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“MOM, WHAT’S FOR DINNER?!” Weeknight dinner strategies, meal-kit delivery services and a day-by-day kids eat free guide!

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GETTING PAST AWKWARD

Is face-to-face communication getting lost in text messaging?

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20 WAYS TO BUILD SCHOOL SUCCESS Take your child’s education into your own hands with our collection of helpful tips.

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Our annual Private School Fair / Pilgrimage Festival returns to Franklin / Discovery Center at Murfree Spring seeks golfers / Barbieri Orthodontics opens this month / Flying Viking’s Free Fly Day for children with special needs / Moose Magoo’s Fun Zone now open / Howard’s Hope inaugural Flying Fish Benefit Concert / Vote now in our Best of Parenting Awards and more.

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hen we lived out in Bellevue, we had an old saltbox house on a hill with a giant black walnut tree smack in the front yard next to the driveway. Under the walnut tree made for the perfect play spot: flipping rocks for hidden crawfish in the small creek below it and staring hard at flat-as-a-pancake frogs on the drive. The kids liked to see how far they could throw fallen walnut pods down the hill. They raced ’em. They cracked ’em open. They collected ’em. We were only 20 minutes from downtown Nashville, but we felt like we lived in the country because being on that hill was like being in a remote mountain place. I loved it for my kids. They were outside playing most days. Kids just have this natural curiosity when they’re little — “Look, Mommy ... an ANT!” they might cry, gasping. They turn rain puddles into vast oceans and make muddy paths into pies. Their endless questions and repeats for more can wear you out. They get on your last nerve with all of the “What’s that?”... “What’s that?!” ... “Mommy, what’s that?!” until soon enough you’re worn down enough to give in to the TV or iPad babysitter. We all need a break sometimes, small wonder. We moms deal with anxiousness born out of chasing our kids, multi-tasking and striving to keep up. But little kid curiosities can start lessening as kids get older. Suddenly your 2-year-old is 12. Your 1-year-old is 16. It happens on a dime, and what’s left of those curious little buggers? Where did they go? Into their devices?

They turn into self-involved big kids. They still want to please and not disappoint, only there’s a whole lot of by rote “Yes, ma’am-ing.” Do they still have that wonderful thirst for all-things-life, or do they pronounce themselves bored several times a day? Used to be that when your kids said they were bored you’d tell them to go read a book, but that doesn’t work anymore, does it? So how do you keep your child’s enthusiasm and curiosity for life alive and well outside of his “awesome” devices? How do parents? I’ll go out on a limb and say it’s by being a mom or dad who loves trying new things and being enthused for life and living yourself. I see a lot of parents worn down by the busyness of living. Where’s the joy? Where’s the fun? Parents who make an effort to be interested in the mundane as well as the fascinating things in the world can pass that great gift on to their kids. We have to fight negativity and cynicism as much for ourselves as we do for our kids. We have to be present and interested in the here and now to be — dare I say it? — mentally fit. So let’s get to it. Let’s insist on putting down our iPhones or whatevers and fighting the tech addictions that cause ennui and boredom. I really think it’s an important health issue we need to be battling for our kids. Next, get out and do things with your family, no phones allowed. Insist on noticing the world around you. See if you can’t just crack open your lives a bit and get back that zest for the tiniest wonders that little ones have. Life IS all it’s cracked up to be ... isn’t it?

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PARENTS DIFFER ON THE “RIGHT” AGE WE ASKED: “At what age is it appropriate for kids to have a smartphone of their own?” “A phone? Eleven or so. Middle school is painful with after-school activities. Calling us to be picked up when it’s over is nice. A smartphone ... heck no! Not until 16 or 18. Kids don’t need Internet access or apps when they are unattended.” Jayme McQuillan

“When they can pay the bill! My son is 16 and loves to tell me how I’m horrible because ALL the kids have an iPhone 6, but not him! Cry me a river! I gave him an iPhone once for a few months, and he was on it 24/7, was rude, disrespectful and there was nothing but drama with other teens! Please. We broke the phone and said, “You’re done.” Rosalie Brooks

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“I homeschool my son, and he received an iPhone in fourth grade. We travel a lot for hockey, and his iPhone saves us. He can put school work on it and listen to it. One of my all-time favorite moments was my son asking TSA agents to “Please! Wait one second! I’ve got to finish listening to this paragraph before I put my phone through the scanner!” Adults around us were laughing and smiling. TSA was amused and allowed him to wait, and everyone was impressed that my son was listening to school work while waiting in line. He’s used his iPhone for Kahn Academy for tutorial on hard math — in the car and airport — while doing his math. He uses his phone ALL the time, and I never regret him having an iPhone in fourth grade.” Shayne Marie

“We get our kids phones in middle school. Due to shootings/dangers that keep happening, I would rather get an almost immediate text from him than to wait an hour for the generic message sent out over the whole

system. As long as you lay down the rules and expectations of having one and follow up with them, there’s no reason there should be a problem. As for them having a smartphone versus flip phone, it was actually cheaper to get the smart phone with our plan.” Jill Pryor

“We have a simple flip phone that our children SHARE when they are somewhere without us. This is so they can get in touch with us in case of an emergency — or if they want to say good night. But they can only call or text and it never goes with them to school, church or places that we know we will be together.” Kathy Price

“My daughters have an iPod, but I am getting my oldest a phone before next summer. I had some issues getting a hold of her this summer at her dad’s as he has no WiFi, and his phone was turned off the entire time. They should only have phones when there is a need for them, not a want.” Candi McLeod

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Thank You, Nashville Parent! Dear Editor, I just wanted to reach out and thank you for mentioning our doula agency, Nashville Doula Services, in your recent article (“Less Intervention in Childbirth, Please,” July 2016). We absolutely loved the article and shared it with our followers on Facebook and Instagram! We are starting to see a shift in the birth culture here in Nashville with more “mainstream” women choosing to hire a midwife and doula and plan for a more natural/physiological birth — even women planning for epidurals but who want more choices in birth (and many of these women even end up foregoing the epidural because of the support they have!). Whitney Cantrell Owner, Nashville Doula Service


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PICKY EATERS?

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That look your child has when you serve dinner! If he doesn’t like it, do you fix something else or make him eat it anyway?

Show encouragement first.

Make him eat it anyway, unless it’s too spicy.

Eating habits are learned from the parents.

Make at least one thing that he likes.

I encourage my kids to try the food served to them; if they don’t like it, they don’t have to eat it. I try to have at least one thing they’ll eat at each meal, but sometimes even the things they normally like they won’t eat. We don’t make anything else, though. They normally get to pick their own breakfasts. Lunch is usually something I know they’ll eat, but dinner is whatever I want to make.

I usually make them eat what I cook unless it’s spicy. Otherwise, my kids wouldn’t eat anything but mac ‘n cheese, pizza and chicken nuggets.

My child has been raised with no “you won’t like that” or “she won’t eat that” in her life. She eats everything from mushrooms and spinach to kielbasa and fish cooked whole (meat removed from bones by us at the table). She doesn’t care what color something is or if it’s a carb, veggie or protein. She’s encouraged to try everything she wants to try, and so far she likes almost everything. Children’s eating habits are learned from parents and peers. That said, she will still refuse to eat something, even if it’s something we know she likes. When she does this, we give her 30 minutes of time to eat with us, then another 30 minutes to eat at her table in her room. If at the end of that time she has not eaten, we tell her we are taking her food away and she will not be given anything else to eat. We are the parents, and we make the rules. My child will never go hungry. Clearly, if she didn’t eat what was in front of her she wasn’t very hungry.

I always make sure there is at least one thing on their plates that they will eat. They have to take at least two bites of everything else before they can say whether or not they like it. My son does not like stroganoff, but most of us do. When I make stroganoff, I put a small serving on my son’s plate, along with seasoned green beans and whatever fruit we have. He takes his two bites, then finishes everything else. I don’t make something just for him because we are too poor to be picky.

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Get his opinion on dinner. I usually ask what they want. Misty Renee

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He has to at least try it. When my son was a bit younger I would make him something else, but now at 4, he knows he has to at least try any new foods I may make, and he eats what I know he already has in the past with no problems. I always tell him it’s OK to not like certain foods, but you have to at least try it to find out. Dessert is also a big incentive to get him to eat when he may be overly picky. Lee O’Toole

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Don’t be cruel. I always prepare my son something he will eat. Personally, I think the other way is cruel. Marlena Martin

Make him something else. Angela Troxel

Take all you want but eat all you take, my dad always said. Jenny Watts

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BEST SO FAR! Recent highlights from some of the most engaging posts shared on our social media recently.

THE POST: In the car pick-up line, many parents see kids in elementary school riding in the front seat when the back seat is wide open. Do you let your child ride in the front seat? FAVORITE RESPONSES: “I see so many people with their kids in the front seat at school drop off. Even kindergartners! It makes me so anxious and I can’t stand it. My 9-year-old is still in the backseat in a booster and asks when she can lose the booster and sit up front like her friends — not happening!” Erin Mark

“My twins will be 9 next week and they ALWAYS sit in the back seat. I see too many younger kids riding in the front passenger seat and not in car seats or boosters.” Makisha McPeak

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“No way! There is an airbag there that could be more dangerous than the wreck itself. My 11-year-old is still in a booster with the new laws.” Donna Johnson

THE POST: “Getting ready for school, my 10-year-old asked if she could wear makeup to school. I told her no. She asked me why I wear it to work and also said that some of the other girls at school wear it. I handed her lip gloss and said that’s the extent of what she can wear out of the house. She settled for that and all is good. How old must your daughter be in order to wear makeup?”

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My 6-year-old still has not lost a tooth and shows no signs of losing one. Should I worry?

“My daughter started with just lip gloss then went on to clear mascara. She’s 12, and truthfully I was sneaking and putting it on at that age and washing it off before I went in the house. I’m on the verge of just letting her wear it. She knows if she puts too much on that she’ll be washing it off before she leaves the house. I just let her know consistently that she’s just as beautiful without makeup.” Becky Hopkins Fred “My daughter is 13 and an eighth grader. She has no interest in wearing makeup ... yet. I am perfectly fine with that. There are a lot of years ahead where she can wear it.” Lynne Kingsbury-Clough

THE POST:

FAVORITE RESPONSES: “My daughter lost her first tooth at 6-and-a-half years. She didn’t get her first tooth until she was 13-and-a-half months and our dentist told us she would probably lose them later than the other kids.” Alicia Boston “My son was the same way at 6. He will be 10 soon and we had two pulled last month. All together he’s only lost five teeth. He now has to have $6,000 worth of cranks and braces due to terribly shifted teeth. My 5-year-old has already lost four teeth. Each child is different. Good luck!” Natashia Hendel

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ext month, the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring hosts Saturday Night Lights: Gridiron and Golf, and it’s looking for golfers to participate. The difference with this game of golf is that it’s being played in the dark at Stones River Country Club on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 6 10:30 p.m. The event starts with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. featuring a complimentary martini bar followed by dinner and a shotgun start at 7:30 p.m. All proceeds of the four-person, scramblestyle tournament benefit Discovery Center. If you want to help, but don’t like to golf, you can purchase a party-only ticket. Stones River Country Club is located at 1830 N.W. Broad St., Murfreesboro. Cost is $500 for a four-person team, $50 individual party ticket. Learn more about the Discovery Center, register your team or purchase an individual party ticket online at explorethedc.org.

New Ortho in Smyrna Barbieri Orthodontics hosts a grand opening on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 4 p.m. at its new location at 515 Stonecrest Pkwy., Ste. 250, Smyrna. The practice offers a full range of options including children’s braces, Damon Braces, braces for adults, Invisalign and more. Call 615-543-5055 or visit barbieriortho.com.

— Bring Little Pilgrims to Hear the Upbeat Sounds of Ralph’s World & Others! —

T Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra rocks out on the Little Pilgrims stage with children’s entertainer Ralph Covert of Ralph’s World during last year’s Pilgrimage Festival in Franklin.

