Oak Hill; franklinroadacademy.com.

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• HARDING ACADEMY is hosting in-person tours for parents and guardians only. To schedule a personalized virtual tour, email admissionsoffice@ hardingacademy.us. 170 Windsor Drive, Nashville; hardingacademy.org. • HARPETH HALL SCHOOL is hosting an open house on Sunday, Nov. 7 with registration at 1:30 and the program at 2 p.m. 3801 Hobbs Road, Nashville; battlegroundacademy.org. • LINDON WALDORF SCHOOL is hosting virtual tours for prospective students and parents by emailing enrollment@lindenwaldorf.org. 3201 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; lindenwaldorf.org. Open houses coming up in December, 2021 and January, 2022 will appear in this space.

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star-studded lineup of performers will take the place of the annual Nashville Christmas Parade this year with a new Nashville Holiday Music Special premiering on News 2 on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 9 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 5 at 12 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 25 at 11 a.m. It will also air nationwide throughout the holiday season. The one-hour broadcast will feature celebrity appearances from Kristin Chenoweth, Morgan Evans, Point of Grace and others, taped in iconic Nashville locations including the Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry and Skyway Studios. The special will include Kix Brooks honoring Nashville’s deserving health care heroes. “We are committed to spreading the joy of the holidays and the mission of Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt with families nationwide,” says Julie Carell Stadler, parade co-producer. Watch for Santa to make a special appearance and learn more at nashvilleholidaymusicspecial. com.


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PARENTING

BY SARAH LYONS

Parenting a Special Needs Child and a Typical Sibling Researchers have discovered that typical children consider their disabled sibling a brother or sister first; the disability comes second. But parenting different types of kids requires a little — and often a lot — of extra effort

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ow do you deal with stares at the mall? Or explain to a friend who comes over to play why your sister is in a wheelchair? What is it like to have a brother who is autistic? Having a sibling with special needs is a unique experience that provides both challenges and benefits. While there is no doubt that typical kids love their sibling with special needs, the feelings that can arise during child-

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hood are often complicated. The love, appreciation and compassion they feel towards their sibling can be mixed up with jealousy, worry, resentment, fear, responsibility and anger. Parents who are in tune to their children’s feelings can help them work through the negative emotions and turn these challenges into benefits.

CHALLENGE: Insensitivity of others Unfortunately, kids with special needs are often the target of teasing. Kids, or even adults, that don’t understand other people’s differences may make insensitive comments,

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ask inappropriate questions or just make fun of someone who is different from them. Siblings of special needs kids may feel the need to constantly stand up for their sibling, explain their situation to others or may be the brunt of teasing themselves. “One of the biggest challenges in growing up with my sister was watching her get laughed at,” says Justin Lyons, brother of Kara, who has cerebral palsy. Parents can help their kids work through this challenge by equipping them with the right answers for those awkward questions and teach them how to handle bullying in an appropriate way.


BENEFIT: Development of dependability, l oyalty and compassion After years of watching someone they love get teased, siblings of special needs kids will naturally develop a strong sense of loyalty to those they care about as well as a strong compassion towards others. Even though watching Kara get teased was hard for Justin, he notes, “I think it made me less likely to laugh at or tease other people.” Kids who grow up in a home with a special needs sibling typically become dependable and compassionate adults.

CHALLENGE:

Jealousy Parents do their best to treat their children fairly and spend equal amounts of time caring for each child. When you have a child with developmental delays or significant medical needs that balance can become extremely difficult to achieve and jealousy can develop. Kids may feel they get less attention or that their parents spend more time caring for the sibling. When these feelings develop, it is very common for kids to feel guilty that they have these thoughts, causing them to be more upset and resentful. As a parent, try to be understanding and patient about your child’s jealous feelings. Talking it through and having someone listen and take them seriously will help your child feel loved and included. If possible and appropriate, welcome your child to join you in caring for the sibling, but don’t push the issue.

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Self control, thoughtfulness First, it is important to remember that sibling rivalry and feelings of jealousy are normal in any sibling relationship. As your child learns to wait for their parent to be free to help them, they will learn patience and self control. They will also learn to put other’s needs before their own.

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Worry and fear When children are around a sibling with serious medical challenges, lowered immunity, or special needs, kids may feel worried or afraid about the health of their sibling. They may not be able to express their feelings the same way that an adult would. Kids may act out, become overly emotional, or appear aloof to what is going on around them. Parents can help kids by being honest about health concerns in an age appropriate way. By including your child in this discussion, you can reduce their fear of the unknown and reassure them as well.

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Develop compassion and empathy for others Kids who are exposed to someone with medical and developmental challenges naturally become more compassionate and empathetic to those who may have their own struggles. “I attribute my sense of understanding and compassion to group up with my sister.” says Michelle Hupp, sister to Felicia, an adult with Down Syndrome.

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Complicated and mixed feelings Kids have a variety of feelings related to their sibling with special needs. Some kids may feel pressure to “live up” to their parents’ expectations for themselves and for the sibling that may never reach certain milestones. Kids may also feel resentment, anger, frustration or like they are “missing out” on activities or experiences because their sibling’s care puts restrictions on certain activities. “Siblings often feel guilty about any negative feeling such as jealousy,” says Hupp. “The rewards more than outweigh the negatives, but sometimes the negatives are hard to talk about.” If you feel that these feelings are becoming a problem, consider seeking professional help to support your child’s development in a healthy way and encourage an appropriate relationship between your children.

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A variety of positive characteristics develop While all of these challenges are realistic, kids also develop a wide variety of wonderful characteristics from their experience such as kindness, patience, compassion, acceptance of differences, helpfulness and empathy. . Being a sibling of a special needs person is a unique and sometimes challenging experience, but most people will tell you they have benefitted from the experience. As a parent, it helps to think of the long-term benefits and help your child shape their challenges into successes.

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TALKING TO KIDS ABOUT DISABILITIES

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hy do you talk like that?” I heard the question come from behind me as I helped a child in the Sunday school class. “It’s just the way I am,” I heard my sister-in-law answer the curious boy. My sister-in-law, Kara, was born with Cerebral Palsy. She was helping me in the classroom that day; Kara has been taught to answer, “It’s just the way I am” after years of questions about her differences. There came a time when each of my kids asked about Kara’s disability. Chances are, at some point, your child will meet someone at school or in the community that has disabilities. It is normal for children to have questions about people who are different, which means you should be prepared to answer in an appropriate way. My tips: Everyone is different but the same All of us have unique gifts, personalities and challenges. All people, including people with disabilities, want to have friends, be shown respect, and have the desire to be accepted. Different disabilities Explain in simple terms that some people struggle with different things and may need extra help from a physical tool (like a wheelchair) or help from others. People can have impairments with sight, hearing, walking, speech, cognitive, or a variety of other things. Also note that just because someone is in a wheelchair, it does not mean they have a cognitive disability. Name calling is never OK Emphasize that people with disabilities have feelings, too. Name calling is hurtful, disrespectful, and is a form of bullying. People with disabilities need others to stand up for them when they cannot stand up for themselves. Encourage your child to tell an adult if kids are teasing another child. Why is that boy in a wheelchair?” and other questions kids can ask outloud. Simply answer, “He needs it to move around. Why don’t you say hello?” It is always better to treat others as you would like to be treated than to hurry away in an embarrassing situation. Later, you can ask your child if he has any other questions about others with disabilities and reinforce the value of treating everyone equally. Sarah Lyons is a freelance writer and mom of six. She has had more than 1,200 articles published in more than 150 publications nationwide.

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On Tuesday, October 19, 2021, the American Academy of Pediatrics declared the state of mental health for children and adolescents to be a “national emergency.” You need real tools to pull your kids out of the mire and back into engaged, unfearful lives.

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aybe the tipping point of the decline in kids’ mental health can be traced back to the beginning of active shooter drills at schools. Others might say giving our toddlers tech devices instead of our

undivided attention did them no favors. Or letting kids have free reign on TikTok. Then again, maybe it was the quarantineremote-or-virtual onslaught that took over our lives that can pinpoint the mess. Or maybe it’s because some parents let their kids watch such cataclysmic Netflix shows as “Squid Game.” Whatever the reasons for the decline in kids’ mental health, it’s all recipe for worry. Yet while stressed-out adults are nothing new, stressed-out kids are a modern day phenomenon. Kids are supposed to be happy. Childhood is supposed to be wonderful. Whatever on Earth have we adults done to have our children caught in this murky place full of uncertainty and fear and what can we do to pull them back from the brink? Call it what you like: anxiety, fear,

stress; it all means the same thing: the kids aren’t alright, and mental health experts still aren’t quite sure what’s driving it — or how to solve it. Meanwhile, well-intentioned parents and teachers are dealing with kids who melt down regularly without clear guidance on how to handle it — and we all know that empathy alone is not enough. We’ve come a long way from authoritative do-as-I-say buckup parenting to “throwing rose petals in front of your child as he walks,” one father expressed recently, but parenting shifts alone can’t be blamed for the breakdown in child psyches alive and well today. Signs of Emotional Struggle in Kids Childhood is wonderful for some, nightmarish for others. Childhood can be rife with bullying, learning difficulties, topsy turvy and often violent home situations and more. Can it be that it’s all become too much? The straight-up answer is yes. National data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that there was a 24 percent increase in the proportion of mental health emergency department visits for kids ages 5 - 11 last year compared to 2019. As a direct result (please turn the page)

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parenting of the continuing increase, the American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends mental health screenings for all children ages 12 and older during well-child visits, but it’s become standard practice to screen children younger than that. Signs that your child may be struggling depends upon their age. “Among little ones, parents may see an increased tearfulness about going to preschool or day care, clingy behavior or regression in milestones like potty training,” says Elizabeth Reichert, Ph.D., a pediatric and adolescent psychologist. With school-aged kids, Reichert says, you may see a resistance to going to school, oppositional behavior and somatic complaints such as stomache aches or headaches. “That’s going to be really tricky to navigate,” Reichert says, because parents want to believe their kids, but head and stomaches don’t cause fevers — and fever is the line for most school attendance rules.” Teens will display withdrawn behavior, such as staying in their rooms or more irritability and moodiness, Reichert says. Again, very tricky to manage since that’s also normal behavior for teenagers. The key is to compare the behavior of your child now to what they may have been like before. “If there’s a major change from a child’s or teen’s baseline behavior that doesn’t dissipate after a couple of weeks — such as a teenager who is withdrawing more and more and refusing to engage in typical activities, or a child who is progressively more distressed — that is a red flag,” Reichert says. Helping a Distressed Child One of the big questions surrounding the well-being of kids of course, is what’s happening at home. More and more connection is being made between anxious, over-stressed kids and the parents raising them who may be passing on their own anxieties and fears. Short of blaming moms and dads — who have their own heaping share of life difficulties to contend with — finding the way toward living healthy, normal lives is important. If anxiety and fear is dominating your mind, there’s a good chance that your child is impacted by that. “Parents are the biggest models for their kids,” Reichert says. “If your kids see you really anxious about something, they’re going to feed off that, so you need to be mindful of your own emotions so you can self-regulate and become present for your child,” she adds. “Kids are brilliant emotional detectives of their parents,” says Abigail Gewirtz, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and the author of When the World Feels Like a Scary Place: Essential Conversations for Anxious Parents and Worried Kids (Workman; 2020). “If you are showing your anxiety, it can leach out into interactions with your children, she adds. And while adults can seek counsel from friends, family, books, clergy and perhaps even with therapy, children turn to parents to show them the way ... or not. Reichert says parents often jump very quickly into trying to “fix”their kids with immediate solutions, but that’s not actually the best first step in helping an ovewhelmed child. “The first step is to listen and to create space to hear your kid’s concerns,” Reichert says. “Acknowledge what your child is feeling even if you don’t agree with it. The child should feel that they’re being heard; that it is OK to feel what they are feeling, and that they have space to talk to Mom or Dad,” she adds. Once you have a better sense of what’s going on, try to work collaboratively with your child to figure out a plan: What does your child feel like he’s capable of doing? What can you do to help? Who else can help — a friend, sibling, another family member? If, for example, your child refuses to go to school, you can ask, “How can we make it feel easier?” while also communicating to your child that, ultimately, it’s their job to go to school. By creating small opportunities for getting through

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DO SOME EMOTION COACHING: A two-step process you can use if your child is stressed to help calm an emotional storm.

1) Validate the Emotion: “I understand you might feel worried (and then explain the emotion), i.e., because you have a big test coming up; or, because Grandma is sick ...” This conveys to your child that their feelings make sense and that you understand. Do this with your child with any big emotion. 2) Provide support: Comfort, reassurance, hopefulness and possibly redirection, problem-solving and encouragement. Source: Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child by John Gottman, Ph.D. (Simon and Schuster; 1998).

difficult situations and coping with their worries, children can build the confidence and the independence they need to feel more in control and less afraid. For parents, Reichert says, it’s essential to find moments for selfcare. Taking even just a couple of deep breaths in the moment, taking a bathroom break, getting a drink of water or doing other things that create a brief transition for yourself, a moment to regulate your feelings, is helpful. Think back to what worked for you before the pandemic, and try getting even a small inkling of that back, such as five minutes a day of moving your body if exercise helps you. This is not only important for you as a parent, but it also shows your child that you have strategies to take care of yourself and you can share them with your kids. Literally invite your children into healthy coping activities with you. You can say to your school-aged child, “I’m feeling pretty stressed about this, and for me, going for a walk helps me clear my head. Do you want to go for a walk with me?” Parents and young kids can blow bubbles together — small kids enjoy it, and you can talk about how big breaths for bubbles helps everyone feel better. Turning Negatives to Positives And one more thing: The words we use and the switch up needed from negative to positive. Nervousness and excitement, for instance, are both aroused emotions. In both, the heart beats faster, cortisol surges and the body prepares for action. The only difference is that excitement is a positive emotion‚ focused on all the ways something could go well while nervousness is a negative emotion, focused on what can go wrong. It can be helpful for parents to turn negatives to positives for their kids, Reichert says. Afterall, the way we verbalize and think about our feelings helps to construct the way we actually feel. “Children, especially younger ones, understand the world through the bubble of the family,” Gewirtz says. What we know, though, is that parents can really help their children to cope with stress by emotion coaching and nurturing them along.” Susan Day is editor of this publication and a mom of four.

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THINGS TO DO! Daily Events 32 Day-to-day goings on.

Theater’s Back! 37 See what family shows

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Middle TN Christmas Holiday Lights Tennesseans sure know how to illuminate the holidays!

Walks, Runs & Trots 46 Get everybody moving this month before all the stuffing and pies.

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Mother-Son Picnic at Deer Run

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Belle Meade Holiday Open House

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Owl Day at Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary

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General Jackson Christmas Cruises

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Preschoolers and their parents can enjoy all the exhibits, attend story time and participate in an activity at Adventure Science Center (800 Fort Negley Boulevard, Nashville) from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. $18 for non-member adults & $14 for non-member youth; free for members.

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Shake those wiggles out and have some fun with music, movement, activities and a story at Edmondson Pike Library (5501 Edmondson Pike, Nashville) on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. For ages 2 - 5, but all are welcome.

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Nashville Design Week features a calendar of events with virtual programs, smaller in-person programs and a firstever hybrid program — from architecture and interiors to graphic, industrial and fashion design.

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Challenge your friends to a round of healthy competition with a variety of tabletop and video games every Monday at 3 p.m. at East Branch Library (206 Gallatin Avenue, Nashville). For ages 12 - 17.

Children and families can enjoy a family movie, plus popcorn and a beverage starting at 4 p.m. at the Bordeaux Library (4000 Clarksville Pike, Nashville).

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Come read to Stevie and General, Linebaugh Library’s friendly Reading Education Assistance dogs, from 3:30 - 5 p.m. Advance Registration is required.

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Learn and play chess with a Nashville Chess Center coach at Brentwood Library (8109 Concord Road, Brentwood) from 5 - 6 p.m. Boards are included, as well as a gold membership to chesskid.com, where children can compete in safe online challenges and tournaments. For ages 6 - 12; cost is $10 and registration is required.

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Teens in grades 5 - 12 can drop by Bellevue Library (720 Baugh Road, Nashville) from 4 - 5:30 p.m. for a movie in the Teen Room.

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Every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., bring your kids ages 0 - 6 to Nashville Public Library (615 Church Street, Nashville) for live puppet shows. Running time is 30 - 45 minutes and all are welcome. Story time is presented in Church Street Park, across the street from the Main Library.

The interactive game show lets audience members play games for prizes just like the TV show. TPAC’s Jackson Hall at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $29.50 per ticket.

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FREE LITTLE NATURE YOGIS AT WILDERNESS STATION

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Move through simple and fun yoga poses with your little one (age 2 - 6) from 9:30 - 10 a.m. Meet in the Nature Play area outside the Wilderness Station (401 Volunteer Road, Murfreesboro) with your yoga mat, blanket, or towel. If the weather is below 50 degrees, the class will move inside the Wilderness Station.

FREE NASHVILLE DESIGN WEEK See Monday, Nov. 1.

FREE PRENDA CODE CLUB 615-371-0090 brentwood-tn.libcal.com

Kids (grades 3 - 5) are invited to create Minecraft worlds, build a website, control robots and more at this free coding club from 4:30 - 5 p.m. in Brentwood Library’s Learning Lab (8109 Concord Road, Brentwood). Registration required.

FREE SMYRNA QUEST KIDS 615-459-4884 rclstn.org

Every first and third Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Smyrna Public Library (400 Enon Springs Road West, Smyrna), kids ages 6 - 12 are invited to join for a new activity (crafts, science experiments, games, stories).

If you’re a boy mom, your son and you are sure to enjoy the Mother-Son Picnic at Deer Run Camps on Sunday, Nov. 7. Cost is $29.95 per person.

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FREE HERMITAGE HOLIDAY CRAFTS

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WED 03 FREE CREATION STATION 615-862-5800 library.nashville.org

Come out to Church Street Park across from Nashville Public Library for an hour of creativity and fun Wednesdays from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Every week brings a new craft for kiddos to make. Ages 3 and older.

HOMESCHOOL DAY: SONGWRITING 101

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This program provides families with interactive, engaging ways to support their educational needs. Learn songwriting fundamentals from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (222 Rep. John Lewis Way S, Nashville). Cost is $15 per family. Recommended for ages eight and up, but all are welcome.

KNEE-HIGH NATURALISTS 615-370-4672 owlshill.org info@owlshill.org

Children ages 3 - 5 with an adult, will explore the natural world through a series of topics lead by an Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary Environmental Educator from 10 - 11 a.m. Each week has a different focus emphasizing working together through discovery, crafts and exploration.

FREE NASHVILLE DESIGN WEEK See Monday, Nov. 1.


THINGS TO DO NUTCRACKER STORYTIME WITH NASHVILLE BALLET 615-862-5862 library.nashville.org

Nashville Ballet’s takes over Nashville Public Library Goodlettsville Branch (205 Rivergate Parkway, Goodlettsville) with a Nutcracker-themed storytime at 11:30 a.m. Nashville’s own version of this holiday classic tells the tale of Clara, a young girl who travels on a fantastic journey with the help of her magical Uncle Drosselmeyer.

FREE EARLY 2000’S DISNEY FILMS: TREASURE PLANET (PG) 615-862-5866 library.nashville.org

Enjoy Disney movies from the early 2000s at Inglewood Branch Library (4312 Gallatin Pike, Nashville) at 3:30 p.m. Popcorn will be provided.

FREE WILD WEDNESDAY AT SOAC

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Join the staff at Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center (100 Sam Ridley Parkway East, Smyrna) to discover something WILD about the natural world each Wednesday from 4:30 5:30 p.m. You can meet a SOAC animal or enjoy a nature-based activity.

FREE GENTLE YOGA 615-862-5854 library.nashville.org

Breathe and stretch with Small World Yoga in this class every Wednesday at Bellevue Library (720 Baugh Road, Nashville) from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

THU 04 CAR CULTURE EXHIBIT

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Seven corvettes are on display at Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Boulevard from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. through November 28, 2021. Admission is $18 for non-member adults & $14 for non-member youth; free for members.

TODDLER TIME IN CANNONSBURGH VILLAGE: FALL TREES AND PAPER CRAFT

615-801-2606 murfreesborotn.gov/164/Cannonsburgh-Village Kids will be led on a walk around Cannonsburgh Village (312 S Front St., Murfreesboro) to explore fall colors and enjoy a craft from 10 - 11 a.m. Admission is $3 per person and reservations are required by emailing mbnevills@murfreesborotn.gov. For ages 5 and under.

Belle Meade’s annual Holiday Open House takes place November 4 for one night only. The Mansion is open to all guests free of charge with tours, treats and crafts for kids in the dairy! FREE RE-USE IT (ONLINE)

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Join Miss Emma at 10 a.m. on the Hermitage Branch Library Facebook as she shows you how to upcycle various products found in your home and turn them into something new and improved.

EARLY LEARNERS AT SOAC

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FREE NASHVILLE DESIGN WEEK See Monday, Nov. 1.

FAMILY PROGRAM: SONGWRITING TUNE-UP

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

Young budding songwriters can participate in one-on-one mentoring sessions with professional songwriters to help hone their craft from 3 - 5 p.m. at Country Music Hall of Fame (222 5th Avenue South, Nashville). Included with admission; free for members and kids 5 and under.