QUICK BITS Sign your child up now for CARPÉ ARTISTA’S EIGHT-WEEK DRAMA CAMP for students in grades 5 - 9 for the upcoming production of Disney’s Aladdin KIDS. There’s plenty of spots available for kids to participate. The camp takes place Mondays, Sept. 12 - Nov. 7. There’s an introductory meeting on Sunday, Sept. 11 from 3 - 5 p.m. The actual performance takes Nov. 11 - 12. Introductory meeting and rehearsals are held at the Carpe Artista Training Center, 101 Front St. in Smyrna (performance location TBD). Cost is $175 with a non-refundable registration fee of $25. Learn more and sign up at carpeartista.net/aladdin-kids ... The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties hosts its annual HOMETOWN HUDDLE on Friday, Sept. 23, and you can volunteer. Last year, volunteers refurbished 15 school playgrounds and common areas in Rutherford and Cannon counties. Projects all across town will be available online for you to sign up to help. Visit yourlocaluw. org/volunteer-united-way ... Centerstone, a not-for-profit behavioral health-care provider, signed an agreement with Murfreesboro City Schools to deliver SCHOOL-BASED THERAPY services at Bradley Academy and Reeves Rogers Elementary for the 2016-2017 school year. On-site master’s level therapists work with the students in those schools who are experiencing emotional and behavioral challenges that may interfere with success at school and at home. Centerstone’s School-Based Therapy services currently provide mental health treatment to children and adolescents in more than 200 locations throughout Tennessee. Learn more by calling 615-460-4149 or visiting centerstone.org/school-based.

he Pilgrimage Festival is back for its second year at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin. Recently, Justin Timberlake signed on as a partner and producer of the event and is working closely with fellow producers Kevin Griffin, Brandt Wood and Michael Whelan on this year’s Sept. 24 - 25 event. The lineup this year includes favorites like Beck, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Jason Isbell and Kacey Musgraves (just to name a few). Your kids can rock out, too! Children 10 and younger get in FREE (with a paying adult) and The Little Pilgrim’s Family Stage is just for them. More than 750 kids enjoyed the Family Stage last year on each day, according to producers. Ralph’s World returns to headline for the little pilgrims, but also on the lineup are Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers, The Happy Racers, Mr. Steve, Casey Campbell, and Jazzy Ash & The Leaping Lizards. Kids can also enjoy other activities like face painting, a play structure and more. Single-day tickets are $69, and on-site parking passes can be purchased for $30 (parking is available off-site, too). Gates open at 10 a.m., shows start at 10:30 a.m. The Park at Harlinsdale is located at 239 Franklin Road. Visit pilgrimagefestival. com.

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for Children with Special Needs hen life’s got you down, the Flying Vikings, a 501 c3 non-profit with a special mission, is here to raise you up. Children ages 6 - 18 with special needs or any chronic illness have the chance to soar with the Flying Vikings during the FREE Murfreesboro Fly Day with the assistance of the MTSU School of Aviation. The kids also get to be the pilot of the plane as they take the controls into their own hands during a 15-minute flight. This is a great opportunity for children to experience a once-in-a-lifetime thrill. After the flight, the fun continues on the ground with a presentation of flight certificates, arts and crafts, face painting and more. Fly Day takes place at the Murfreesboro Municipal Airport (1930 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro) on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Spots are expected to fill up fast, so register your child soon! E-mail flyinglittlevikings@ yahoo.com with the following information: phone and e-mail address (to notify you if your child has made the fly list or of in case of any weather-related cancellations), your child’s name and location (state that it’s the Murfreesboro Fly Day, as this is a traveling opportunity and they visit many cities). Learn more at facebook.com/Flying-Vikings-148928005209307.

J Children with special needs can participate in the Free Fly Day with the Flying Vikings at Murfreesboro Municipal Airport on Saturday, Sept. 17 — register now as space is limited!

Participants in Howard’s Hope, a non-profit dedicated to providing youth in Middle Tennessee access to programs and water survival training. You can support Howard’s Hope during the inaugural Flying Fish Benefit Concert on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Moose Magoo’s Fun Zone Now Open in Smyrna! Once the location for Jumper’s Playhouse, Moose Magoo’s Fun Zone recently opened up bigger and better! The activity center has five giant inflatables, and there’s also an inflatable toddler zone and a FUN ZONE with more than 20 arcade games. The center also offers fresh-baked pizza, unlimited refills on soft drinks, hot dogs, soft pretzels, hand-dipped ice cream, sundaes, root beer floats and birthday party rooms. Moose Magoo’s is located at 6600 New Nashville Hwy., Ste. 110, Smyrna. Visit facebook.com/MooseMagoosFunZone.

am to the tunes of the classic rock band Rockslide and the R&B ensemble Mosaic Rhythm for a good cause. The Howard’s Hope inaugural Flying Fish Benefit Concert takes place Saturday, Sept. 17 benefiting the non-profit’s “Flying Fish” program, which provides the opportunity for economically disadvantaged children to learn the life-saving skill of swimming. During the concert, you can enjoy food, drinks, a silent auction and door prizes. To make it even more fun, the concert is a “beach-themed” party, so flipflops, board shorts and T-shirts are suggested attire! The concert takes place at Murfreesboro Aviation (1936 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro) from 5:30 - 11 p.m. Tickets are $50 and covers entrance to the concert, hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic drinks. Howard’s Hope is a charity dedicated to providing youth in Middle Tennessee with access to programs in the areas of health, education and recreation with an emphasis on water survival training and aquatic safety. Call Howard’s Hope at 615663-0313 or visit howardshope.org for more details.

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he nominations are in, and now it’s time to cast your final vote for our 2016 Best of Parenting readers’ poll. Where’s your favorite play place around town? Who’s the best pediatrician? What’s the best enrichment program for kids? What’s your family’s go-to sweet shop? You tell us! You can cast your votes from Sept. 1 - 30, and the winners (selected solely by popular vote; one vote per IP address allowed) will be announced in our November issue. Everyone who votes will automatically enter a random drawing for a Family Fun Pack that includes four tickets to Honeysuckle Hill Farm and four tickets to ICE! featuring Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer at Gaylord Opryland this winter. Cast your vote at nashvilleparent.com/ bop16.

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Mr. Steve, The Music Man, headlines the children’s stage on the final day of the Live on the Green music festival in downtown Nashville.

New Program Helps Special Kids Gain Common Ground Middle Tennessee has a brand-new resource to help families who have children with special learning needs like academics, functional communications, learning readiness skills, play and social skills, toilet training and more, along with addressing problematic behaviors that interfere with learning or social skills. Common Ground Cooperative (CGC) has a team of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) professionals who currently offer individualized, in-home education and therapy to kids in Davidson and Williamson counties with plans to expand into other areas next year. CGC’s ABA programs are designed to help positively alter behaviors in five specific ways: 1) Increasing the frequency of a desired, socially significant behavior; 2) Teaching a new skill; 3) Helping to maintain a skill; 4) Generalizing or transferring behavior from one situation or response to another; 5) Reducing challenging behaviors. CGC’s programs also include positive behavior supports to help with non-compliance, repetitive behaviors, difficulty with transitions and aggression. In addition, CGC is planning to open a community center in the near future that will include a state-of-the-art inclusive play space, personal therapy areas and room for small group activities. The center will also provide enrichment opportunities like dance/movement, art, music and yoga. Individual consultations are $75 per hour, and therapy packages range from $225 - $580 depending on number of hours per week. To learn more, call 615-431-3763 or visit commongroundcooperative.org.

The free Live on the Green Music Festival is back with its final stretch taking place Sept. 1 - 3 at Public Square Park in downtown Nashville, and there’s new happenings this year for children on the final day. Kids Music Fest takes place Saturday, Sept. 3 from 12 - 2:30 p.m. Mr. Steve, The Music Man, headlines and hosts the kids’ stage featuring kid-friendly acts like The DayBreaks, Lister Brothers, Erin Rae, Myzica, Bill Eberle, Sad Baxter and others. Plus, children can get photo opps with their favorite ice princesses, get their faces painted, get creative in the Coloring Corner and enjoy hands-on fun with the Nashville Symphony’s musical instrument petting zoo. It’s all FREE! Get the complete musical lineup at liveonthegreen.net.

More Music at AmericanaFest More than 215 live performances at 14 venues in Nashville take place during the 17th Annual AmericanaFest. The conference is Sept. 20 - 25. Conference passes are $275 $475 (includes workshops), but you can get a $60 wristband that grants access to all the music venues. Learn more at americanamusic.org.

#NashvilleNow Southern Living celebrates its 50th anniversary in Music City during its #NashvilleNow weekend, Sept. 2 - 5. Southern Living editors have curated a collection of culinary outings, garden tours and more. Tickets vary per outing. Go to visitmusiccity.com/nashvillenow.


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LEFTOVER NIGHT Concoct a meal using ingredients you already have on hand. Make breakfast for dinner or work together to cobble together something fast from the fridge or freezer in the microwave. — Susan Day


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Healthy socialization in kids is threatened by a prevalence for texting over face-to-face conversation. By Sherry Hang

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humbs flying furiously fast, your kid’s dedicated sense of concentration should be enough to make you proud. Except that all of her focus is centered on a cell phone, and you’re often bemoaning her inability to make eye contact or utter anything besides monosyllabic answers in person. OK, yes, you’re often guilty of the same crime, and you know it. Especially when your child speaks up and acts out to get your attention. Here’s the thing: by now, we all know the importance of putting down the phone and

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being in the present. We know that one-onone conversation using spoken words, not text messages, are crucial for connecting with each other on a more meaningful level. But your kids? Not so much, and that’s why experts say they need a little help.

Getting Off Screen The American Speech-Language Hearing Association recently reported that just over half of parents surveyed expressed fear that technology hurts the quality of conversations they have with their kids. But if kids are perfectly comfortable communicating digitally, should

we maybe consider digi-talk going forward? Or are they really missing out on some important socialization skills that can only be gained by personal interaction? Strong social relationships correlate with positive mental health and self-esteem, according to psychologists. Getting off-screen is key to good communication and being present for the person with whom you are communicating. “During adolescence and teen years it becomes very important to learn to read non-verbal cues,” says Harsh K. Trivedi, M.D., executive medical director of the Vanderbilt


Psychiatric Hospital. Trivedi says critical face-to-face contact teaches skills in youth that serve people later in life, including on the job. Talking out a problem face to face can strengthen understanding in a relationship, while a digital connection is potentially fraught with miscommunication pitfalls. Further, learning how to navigate live conversation is critical for making real connections in friendships, in dating and later down the road when kids face job and college interviews. The answer? Trivedi says just as parents advise kids to avoid too many sweets, they should also tell their kids to avoid depending too much on devices for communicating with friends.

In-Person From the Start It’s never too soon to help your child develop socialization skills. In fact, it’s a critical part of growing up and it all begins with talking, but human connectivity is far more complex than many of us realize. We have to learn to read each other’s signals. “Many different parts of the brain are used for face-to-face communication,” says Trivedi. “Still different areas are used for keyboarding in electronic communication,” he adds. With little children, don’t be so quick to shove a device in their hands. While those educational apps may provide a way to learn names of objects and understand concepts, they don’t provide the kind of live give-andtake where one person reacts off another.

Beyond parent-and-child interaction, a baby or toddler playgroup provides an excellent way for building relationships. At home, toddlers interact with parents, caregivers, older siblings … all people who have an authoritative role. But in a playgroup, kids have more opportunities to try out roles they may not get a chance to explore at home. Plus, early exposure to social settings give kids practice for what comes next: the social preteen scene with a cell phone.

Getting Older, Feeling Unsure You’ve been working hard to get your child to practice things like making eye contact and responding to questions when asked. But now, in the throes of the preteen years, she can’t seem to offer more than the “Fine, thanks, how are you?” types of responses that are polite but also a little bit fake. Getting her to go beyond rote manners takes encouraging curiosity in the lives of others and practicing curiosity, too. Encouraging an interest in what or who’s around us begins early in childhood, psychologists say. Develop curiosity in kids by introducing them to new experiences and new people from the time they’re young. The benefits can be far reaching; some of the most successful and charismatic people we meet in life are those who have varied interests and a thirst for knowledge about a wide array of things and people. Be sure to praise your kids when their behavior reflects the curiosity you encourage. “It’s just so much the norm now to use texting or Facebook to keep up with friends, but parents are the ones who can help their kids find balance,” says Trevedi. You want your kids to be interested in what’s in front of them and to be able to bounce the conversational ball back! If you’re concerned that your child isn’t making connections with others in person, take action. Show her how interesting it can be to be present and in the moment for the small and large things that happen in life. Actively start conversations around your home, and you’ll better prepare your kids to be able to tackle what comes their way without them hiding in a phone. Remember that phrase, “the art of conversation?” That just may be the goal! J Sherry Hang is a writer and parenting editor.

growing up HELP FOR FACETO-FACE SOCIAL SKILLS New social situations can be intimidating for kids. Encourage your child, whether she’s making a class presentation or meeting new people, with these easy tips: • Share your own experiences — It helps for a child to hear about your past successes as well as your failures. • Tell her to breathe — Like those nervous contestants on The Voice, breathing air slowly in through the nose and out through the lips helps mask and calm the nerves. • Stop thinking the worst — Everyone gets nervous, not just YOU. Help your child to really take that idea in. • Be prepared — Teach your child to have questions at the ready for when she meets new people, such as, “Where are you from?” • Role play — Work through different social scenarios at home. • Use the home-field advantage — Encourage gatherings at your home so sociability becomes the norm. • Be curious — Act like a reporter when trying to learn about another person to break the ice. • Praise progress — Don’t force or push your child to speak up since that often backfires in a kid becoming dour; instead praise her for making eye contact or smiling when speaking.

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Make a major impact on your child’s school success by becoming an involved parent. By Susan Day

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orget the testing and statistics. As one wise principal once told me, those things are just a blip on a child’s life. Instead, focus on what you can do to impress upon your child that his education is the key to a good life. Here’s how:

one or two parent-teacher conferences each year. You can bring a friend to interpret for you or ask the school to provide an interpreter. You can also ask to meet with your child’s teacher any time during the year. If you have a concern and can’t meet face to face, send the teacher a short note or set up a time to talk on the phone.