FREE HOMESCHOOL FRIENDS 615-862-5800 library.nashville.org

Join homeschool families around Nashville to learn, engage and create from 2 - 3 p.m. Activities take place in the Children’s Activity Room at Nashville Public Library (615 Church Street, Nashville). New topics are explored weekly through games, books and STEAM activities.

FREE MUSIC AND MOVEMENT See Monday, Nov. 1.

FREE TEEN CRAFTERNOON 615-595-1250 wcpltn.org

Drop in for a random craft from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. in the Teen Room at Williamson County Public Library (1314 Columbia Avenue, Franklin). Supplies will be available to create a new piece of art or to just relax and doodle after school.

FREE BALANCED YOGA (ONLINE)

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Join BalancED for Richland Park Library’s free community yoga program. Classes are held via Zoom on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Email timothy. allman@nashville.gov for instructions on how to join the class.

FREE BELLE MEADE HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE 615-356-0501 visitbellemeade.com

For one night only, the Belle Meade Mansion (5025 Harding Pike, Nashville) is open to all guests free of charge from 6 - 8 p.m. Children can also participate in crafts in the dairy.

FREAKY FRIDAY

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Trevecca Theatre’s performance of the Disney musical Freaky Friday runs Nov. 4 - 6 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. at Trevecca’s Benson Theatre (333 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville). This is the musical comedy story about a mom and daughter whose bodies mysteriously switch. Cost is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors/children.

FREE COMIC BOOK CLUB (ONLINE)

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Come join Nashville Public Library’s weekly virtual discussion about comic books and graphic novels in all genres. The club meets on Google Meet on select Thursdays at 8 p.m. To join, please email sade.johnson@nashville.gov.

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THINGS TO DO IMMERSIVE VAN GOGH EXHIBIT nashvillevangogh.com

Lose yourself in 500,000 cubic feet of giant projections animating Vincent van Gogh’s work. The location is a secret venue situated in the heart of Nashville (it will be announced right before the exhibit opens) and runs Nov. 4, 2021 Feb. 6, 2022. Tickets start at $29.99.

NEXT GENERATION OF CLASSICAL MUSICIANS 615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org

Come out to see Nashville Symphony perform live at Schermerhorn Symphony Center (1 Symphony Place, Nashville,) tonight at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 5 at 2 and 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $40.

FRI 05 FREE LORRAINE: THE GIRL WHO SANG THE STORM AWAY MARIONETTE SHOW 615-862-5800 library.nashville.org

A musical marionette show about Lorraine and her Pa Paw who love to play music and sing songs. Performances happen in the Main Children’s Theater at Nashville Public Library (615 Church Street, Nashville) starting at 10:30 a.m. Running time is 25 minutes. Recommended for ages 4 -12, but all are welcome.

CAR CULTURE EXHIBIT See Thursday, Nov. 4.

MURFREESBORO FALL HARVEST HAYRIDE

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This old-fashioned hayride along the Greenway is for the whole family. Listen to live music, toast marshmallows and eat s’mores around the campfire at the General Bragg Trailhead (1540 West College Street, Murfreesboro) from 5:30 - 8 p.m. Kids’ activities and a food truck. Cost is $2 per person for ages 2 and older.

FREE BEAMAN PARK NIGHT HIKE 615-862-8580 beamanpark@nashville.gov

Explore the forest at night and listen for owls, look for mushrooms and enjoy the night air at Beaman Park Nature Cente (5911 Old Hickory Boulevard, Ashland City) from 6 - 8 p.m

GALLATIN GHOST WALK

BABY GOAT CUDDLING

The 17th annual Gallatin Ghost Walk centers around one of the most haunted public squares in America, and includes ghost stories and legends from historically significant Sumner Co. Best suited for ages 10 and older.

Come to Noble Springs Dairy Farm (3144 Blazer Road in Franklin) to learn about and pet goats and other farm animals, and enjoy spending time on the farm. Come anytime between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and join in on a guided educational tour at 11 a.m.

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NEXT GENERATION OF CLASSICAL MUSICIANS See Thursday, Nov. 4.

SAT 06 FREE RUTHERFORD COUNTY YOUTH MAGIC GROUP 615-459-4884 rclstn.org/events

FIREPIT FRIDAYS

Young aspiring magicians meet at 9:30 a.m. for magic geared for ages 6 -12. Recurring at Smyrna Public Library on the first Saturday and Linebaugh in Murfreesboro on the second Saturday of the month.

Climb and enjoy a campfire at Nashville’s Adventure Park (801 Percy Warner Boulevard) from 4 - 8 p.m. Tickets include two hours of climbing with full access to the courses.

FREE DESTINATION SPACE STEM FAIR

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LITTLE WOMEN - THE MUSICAL 615-904-2787 boroarts.org/2021-22-season

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, this show at Center for the Arts (110 West College Street, Murfreesboro) follows the tale of the March sisters as they grow up in Civil War America. Performances are tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.

615-595-1244 wcpltn.org

This free, come-and-go event includes hands-on activities, games and story time for kids ages preschool and up from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Williamson County Public Library (1314 Columbia Avenue, Franklin). There will also be a living wax museum with oral presentations about women in STEM plus a speaker from George Washington University.

FREE NASHVILLE DESIGN WEEK

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FREE LORRAINE: THE GIRL WHO SANG THE STORM AWAY MARIONETTE SHOW See Friday, Nov. 5.

FAMILY PROGRAM: BEGINNER FIDDLE WORKSHOP 615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

Learn the history of the fiddle along with beginning player techniques at Country Music Hall of Fame (222 5th Avenue South, Nashville). Available at 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. Included with admission.

DROP-IN KIDS ART CLASSES 615-933-9644 LittleArtHouseNashville.com

Kiddos are invited to create original works of art on Saturday mornings at Little Art House Nashville (2106b Acklen Avenue, Nashville). Read a book, create a work of art and enjoy sensory play. The 9:30 - 10 a.m. class is for ages 1 - 4, and the 10:30 - 11 a.m. class is intended to be drop-off class for ages 4 - 10. Cost is $15.

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JUMPAROO TODDLER TIME urbanairtrampolinepark.com

Bring toddlers and preschoolers to Urban Air Adventure Park in Cool Springs (1735 Galleria Boulevard, Franklin) on Fridays from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. The park is open just for little ones and their parents to jump, bounce and crawl around. Admission is $11.99 plus tax per child; parents play free.

FREE GOODLETTSVILLE ART GROUP: ACRYLIC PAINTING 615-862-5862

Learn acrylic painting with realism utilizing simple techniques in this class for adults from 12 - 3 p.m. at Goodlettsville Library (205 Rivergate Parkway, Goodlettsville). Experience not necessary. Supplies provided. Limit 12. Registration required.

FREAKY FRIDAY

See Thursday, Nov. 4

MYSTERIES AND ILLUSIONS mysteriesandillusions.com

Experience magic and illusions at The Filming Station (501 8th Avenue South, Nashville) from 6 - 8 p.m. Ages 16 and up; tickets start at $40.

Immersive Van Gogh Exhibi features 500,000 cubic feet of monumental projections animating Vincent van Gogh’s works. The location will be announced right before the exhibit opens on Thursday, November 4th.

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THINGS TO DO OWL DAY

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Meet owls, make crafts, hike and dissect owl pellets starting at 10 a.m. at Owl’s Hill Sanctuary (545 Beech Creek Road South, Brentwood). Cost is $36 for a family of four; $18 for an adult and child; $10 for individuals.

FREE READ WITH SADIE 615-595-1244 wcpltn.org

Kids ages 6 - 12 are invited to read with a trained therapy dog from 3 - 4 p.m. in the Children’s Story Theater at Franklin Main Library (1314 Columbia Avenue, Franklin). Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. Sign up all children in your family individually to assure they each have time to interact and read.

GLOW IN THE PARK

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Experience The Adventure Park at Nashville (801 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville) illuminated at night with this event from 5 - 9 p.m. Reservations required.

A celebration of all things owl at Owl’s Hill Sanctuary! Meet their non-releasable program owls and enjoy entertaining talks on each species. Hike through owl territory, make crafts, dissect owl pellets and more. FALL WREATH CRAFT FOR CHILDREN AT WILDERNESS STATION

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Make a fall wreath to hang on your door at Wilderness Station (401 Volunteer Road, Murfreesboro) at 10 a.m. All materials provided. Cost is $3. No registration required.

CAR CULTURE EXHIBIT See Thursday, Nov. 4.

FREE JAZZ AM

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The monthly series of free Saturday morning programs offers an interactive jazz concert for ages 2 - 10 featuring music, puppets, improvisation, rhythm, and movement at Nashville’s Hadley Park Community Center at 10 a.m. Led by trained professionals and jazz musicians, creativity and collaboration will be encouraged.

LANE MOTOR VAULT TOURS 615-742-7445 lanemotormuseum.org/events

The museum has more than 580 cars, but only space to display 150 cars at a given time. Weekend tours at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. let you view all the cars in their vault. Located at 702 Murfreesboro Pike, the cost is $6 (in addition to museum admission, which is $3 for kids and $12 for adults).

FREE JINGLE AND MINGLE AROUND WHITE HOUSE

This event features more than 50 area businesses, crafters and artisans. Enjoy door prizes and $500 in cash giveaways, special offers, freebies and more from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at White House City Hall (105 College Street, White House).

FREE READING PAWS NASHVILLE 615-862-5800 library.nashville.org

Children ages 5 - 12 are welcome to come and read to a live, furry friend the first Saturday of each month at Nashville Public Main Library (615 Church Street, Nashville) from 1 - 2 p.m. Registration is required by calling 615-862-5785. Check in at the Children’s Dept. desk upon arrival.

FREE KID’S COMMUNITY EVENT AT PLAZA MARIACHI 615-373-9292 plazamariachi.com

Free sports for kids ages 7 - 17 Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Plaza Mariachi (located at 3955 Nolensville Pike, Nashville). Kids can also enjoy cartoons, a Mr. Bond Science Guy show, animal encounters, magicians and more from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

FREE SHAKESPEARE ALLOWED (ONLINE) nashvilleshakes.org

Read out loud with Nashville Shakespeare Festival via Zoom the first Saturday of each month at 12 p.m. This month’s selection is Henry VI Part III.

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FREE ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS AT WILDERNESS STATION

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Join the Wilderness Station (697 Veterans Parkway, Murfreesboro) at 1:30 p.m. for a program introducing its education animals. All ages welcome and program is free.

FREE MUSIC CITY FOOD TRUCK PARK & FLEA MARKET bestfoodtrucks.com/musiccityfoodtruckpark

Held inside a huge facility at 400 Davidson St., the Music City Food Truck Park & Flea Market takes place Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

FREE FUN AT HARLINSDALE FARM 615-794-2103 franklintn.gov

Fun for families at Harlinsdale Farm (239 Franklin Road, Franklin) with hay rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, cane fishing in the pond and more from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

YOGA FOR KIDS

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Join Brentwood Library (8109 Concord Road, Brentwood) for kid’s yoga, which includes books, games and more in the Storytime Room from 2 - 2:45 p.m. Cost is $10.

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SUDEKUM PLANETARIUM LASER SHOWS 615-862-5160 adventuresci.org

A musical experience at the Sudekum Planetarium in Adventure Science Center (800 Fort Negley Boulevard, Nashville) Saturdays at 5:15 and 6:15 p.m., Sundays at 3:15 p.m. Showing this month: That (Mostly) 70s Laser Show; Laser Legends; Rocket Man; Prince,The Dark Side of the Moon; Laser ‘90s; and Led Zepplin. Shows contain loud music, flashing lights and language not for all audiences. $11 for non-members; $7 for members

LITTLE WOMEN - THE MUSICAL See Friday, Nov. 5.

NEXT GENERATION OF CLASSICAL MUSICIANS See Thursday, Nov. 4.

FREAKY FRIDAY

See Thursday, Nov. 4

SUN 07 DAYLIGHT SAVINGS

Enjoy an extra hour of well-deserved sleep!

FREE DOG DAY AT MILL RIDGE PARK friendsofmillridgepark.org

A day at Mill Creek Park (12965 Old Hickory Boulevard, Antioch) for leashed dogs and their families featuring free behavior trainings by Agape Animal Rescue, lawn games, treats, giveaways and an outdoor bathing station.

CAR CULTURE EXHIBIT See Thursday, Nov. 4.


FREE MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY AT NASHVILLE ZOO 615-833-1534 nashvillezoo.org

SPARK! AT DISCOVERY CENTER 615-890-2300 explorethedc.org/spark

Free admission for any active military personnel, military veterans and their immediate family members. No advance ticketing is required. Come to the Zoo’s ticket counter and present your official military ID or paperwork.

Come out to Discovery Center (502 Southeast Broad Street, Murfreesboro) for this program for children ages 1 - 6 and a caregiver to enjoy hands-on exploratory STEAM learning and play at 9 a.m. Music and motion, stories, guided activities and more. Cost is $2 plus admission ($8).

CREATIVE ZONE: BEDAZZLED BUTTONS

FREE MUSIC AND MOVEMENT

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Design a button representing what you love about country music and Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame (222 Rep. John Lewis Way S, Nashville) from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Included with museum admission; free to members.

NASHVILLE SC VS. NEW YORK RED BULLS NashvilleSC.com

In their final match of regular season play, Nashville SC squares off against the New York Red Bulls at Nissan Stadium at 2:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20.

LANE MOTOR VAULT TOURS See Saturday, Nov. 6

FREE LEGO BUILDING FUN 615-862-5863 library.nashville.org

The LEGO League at Green Hills Library (3701 Benham Avenue, Nashville) from 2 - 4:45 p.m. is designed for families to play around with provided LEGOs, Duplos and Mega Bloks. For ages 2 - 12.

LITTLE WOMEN - THE MUSICAL See Friday, Nov. 5.

1964 THE TRIBUTE

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Enjoy your favorite Beatles hits as this concert experience re-creates an early-’60s performance by the Fab Four, complete with period instruments, clothing, hairstyles and onstage banter at Schermerhorn Symphony Center (1 Symphony Place, Nashville) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets stat at $30.

FREAKY FRIDAY

See Thursday, Nov. 4

SUDEKUM PLANETARIUM LASER SHOWS See Saturday, Nov. 6

TENNESSEE TITANS VS. LOS ANGELES RAMS tennesseetitans.com

The Titans take on the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, with kickoff scheduled for 7:20 p.m.

MON 08 EARLY EXPLORERS See Monday, Nov. 1.

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SCHOLASTIC CHESS CLUB BRENTWOOD See Monday, Nov. 1.

Tickets to A Charlie Brown Christmas at TPAC start at $25.

FREE GAMING MONDAY See Monday, Nov. 1.

TUE 09 FREE WISHING CHAIR PRODUCTIONS STORY TIME See Tuesday, Nov. 2.

FREE LITTLE NATURE YOGIS AT WILDERNESS STATION See Tuesday, Nov. 2.

FREE PLAY GAMES WITH GAME KEEPER JOHN (ONLINE)

youtube.com/user/NashvilleLibrary Learn and play chess with Nashville Public Library’s Game Keeper John every other Tuesday in July and August on NPL’s YouTube channel at 3 p.m.

FREE HERMITAGE HOLIDAY CRAFTS See Tuesday, Nov. 2.

WED 10 FREE WILD WEDNESDAY AT SOAC See Wednesday, Nov. 3.

KNEE-HIGH NATURALISTS See Wednesday, Nov. 3.

FREE CREATION STATION See Wednesday, Nov. 3.

FREE EARLY 2000’S DISNEY FILMS: EMPEROR’S NEW GROOVE (G) 615-862-5866 library.nashville.org

Disney movies from the early 2000s at Inglewood Branch Library (4312 Gallatin Pike, Nashville) at 3:30 p.m.

FREE GENTLE YOGA See Wednesday, Nov. 3.

FREE TEEN CENTER LIVE

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Ages 12 - 18 can enjoy performances and more by local musicians from 3 - 5 p.m. at Nashville Public Library (615 Church Street, Nashville).

Middle Tennessee Theaters Raise Their Curtains For The Holidays! THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER Nov. 26 - Dec. 19 Nashville Children’s Theatre 25 Middleton Street, Nashville nashvillechildrenstheatre.org

NASHVILLE’S NUTCRACKER Dec. 15 - 24 Nashville Ballet 505 Deaderick Street, Nashville nashvilleballet.com

SCROOGE IN ROUGE Nov. 26 - Dec. 12 Hendersonville Performing Arts Company 260 W Main St #204, Hendersonville

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS LIVE ON STAGE Dec. 16 - 22 Tennessee Performing Arts Center 505 Deaderick Street, Nashville tpac.org

Inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ tale and written by Executive Director Ernie Nolan, this contemporary retelling shows that exhibiting kindness and creativity can be as life changing as a pair of well-made shoes. Ages 4 and older.

This quick-change, cross-dressing version of the Charles Dickens classic is set in a Victorian music hall. After a case of food poisoning, three surviving actors soldier on through a performance of A Christmas Carol. The trio gamely face missed cues, ill-fitting costumes and solving the problem of having no one to play Tiny Tim.

A CHRISTMAS STORY Dec. 2 - 19 Nashville Repertory Theatre 505 Deaderick Street, Nashville nashvillerep.org

The time: 1940. The place: Hohman, Indiana. Bespectacled Ralphie has an active imagination and one wish for Christmas -- a Red Ryder BB Gun. Constant reprimands of “You’ll shoot your eye out,” a grouchy department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas dream.

Experience this Music City holiday tradition and rediscover characters like Clara, Drosselmeyer, the Sugar Plum Fairy, Madam Bonbon and more. With choreography by Paul Vasterling, dreamy costumes and glittering sets, Nashville’s Nutcracker is a treat for families during the holidays.

Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the whole Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas play and ultimately learn the true meaning of the season. Adapted from Charles M. Schulz’s timeless story, the production features the music of Vince Guaraldi, as well as a concert of beloved holiday carols performed by the characters.

ELF THE MUSICAL Dec. 3 - 19 Center for the Arts 110 W. College Street, Murfreesboro

The tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to New York then back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.

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SHEEP TO SHAWL HOMESCHOOL DAY 615-459-2341 samdavishome.org

Come out to Historic Sam Davis Home for this educational homeschool day from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Cost is $8 per participating child regardless of age; one parent/chaperone is free. Additional chaperones are $10.

FREE GOODLETTSVILLE ART GROUP: WATERCOLOR

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Learn basic techniques of watercolor painting and take home a finished painting in this class for adults from 12 - 3 p.m. at Goodlettsville Library (205 Rivergate Parkway, Goodlettsville). Supplies provided. Limit 12. Registration required.

INFINITELY YOURS AND MYTH & INFRASTRUCTURE See Thursday, Nov. 11.

Nashville Repertory Theatre opens the 2021 - 22 season with Ragtime Nov. 11-14 at TPAC’s Polk Theater.

FIREPIT FRIDAYS See Friday, Nov. 5.

L.O.L.™ SURPRISE LIVE! FREE CMA AWARDS cmaawards.com

The 55th annual CMA Awards airs live on ABC at 7 p.m. CT.

WOOFSTOCK AT THE WINERY 615-324-1010 citywinery.com

A special night at City Winery (609 Lafayette Street, Nashville) featuring Emmylou Harris and friends at 8 p.m.

THU 11 VETERANS DAY EARLY LEARNERS AT SOAC See Thursday, Nov. 4.

FREE READ WITH BISCUIT 615-371-0090 brentwood-tn.libcal.com

Children age 5 - 12 can improve their literacy skills by reading with Biscuit for 15 minutes between 4 and 5 p.m. at Brentwood Library (8109 Concord Road, Brentwood). Sign up for your time online.

FREE SCAVENGER HUNT

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Come to SOAC (100 Sam Ridley Parkway East, Smyrna) to learn about those who have defended our freedom. Embark on a local scavenger hunt at the Captain Kuss Memorial from 12 - 4 p.m. Successful hunters will receive a prize at the end of their adventure.

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CAR CULTURE EXHIBIT See Thursday, Nov. 4.

FREE ALL ACCESS NIGHT AT DISCOVERY CENTER 615-890-2300 explorethedc.org

A time for special-needs families to enjoy the exhibits at the Discovery Center (502 Southeast Broad Street, Murfreesboro) in a sensory-friendly environment from 5 - 8 p.m. Reservations are suggested. Email mpurcell@ explorethedc.org for more information.

FREE GALLATIN ARTISAN CRAWL

The event takes place every other month on the second Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. It mostly occurs in businesses along Water Avenue and Main Street in downtown Gallatin.

JAKE SHIMABUKURO rb.gy/scedga

Witness jazz, rock, blues, bluegrass, folk and even classical on the unlikeliest of instruments — the ‘ukulele — by Jake Shimabukuro at 3rd and Lindsley (818 3rd Ave S, Nashville). Doors at 6 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35.

RAGTIME THE MUSICAL 615-782-4040 nashvillerep.org/ragtime

Nashville Repertory Theatre opens the 2021 - 22 season with Ragtime, the musical where three family stories intertwine in restless New York City. Performances are Nov. 11 - 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov 13 - 14 at 2 p.m. at TPAC’s Polk Theater (505 Deaderick

Street, Nashville). Tickets are $50. This production contains the use of gunshots, haze, flashing lights, racial slurs and violence.

FAMILY PROGRAM: SONGWRITING TUNE-UP See Thursday, Nov. 4.