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Meet your child’s teacher. As soon as the school year starts, try to find a way to meet your child’s teacher. Let the teacher know you want to help your child learn. Make it clear that you want the teacher to contact you if any problems develop with your child. Talking together helps create a partnership with your child’s teacher. Get to know who’s who at your child’s school. There are many people at your child’s school who are there to help your child learn, grow socially and emotionally, and navigate the school environment.

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Attend parent-teacher conferences and keep in touch with your child’s teacher. Schools usually have

Find out how your child is doing. Ask the teacher how well your child is doing in class compared to other students. If he’s not keeping up, especially when it comes to reading, ask what you or the school can do to help. It’s important to act early before he gets too far behind. Also, be sure to review his report card each time it comes out.

Apply for special services if you think your child may need them. If your child is having problems with learning, ask the school to evaluate him. The teacher might be able to provide accommodations for your child in class. If the school finds out he has a learning disability, he can receive extra help at no cost.

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Make sure that your child gets homework done. Let your child know that you think education is important and that homework needs to be done each day. Help him with his homework by setting aside a special place to study, establishing a regular time for homework, and removing distractions. If you’re reluctant to help him with his homework because you feel that you don’t know the subject well enough you can help by showing that you’re interested, helping him get organized, providing the necessary materials, asking him about daily assignments, monitoring work to make sure that it’s completed and praising his efforts. Remember that doing his homework for him won’t help him in the long run.

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Find homework help for your child if needed. If it’s difficult for you to help your child with homework or school projects, see if you can find someone else who can help. Contact the school, tutoring groups, after-school programs, churches and libraries. Or see if an older student, neighbor or friend can help.

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Help your child prepare for tests. Tests play an important role in determining your child’s grades. Your child may also take one or more standardized tests during the school year, and his teacher may spend class time on test preparation throughout the year. There are a number of ways that you can support him before and after taking a standardized test, as well as a number of ways you can support his learning habits on a daily basis that will help him be more prepared when it’s time to be tested.

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Learn what the school offers. Read the information the school sends home. Talk to other parents to find out

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what programs the school offers. Maybe there’s a music program, after-school activity, sports team, or tutoring program your child would enjoy. Remember to keep track of events throughout the school year.

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Volunteer at your child’s school and/or join your school’s parentteacher group. Teachers appreciate it when parents help out at the school. There are many ways you can contribute. You can volunteer in your child’s class or in the school library. You can make food for a school event. If you work during the day, you can attend “parents’ night” activities or your child’s performances. At most schools, a group of parents meets regularly to talk about the school. The meetings give you a good chance to talk with other parents and to work together to improve the school.

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Ask questions. If something concerns you about your child’s learning or behavior, ask the teacher or principal about it and seek their advice. Your questions may be like these — What specific problem is my child having with reading? What can I do to help my child with this problem? How can I stop a mean child from picking on my son? How can I get my child to do homework? Which reading group is my child in?

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Learn about your rights. It’s important to know what your rights are regarding special services, English instruction and more.

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Let the school know your concerns. Is your child doing well in school? Is he having trouble learning, behaving or studying? Is there a problem with another student, teacher or administrator?

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Demonstrate a positive attitude about education to your child. What you say and do in your daily life can help him to develop a positive attitude toward school and learning and to build confidence in himself as a learner. Showing him that you both value education and use it in your daily lives provides him with powerful models and contributes greatly to his success in school. In addition, by showing interest in his education, you can spark enthusiasm in him and lead him to a very important understanding: that learning can be enjoyable as well as rewarding and is well worth the effort required.

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Monitor your child’s TV, video game and Internet use. Children on average spend far more time watching TV, playing video games and using the Internet than they do completing homework or other school-related activities.

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Encourage your child to read. Helping your child become a reader is the single most important thing that you can do to help him succeed in school — and in life. The importance of reading can’t be overstated. Reading helps children in all school subjects. More important, it is the key to lifelong learning.

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Talk with your child. Talking and listening play major roles in your child’s school success. For example, children who don’t hear a lot of talk and who aren’t encouraged to talk themselves often have problems learning to read, which can lead to other school problems. In addition, children who haven’t learned to listen carefully often have trouble following directions and paying attention. It’s important for you to show him that you’re interested in what he has to say.

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Encourage your child to use the library. Libraries are places of learning and discovery for everyone. Helping your child find out about libraries will set him on the road to being an independent learner. Remember that libraries also offer a quiet place for students to complete homework.

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Encourage your child to be responsible and work independently. Taking responsibility and working independently are important qualities for school success. Help your child develop these qualities by establishing reasonable rules that you enforce consistently, making it clear to him that he has to take responsibility for what he does, both at home and at school, showing him how to break a job down into small steps, and monitor what he does after school, in the evenings and on weekends. If you can’t be there when he gets home, give him the responsibility of checking in with you by phone to discuss his plans.

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Encourage active learning. Children need active learning as well as quiet learning such as reading and doing homework. Active learning involves asking and answering questions, solving problems and exploring interests. Active learning also can take place when your child plays sports, spends time with friends, acts in a school play, plays a musical instrument or visits museums and bookstores. To promote active learning, listen to his ideas and respond to them. Let him jump in with questions and opinions when you read books together. When you encourage this type of give-and-take at home, his participation and interest in school is likely to increase. Susan Day has four kids. It’s exhausting at times, but well worth it, to support your child’s learning.


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ministry, nursing, public relationship management, social work and expansive liberal studies (LIS). The LIS is a self-design program allowing you to customize your own bachelor’s degree through a personalized curriculum geared to your career goals and interests. LIS is great for students wanting to combine minors in different areas of study as they

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payments, along with grants, scholarships and financial aid. On Tuesday, Sept. 20, Belmont offers free information sessions for all adult degree programs from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. where you can meet staff, receive a transfer credit evaluation, apply for a program and get all the info you need about financial aid. Register online or call to reserve your spot for an info session.

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Columbia State offers more than 50 areas of study through both traditional and online course formats for adults older than 25. You can earn a degree to take you into the workforce. About one-third of the students at Columbia State are adults. Advisors work with adults to set up individualized learning plans through the Office of Adult Learners. • Visit columbiastate.edu/ AdultLearners and sign up for an information session or schedule a personal appointment. • Adult Success Coaches assist adult learners through “Confident Completion,” a grant-funded program.

LIPSCOMB UNIVERSITY ONE UNIVERSITY PARK DRIVE NASHVILLE, TN 37204 615-966-1000 LIPSCOMB.EDU

This private Christian college also offers an adult degree program with competency-based education — meaning you get credit for specific skills and abilities you’ve already learned in your career and can target your learning to the areas you want to develop to meet future goals. Degree offerings include Bachelor of Business Administration (accounting; corporate management or human resources);

Bachelor of Professional Studies (organizational leadership); Bachelor of Science (education K - 6 or PreK - 3); Information Technology Applications; Integrated Studies; Law, Justice and Society; Psychology; Bachelor of Social Work and Certificate in Accountancy. Here’s what you do to get started to earning your degree: • Visit lipscomb.edu/professionalstudies. • Sign up to go in for a one-day assessment that can save you up to one year of college. • Choose the path (Professional, Integrated or Classic) that’s right for you.

MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY (MTSU)

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Parents can apply for the Adult Degree Completion Program (the MTSU Reconnect Program) and register for online or evening classes — and you don’t have to have any college experience to apply. You may choose any degree programs offered at MTSU, but most choose one of the following bachelor degree programs: B.S. in Professional Studies (multiple concentrations), B.S. in Liberal Studies or B.S. in Integrated Studies. To get started, follow these steps: • Visit mtsu.edu/adcp/faq.php and fill out the form. • Gather copies of your transcripts if you have some. • You’ll be contacted by an advisor and go through an interview process. • Once accepted, apply for admission to enroll in classes. • Apply for the Prior Learning Assessment class to try to get credit for what you already know from experience. If you’re in need of child care while you’re in class, check out MTSU’s Child Care Lab for ages 3 - 5; Child Development Center for ages 1 - 5; Ann Campbell Early Learning Center (ACE Learning

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TSU offers a variety of ways for adults to conveniently further their education: TSU@ a Distance lets you take courses and earn degrees online. Evening and weekend courses are available at the downtown Avon Williams Campus. Continuing education courses are available in legal studies, real estate and more. In partnership with ed2go.com, TSU offers online open enrollment programs designed to provide the skills necessary to acquire professional level positions for many occupations. Continuing education at TSU is designed to meet the individual needs and schedules of adults. • To learn more, call 615-9637372 or e-mail proberts@tnstate. edu.

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parking young imaginations is at the heart of the annual Family Day at OZ Arts in Nashville. On Saturday, Sept. 10, you and your kids of all ages can enjoy a day of indoor and outdoor art activities. Dozens of local artists and community organizations will be on site with activity stations, including Marco Skateboard Company, Nashville Origami Club, Plaza Arts, Hankabee Button Company, Prado Art Studio, Kidsville and more. Kids can have fun designing and pressing their own buttons, painting on mini canvases, contributing to a community mural and other creative endeavors. At 1 p.m., Grammy and Latin Grammy Award-winning band Ozomatli will perform. Known for their street consciousness, the band’s signature sound includes a mix of salsa, punk, reggae, funk and hip-hop, and The Los Angeles Times declared Ozomatli’s 2012 album OzoKids “the best kids’ album ever.” In addition to art activities and the concert, food trucks will be on site. OZ Arts is located at 6172 Cockrill Bend Cir., Nashville. Family Day takes place from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 adults, free ages 12 and younger. Call 615-350-7200 or visit ozartsnashville.org.

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Saturday, Sept. 10 • OZ Arts, Nashville • Page 41 A day of art activities and live music by a Grammy-winning family band.

MARINE WEEK NASHVILLE

Sept. 7 - 11 • Throughout Nashville • Page 53 Hundreds of Marines come to town for lots of free fun.

TENNESSEE STATE FAIR

Sept. 9 - 18 • The Fairgrounds, Nashville Page 65 Ten days of family fun include livestock competitions, rides, games, food, kids’ activities & more.

The Buzz ... We’re excited about these theater openings this month: • Evita (Sept 9 - 18; Page 57): It’s the first time TPAC has teamed up with a regional theater company (Studio Tenn) to produce a show to open it’s Broadway Series. Broadwayblessed Eden Espinosa stars as First Lady of Argentina, Eva Person.

NASHVILLE PARENT’S PRIVATE SCHOOL FAIR

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• Afflicted: Daughters of Salem (Sept. 15 - Oct. 2; Page 66): Nashville Children’s Theatre’s 85th season opener — the first since Scot Copeland’s passing — is for ages 10 and older and tells the untold story of the girls of Salem, Mass., in 1691.


10TH ANNUAL DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL Saturday, Sept. 10 Cumberland River Compact, Nashville Page 58 Boats race along the river, plus fun activities for children on dry land.

CINDERELLA

Sept. 16 - 18 • TPAC’s Polk Theater, Nashville • Page 69 Nashville Ballet brings back its beloved fairytale filled with magic.

PILGRIMAGE MUSIC & CULTURAL FESTIVAL

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Sept. 24 - 25 • Mundy Park, Mt. Juliet Page 78 Native American culture is alive and well during this family-friendly celebration.

Sept. 24 - 25 • The Park at Harlinsdale Farm, Franklin Page 79 Back for its second year, this Middle Tennessee music festival includes a concert stage and play area just for little kids. Win DAY OUT WITH tickets — see page THOMAS 13 for details! Sept. 3, 4, 10 & 11 Tennessee Central Railway Museum, Nashville Page 47 Meet Sir Topham Hatt, ride a train pulled by Thomas the Tank Engine & more.

29TH ANNUAL GREEK FESTIVAL Sept. 9 - 11 Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, Nashville Page 57 Good eats, dancing, music & more.

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Thu 1 Basic Yoga

Bring a mat and water for a one-hour yoga session at Joann’s Outdoor Classroom. Ages 13 and older. Bowie Park Nature Center, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 5:30 p.m.; $5; 615-7995544 or bowiepark.org.

Busy Bees

Learn to follow directions, participate in a group environment, improve coordination and practice good sportsmanship. Ages 3 - 5. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.; $3; murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Commodores Football

Cheer for the Vanderbilt Commodores when they challenge S. Carolina. All ages. Vanderbilt Stadium, 2601 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $55; 615322-4653 or vucommodores. com.

Creative Zone: Community Story Quilt

Design a paper square representing you and your story for a community quilt display in the Taylor Swift Education Center. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Family-Friendly Nature Cruise (Registration Required) Enjoy a 90-minute cruise on a pontoon boat along the Cumberland River viewing scenic Tennessee farmland. All ages. Blue Heron Nature Cruises at Riverbluff Park, Old Cumberland St., Ashland City; 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.; $14 adults, $9 ages 3 - 17, free ages 2 and younger; 615-385-7007 or blueheroncruises.com.

First Thursday Night in the Garden

Enjoy Cheekwood after hours with Steve Tobin’s Southern Roots sculptures illuminated at night along with the International Playhouses. Plus, there’s music, dance and other live performances. All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 5:30 - 10 p.m.; $16 adults, $9 ages 3 - 17; 615-356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

Homeschool P.E.