FISK JUBILEE SINGERS 615-889-3060 ryman.com

To honor their history as Nashville’s earliest ambassadors of music and to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the ensemble, the Fisk Jubilee Singers perform at a benefit concert at Ryman Auditorium (116 5th Avenue North, Nashville). Show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $46.50.

INFINITELY YOURS AND MYTH & INFRASTRUCTURE 615-350-7200 ozartsnashville.org

Los Angeles-based animator, director, designer and performer Miwa Matreyek brings her solo work, Infinitely Yours, along with her acclaimed piece, Myth & Infrastructure, to OZ Arts (6172 Cockrill Bend Circle, Nashville) Nov. 11-13. Shows are ar 8 p.m. and admission is $20.

FRI 12 FREE LORRAINE: THE GIRL WHO SANG THE STORM AWAY MARIONETTE SHOW See Friday, Nov. 5.

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Fans of the sensation L.O.L. Surprise!™ will be able to rock out in real life with their favorite characters when the hologram concert hits the stage at TPAC’s Jackson Hall. Show starts at 6 p.m. and costs $25.

GAYLORD OPRYLAND’S A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS OPENING WEEKEND

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Gather the family to celebrate the holidays at Gaylord Opryland from Nov. 12, 2021 - Jan. 2, 2022. Explore acres of twinkling lights, more than 17 hours of activities, shows and events like including ice skating/tubing, photos with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides and more. Brand new for 2021: step into the world of Buddy the Elf in the allnew Mission: Save Christmas featuring an Elf™ walk-through experience.

RAGTIME THE MUSICAL See Thursday, Nov. 4.

WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY

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Willie Nelson returns to Nashville for two intimate 8 p.m. shows tonight and tomorrow at CMA Theater (224 5th Avenue South, Nashville), as part of his Willie Nelson & Family Tour.

SAT 13 BABY GOAT CUDDLING See Saturday, Nov. 6.


THINGS TO DO FAMILY PROGRAM: VELVET ELVIS PAINTING

NATURE HIKES AT GLEN LEVEN FARM

SCOUT-URDAYS AT DISCOVERY CENTER

Explore the history of the velvet painting medium and create your own black velvet painting using pastels and black light paint at Country Music Hall of Fame (222 Rep. John Lewis Way S, Nashville) at 11 or 11:45 a.m. Included with museum admission; free to members.

Get out in nature just 10 minutes from downtown Nashville at The Land Trust for Tennessee’s 64-acre Glen Leven Farm from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. The unpaved 1.4-mile Nature Trail is recommended for ages 6 and older and closed shoes are recommended. Reserve a timedentry ticket online prior to visiting; cost is $5 per person (no charge for children 2 and younger).

Scouting groups can have awesome experiences designed to meet badge, pin, loop and rank requirements while learning new skills in an interactive environment at the Discovery Center (502 Southeast Broad Street, Murfreesboro). Program happens from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. and costs $10 per scout, $5 per adult.

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FREE KID’S COMMUNITY EVENT AT PLAZA MARIACHI See Saturday, Nov. 6.

FREE LORRAINE: THE GIRL WHO SANG THE STORM AWAY MARIONETTE SHOW See Friday, Nov. 5.

FREE FRIENDSGIVING AT LINEBAUGH 615-893-4131 x138 rclstn.org/calendar

A morning full of snacks, games, and fun for ages 12 - 18 at Linebaugh Library (105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro) from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Advanced registration is preferred, but not required.

GALLATIN GOBBLE TURKEY SHOOT gallatintn.org info@gallatintn.org

Ages 12 and up accompanied by a parent/guardian — and with their own gun — can shoot at paper targets 30 yards away (ammo provided) from 8 - 11:30 a.m. at Gallatin Civic Center (210 Albert Gallatin Avenue, Gallatin). Contestants closest to the center of the target wins for the round. Advanced registration $25; day of $30. Breakfast provided by Bojangles.

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FREE PAWSOME READING WITH SHILOH 615-371-0090 brentwood-tn.libcal.com

Children (ages 5 - 12) can improve literacy skills by reading with Shiloh for 20 minutes between 1 and 3 p.m. at Brentwood Library (8109 Concord Road, Brentwood). Sign up for your time slot today!

FREE CHESS CLUB FRANKLIN 615-595-1244 wcpltn.org

Ages 6 - 18 are invited to join for an afternoon of learning and play from 3 - 4:30 p.m. at Williamson County Public Library (1314 Columbia Avenue, Franklin). Attendance is limited and registration is required. Children under 12 must have an adult with them.

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FREE ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS AT WILDERNESS STATION See Saturday, Nov. 6.

FREE SLOW ART AND TEA 615-371-0090 brentwoodtn.gov

Children (ages 5 - 12) are invited to use their creativi-tea at Brentwood Library (8109 Concord Road, Brentwood). During the interactive program, look at fine art, discuss them and end with cookies and “tea” from 3 - 3:30 p.m.

FREE SOLAR VIEWING THROUGH TELESCOPES 615-862-8555 wpnc.nashville.gov

Drop by Warner Park Nature Center (7311 Highway 100, Nashville) between 2 - 4 p.m. to observe our closest star with filtered telescopes staffed by astronomers.

FALL COLOR HIKES 615-370-4672 owlshill.org/events

This series of guided walks for adults allows you to follow the progression of fall at Owl’s Hill (545 Beech Creek Road South, Brentwood). Walks begin promptly at 9:30 a.m.; reservations suggested.

FREE READING PAWS GREEN HILLS 615-862-5863 library.nashville.org

Visit the story room at Green Hills Public Library (3701 Benham Avenue, Nashville) from 1 - 2:30 p.m. for a chance to cuddle up with a canine friend who will listen while you read. Bring your own book or choose one from the library. Registration is required. Call to reserve a spot; for kindergarten ages and older.

FREE HOLIDAY TINSEL & TREASURES: GALLATIN’S SHOP LOCAL WEEKEND

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Local retail merchants in downtown Gallatin open their doors to shoppers allowing them the chance to start their Christmas shopping early.

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FREE MUSIC CITY FOOD TRUCK PARK & FLEA MARKET See Saturday, Nov. 6.

FREE DOWN A COUNTRY ROAD AT THETA GENERAL STORE 931-797-1746 visitcolumbiatn.com

Theta General Store (2278 Les Robinson Road, Columbia) will house the creations of visual artists in Middle Tennessee for Down a Country Road IV today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

DROP-IN KIDS ART CLASSES See Saturday, Nov. 6.

FREE STORYTIME WITH TENNESSEE STATE MUSEUM 615-371-0090 brentwood-tn.libcal.com

Children of all ages are invited to drop by Brentwood Library (8109 Concord Road, Brentwood) and read Sequoyah to celebrate Native American Heritage Month from 10:30 - 11 a.m. Walk-ins are welcome.

Ages 12 and up accompanied by a parent/guardian can shoot at paper targets 30 yards away (ammo provided) during the Gallatin Gobble Turkey Shoot on Saturday, Nov. 13 at Gallatin Civic Center.

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THINGS TO DO SPECIAL!

It’s Never Too Soon For Holiday Lights! Our 2021 guide will help you light up your holiday season with illuminating experiences near you.

drive-thru DANCING LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS

Nov. 12, 2021 - Jan. 2, 2022 | nightly at 5 p.m. James E Ward Agricultural Center 945 E Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon Admission: $30 per vehicle Highlights: 2.5 million lights set to music on a driving route Tip: Use the entrance across from Dollar General, expect a longer wait time on Saturdays

FRANKTOWN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Nov 25 - Dec 26 | nightly at 5 p.m. Williamson County Ag Expo Center 4215 Long Ln #100, Franklin

Admission: $25 per vehicle (non commercial); Extra fee for 12+ passenger vehicles Highlights: Guests can take a picture with a 30-foot Christmas tree decorated with more than 3,000 lights.

CHAD’S WINTER WONDERLAND Nov. 25 - Dec. 31 | 6 to 10 p.m. 791 E. Old Laguardo Road Lebanon

Admission: $20 per car load (Takes Credit and Debit) Highlights: 12 acres, 2.8 million lights, live animals, drive through nativity scene Tip: Don’t forget to bring your letter to Santa. There will be a special mailbox just for him, and he will be there every night.

MUSIC CITY LIGHT SHOW

Nov. 25, 2021 - Jan 1,2022 | 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 5361 Skip Jack Drive, Antioch Admission: Free Highlights: Light show set to music on 90.1 FM

walk around A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS

Nov. 12, 2021 - Jan. 2, 2022 | Starts at dusk Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center 2800 Opryland Dr., Nashville

Admission: Free (the lights) Highlights: 3 million lights, towering Christmas trees and thousands of shimmering ornaments adorn the grand hotel. Tip: Gaylord debuts the Mission: Save Christmas featuring Elf™ interactive pop-up experience this year, as well as ice skating, scavenger hunts and live dinner shows by The Oak Ridge Boys.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS

Nov. 20, 2021 - Jan. 9, 2022 | 5 to 10 p.m. Cheekwood 1200 Forrest Park Dr., Nashville

Admission: Adults: $26, Kids (3-7): $20, Children under 2 are free Highlights: One mile of lights, live reindeer village, s’mores pits and Cash Bars with seasonal drinks and hot toddies Tip: If you can wait until 8:30 p.m., tickets for adults drop to $20

CHRISTMAS ON THE CUMBERLAND

Open Nov. 23, 2021 - Jan. 2, 2022 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 5 to 11 p.m. Friday & Saturday McGregor Park 640 N. Riverside Dr., Clarksville

Admission: Free Highlights: 2 million lights put on by the City of Clarksville. Frequent visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus Tip: This year’s free family-friendly activities include a visit with Santa, free hot chocolate, and crafts.

COCOA ON CLOVERDALE

Nov. 30 through holiday season | 5 to 9:30 p.m. 109 Cloverdale Court, Hendersonville Admission: Free Highlights: Half a million lights that dance to music on 103.1 FM. Radio Station: 97.7

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neighborhood displays GILL’S BRIGHT LIGHTS

Dec. 1 - 31 | 5 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 5:30 to 11 p.m. Friday & Saturday 288 Lake Terrace Dr., Hendersonville

Admission: Cash donations accepted for charit Highlights: This year’s theme will bring 60,000 dancing lights moving to music in your car radio. 20 ft snowflake wall, 17-foot mega trees Radio Station: 97.3

HOOVER LIGHTS

Late November - Dec. 31 | 4:30 to 10 p.m. 1390 Neil Road, Chapel Hill

Admission: Free, but guests are encouraged to donate to Grace Ministries Highlights: Viewers can tune to the 107.1 FM and watch while the lights dance to music.

LIGHTS ON LAUREN

Nov. 30 through holiday season 5 to 10 p.m. Sun-Thurs; 5 to 11 p.m. Fri, Sat 111 Lauren’s Way North, Hendersonville

WINTON’S LIGHT DISPLAY

Open through holiday season 5 to 10:30 p.m. Monday - Thursday; 5 to 11 p.m. Friday - Sunday 55 Haskell Winton Road, Manchester

Admission: Free, however guests are invited to bring a donation for a local charity Highlights: This year’s theme will bring 60,000 dancing lights moving to music in your car radio. 20 ft snowflake wall, 17-foot mega trees Tip: This display has been featured on national television and is a “must-see”

XLIGHTS TN

Dec. 1, 2021 - Jan. 1, 2022 | 4:30 to 10 p.m. 535 Shute Lane, Hendersonville

Admission: Free Highlights: 20 ft MegaTree with 4800 pixel lights. Entire display consists of over 10,000 programmed pixel lights. Tip: Park in the grass if the driveway is full. Radio Station: 87.9

Admission: Free Highlights: Thousands of lights synchronized to music on 97.3 FM Tip: Bring the kids to see the Snoopy gang and Minnie and Minnie Mouse yard art

LIGHTS ON LUNA

Open through holiday season 5:30 to 10 p.m. on Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sat 176 Luna Lane, Hendersonville

a few hours east: SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS

Admission: Free Highlights: Half a million lights that dance to music on 103.1 FM Tip: Park across the street in the church parking lot & turn your headlights off when watching the show.

LONDON’S LIGHTS

Thanksgiving Day through Christmas 5 - 10 p.m. weeknights, 5 - 11 p.m. weekends 1001 Ash Circle, La Vergne

Admission: Free, however guests are invited to bring toys that will be donated to kids at Monroe Carrell Jr’s Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Highlights: 140,000+ traditional Christmas lights display in honor of London, a toddler killed in a tragic accident. Tip: Santa has special visits to London’s Lights, including extra special visits for children with special needs.

SUNNYSIDE LIGHTS

Late November - Dec. 31 | 5 to 10 p.m. 1956 Sunnyside Dr., Brentwood

Admission: Free Highlights: Pass through the sparkling Brentwood cul-de-sac in your car or hop out and walk for a closer look at 135,000 lights

THE LIGHTS ON BEACHFRONT

Nov. 30 through holiday season | 5 to 10 p.m. 2109 Beachfront Ave., Antioch

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6, 2021 - Jan. 2, 2022 2 to 9 p.m.

Dollywood 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd., Pigeon Forge dollywood.com

Admission: One-Day passes start at $84 Highlights: Award-winning festival featuring lights, shows and much more Tip: Every Friday and Saturday during Smoky Mountain Christmas, the “Merry & Bright” fireworks fill the sky to new holiday Christmas tunes.

Admission: Free Highlights: A light show synchronized to your favorite holiday tunes Radio Station: 103.9

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THINGS TO DO GAYLORD OPRYLAND’S A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS OPENING WEEKEND See Friday, Nov. 12.

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

NASHVILLE PREDATORS HOCKEY 615-770-2000 nhl.com/predators

Come see the Nashville Predators play at Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway, Nashville). Tickets start around $65 at ticketmaster.com. Prices vary slightly for each game.

FREE FALL STAR PARTY 615-862-8555 wpnc.nashville.gov

Meet astronomers for a night of star gazing and looking at planets through telescopes from 6 - 8 p.m. at Warner Park Nature Center (7311 Highway 100, Nashville). Call or email to register.

INFINITELY YOURS AND MYTH & INFRASTRUCTURE See Thursday, Nov. 11.

SAM BUSH AT CITY WINERY 615-324-1010 citywinery.com/nashville

FREE MUSIC AND MOVEMENT See Monday, Nov. 1.

TUE 16

FREE READING PAWS AT LINEBAUGH

FREE HERMITAGE HOLIDAY CRAFTS

See Monday, Nov. 1.

See Tuesday, Nov. 2.

See Friday, Nov. 12.

FREE GAMING MONDAY

FREE SMYRNA QUEST KIDS

See Monday, Nov. 1.

See Tuesday, Nov. 2.

FREE HOLIDAY TINSEL & TREASURES: GALLATIN’S SHOP LOCAL WEEKEND

KATIE COURIC LIVE

FREE LITTLE NATURE YOGIS AT WILDERNESS STATION

FREE DOWN A COUNTRY ROAD AT THETA GENERAL STORE See Friday, Nov. 12.

GAYLORD OPRYLAND’S A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS OPENING WEEKEND

See Friday, Nov. 12.

FREE LEGO BUILDING FUN See Sunday, Nov. 7.

RAGTIME THE MUSICAL See Thursday, Nov. 4.

SUDEKUM PLANETARIUM LASER SHOWS See Saturday, Nov. 6

MON 15 EARLY EXPLORERS See Monday, Nov. 1.

SCHOLASTIC CHESS CLUB BRENTWOOD

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Katie Couric — along with some very special celebrity guests — will be visiting Ryman Auditorium (116 5th Avenue North, Nashville) for intimate conversations ahead of her soon-to-be-released memoir, Going There. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $39.50.

DENNIS QUAID LIVE

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Hear Dennis Quaid, an Emmy and twotime Golden Globe nominee known for his roles in films The Rookie, The Day After Tomorrow, The Parent Trap and more, perform live at City Winery (609 Lafayette Street, Nashville) at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $22 - $32.

See Tuesday, Nov. 2.

FREE PLAY GAMES WITH GAME KEEPER JOHN (ONLINE) See Tuesday, Nov. 2.

FREE WISHING CHAIR PRODUCTIONS STORY TIME See Tuesday, Nov. 2.

FREE PRENDA CODE CLUB See Tuesday, Nov. 2.

MOVIE NIGHT AT CAPITOL THEATRE: ELF 615-784-4014 capitoltheatretn.com

Come out to 110 W Main St in Lebabon for a showing of Elf at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $5.

See Monday, Nov. 1.

Come out to City Winery Nashville at 609 Lafayette St to see mandolin afficionado Sam Bush perform live. Doors open at 6 p.m. and show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $40-$50.

RAGTIME THE MUSICAL See Thursday, Nov. 4.

WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY See Friday, Nov. 12.

SUDEKUM PLANETARIUM LASER SHOWS See Saturday, Nov. 6

SUN 14 CAR CULTURE EXHIBIT See Thursday, Nov. 4.

TENNESSEE TITANS VS. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS tennesseetitans.com

The Titans will take on the the New Orleans Saints at Nissan Stadium, with kickoff at noon.

CREATIVE ZONE: GOLDEN HOUR PAPER FANS 615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

Design a paper fan inspired by Kacey Musgrave’s latest album cover at Country Music Hall of Fame (222 Rep. John Lewis Way South, Nashville) from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Included with museum admission; free to members.

Hockey is back at Bridgestone Arena! The Nashville Predators have five home games this month (Nov. 13, 22, 24, 26 and 30). Let’s go Predators!

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FREE EARLY 2000’S DISNEY FILMS: ATLANTIS - THE LOST EMPIRE (PG) 615-862-5866 library.nashville.org

Enjoy Disney movies from the early 2000s at Inglewood Branch Library (4312 Gallatin Pike, Nashville) at 3:30 p.m. Popcorn will be provided.

FREE WILD WEDNESDAY AT SOAC See Wednesday, Nov. 3.

FREE GENTLE YOGA See Wednesday, Nov. 3.

THU 18 EARLY LEARNERS AT SOAC See Thursday, Nov. 4.

CAR CULTURE EXHIBIT See Thursday, Nov. 4.

Walks, Runs and Turkey Trots Can Help Others & Get You Moving COMMODORE TROT

Friday, Nov. 5 | 11:30 a.m. Vanderbilt University 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville

Benefiting Habitat for Humanity. Registration is at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $5 and you will receive a t-shirt, food and a chance to win several different prizes.

WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S Saturday, Nov. 6 | 7:30 a.m. Nissan Stadium 201 Shelby Ave, Nashville jfrichards@alz.org

Benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. Ceremony and route opens at 8 a.m.

PARKINSON’S MOVING DAY Saturday, Nov. 13 | 7:30 a.m. Centennial Park 2500 West End Avenue, Nashville movingdaynashville.org

Benefiting The Parkinson’s Foundation. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and the two-mile route opens at 8 a.m.

A CONVERSATION WITH STACEY ABRAMS 615-782-4040 tpac.org

Voting rights activist, entrepreneur and New York Time’s bestselling author in an evening of conversation at TPAC’s Jackson Hall. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $39.50.

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FULL BELLY FRIENDS OF SHELBY 5K AND FUN RUN Saturday, Nov. 7 | 8:30 a.m. Shelby Park 1900 Davidson Street, Nashville

FRANKLIN TURKEY TROT Thursday, Nov. 25 | 7 a.m. Cool Springs 3000 Meridian Blvd, Franklin

Cost is $40 plus a $3.03 sign up fee. Comes with a free Bella Canvas, long sleeve t-shirt and other swag from local businesses.

Benefiting GraceWorks Ministries. Early Bird prices are $40 for 10K, $35 for 5K and $13 for 1K Turkey Chase (ages 9 and younger). Registration opens at 7 a.m.

NASHVILLE TURKEY TROT

MT. JULIET TURKEY TROT

Thursday, Nov. 25 | 7 a.m. Two Rivers Mansion 3130 McGavock Pk, Nashville

Thursday, Nov. 25 | 7:30 a.m. Mt. Juliet 3100 Oxford Drive, Mt. Juliet

10-mile ($80), 8K ($60) or 5K ($9.99 for 11 & younger) to benefit the ALS Association. Registration is 7 - 8 a.m. Kids dash is 8:15, race starts at 8:30 a.m.

Timed event, t-shirts for finishers, and all proceeds go to a local charity. Runners, walkers, strollers and pets welcome.

BORODASH

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL NASHVILLE MARATHON

Thursday, Nov. 25 | 7 a.m. Murfreesboro 111 Vine Street, Murfreesboro borodash.org

A 4-mile walk/run through historic Murfreesboro starting at 8 a.m. $40 thru Nov. 23, $45 on Nov. 24. Teams of 4 or more will receive a discount.

FREE YARN LOVE MURFREESBORO

The St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series features five distance selections and incorporates Nashville’s landmarks, finishing at Nissan Stadium.

FREE TEEN LEGO CLUB

See Tuesday, Nov. 2.

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WED 17 FREE CREATION STATION See Wednesday, Nov. 3.

Saturday, Nov. 20 | 7:30 a.m. Downtown Nashville

Teen Lego Club is open the third Wednesdays to build from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. to decompress after classes and create something in the Teen Room at Williamson County Public Library (1314 Columbia Avenue, Franklin).

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FAMILY PROGRAM: SONGWRITING TUNE-UP See Thursday, Nov. 4.

FREE FOOD PREPARATION CLASS AT CANNONSBURGH: SLOW COOKER MEALS

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Hear tips and recipes to help you prepare slow-cooker meals in the Lions Club Building at Cannonsburgh Village (312 S Front St., Murfreesboro) from 10 - 11 a.m. Bring materials to take notes and a recipe to share. Admission is free, but reservations required by calling or emailing mbnevills@murfreesborotn.gov. For ages 12 and over.