Participate in various physical education activities. Ages 6 - 13. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 12 - 12:50 p.m. or 1 - 1:50 p.m.; $3; 615-893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Live on the Green Music Festival

Enjoy an evening of music by Repeat Repeat, The Revivalists, Simo, Borns, Coin and Young the Giant. All ages. Public Square Park, 10 Public Square, Nashville; 5:30 p.m.; liveonthegreen. net.

Mommy & Me Yoga

Parents and their little ones can have fun bonding while doing gentle yoga stretches and poses. Ages 2 - 5. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 10:45 - 11:30 a.m.; $8 adults, $4 children; 615790-5719 or wcparksandrec. com.

Nature Nuts

Explore the mysteries of the Murfree Spring wetland through this guided activity. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

FREE Parnassus Storytime

Enjoy an afternoon snack and a story. All ages. Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 3:30 p.m.; 615-953-2243 or parnassusbooks.net.

Mr. Steve, the Music Man, headlines the kids’ stage on the final day of the Live on the Green music festival at Nashville’s Public Square Park on Saturday, Sept. 3. Picture Perfect

This play is about a guy who has trouble with the girl of his dreams in that she’s just that — a dream. She only exists in his imagination and the picture frames he bought at Walmart. Ages 10 and older. Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; through Oct. 2: Thu - Sat 6 p.m., Sun 12 p.m.; $50 adults, $30 ages 18 and younger; 615-646-9977 or dinnertheatre.com.

FREE Shakespeare in the Park: Macbeth

Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s Apprentice Company presents one of the Bard’s most famous works set in modern times; the bloody tale takes on new levels of horror as the audience is caught in the spell of three weird sisters and the witchy Queen Hecate. Ages 13 and older. Centennial Park Band Shelter, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; free, but there is a suggested $10 donation; nashvilleshakes.org.

Sounds Baseball

Cheer for the Nashville Sounds when they challenge the Iowa Cubs. All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 6:35 p.m.; $10 - $35; 615-6904487 or nashvillesounds.com.

FREE StrollerCoasters

Walk the greenway with your child and stroller, then stay for playtime at the castle. Parents with kids ages birth to 5 years. Old Fort Park, 1025 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

FREE Teen Anime Club

Watch anime, make crafts and enjoy snacks. Ages 13 and older. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 - 5 p.m.; 615371-0090 or brentwood-tn. org/library.

Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration

Enjoy a variety of Tennessee Walking Horse competitions and shows. All ages. Calsonic Arena, 1110 N. Evans St., Shelbyville; 9 a.m.; $7 - $20; 931-684-5915 or twhnc.com.

Water Polo

Participate in an aquatic sport in the deep end of the indoor pool. Ages 13 and older. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 7 8:45 p.m.; $3 adults, $2 youth; 615-895-5040 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Youth Volleyball Class

Beginners to advanced players can develop and refine their skills like bumping, setting and spiking. Ages 9 - 17. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 4:30 - 6 p.m.; $3; murfreesboro.tn.gov/ parks.

Fri 2 FREE Brilliant Sky Storytime

A morning of stories and sing-along fun. All ages. Brilliant Sky, 2002 Richard Jones Road, Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; 615-800-7754 or nashvilletoystore.com.

Creative Zone: Community Story Quilt See Thursday, Sept. 1.

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things to do Embellished Instruments: Fiddles

Look at the fiddles in the museum, then design your own paper version. Ages 5 and older. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 1 p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

FREE Family Film Festival

Enjoy a screening of Minions. All ages. NCG Cinema, 1035 Greensboro Drive, Gallatin; 9 a.m.; 615-4519500 or ncgmovies.com.

Family Giant Soccer Night

Your family can enjoy a night of soccer games, followed by a kid-friendly movie (bring blankets and lawn chairs). All ages. LPG Sports Academy, 109 Rand Place, Franklin; 6:30 - 10 p.m.; $25 per family in advance, $30 day of event; 615-891-7028 or lpgsportsacademy.com.

Family-Friendly Nature Cruise (Registration Required) See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE Friday Night Live Concert Series Bring lawn chairs and enjoy music from local bands. All ages. Public Square, 20 N. Public Sq., Murfreesboro; 6:30 p.m.; 615-895-1887 or downtownmurfreesboro. com.

Grand Ole Opry

Country legends and contemporary stars perform their hits. All ages. Grand Ole Opry House, 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville; Fri, Sat & Tue 7 p.m.; $35 - $75; 800733-6779 or opry.com.

Guys and Dolls Jr.

Perform Murfreesboro presents a junior version of this popular musical following gambler Nathan Detroit as he tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck. All ages. The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 & 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $7.50 adults, $6 ages 4 - 17; 615-867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Hendersonville Cruise-In

See a variety of classic cars while local bands perform

music from the ‘50s and ‘60s. All ages. The Streets of Indian Lake, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 6 - 9 p.m.; facebook.com/ hendersonvillecruisein.

KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Registration Required)

This parent/tot class focuses on playing with others, gross motor skills and having fun. Ages 1 - 3. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; $3; 615893-7439 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Registration Required)

Run, jump and play while learning skills like balance, coordination, listening and taking turns. Ages 3 - 5. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 11:05 - 11:45 a.m.; $3; 615-893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Live on the Green Music Festival Enjoy a night of music featuring The Sheepdogs, Josh Farrow, Rayland Baxter, Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes, The Wild Feathers,

Nikki Lane, Band of Horses. All ages. Public Square Park, 10 Public Sq., Nashville; 5 p.m.; liveonthegreen.net.

FREE Murfreesoboro Books-A-Million Preschool Storytime

Staff from Linebaugh Library present a story and puppet show. Ages 3 - 5. BooksA-Million, 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 10:30 a.m.; 615-995-7112 or booksamillion.com.

FREE Music & A Movie

Enjoy live music by local youth performers followed by an outdoor screening of Pan. All ages. Charlie Daniels Park, 1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy., Mt. Juliet; 7 p.m.; 615-7586522 or mjparksandrec.org.

FREE Music in the Vines

Bring a picnic and enjoy live outdoor jazz music by local bands. All ages. Arrington Vineyards, 6211 Patton Road, Arrington; Fri - Sat 4 - 8 p.m., Sun 2 - 6 p.m.; 615-3950102 or arringtonvineyards. com.

Parents’ Night Out: Creativity Crawl (Registration Required) Mom and Dad can enjoy a night out to themselves while their kids participate in art games, cartooning and painting. Bring a peanutfree snack. Event code: 7970. Ages 5 - 10. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $35; 615-7905719 or wcparksandrec.com.

Picture Perfect

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Science a la Cart

Participate in science experiments. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Catch an outdoor screening of How To Train Your Dragon 2 during the final 2016 Zoovie Night installment on Friday, Sept. 2 at Nashville Zoo.

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FREE Shakespeare in the Park: Macbeth See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Smyrna Movies in the Park

Enjoy activities like trackless train rides and inflatables prior to the outdoor screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (movie starts at dusk). All ages. Rotary Soccer Park, Soccer Way, Smyrna; 5:30 p.m.; $1 (inflatables and train rides are each $1 extra); 615-459-9773 or townofsmyrna.org.

Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Toddler Time with Thomas (Registration Required)

Enjoy playtime while learning to follow directions and working together to accomplish simple goals while focusing on body part recognition and cognitive skill development. Ages 5 and younger. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; $3; 615-895-5040 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Zoovie Night

A night of games, inflatables, music, crafts and an outdoor screening of How to Train Your Dragon 2. All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville; 6 - 10 p.m.; free with zoo admission or $6 after 6 p.m.; 615-833-1534 or nashvillezoo.org.

Sat 3 FREE Animal Encounters

Meet a resident education animal that calls Tennessee home. All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 1:30 - 2 p.m.; 615-2173017 or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.


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Your little kids can have fun riding the rails on a train ride pulled by Thomas the Tank Engine during the ever-popular Day Out With Thomas festivities at Tennessee Central Railway Museum, Sept. 3, 4, 10 & 11. FREE Autumn StoryWalk

Come out to the park to discover the fall story on the StoryWalk experience along the Little Acorn Trail behind the center. All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 615-352-6299 or nashville.gov/parks.

FREE Bicycle Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

Enjoy a 90-minute bike ride through the battlefield during a guided tour. All ages. Stones River National Battlefield, 1563 N. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; 615893-9501 or nps.gov/stri.

Blue Raiders Football

Cheer for the MTSU Blue Raiders when they challenge Alabama A&M University. All ages. Floyd Stadium, 1500 Greenland Drive, Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; $18 - $20; 615-898-5261 or goblueraiders.com.

FREE Brentwood Barnes & Noble Storytime

Stories and related activities. All ages. Barnes & Noble, 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 11 a.m.; 615377-9979 or bn.com.

Creative Zone: Community Story Quilt See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Day Out With Thomas

Ride the big train pulled by Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, participate in arts and crafts, play on train tables, enjoy live music along with other entertainers, and more. Train rides depart hourly from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., and you need to arrive one hour prior to your ride. All ages. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $20; 615-2449001 or tcry.org.

FREE Family Film Festival See Friday, Sept. 2.

Family Program: Is it a Fiddle or a Violin?

In Texas it’s a fiddle, in Boston it’s a violin, in Nashville it depends! Musician Ryan Joseph explores the differences and similarities between the two, and afterward, kids can enjoy a hands-on experience with the instrument. Ages 5 and older. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 1 & 1:45 p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Family-Friendly Nature Cruise (Registration Required) See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Golf Ball Drop

The Hendersonville Rotary Foundation hosts this fundraiser for Mary’s Magical Place, an inclusive playground being built for disabled children, adults and veterans. Cash prizes will be $250, $500, $1,000 and $3,000 with additional non-monetary prizes during the event. All ages. Veterans Park, 224 Scotch St., Hendersonville; 10 a.m.; $20 per golf ball; marysmagicalplace.org.

Grand Master Fiddle Championship

This premier contest recognizes the top fiddler in North America. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 9:45 a.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 12, free 5 and younger); grandmasterfiddler.com.

Grand Ole Opry See Friday, Sept. 2.

Guys and Dolls Jr.

See Friday, Sept. 2.

Harbor Cruise (Registration Required) See more than 100 boats, plus waterbirds and waterfront condos during a 45-minute cruise on a 40-foot pontoon boat. All ages. Blue Heron Nature Cruises at Riverbluff Park, Old Cumberland St., Ashland City; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 615-385-7007 or blueheroncruises.com.

FREE Home Depot Kids’ Workshop (Registration Required)

Make a mini whiteboard with a pen tray to use for school work or playtime. Visit website for a location near you. Ages 5 - 12. Home Depot, 9 a.m. 12 p.m.; homedepot.com.

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FREE NatureNauts: Trees

Naturalist Dennis Gibson presents this drop-in program featuring displays and short activities with a tree theme. All ages. Bowie Park Nature Center, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 615-799-5544 or bowiepark.org.

FREE Parnassus Saturday Storytime

Enjoy songs, giggles and stories. All ages. Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; 615-953-2243 or parnassusbooks.net.

A local girl gets a unique look at fluttering feathered friends during the annual Hummingbird Festival at The Wilderness Station in Murfreesboro. This year’s free family outing is on Saturday, Sept. 3. FREE Hummingbird Banding

Join trained hummingbird bander Cyndi Routledge of Southern Avian Research as she captures, bands and releases hummingbirds at the park. All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 8 - 10 a.m. & 3 - 5 p.m.; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Hummingbird Festival

Celebrate amazing birds with children’s activities, educational lectures, bird banding, hummingbird products and more. All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 615-2173017 or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

InterNASHional Food Crawl

Explore Nashville’s diverse corridor and try foods from around the world by sampling the culinary offerings of a five-mile stretch of Nolensville Road. All ages. Casa Azafran, 2195 Nolensville Pike, Nashville; 12 - 4 p.m.; $15 general admission, $55 VIP; 615-833-0384 or

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John A. Merritt Classic XVIII

The Tennessee State Tigers challenge the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions during this football game. All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 6 p.m.; $15 - $35; merrittclassic.com.

FREE Kidsville at the Parthenon

Author and native Nashvillian Tracy Barrett reads from her book, The Song of Orpheous: The Greatest Greek Myths You Never Heard, then kids can make a pan flute. Ages 12 and younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m.; conservancyonline.com/ about/kidsville.

FREE Live on the Green Music Festival The afternoon kicks off with Kids Fest music and activities with Mr. Steve the Music Man along with The DayBreaks, Lister Brothers, Erin Rae, Myzica, Bill Eberle, Sad Baxter and more. Mainstream musical acts throughout the rest of the day include Aubrie Sellers, Bassh, Elizabeth Cook, Alanna Royale, Los Colognes, The Weeks, Gabe

Dixon and others. All ages. Public Square Park, Nashville; 1 p.m.; liveonthegreen.net.

FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble Storytime

Stories and activities. All ages. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; 615895-8580 or bn.com.

FREE Music in the Vines

See Friday, Sept 2.

FREE Musicians Corner

Picture Perfect

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE Puppets on the Porch

A show starring wild animal puppets that teach kids about habitats and the daily lives of critters. All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 3 p.m.; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Scott Hamilton Skating Academy Learn to Skate Class (Registration Required) Designed for both recreational and competitive skaters, this eight-week session class covers the fundamentals of

basic skating skills. Ages 4 and older. Ford Ice Center, 5264 Hickory Hollow Pkwy., Nashville; Saturdays at 9:45, 10:30 or 11:15 a.m. ; $145; 615-742-4399 or fordicecenter.com.