FREE HOMESCHOOL FRIENDS See Thursday, Nov. 4.

MUSIC CITY CHRISTMAS CRUISE

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Twelve Nashville musical and singing talents perform Christmas classics and modern holiday favorites with Broadway-style dance production numbers on the General Jackson Showboat. Boarding is 6:15 p.m., boat departs at 7 and returns at 9:45 p.m. Cost for the cruise and show are $45 for kids ages 4 - 11 and $60 for adults. Dinner and VIP seating options are available for an additional price. Midday cruises available daily from 11:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. through Dec. 25.

FREE READING PAWS OLD HICKORY 615-862-5869 library.nashville.org

Join a specially trained reading dog with the nonprofit Reading Paws between 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. for a reading session at Old Hickory Branch Library (1010 Jones Street, Old Hickory). Pick


THINGS TO DO a book from the library or bring your own.

FREE TEEN COOKING NIGHT (ONLINE) 615-893-4131 rclstn.org/events

Pick up a Teen Cooking Kit with ingredients and recipe cards from Linebaugh Public Library (105 West Vine Street, Murfreesboro) starting Nov. 18 and cook along with Ms. Kinsey on Facebook at 7 p.m.! This month’s theme is “S’more Fun”.

FREE BALANCED YOGA (ONLINE) See Thursday, Nov. 4.

FRI 19 CAR CULTURE EXHIBIT See Thursday, Nov. 4.

JUMPAROO TODDLER TIME See Friday, Nov. 5.

FAMILY FRIDAYS AT LITTLE ART HOUSE

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Use specialty materials to create fun memories and holiday crafts at Little Art House (2106b Acklen Avenue, Nashville) Classes are 3:30 - 4 p.m. for ages 1 - 4 and 4:30 - 5 p.m. for ages 4 - 10. Two people per registration (one adult/child or two kiddos with drop off).

OWL PROWL

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Join Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary (545 Beech Creek Road South, Brentwood) for an owl prowling and howling night hike starting at 5 p.m. Come early to picnic in the Russell Gathering Pavilion then adjourn to the woods for a lesson in naked eye astronomy and calling in wild owls. Cost is $20.

FIREPIT FRIDAYS See Friday, Nov. 5.

The General Jackson Showboat’s Music City Christmas Shows runs November 18 through December 25.

NORTH POLE EXPRESS SANTA EXCURSION TRAIN 615-241-0436 tcry.org/train-rides

Enjoy a train ride with Santa and his elves to Lebanon and back (no layover) at Tennessee Central Railway Museum (220 Willow Street, Nashville). This is a 64-mile, two-hour round trip. Train departs for morning and afternoon rides at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (except for Nov. 27, which is a full day’s ride to Watertown and back 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.). Cost is $22 for children under 12, adult coach and dining seats are $45.

MUSIC CITY CHRISTMAS CRUISE

BABY GOAT CUDDLING

See Thursday, Nov. 18.

See Saturday, Nov. 6.

GARTH, THE RYMAN & YOU

FREE FERRELL HOLLOW FARM FALL FESTIVAL

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After canceling his stadium tour, Garth Brooks will perform two concerts tonight and tomorrow at Ryman Auditorum (116 5th Ave N, Nashville). Tickets are $250; four-ticket limit per purchase.

SAT 20 CHRISTMAS HARVEST CRAFT SHOW 615-451-5911 gallatintn.gov

Shop for holiday crafts of all kinds from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Gallarin Civic Center (210 Albert Gallatin Avenue, Gallatin).

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See the senior equine and feline residents from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Ferrell Hollow Farm (5323 Ferrell Hollow Road, Readyville). Unique merchandise is for sale in the gift shop that will directly benefit the sanctuary and its residents.

DROP-IN KIDS ART CLASSES See Saturday, Nov. 6.

CAR CULTURE EXHIBIT See Thursday, Nov. 4.

FREE ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS AT WILDERNESS STATION

FREE MEET THE BANJO AT BEAMAN PARK NATURE CENTER 615-862-8580 beamanpark@nashville.gov

Bundle up and join on the back deck of Beaman Park Nature Center (5911 Old Hickory Boulevard, Ashland City​​​​​​​) to learn a few things about this unique folk instrument from 10 - 11 a.m.

FREE MUSIC CITY FOOD TRUCK PARK & FLEA MARKET See Saturday, Nov. 6.

FREE READ WITH LUCY 615-595-1244 wcpltn.org

Kids ages 6 - 12 are invited to come read with a trained therapy dog from 3 - 4 p.m. in the Children’s Story Theater at Franklin Main Library (1314 Columbia Avenue, Franklin). Children must be accompanied by an adult. Attendance is limited and registration is required.

FREE SHABBY LANE HOLIDAY MARKET

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FORTUNE FEIMSTER: 2 SWEET 2 SALTY 615-782-4040 tpac.org

Catch stand-up comedian Fortune Feimster performing live for two shows at 6 and 10 p.m. at TPAC’s Polk Theater (505 Deaderick Street, Nashville).

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT CHEEKWOOD OPENING WEEKEND 615-356-8000 cheekwood.org

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The Titans will take on the Houston Texans at Nissan Stadium, with kickoff scheduled at noon. Tickets for this game start as low as $42.

CAR CULTURE EXHIBIT See Thursday, Nov. 4.

FREE LEGO BUILDING FUN See Sunday, Nov. 7.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT CHEEKWOOD OPENING WEEKEND See Saturday, Nov. 20.

SUDEKUM PLANETARIUM LASER SHOWS See Saturday, Nov. 6

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

Figure skaters perform to live music at Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway, Nashville). Show starts at 5 pm. and proceeds benefit the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation. Tickets start at $30.95.

FREE A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING ON NPT wnpt.org

Watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving when it airs for free on PBS, Nashville Public Television and NPT3 PBS Kids at 6:30 p.m.

SCRIBBLE SHOWDOWN 615-782-4040 tpac.org

The improvisational animation game show Scribble Showdown is returning with it’s original cast of YouTube’s biggest animators to TPAC’s Jackson Hall. Show starts at 8 p.m. and cost is $35.

MON 22 EARLY EXPLORERS See Monday, Nov. 1.

FREE GAMING MONDAY See Monday, Nov. 1.

FREE MUSIC AND MOVEMENT See Monday, Nov. 1.

SCHOLASTIC CHESS CLUB BRENTWOOD See Monday, Nov. 1.

FREE MAKE & TAKE MONDAY 615-893-4131 rclstn.org

Kids ages 3 - 12 can come out to Linebaugh Library (105 West Vine Street, Murfreesboro) for a Make & Take craft with a variety of supplies and themes from 3:30 - 4:45 p.m.

Walk through an illuminated winter wonderland at Cheekwood starting November 20th with one mile of lights, real reindeer, s’mores pits, Nutcracker Marche in the Mansion, the Poinsettia Tree and more! FREE MUSIC AND MOVEMENT See Monday, Nov. 1.

SPARK! AT DISCOVERY CENTER See Monday, Nov. 8.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS HOCKEY 615-770-2000 nhl.com/predators

Come see the Nashville Predators play at Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway, Nashville). Tickets start around $65 at ticketmaster.com.

FREE HERMITAGE HOLIDAY CRAFTS See Tuesday, Nov. 2.

FREE WISHING CHAIR PRODUCTIONS STORY TIME See Tuesday, Nov. 2.

FREE LITTLE NATURE YOGIS AT WILDERNESS STATION See Tuesday, Nov. 2.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT CHEEKWOOD See Saturday, Nov. 20.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT CHEEKWOOD

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See Saturday, Nov. 20.

CHRISTMAS 4 KIDS BENEFIT CONCERT

ANIMALS AT SOAC!

Christmas 4 Kids provides children with shopping sprees, coats and an experience every year. This year’s event is hosted by Phil Vassar, Brett James, Eddie Montgomery, November Blue and Jeffrey Steele at Ryman Auditorium (116 5th Avenue North, Nashville). Cost is $38.50.

Join staff for informative animal shows at the start of every hour between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and get ready to climb after the presentation. SOAC Adventure Zone Climb Times start at 20 minutes past each hour. Shows are free with paid admission ($7 for adults, $5 for children ages 2 - 12).

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FREE WILD WEDNESDAY AT SOAC

TUE 23 FREE WIC MOBILE LAB

FREE CREATION STATION See Wednesday, Nov. 3.

FREE THANKSGIVING BREAK CAMP: FALL FESTIVAL SCHOOL’S OUT PLAY DAY 615-890-2300 explorethedc.org/camps

A School’s Out Play Day Camp at Discovery Center (502 Southeast Broad Street, Murfreesboro) from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Campers will use fall icons in science and art projects. Available for Pre-K through fifth grade. One-day camp; $60 per camper.

FREE GENTLE YOGA See Wednesday, Nov. 3.

KNEE-HIGH NATURALISTS See Wednesday, Nov. 3.

FREE EARLY 2000’S DISNEY FILMS: LILO & STITCH 615-862-5866 library.nashville.org

Enjoy Disney movies from the early 2000s at Inglewood Branch Library (4312 Gallatin Pike, Nashville) at 3:30 p.m. Popcorn will be provided.

MUSIC CITY CHRISTMAS CRUISE See Thursday, Nov. 18.

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THINGS TO DO

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A 25-day residency as part of Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas (2800 Opryland Drive; Tennessee Ballroom) from Nov. 24 - Dec. 25. The dinner show features a holiday meal followed by The Oak Ridge Boys. Cost is $99.99 per adult, $39.99 per child (4 - 11) and children 3 and under are free.

ZZ TOP

800-733-6779 opry.com

At the Grand Ole Opry House (2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville). Show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $39.50.

THREE DOG NIGHT 615-889-3060 ryman.com

Hear Three Dog Night, now in its 5th decade, perform live at 7:30 p.m. at Ryman Auditorium (116 5th Avenue North, Nashville). Tickets start at $45.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS HOCKEY 615-770-2000 nhl.com/predators

THU 25

FIREPIT FRIDAYS

THANKSGIVING!

MUSIC CITY CHRISTMAS CRUISE

NASHVILLE TURKEY TROT See page 46.

MT. JULIET TURKEY TROT See page 46.

BORODASH

Come see the Nashville Predators play at Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway, Nashville). Tickets start around $65 at ticketmaster.com.

See page 46.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT CHEEKWOOD

THE OAK RIDGE BOYS “CHRISTMAS IN TENNESSEE” DINNER SHOW

See Saturday, Nov. 20.

FRANKLIN TURKEY TROT See page 46.

See Wednesday, Nov. 24.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT CHEEKWOOD See Saturday, Nov. 20.