FREE Shakespeare Allowed

Join members of Nashville Shakespeare Festival and participate in (or just listen to) a complete reading of Much Ado About Nothing. All ages. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; 12 - 3 p.m.; nashvilleshakes.org.

FREE Shakespeare in the Park: The Comedy of Errors Nashville Shakespeare Festival presents the Bard’s zany play with a 1960s Nashville twist, incorporating original music by David Olney, Lari White, Stan Lawrence and Jack Kingsley. All ages. Centennial Park Band Shelter, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; free, but there is a suggested $10 donation; nashvilleshakes.org.

FREE Spring Hill Books-A-Million Storytime

Story readings and activities. Ages 3 -5 . Books-A-Million, 1040 Crossings Blvd., Spring Hill; 10:30 a.m.; 931-4860113 or booksamillion.com.

Enjoy an afternoon of live music by Emmylou Harris, Andrew Ripp, Fiona Culley, the Vanderbilt Melodores, Ty Cooper and others, plus children’s activities in Kidsville. All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 12 - 5 p.m.; musicianscornernashville.com.

National Beard & Moustache Championships

This face-off features 18 categories ranging from fu manchu to full-beard freestyle. Proceeds benefit the Tennessee Wildlife Federation. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville;

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things to do FREE Sumner Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related activities. All ages. Barnes & Noble, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 11 a.m.; 615-264-0183 or bn.com.

FREE Tennessee Volkfest

Enjoy the traditions and tastes of Munich, Germany with food, beer, live music, a family zone with children’s activities and more. All ages. East Park, 600 Woodland St., Nashville; Sat - Mon 11 a.m.; tennesseevolkfest.com.

Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Wetland Walk

Enjoy a guided stroll through the Murfree Spring Wetland area. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2:30 p.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Zzzoofari Slumber (Registration Required) Camp out overnight at the zoo and enjoy a variety of activities during the evening with a full breakfast the following morning. All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville; 4 p.m.; $55 ages 4 and older ($38 members), $15 ages 2 - 4; 615-833-1534 or nashvillezoo.org.

Sun 4 FREE BMX Racing

Experience the thrill of BMX while watching racers compete on a bicycle motocross track. All ages. Music City BMX, 2901 Bell Road, Nashville; 2 p.m.; 615-361-5533 or facebook. com/musiccitybmx.

Creative Zone: Community Story Quilt See Thursday, Sept. 1.

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Kids can enjoy playing cornhole and other fun games during Zzzoofari Slumber at Nashville Zoo. The overnight camping excursion takes place Saturday, Sept. 3. Day Out With Thomas See Saturday, Sept. 3.

FREE Family Film Festival See Friday, Sept. 2.

Family-Friendly Nature Cruise (Registration Required) Enjoy a 90-minute cruise on a pontoon boat along the Cumberland River viewing scenic Tennessee farmland. All ages. Blue Heron Nature Cruises at Riverbluff Park, Old Cumberland St., Ashland City; 2 & 4 p.m.; $14 adults, $9 ages 3 - 17, free ages 2 and younger; 615-385-7007 or blueheroncruises.com.

Grand Master Fiddle Championship See Saturday, Sept. 3.

Guys and Dolls Jr.

See Friday, Sept. 2.

Harbor Cruise (Registration Required) See more than 100 boats, plus waterbirds and waterfront condos during a 45-minute cruise on a 40-foot pontoon boat. All ages. Blue Heron Nature Cruises at Riverbluff Park, 175 Old Cumberland St., Ashland City; 12:30 p.m.; $6; 615-385-7007 or blueheroncruises.com.

Music City Balloon Fest (Registration Required) Live music, craft vendors, food trucks a KidZone with inflatables and a hot air balloon glow at dusk. You must purchase tickets online; they will not be available to purchase at the gate. All ages. Percy Warner Park Steeplechase Grounds, 2500 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 4 - 9 p.m.; $12 general admission, $60 VIP, free ages 5 and younger; musiccityballoonfestival.com.

FREE Music in the Vines

See Friday, Sept. 2.

Picture Perfect

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Rewind Music Festival

A day of music featuring Zapp Band, Lenny Williams, Adina Howard, Troop, Pastor Troy and Bruh Man. All ages. Riverfront Park, 100 First Ave. S., Nashville; 12 p.m.; $40 - $60; therewindmusicfestival. com.

FREE Shakespeare in the Park: The Comedy of Errors See Saturday, Sept. 3.

Sundays LIVE: Swamps, Seminoles & Snakes — The U.S. Army in the Second Seminole War

Explore weapons, equipment, food and experiences of U.S. soldiers operating in an extremely difficult environment

against an elusive and skillful foe in the swamps of Florida. All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; $20 adults, $10 children, $54 family max; 615-889-2941 or thehermitage.com.

FREE Tennessee Volkfest

See Saturday, Sept. 3.

Mon 5 Creative Zone: Community Story Quilt See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Franklin Classic

Participate in this 10K, 5K or kids’ fun run benefiting Mercy Community Healthcare. The kids’ zone includes face painting, balloons, an obstacle course and more. All ages. Public Square, Main St., Franklin; 7 - 11 a.m.; $15 - $50; franklinclassic. racesonline.com/register.


things to do FREE Labor Day Birth Rally

This fifth annual rally’s purpose is to make Nashville a more birth-friendly town with a focus on vaginal birth after a cesarean. All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 859-533-4667 or nashvillebirthnetwork.org.

Labor Day Pool Party

Listen to music, enjoy the pool, play games, win prizes and more. All ages. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; $4 adults, $3 youth; 615-895-5040 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble Storytime See Saturday, Sept. 3.

FREE Music in the Grove

environment, improve coordination and practice good sportsmanship. Ages 3 - 5. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.; $3; 615-8937439 or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

are Tue/Thu (5:45 - 6:45 p.m.) or Sat (9:45 - 10:45 a.m.), Sept. 6 - Oct. 22. Ages 3 and older. Centennial Sportsplex, 222 25th Ave. N., Nashville; $150 for seven classes, $275 for all classes; 615-928-7977 or nashvilleiceskate.com.

FREE Courtyard Concert Series

FREE Observatory Open House Day (Registration Required)

Bassist/composer/songwriter Victor Krauss performs in the Robinson Courtyard. All ages. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 615-8625800 or library.nashville.org.

Crafternoon

Participate in a supervised art activity. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Bring blankets or lawn chairs for this family festival that features food trucks, a kids’ zone and live entertainment by juggling group Playing By Air, gospel/rock artist Jason Eskridge, soul singer Maureen Murphy, and pianist Nate Strasser and his band. All ages East Brentwood Presbyterian Church, 9000 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 - 7 p.m.; eastbrentwoodpc. com.

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Homeschool P.E.

See Saturday, Sept. 3.

FREE Tennessee Volkfest

Enjoy the traditions and tastes of Munich, Germany with food, beer, live music, a family zone with children’s activities and more. All ages. East Park, 600 Woodland St., Nashville; 11 a.m.; tennesseevolkfest.com.

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Learn to follow directions, participate in a group

This total boy class is open to prenatal moms, postpartum moms and moms with older kids; babies and toddlers welcome. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.; $4; 615-893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Grand Ole Opry

Tour the observatory and take a peek through the solar telescope. All ages. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood; 9 a.m. 12 p.m.; 615-373-4897 or dyer.vanderbilt.edu.

FREE Perform Murfreesboro Makeup FX (Registration Required) Learn how to design and apply different styles of makeup from old age to cuts and burns to monsters and animals. Ages 11 and older. The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 4:30 5:30 p.m.; free with Perform Murfreesboro membership ($25/year); murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

SPARK!

Preschoolers and parents can hear stories and enjoy related activities. Ages 3 - 5. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $1 plus $8 gate admission; 615890-2300 or explorethedc. org.

FREE Spring Hill Books-A-Million Storytime

Story readings and activities. Ages 3 -5 . Books-A-Million, 1040 Crossings Blvd., Spring Hill; 10:30 a.m.; 931-4860113 or booksamillion.com.

Spring Hill Wiggles and Giggles

Enjoy organized games and play time. Ages 3 - 6. Longview Recreation Center, 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill; 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.; $2; wcparksandrec. com.

Storytime Yoga (Registration Required) Explore yoga and movement through stories, games and play. Ages 3 - 6. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville; 9 - 10 a.m.; $20/month; wcparksandrec. com.

FREE Sumner Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related activities. All ages. Barnes & Noble, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 11 a.m.; 615-264-0183 or bn.com.

Tuesdays for Tots

Stop by the studio in the Learning Center to craft an original artwork. Ages 3 - 5. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($16 adults, $9 ages 3 -17); 615-356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

Water Polo

Participate in an aquatic sport in the deep end of the indoor pool. Ages 13 and older. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 7 8:45 p.m.; $3 adults, $2 youth; 615-895-5040 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Youth Set Design This class focuses on designing sets for theater productions. Ages 10 - 17. The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 5:30 6:30 p.m.; free with Perform Murfreesboro membership ($25/year); murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

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Knee-High Naturalist: Cabin in the Woods (Registration Required) Learn how pioneers lived life in a cabin in the woods. Ages 3 - 5. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; $10 adult/ child pair, $7 each additional person; 615-370-4672 or owlshill.org.

Learn to Ice Skate (Registration Required) Nashville Skating Academy offers instruction in ice skating, covering both figure skating and hockey skills. Classes

Kids can zip down slides and enjoy a final splash in the Sports*Com outdoor pools during the Labor Day Pool Party on Monday, Sept. 5.

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Wed 7 Animal Antics

Meet one of the center’s resident animals. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Archery Homeschool Day (Registration Required)

This class includes archery instruction with all equipment provided and a game at the end. Parents can participate, too. Ages 7 and older. Music City Archery, 5011 Walkup Road, Pegram; 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.; $15; 615-566-5187 or musiccityarchery.com.

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Marine Week Nashville Sept. 7 - 11

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he U.S. Marine Corps are storming Nashville Sept. 7 - 11 during Marine Week Nashville. It’s the first time for Marine Week to land in Music City, and the event’s theme of “Community, Country and Corps” finds more than 80 free events for the public at numerous locations throughout the city. The opening ceremony takes place at Public Square at 6 p.m., featuring a musical performance by Darryl Worlley and a presentation by Nashville Mayor Megan Barry. During the week, your family can climb aboard a variety of the Corps’ aircraft and ground equipment at static displays throughout downtown. All ages can attend Marine Corps martial arts and military working dog demonstrations, work out alongside Marines during physical fitness drills and more. You can also participate in community art projects with Marines, and little kids can meet our service men and women during Storytime with the Marines at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at Nashville Public Library. “Marine Week serves as an opportunity for us to show the Nashville community the high standard of professionalism and discipline embodied by every Marine and how their service enables the Marine Corps to respond to crises around the world and to win our nation’s battles,” says 1st Lt. Johnny Henderson, public affairs officer for Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Nashville. The week wraps up with a remembrance ceremony in honor of the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The ceremony takes place at 9 a.m. at War Memorial Plaza followed by a live Marine Air-Ground Task Force demonstration at Riverfront Park. For a complete list of Marine Week Nashville events, visit usmarineweek. com.

Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas

A night of pop music. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $29.95 - $79.95; 615-770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

Fairview Wiggles and Giggles

Enjoy organized games and play time. Ages 3 - 6. Fairview Recreation Complex, 2714 Fairview Blvd., Fairview; 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.; $2; wcparksandrec.com.

Family-Friendly Nature Cruise (Registration Required)

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Homeschool Creativity Class

Learn about art in a handson learning environment and create art in a variety of mediums. All ages. McFadden Community Center, 211 Bridge Ave., Murfreesboro; 2 - 3 p.m.; $3; 615-867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Hummingbird Happy Hour (Registration Required) Watch hummingbirds from the center’s back porch, take a hummingbird quiz, learn

about attracting birds to your own yard and more. All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 5 - 6 p.m.; 615-352-6299 or nashville.gov/parks.

KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Registration Required) See Friday, Sept. 2.

KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Registration Required) See Friday, Sept. 2.

FREE Kids’ Hour

Mare Wakefield performs music for children. Ages 10 and younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 615-550-5660 or wholefoodsmarket.com.

Knee-High Naturalist: Cabin in the Woods (Registration Required)

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

FREE Marine Week Nashville See Spotlight this page.

Music City Roots

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

Tales and Trails (Registration Required) Listen to a story followed by a hike on the trails. Ages 4 - 7 with a parent. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 10:30 a.m.; $3; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Tumbleweeds (Registration Required) Learn tumbling basics. Ages 3 - 5. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:15 - 11 a.m.; $3; 615-895-5040 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

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things to do Wild Things (Registration Required) This nature-themed program includes songs, crafts, hikes and other activities. Ages 1 - 4 with a parent. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 9:30 a.m.; $3; 615-2173017 or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

Youth Yoga

Learn yoga poses and techniques. Ages 7 - 12. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville; 4:15 - 5:30 p.m.; $4; 615786-0200, ext. 2418, or wcparksandrec.com.

Thu 8 An Evening with Glennon Doyle Melton in Conversation with Ann Patchett To celebrate Love Warrior’s publication, Salon@615: Special Edition presents an evening of conversation between Glennon Doyle Melton, author and founder of the online community Momastery, and author Ann Patchett. The ticket includes a copy of Melton’s book. All ages. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville; 6:30 p.m.; $28.50; 615-782-4040 or tpac.org.

Basic Yoga

Bring a mat and water for a one-hour yoga sessions at Joann’s Outdoor Classroom. Ages 13 and older. Bowie Park Nature Center, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 5:30 p.m.; $5; 615-7995544 or bowiepark.org.

Busy Bees

Learn to follow directions, participate in a group environment, improve coordination and practice good sportsmanship. Ages 3 - 5. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:45 - 11:15 a.m.; $3; 615-893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

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FREE Chamber of Knowledge: Teen Meeting

Enter the Harry Potter world for a discussion of environmental projects that help save the planet. Ages 12 - 18. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 5 - 6 p.m.; 615371-0090 or brentwood-tn. org/library.

FREE Concert Cruise-In Enjoy live music, grilled burgers and dogs, a beer garden and several classic cars on display. All ages. Fontanel , 4125 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville; 6 - 8 p.m.; 615-724-1600 or fontanel.com.

Dueling Pianos for Waves

Award-winning singer/ songwriters Mike Reid and Phil Vassar perform while you view a collection of foreign and domestic cars, enjoy food from Blue Diamond Catering, participate in live and silent auctions, and more. Proceeds benefit Waves in Franklin, an organization providing early intervention services to children birth to age 3 in Williamson County. Adults. BA Properties, 111 Alpha Drive, Franklin; 6 - 9:30 p.m.; $100 in advance, $125 at the door; wavesinc.com.

Family-Friendly Nature Cruise (Registration Required) See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE Hummingbird Happy Hour (Registration Required) Sip on lemonade on the back porch while watching hummingbirds busy at the feeders. All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 5 6 p.m.; 615-862-8539 or nashville.gov/parks.

FREE It Looks Like Play (Registration Required) This program features lots of sensory activities for hands-on learning. Ages 9 months - 4

Kids can enjoy dancing and more during the 29th Annual Greek Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Sept. 9 - 11. years. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 10 - 11 a.m.; 615-371-0090, ext. 8380, or brentwood-tn.org/library.

FREE Marine Week Nashville

See Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Melody Book Discussion (Registration Required) Participate in a reading group to discuss No Ordinary Sound: A Melody Classic, the first book in the Melody series. Then, make a bookmark and learn a Melody-inspired hairstyle while enjoying cookies and pink lemonade. Ages 8 and older. American Girl Store at CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 6 p.m.; $8; 877-247-5223 or americangirl.com/retail/ nashville.php.

Mommy & Me Yoga See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE Music Together Class (Registration Required)

Bring your baby for a time of bonding musically through singing developmentally appropriate songs and

rhythmic movement. Ages 6 weeks - 7 months. In Harmony Music at Renee’s Groove Room, 3668A Central Pike, Nashville; 11:15 a.m.; 615-390-3207, carrie@ inharmonymusicmidtn.com or inharmonymusicmidtn.com.

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

where kids will dance, sing, read, listen, write, draw, move, wiggle, create and think about the letter H. Ages 2-and-a-half - 5. Rosenwald Community Center, 565 Mason Tucker Drive, Smyrna; 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.; 615-459-9773, janet. amend@townofsmyrna.org or townofsmyrna.org.

FREE Parnassus Storytime

FREE Shakespeare in the Park: Macbeth

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE Perform Murfreesboro Dance Class

FREE StrollerCoasters

Nature Nuts

Focus on choreography and skills to pick up dance routines. Ages 7 and older. The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; free with Perform Murfreesboro membership ($25/year); 615-867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Picture Perfect

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE Preschool Program: Chickens (Registration Required) Honor chickens everywhere by learning all about them at this inaugural program

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Taste of Hendersonville

Sample the many flavors of the city from restaurants to grocers and caterers. While there, kids can enjoy playing on inflatables. All ages. Streets of Indian Lake, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 5 - 8 p.m.; $15 in advance/$20 at the gate adults, $5 in advance/$10 at the gate ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 615-824-2818 or hendersonvillechamber.com.

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things to do Argentina’s First Lady. Ages 8 and older. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; through Sept. 18: Tue - Sat 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 & 8 p.m., Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m.; $20 - $60; 615-782-4040 or tpac.org.

KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Registration Required)

FREE Family Film Festival

FREE Monarchs are Magic! (Registration Required)

Enjoy a screening of Free Willy. All ages. NCG Cinema, 1035 Greensboro Drive, Gallatin; 9 a.m.; 615451-9500 or ncgmovies.com.

Family-Friendly Nature Cruise (Registration Required) See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Galen Crawley and Seth Lieber star in Nashville Rep’s The Last Five Years running Sept. 8 - 24 at TPAC’s Johnson Theater. The Last Five Years

Nashville Repertory Theatre presents Jason Robert Brown’s musical that follows a couple’s relationship from meeting and falling in love to marriage and divorce — from beginning to end and from end to beginning at the same time. Ages 14 and older. TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; through Sept. 24: Wed - Thu 6:30 p.m., Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2:30 & 7:30 p.m.; $45 - $50; 615-782-4040 or nashvillerep.org.

Water Polo

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Youth Volleyball Class See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Fri 9 29th Annual Greek Festival

Enjoy authentic Greek food, enjoy live music and a variety of dance demonstrations (including ones by kids), plus an array of children’s activities. All ages. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 4905 Franklin Road, Brentwood; Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 6

p.m.; $3 adults, free ages 12 and younger; 615-333-1047 or nashvillegreekfestival.com.

FREE Brilliant Sky Storytime

29th Annual Pioneer Power Days

FREE Budding Naturalists: Rooting for Roots (Registration Required)

The Southeast’s largest antique tractor and gas engine show features more than 700 machines. The Kids’ Area introduces children to tractors and old farming methods, and they can compete in a pedal tractor race and pull. All ages. Eagleville Tractor Show Grounds, 747 Chapel Hill Pike, Eagleville; 7 a.m.; $7 adults, free ages 12 and younger; 615-973-7660 or eaglevilletvppa.com.

Ben Folds with the Nashville Symphony

Ben Folds joins the Nashville Symphony to kick off the Schermerhorn’s 10th anniversary season with his piano concerto for orchestra along with works by Gershwin, Bernstein and Sierra. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $74 - $140; 615-6876400 or nashvillesymphony. org.

See Friday, Sept. 2.

Get down to the root of things and investigate the hidden treasures of the plant world. Ages 3 - 5. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 10 - 11 a.m.; 615-352-6299 or nashville.gov/parks.

FREE Cookeville Fall Fun Fest

Enjoy live music, festival food, arts and crafts vendors, storytellers, children’s activities and more. All ages. Downtown Cookeville, 345 S. Jefferson Ave., Cookeville; Fri 6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.; fallfunfest.com.

Evita

Studio Tenn and TPAC join forces to produce this brandnew production featuring Broadway actors Eden Espinosa and Tony Awardwinner Anthony Crivello. The musical tells the life story of activist, suffragist and venerated celebrity Eva Peron who captivated the world as

Grand Ole Opry

See Friday, Sept. 2.

FREE Marine Week Nashville

See Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Learn about monarch butterflies and the role they play in nature. Ages 3 - 5. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 10 - 11 a.m.; 615-862-8539 or nashville. gov/parks.

Moon Over Buffalo

Embark on a two-mile morning hike down the Sedge Hill Trail and along Henry Hollow Creek. All ages. Beaman Park Nature Center, 5911 W. Old Hickory Blvd., Ashland City; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 615-8958580 or nashville.gov/parks.

This comedy centers on fading stars of the 1950s who struggle to perform theatrical shows in repertory while dealing with family crises and the possibility of a Hollywood director’s visit. Ages 10 and older. Encore Theatre Company, 6978 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet; through Sept. 18: Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $15; 615598-8950 or encore-theatrecompany.org.

FREE Hendersonville Cruise-In

Movie Night at Carnton

See Friday, Sept. 2.

FREE Guided Nature Hike (Registration Required)

See Friday, Sept. 2.

FREE Italian Lights Festival

Celebrate Italian culture and cuisine with live music, food, wine tastings, grape stomping, bocce ball tournaments, meatball-eating contests and a kid’s zone with inflatables. All ages. Bicentennial Capital Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville; Fri 12 - 10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; 615-686-2874 or italianlights.org.

KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Registration Required) See Friday, Sept. 2.

Bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets (no alcohol) for an outdoor screening of Sahara (rated PG-13). All ages. Carnton Plantation,1345 Eastern Flank Cir., Franklin; 7 p.m.; $5 ages 5 and older; battleoffranklintrust.com.

FREE Music in the Vines

See Friday, Sept. 2.

FREE Music Together Class (Registration Required)

Bring your little one for an introductory session. Ages 6 months - 5 years. In Harmony Music at Renee’s Groove Room, 3668A Central Pike, Nashville; 11:15 a.m.; 615-390-3207, carrie@ inharmonymusicmidtn.com or inharmonymusicmidtn.com. (please turn the page)

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things to do Oklahoma!

Experience Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic cowboy love story — and the first musical they created together — with songs like “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning’” to “Loony Room.” Ages 8 and older. Springhouse Theatre Company, 14119 Old Nashville Hwy., Smyrna; through Sept. 25: Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 3:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $10 students (ages 3 and younger not admitted); 615-852-8499 or springhousetheatre.com.

Mom and Dad can enjoy a night to themselves while the kids have fun playing sports with coaches, including baseball, softball, basketball and soccer, followed by pizza and a movie. Ages potty trained - 12. LPG Sports Academy, 109 Rand Place, Franklin; 6:30 - 10 p.m.; $15 in advance, $20 day of ($5 for pizza); 615-8917028 or lpgsportsacademy. com.

Picture Perfect

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Parents’ Night Out: Multi Sport Night (Registration Required)

Broadway-blessed Eden Espinosa stars as Eva Peron in the Studio Tenn/Tennessee Performing Arts Center joint production of Evita, which kicks off TPAC’s 2016 - 2017 Broadway Series, Sept. 9 - 18.

See Thursdya, Sept. 1.

$6.27; 615-373-4897 or dyer.vanderbilt.edu.

students; 615-893-9825 or mltarts.com.

Science a la Cart

Tennessee State Fair

The Last Five Years

See Friday, Sept. 2.

FREE Shakespeare in the Park: Macbeth See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE Smyrna Summer Concert Series

Enjoy an evening of live music by Wildfire Trio and The Burning Bush Band. All ages. Smyrna Event Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 6:30 p.m.; 615-459-9773 or townofsmyrna.org.

Telescope Night (Registration Required) The telescopes will be open for viewing, and astronomers will answer questions and provide information about the various exhibits found in the observatory. All ages. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood; 8 p.m.;

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This year’s theme is “A Tennessee Tradition.” The fair features Midway rides, arts and crafts, agriculture exhibits, myriad competitions, live entertainment, food, games and more. All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; through Sept. 18: Mon - Fri 5 - 10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun 12 - 10 p.m.; $8 adults, $6 ages 3 -17, free ages 2 and younger; 615852-8997 or tnstatefair.org.

The Crucible

Arthur Miller’s 1953 play about the Salem witch trials is an allegory of McCarthyism. Ages 8 and older. Murfreesboro Little Theatre, 702 Ewing Blvd., Murfreesboro; through Sept. 18: Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $10 adults, $7

See Thursday, Sept. 8.

The Patron Saint of Losing Sleep

Actors Bridge presents this play by current writer-inresidence Diana Grisanti about a call center representative on a quest to cure her insomnia. Ages 12 and older. Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Ave., Nashville; through Sept. 18: Thu - Sun 7 p.m.; $25 in advance, $30 at the door; actorsbridge.org.

Toddler Time with Thomas (Registration Required) See Friday, Sept. 2.

FREE TPAC Emergent Literacy Class (Registration Required) Children’s entertainer and teaching artist Rachel Sumner leads this six-week early literacy class for preschoolers focusing on emergent skills through music, movement and drama. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Bellevue Library, 720 Baugh Road, Nashville; 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.; 615862-5854.

Sat 10 FREE 10th Annual Dragon Boat Festival

Watch teams from around the mid-state compete in a 250-meter race along the Cumberland River. All ages. Cumberland River Compact, 2 Victory Ave., Nashville; 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; 615-837-1151 or cumberlandrivercompact.org/ dragonboat.

14th Annual Wings of Freedom Fish Fry

The Rotary Club of Smyrna sponsors this event featuring fried fish dinners, live music, vintage aircraft displays and more. Proceeds benefit local charities. All ages. Smyrna Airport, 278 Doug Warpoole Road, Smyrna; 4 - 10 p.m.; $40; 615-459-2651 or rotaryofsmyrna.org.

29th Annual Greek Festival

See Friday, Sept. 9.

29th Annual Pioneer Power Days See Friday, Sept. 9.