FRI 26 BLACK FRIDAY! CAR CULTURE EXHIBIT See Thursday, Nov. 4.

JUMPAROO TODDLER TIME See Friday, Nov. 5.

615-770-2000 nhl.com/predators

Come see the Nashville Predators play at Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway, Nashville). Tickets start around $65 at ticketmaster.com. Prices vary slightly for each game.

THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER

615-252-4675 nashvillechildrenstheatre.org

Nashville Children’s Theatre (25 Middleton Street, Nashville) presents the world premiere of The Elves and the Shoemaker Nov. 26 - Dec. 19, Fridays at 6:30 p.m., Saturdays at 1 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ tale and written by Executive Director Ernie Nolan, this playful contemporary retelling shows that exhibiting kindness and creativity can be as life changing as a pair of well-made shoes! Ages 4 and older.

THE OAK RIDGE BOYS “CHRISTMAS IN TENNESSEE” DINNER SHOW

BABY GOAT CUDDLING

See Saturday, Nov. 20.

TURKEY DAY AT DISCOVERY CENTER

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org/turkeyday

Bring the family to Discovery Center (502 Southeast Broad Street, Murfreesboro) for a fun-filled turkey day event. Snacks, crafts, story time and live animals. Included with admission.

DROP-IN KIDS ART CLASSES See Saturday, Nov. 6.

CAR CULTURE EXHIBIT See Thursday, Nov. 4.

PUPPET MAKING & STRING CITY PUPPET SHOWS 615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

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See Saturday, Nov. 6.

Drawing from String City for inspiration, make your own puppet and put together a mini show with new friends at Country Music Hall of Fame (222 Rep. John Lewis Way S, Nashville) from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. For additional fun, see String City before or after making a puppet. Show times are at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Included with museum admission; free to members.

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FREE ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS AT WILDERNESS STATION See Saturday, Nov. 6.

An array of puppets chronicle the history of country music and how Nashville became Music City at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Ford Theater Nov. 26 - 27. No admission is required and running time is 1 hour 15 minutes.

See Friday, Nov. 5.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT CHEEKWOOD CHRISTMAS LIGHTS CARRIAGE RIDES

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Enjoy the Christmas decorations of downtown Nashville with a 20, 30 or 45-minute private narrated carriage ride to the city Christmas tree, along with other spots like Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Country Music Hall of Fame, Bridgestone Arena, Riverfront Park and more. Rides are on Fridays from 6 - 10 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 1 - 9 p.m. from Nov. 26 through Dec. 31. Rides start at $64.95.

SAT 27 NORTH POLE EXPRESS SANTA EXCURSION TRAIN See Saturday, Nov. 20.

FREE PHOTOS WITH SANTA AT OH BABY ULTRASOUND 615-541-9611 ohbabytn.com

Oh Baby Ultrasound + Boutique (544 N Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro) is offering free pictures with Santa from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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BABY GOAT CUDDLING

A kid-friendly shopping market with local vendors, food trucks and fun from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Bellevue Red Caboose Park (684 Colice Jeanne Road, Nashville)

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Meet in front of the Wilderness Station 9401 Volunteer Road, Murfreesboro) to indulge in a three-mile hike of the Marshall Knob Trail at 8:30 a.m. This trail is of moderate difficulty, with plenty of roots and rocks along the way. However, they will be setting an easy pace-be prepared to be distracted by fungi, birds, cool rocks, and more.

FREE KID’S COMMUNITY EVENT AT PLAZA MARIACHI See Saturday, Nov. 6.

FREE 5TH ANNUAL MERRY MAYHEM 615-784-4014

Drop by Captiol Theatre (110 W Main St, Lebanon) to shop unique artists, makers and vendors from 1 - 7 p.m.

See Saturday, Nov. 6.

615-370-4672 owlshill.org/events

A hike in the winter woods followed by hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary (545 Beech Creek Road South, Brentwood) starting at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $10.

CHRISTMAS THROUGH THE AGES: AN EARLY TENNESSEE CHRISTMAS AT CRAGFONT

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Explore Christmas through the ages with house tours and hot cider at Historic Cragfont (200 Cragfont Road, Castalian Springs) on alternating Saturdays between Thanksgiving and Christmas, November 27th and December 11th between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Journey through the early 19th century holiday and experience the Christmas traditions of the Winchester family as told through their letters and diaries. Cost is $12 for ages 16 and up, $8 for ages 7 to 16 and free for kids 6 and under.

CAR CULTURE EXHIBIT See Thursday, Nov. 4.

PUPPET MAKING & STRING CITY PUPPET SHOWS See Friday, Nov. 26.

WREATH MAKING WORKSHOP AT CRAGFONT 615-452-7070 rb.gy/q9n2yx

Make a 19th Century wreath using natural materials gathered from the historic landscape at Cragfont State Historic Site (200 Cragfont Road, Castalian Springs) from 1 - 3 p.m. Cost is $15 for member, $20 for nonmembers.

MUSIC CITY CHRISTMAS CRUISE See Thursday, Nov. 18.

FREE MUSIC CITY FOOD TRUCK PARK & FLEA MARKET See Saturday, Nov. 6.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS CARRIAGE RIDES See Friday, Nov. 26.

MIKE’S FALL SOUL CELEBRATION

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Hear Patti LaBelle, Anthony Hamilton and George Wallace perform live at Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway,

Nashville). Show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets start at $24.85.

SUDEKUM PLANETARIUM LASER SHOWS See Saturday, Nov. 6

THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER See Friday, Nov. 26.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT CHEEKWOOD See Saturday, Nov. 20.

SUN 28 CREATIVE ZONE: HIP HATS 615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org

Using hats on view throughout the museum as inspiration, aspiring young designers can make and decorate their own paper hats at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Country Music Hall of Fame (222 5th Avenue South, Nashville). Included with admission; free for members and kids 5 and under.

THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER See Friday, Nov. 26.

FREE LEGO BUILDING FUN See Sunday, Nov. 7.

Amy Grant and CeCe Winans are set to help christen the Christmas season at Lipscomb University on Tuesday, Nov. 30th. Come out for a holiday market, pictures with Santa, a live concert by Grant and Winans (accompanied by Lipscomb choirs) and the lighting of a 30-foot Christmas tree.

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TENNESSEE TITANS VS. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS The Titans will take on the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium, with kickoff scheduled for noon.

CAR CULTURE EXHIBIT See Thursday, Nov. 4.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS CARRIAGE RIDES See Friday, Nov. 26.

CHRISTMAS IN AMERICA 2000 615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com

Christmas in America 2000 will be recorded and filmed before a live studio audience at the historic Franklin Theatre (419 Main Street, Franklin) for two shows at 3 and 6:30 p.m. Cost is $20.

SUDEKUM PLANETARIUM LASER SHOWS See Saturday, Nov. 6

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT CHEEKWOOD See Saturday, Nov. 20.

THE OAK RIDGE BOYS “CHRISTMAS IN TENNESSEE” DINNER SHOW

MON 29 CYBER MONDAY! EARLY EXPLORERS See Monday, Nov. 1.

FREE GAMING MONDAY See Monday, Nov. 1.

FREE MUSIC AND MOVEMENT See Monday, Nov. 1.

SCHOLASTIC CHESS CLUB BRENTWOOD See Monday, Nov. 1.

FREE MUSIC AND MOVEMENT See Monday, Nov. 1.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT CHEEKWOOD See Saturday, Nov. 20.

MUSIC CITY CHRISTMAS CRUISE See Thursday, Nov. 18.

THE OAK RIDGE BOYS “CHRISTMAS IN TENNESSEE” DINNER SHOW See Wednesday, Nov. 24.

A Dickens of a Christmas takes place next month, Dec. 11 and 12 in downtown Franklin.

TUE 30

FREE LIPSCOMB LIGHTING OF THE GREEN FEATURING AMY GRANT AND FRIENDS

GIVING TUESDAY!

615-966-1000 lipscomb.edu

TODDLER TUESDAY: AIRPLANES!

615-459-2341 samdavishome.org/toddlertuesdays

Bring your littles out to Sam Davis Home (1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna) for Toddler Tuesday from 10 - 11 a.m. The theme for this month is “A is for Airplane” for a day all about airplanes!

FREE HERMITAGE HOLIDAY CRAFTS See Tuesday, Nov. 2.

FREE LITTLE NATURE YOGIS AT WILDERNESS STATION See Tuesday, Nov. 2.

FREE WISHING CHAIR PRODUCTIONS STORY TIME See Tuesday, Nov. 2.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT CHEEKWOOD See Saturday, Nov. 20.

A holiday market, pictures with Santa, live concert and lighting of a 30-foot Christmas tree at Lipscomb University (1 University Park Dr, Nashville). Joining Amy Grant for the concert will be CeCe Winans, choirs from Lipscomb Academy and Lipscomb University and other musical guests. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. with Merry Marketplace. Free pictures with Santa begin at 4:30 p.m. Concert begins at 6 p.m.

NASHVILLE PREDATORS HOCKEY 615-770-2000 nhl.com/predators

Come see the Nashville Predators play at Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway, Nashville). Tickets start around $65 at ticketmaster.com.

DAILEY AND VINCENT’S CHRISTMAS TOUR 615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com

See bluegrass, traditional country and gospel music act Dailey and Vincent perform live at 7 p.m. at the Franklin Theatre (419 Main Street, Franklin).Tickets start at $60.

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TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Dec. 1 Bridgestone Arena

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SARAH BRIGHTMAN: A CHRISTMAS SYMPHONY Dec. 11 Ryman Auditorium

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36TH ANNUAL DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS Dec. 11-12 Downtown Franklin

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AMY GRANT & VINCE GILL: CHRISTMAS AT THE RYMAN Dec. 13-22 Ryman Auditorium ryman.com

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS LIVE ON STAGE Dec. 16-22 TPAC’s Polk Theater tpac.org

NASHVILLE’S NUTCRACKER Dec. 15-24 TPAC’s Jackson Hall nashvilleballet.org

Nashville Ballet’s holiday tradition with familiar Nashville landmarks.

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

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

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

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Let There Be Rock School Nashville is a combination lesson facility and afterschool rock and roll community center. Students from 5 yrs. of age to adults learn guitar, vocals, pianos, keyboards, drums, bass guitar, ukulele and more. We also offer lessons in song writing, audio recording/production and special EFX. Take lessons, join a band and play live shows.

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!

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A non-profit, community-based sports league providing quality sports programming for families in a fun, Christian environment. Now registering for fall soccer, basketball, flag football and others.

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

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Non-profit music school in Franklin, offering high-quality Suzuki instruction on violin, viola and cello for children ages 3 - 18. Our students participate in private lessons, group classes, recitals, and community performances. Through loving encouragement, learning with other children, and listening to fine music, our students learn to play with a beautiful tone, poise, and sensitivity to others.

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