FREE Animal Encounters

See Saturday, Sept. 3.

FREE Bicycle Tour of Stones River National Battlefield See Saturday, Sept. 3.


things to do FREE Bird Club

Bring your own binoculars and search for spring migrants along with resident birds of Tennessee. Ages 6 and older. Nickajack Wetlands (call for exact directions), Red Mile Road, Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Brentwood Barnes & Noble Storytime

See Saturday, Sept. 3.

Brian Regan

A night of stand-up comedy. Ages 14 and older. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $47.50 - $52.50; 615-8893060 or ryman.com.

FREE Christ the King Community Festival Enjoy festival activities including carnival games,

pony rides, a rock climbing wall, DJ, food and more. All ages. Christ the King School, 3105 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 615-292-9465 or cksraiders. org.

Chukkers for Charity This polo match and classic car show also includes a petting zoo and stick horse race for children. Proceeds benefit the Rochelle Center and Saddle Up! All ages. Riverview Farm, 1475 Moran Road, Franklin; 2 6:30 p.m.; $20 - $1,750; chukkersforcharity.net.

FREE Cloth Diapering 101

Learn the basics of cloth diapering, including available products. All ages. USA Baby & Kids, 1113 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin; 10:30 a.m.; 615-595-5565 or usababyandkids.com.

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here’s a plethora of independent school choices in Middle Tennessee, and you can discover a lot about several of them at Nashville Parent’s annual Private School Fair on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Adventure Science Center (ASC). From 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., you can meet with representatives from area schools who’ll be there to tell you everything about what their schools have to offer. You’ll learn about their academic programs, arts opportunities, sports programs, college-placement rates, financial aid and more. The Private School Fair is free, but regular admission applies to the ASC if you and the kids want to explore its exhibit areas. ASC is located at 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville. Call 615-256-2158 or visit nashvilleparent.com/privateschoolfair.

Commodores Football Cheer for the Vanderbilt Commodores when they challenge Middle Tennessee State. All ages. Vanderbilt Stadium, 2601 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30; 615-322-4653 or vucommodores.com.

FREE Cookeville Fall Fun Fest See Friday, Sept. 9.

Day Out With Thomas See Saturday, Sept. 3.

Evita

See Friday, Sept. 9.

FREE Fairview Nature Fest

A day of live music, children’s entertainment, hay rides, a history village and craft vendors. All ages. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 615-799-5544 or bowiepark.org.

FREE Family Film Festival

See Friday, Sept. 9.

Family Program: Beginner Mandolin

Learn basic chords, strumming techniques and a few tunes on this instrument popular in bluegrass and country music. Ages 7 and older. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 1 & 1:45 p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages

6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Family-Friendly Nature Cruise (Registration Required) See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Grand Ole Opry See Friday, Sept. 2.

Grandparents Day

Up to two grandparents get free admission with the purchase of any full-price general admission ticket. Spend the day enjoying more than 70 fun farm activities and animal encounters. All ages. Lucky Ladd Farms, 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $13 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12; 615-274-3786 or luckyladdfarms.com.

FREE Hallowed Ground Lantern Tour (Registration Required) Walk through the cemetery by lantern light while hearing the stories of soldiers and civilians about the terrible cost of the Civil War. All ages. Stones River National Battlefield, 1563 N. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 6:45 p.m.; 615-893-9501 or nps.gov/ stri.

Harbor Cruise (Registration Required) See Saturday, Sept. 3.

FREE Hike Day (Registration Required) Embark on a guided hike that includes moderate hill climbs across two to three miles. All ages. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 1 - 3 p.m.; 615-370-4672 or owlshill. org.

FREE Italian Lights Festival

See Friday, Sept. 9.

FREE Kidsville at the Parthenon

Celebrate Grandparent’s Day with a story and explore

opposites of big and little, wise and foolish with Athena, then make a thank-you card for someone who’s wise. Ages 12 and younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m.; conservancyonline.com/ about/kidsville.

FREE Marine Week Nashville

See Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Middle Tennessee Highland Games

Enjoy a day of music, dancing, exhibits, games, competitions, and food and craft vendors at this dogfriendly festivity. All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $13 adults, $5 children (combo tickets that include Hermitage admission are $29 adults, $13 children); 615889-2941 or thehermitage. com.

Moon Over Buffalo See Friday, Sept. 9

FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble Storytime See Saturday, Sept. 3.

FREE Music in the Vines

See Friday, Sept. 2.

Oklahoma!

See Friday, Sept. 9.

FREE Our Big Blue Marble

Celebrate Mother Earth by exploring our most important natural resources, creating a recycled craft and helping take care of the environment. All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; 615-352-6299 or nashville. gov/parks.

OZ Family Day

See page 41.

FREE Parnassus Saturday Storytime

See Saturday, Sept. 2.

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things to do Picture Perfect

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE Private School Fair See page 59.

FREE Puppets on the Porch

See Saturday, Sept. 3.

Saturday Night Delight

The Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra presents an evening of music from the Great American Songbook with works by Harold Arlen, Leonard Bernstein, Duke Ellington, George & Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Henry Mancini, Cole Porter and others. All ages. Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro; 7 p.m.; $40; 615-898-1862 or murfreesborosymphony.com.

Second Saturday

Enjoy a night in Sudekum Planetarium with a full-dome show (“Chaos & order), “Skies Over Nashville,” and two laser shows: “Laser Michael Jackson” and “Laser Dark Side of the Moon.” All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 6:30 - 10:30 p.m.; $6 members, $8 non-

members per show (“Skies” is $3 members, $6 nonmembers); 615-862-5160 or adventuresci.org/saturday.

FREE Shakespeare in the Park: The Comedy of Errors See Saturday, Sept. 3.

Speedway Racing

Tennessee State Fair See Friday, Sept. 9.

The Crucible

See Friday, Sept. 9.

The Guys

This play by Anne Nelson speaks to the healing power of grief and the intrinsic power of words with a setting in the week following the attacks of 9/11. Ages 16 and older. Belmont Little Theatre, 2112 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; Sat - Mon 7:30 p.m.; pay what you can; 917-842-6009 or pipelinecollective.com.

Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 615-5632787 or artscenterofcc.com.

Wine on the River

Sample wine, beer and/ or spirits from 10 different regions while enjoying food samplings from a variety of restaurants along with live jazz music. Proceeds benefit Hands On Nashville. Ages 21 and older. John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge, Shelby Ave., Nashville; 3 - 7 p.m.; $59 general admission, $85 VIP; wineontherivernashville.com.

Experience the thrill of an auto race featuring more than 500 laps. All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; 5 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 615-254-1986 or fairgroundsspeedwaynashville. com.

The Last Five Years

FREE Spring Hill Books-A-Million Storytime

Sun 11

The Patron Saint of Losing Sleep

29th Annual Greek Festival

See Saturday, Sept. 3.

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FREE Sulpher Dell Cup

Wetland Walk

FREE BMX Racing

Enjoy this 1860s-style vintage baseball tournament with games at 10 a.m., 12 & 2 p.m. All ages. Carnton Plantation, 10 a.m.; tennesseevintagebaseball. com.

FREE Sumner Barnes & Noble Storytime

See Saturday, Sept. 3.

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FREE White Oak Craft Fair

The work of more than 75 craft artisans will be on sale, including textiles, woodcarving, pottery, photography, chairs, baskets, stained glass and more. All ages. The Arts Center of

Experience the thrill of BMX while watching racers compete on a bicycle motocross track. All ages. Music City BMX, 2901 Bell Road, Nashville; 2 p.m.; 615-361-5533 or facebook. com/musiccitybmx.

Boyz II Men with the Nashville Symphony

A night of pop music featuring hits like “Motownphilly,” “End of the Road” and others. All ages. Ascend Amphitheater, 301 First Ave. S., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $60 - $90; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Children’s Nutcracker Auditions

Local kids can bring a 4X6 full body photo and try out for a role in Nashville Ballet’s 2016 production of Nashville’s Nutcracker. Boys ages 7 - 11 audition from 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; girls ages 7 - 9 are from 12 - 1 p.m.; girls 10 - 11 are from 1 - 2 p.m. Martin Center for Nashville Ballet, 3630 Redmon St., Nashville; $10; 615-297-2966 or nashvilleballet.com/youthcast.

Kids have fun playing bocce ball during the Italian Lights Festival taking place Sept. 9 - 11 at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in Nashville.

Day Out With Thomas See Saturday, Sept. 3.

Evita

See Friday, Sept. 9.

FREE Family Film Festival

See Friday, Sept. 9.

Family-Friendly Nature Cruise (Registration Required) See Sunday, Sept. 4.

FREE Franklin Civil War Roundtable

Rhea Cole will speak on “The Signal Corp.” All ages. Carnton Plantation, 1345 Eastern Flank Cir., Franklin; 3 p.m.; battleoffranklintrust.com.

Garbology: What Comes Around, Goes Around (Registration Required)

During this homeschool program, kids will learn what happens to trash and what they can do to reduce it through hands-on activities. Ages 4 - 18. Rosenwald Community Center, 565 Mason Tucker Drive, Smyrna; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 1 - 4 p.m.; $5 per student, $20 per family; 615-459-9773, janet.amend@townofsmyrna. org or townofsmyrna.org.

Give Freely Day

The entire adventure park is open — including zip lines, ropes courses and quantum leap — for a pay-by-donation basis of any amount. Proceeds will benefit a Ugandan family who is caring for orphans from its neighborhood. All ages. Adventureworks, 1300 Narrows of the Harpeth Road, Kingston Springs; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; voluntary donation; 615-297-2250 or adventureworks.com.

FREE Italian Lights Festival

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things to do Labyrinth 30th Anniversary Screening

See the 1986 musical fantasy starring David Bowie back on the big screen. All ages. Regal Green Hills Cinema (3815 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville) and Regal Opry Mills (517 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville); 2 & 7 p.m.; $13.66; fathomevents.com.

FREE Make Letterpress Art with Hatch Show Print

Eastern Flank Cir., Franklin; tennesseevintagebaseball. com.

Tennessee State Fair See Friday, Sept. 9.

The Crucible

See Friday, Sept. 9.

The Guys

See Saturday, Sept. 10.

The Kidz Bop Kids: Life of the Party Tour

Get creative by making prints while exploring old-school letterpress art making. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 12, 1 & 2 p.m.; 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

A night of pop music for kids by kids. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 6 p.m.; $29.50 - $35; 615-8893060 or ryman.com.

FREE Marine Week Nashville

See Friday, Sept. 9.

See Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Moon Over Buffalo See Friday, Sept. 9.

FREE Music in the Vines

See Friday, Sept. 2.

Oklahoma!

See Friday, Sept. 9.

Our AG Memories (Registration Required) Share conversation starters, create a special craft, take home exclusive activities and enjoy a meal. Ages 8 and older. American Girl Store at CoolSprings Galleria, 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $38; 877247-5223 or americangirl. com/retail/nashville.php.

Picture Perfect

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE Shakespeare in the Park: The Comedy of Errors See Saturday, Sept. 3.

FREE Sulpher Dell Cup The Franklin Farriers home field hosts this 1860s-style vintage baseball tournament with games at 12 and 2:30 p.m. All ages. Carnton Plantation, 1345

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The Patron Saint of Losing Sleep Titans Football

A local girl has fun soaring through the air on a zipline at Adventureworks. On Sunday, Sept. 11, your family can zip on a donation basis during Give Freely Day. FREE Adoption 101 (Registration Required)

Cheer for the Tennessee Titans when they challenge the Minnesota Vikings. All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 12 p.m.; $45 - $285; 615-565-4200 or titansonline.com.

Learn about the process for domestic, interstate and international adoptions. Adults. Heaven Sent Children, 2604 Merchants Walk, Murfreesboro; 6 - 8 p.m.; 615-898-0803 or heavensentchildren.com.

FREE White Oak Craft Fair

After-School Art!

See Saturday, Sept. 10.

FREE Williamson County Community Band

An evening of music featuring marches, show tunes, patriotic favorites, jazz melodies and more. Bring picnics, lawn chairs and blankets. All ages. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 5 p.m.; 615302-0971, ext. 2216, or wcparksandrec.com.

Mon 12 FREE A Walk in the Woods

Embark on a group hike along the trails. Meet at Shelter 1. Ages 13 and older. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 9 - 10 a.m.; 615-799-5544 or bowiepark.org.

Learn about art in a handson learning environment while creating with a variety of mediums. First graders and higher. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 4 - 5 p.m.; $3; murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Created Equal

This film and discussion series bridges cultures to educate the community on America’s civil rights struggle. All ages. Bradley Academy Museum & Cultural Center, 415 S. Academy St., Murfreesboro; 1 - 4 p.m.; 615-962-8773 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Early Explorers

Visit the preschool area for breakfast, see a planetarium show, then enjoy a storytime activity. Ages 3 - 5. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $10 adults,

$5 ages 5 and younger; Discounted admission applies to arrivals prior to 9:45 a.m., regular rates apply thereafter.; 615-862-5160 or adventuresci.org.

FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble Storytime

Stories and activities. All ages. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; 615895-8580 or bn.com.

Nolensville Wiggles and Giggles

Enjoy organized games and play time. Ages 3 - 6. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville; 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.; $2; 615786-0200 ext. 2410 or wcparksandrec.com.

PREDecessor Learn to Play (Registration Required)

This hockey class for kids not yet ready for league play emphasizes core skating fundamentals along with general hockey knowledge and getting a feel for the puck. Class takes place Mondays, Sept. 12 - Oct. 17. Ages 5 - 18. Ford Ice Center, 5264 Hickory Hollow Pkwy., Nashville; 6

p.m.; $65 plus $46 one-time registration; 615-742-4399 or fordicecenter.com.

RadKids

This program includes curriculum topics like revolutionary bullying prevention, preventing/ stopping predator tricks (including physical resistance strategies against abduction, Internet safety, personal touch) and personal space safety at home, school, and while you’re out and about. Grades 2 - 6. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 4 - 6 p.m.; $3; 615-8937439 or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

Snack Attack!

Prepare tasty snacks in the kitchen. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

SPARK!

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

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things to do FREE Storytime: Ferdinand the Bull

Nashville Ballet presents an interactive story based on Munro Leaf’s book. Ages 3 - 6. Donelson Branch Library, 2315 Lebanon Pike, Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; 615297-2966 or nashvilleballet. com.

Tennessee State Fair See Friday, Sept. 9.

The Guys

See Saturday, Sept. 10.

Titans Ten Pin Tailgate (Registration Required) Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker hosts this celebrity bowling tournament where you can bowl

alongside your favorite Titans while raising money for the Delanie Walker Gives Back Foundation, a non-profit providing inner city and lowincome kids with educational opportunities and resources to help them reach their full potential. The fundraiser includes bowling, a cocktail reception, food, live music, live and silent auctions, and

more. Adults. Kings Bowling, 1910 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 6:30 - 10 p.m.; $75 general admission, $200 VIP (includes T-shirt and a Tennessee Titans Signature Series Football for celebrity autographs); 859448-3430 or delaniewalker. org.

Tumbleweeds (Registration Required) Learn tumbling basics. Ages 3 - 5. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:15 - 11 a.m.; $3; 615-895-5040 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Tue 13 Busy Bees

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

FREE Courtyard Concert Series

The WannaBeatles perform the hits of the Fab Four in the Robinson Courtyard. All ages. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 615-8625800 or library.nashville.org.

Crafternoon

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

SPOTLIGHT:

Tennessee State Fair Sept. 9 - 18

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en days of family fun is at the forefront of the 2016 Tennessee State Fair. This year’s theme is “A Tennessee Tradition.” There’s something for everyone in your family, including 31 Midway rides ranging from tame ones for tots to extreme thrills for the most daring among you. A few of this year’s shows include the Great Lakes Timber Show, Hedrick’s Racing Pigs, Afican Acrobats, Western Comedy Showdown, Korso the Magician, Boxing and Balloon Bonanza — kids will love seeing the unbelievable balloon sculptures! Little ones can mosey into the Kids’ Country area where they can interact with a variety of barnyard animals along with learning about a farmer’s life. Live music fills the air nightly, and there are several contests you can compete in like karaoke, ice cream eating, potato sack racing, hula hooping, a kids’ tractor pull, pageants and the new cornhole tournament for ages 11 and older — the winning team will take home $300. The Fairgrounds are located at 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville. Gates are open Mon - Fri 5 - 10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun 12 - 10 p.m. Tickets are $8 adults, $6 ages 3 - 17, free ages 2 and younger. Unlimited ride armbands are $25 on weekdays, $30 on weekends. Call 615-852-8997 or visit tnstatefair.org.

Evita

See Friday, Sept. 9.

FITMommy

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Grand Ole Opry See Friday, Sept. 2.

Homeschool P.E.

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Homeschool Program: Engineering (Registration Required) Homeschool students can participate in hands-on challenges that develop problem-solving skills while kids discover how things work. Ages 4 - 18. Rosenwald Community Center, 565 Mason Tucker Drive, Smyrna; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 1 - 4 p.m.; $5 per

student, $20 per family; 615-459-9773, janet. amend@townofsmyrna.org or townofsmyrna.org.

Los Lonely Boys

A night of acoustic music. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 8 p.m.; $50 - $62; 615-5382076 or franklintheatre.com.

NPR’s Ask Me Another National Public Radio’s live comedy and trivia show broadcasts live from Music City. All ages. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $26.50 - $31.50; 615-7824040 or tpac.org.

FREE Perform Murfreesboro Makeup FX (Registration Required) See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

SPARK!

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

FREE Spring Hill Books-A-Million Storytime

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Spring Hill Wiggles and Giggles See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Storytime Yoga (Registration Required) See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

FREE Storytime: Cinderella

Join the Fairy Godmother for this interactive storytime as she shares the story of Cinderella’s magical night using movement, enchanted music and actual photographs from Nashville Ballet’s production of Cinderella. Ages 3 - 6. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; 615-297-2966 or nashvilleballet.com.

FREE Sumner Barnes & Noble Storytime

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

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things to do Tennessee State Fair See Friday, Sept. 9

Tuesdays for Tots

Stop by the studio in the Learning Center to craft an original artwork. Ages 3 - 5. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($16 adults, $9 ages 3 -17); 615-356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

FREE Turtle Search

Help observe and collect data on local box turtles. Ages 8 and older. Nickajack Wetlands (call for exact directions), Red Mile Road, Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Water Polo

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

FREE Youth Set Design See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Wed 14 30th Annual Heritage Days

Celebrate the beginning of autumn with living history presentations, skilled craftsmen, farm animals, live music and more. Kids can explore what life was like as a Civil War soldier with hands-on activities and tours of the historic house. All ages. Sam Davis Home, 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna; 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $5 ages 5 and older; 615-459-2341 or samdavishome.org.

Animal Antics

See Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Archery Homeschool Day (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Corn Maze Adventure Opening

The three-acre corn maze opens today and runs through Oct. 30, and kids can have fun with one of the interactive maze games. September farm hours are Wed - Fri 10

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a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 12 - 5 p.m. All ages. Lucky Ladd Farms, 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $13 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12; 615-274-3786 or luckyladdfarms.com.

Music City Roots

The Last Five Years

FREE Nature Play Day

Tumbleweeds (Registration Required)

See Wednesday, Sept. 7.

See Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Have fun getting wet and muddy at the Nature Play Area while building a fort, playing in the water, climbing, crawling and more. Ages 1 and older with a parent. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Fifth Annual Benefit for Preston Taylor Ministries

PREDecessor Learn to Play (Registration Required)

Evita

See Friday, Sept. 9.

Fairview Wiggles and Giggles

A night of music with Barry Dean, Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird, Lori McKenna and others. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 7 p.m.; $30 $85; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

Homeschool Creativity Class

See Wednesday, Sept. 7.

FREE Homeschool Performer’s Class

Classes include singing in a choir, performing improv, applying theater makeup, acting techniques and more. All ages. The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.; free with Perform Murfreesboro membership ($25/year); murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Registration Required)

This hockey class for kids not yet ready for league play emphasizes core skating fundamentals along with general hockey knowledge and getting a feel for the puck. Class takes place Wednesdays, Sept. 14 Oct. 19. Ages 9 - 18. Ford Ice Center, 5264 Hickory Hollow Pkwy., Nashville; 6 p.m.; $65 plus $46 one-time registration; 615-742-4399 or fordicecenter.com.

FREE Storytime: Ferdinand the Bull

Nashville Ballet presents an interactive story based on Munro Leaf’s book about a peaceful bull that only wants to smell the flowers in the meadow. Ages 3 - 6. North Branch Library, 1001 Monroe St., Nashville; 10 a.m.; 615297-2966 or nashvilleballet. com.

Tales and Trails (Registration Required)

See Friday, Sept. 2.

See Wednesday, Sept. 7.

KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Registration Required)

Tennessee State Fair

See Friday, Sept. 2.

FREE Kids’ Hour

Multi-instrumentalist Jacob Johnson entertains kids. Ages 10 and younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 615-550-5660 or wholefoodsmarket.com.

See Friday, Sept. 9.

Kids ages 8 and older can participate in the Turtle Search project at Nickajack Wetlands in Murfreesboro on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

See Thursday, Sept. 8.

See Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Wild Things (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Youth Yoga

See Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Thu 15 30th Annual Heritage Days

See Wednesday, Sept . 14.

7 Ways to Sunday

The Theater Bug’s original musical returns for a limited engagement run. The show deals with heavy topics of depression and teen suicide. Ages 13 and older. The Theater Bug, 4809 Gallatin Pike, Nashville; Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 & 7 p.m., Sun 6 p.m.; $15; 615-818-7358 or thetheaterbug.org.

FREE Adoption PATH Training (Reservations Required)

This adoption training program is a 7-week course geared toward adoption older children without having to foster first. Adults. Bethany Christian Services, 230 Great Circle Road, Nashville; 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.; 615-242-0909 or bethany.org/ nashville.

Afflicted: Daughters of Salem

Award-winning playwright Laurie Brooks’ fictionalized look at the events leading to the Salem witch trials encompasses peer politics and teenage rebellion. Ages 10 and older. Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; today 6:30 p.m., Sept. 17, 24 & 25 at 2 p.m., Sept. 12 at 1 p.m.; $20 adult, $15 youth; 615-252-4675 or nashvillect.org.

Basic Yoga

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Busy Bees

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Evita

See Friday, Sept. 9.

FREE It Looks Like Play (Registration Required) This program features lots of sensory activities for hands-on learning. Ages 9 months - 4 years. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 10 - 11 a.m.; 615-371-0090, ext. 8380, or brentwood-tn.org/library.

Lake Street Dive

A night of multi-genre music including southern rock, folk rock, jazz and blueeyed soul. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. North, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $32.50; 615-889-3060 or ryman.com. Daily events continue on page 69.


Storytimes at Your Local Library DAVIDSON

All Davidson County libraries can be accessed online at nashvillepubliclibrary.org. Bellevue Public Library 720 Baugh Road, Nashville 615-862-5854

• Family Fun Time: Mon 6:30 p.m.; Ages 3 - 5 • Mother Goose Moments: Mon 10:15 a.m.; Ages 0 - 2 • Preschool Storytime: Wed 10:15 & 11:15 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5

Bordeaux Public Library 4000 Clarksville Pike, Nashville 615-862-5856

• Preschool Storytime: Tue 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5 • Twilight Storytime: Tue 6 p.m.; All ages

Donelson Public Library 2315 Lebanon Road, Donelson 615-862-5859

• Preschool Storytime: Mon 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 6

East Branch Library 206 Gallatin Road, Nashville 615-862-5860

• Preschool Storytime: Mon 10:15 a.m.; Ages 2 - 4

Edmondson Branch Library 5501 Edmondson Pike, Nashville 615-880-3957

• Big Kids’ Clubhouse Storytime: Thu 4:30 p.m.; Ages 5 - 9 • Stories with Ms. Tori: Wed 10 & 11 a.m.; Ages 0 - 5

Goodlettsville Library 106 Brick Church Pike Goodlettsville • 615-880-3957

• Preschool Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5 • Toddler Time: Mon 10:30 a.m.; Ages 18 months - 3 years

Green Hills Branch Library 3701 Benham Ave., Nashville 615-862-5863

• Little Learners: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3-5 • Nightlight Storytime: 2nd & last Mon 6 p.m.; Ages 3 - 7 • Sounds of Storytelling: Tue 10:30 a.m.; Ages 0 - 4 • Toddler Tales: Mon 10:30 a.m.; Ages 1-2

Hermitage Branch Library 3700 James Kay Lane, Hermitage 615-880-3951

• Baby & Me: Tue 1 p.m.; Ages 0 - 24 months • Preschool Storytime: Wed 10 & 11 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5

• Starlight Storytime: 2nd & 4th Mon 6:30 p.m.; Ages 4 - 10

Inglewood Branch Library 4312 Gallatin Road, Nashville 615-862-5866

• Preschool Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 2 - 5 • Wonder Baby: Mon 10 & 11 a.m.; Ages 0 - 24 months

Madison Branch Library 610 Gallatin Road S., Madison 615-862-5868

• Baby Storytime: Mon & Fri 10:30 a.m.; Ages 0 - 24 months • Preschool Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5

Nashville Public Library 615 Church St., Nashville 615-862-5800

• Preschool Storytime: Tue - Wed at 9:30, 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.; Ages 2 - 5

North Branch Library 1001 Monroe St., Nashville 615-862-5858

• Preschool Storytime: Wed 10 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5

Old Hickory Branch Library 1010 Jones St., Old Hickory 615-862-5869 • Storytime with Miss Candice: Mon 10:30 a.m.; All ages

Richland Park Branch Library 4711 Charlotte Ave., Nashville 615-862-5870 • Baby & Me: Tue 10:30 a.m.; Ages 0 - 24 months • Preschool Storytime: Mon 10:30 a.m.; Ages 2 - 6

Southeast Branch Library 5260 Hickory Hollow Pkwy. Antioch • 615-862-5871

• Babies & Books: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 0 - 3 • Little Book Worms: Tue 10:30 a.m.; Ages 2 - 5 • Saturday Storytime: Sat 10:30 a.m.; All ages

Thompson Lane Branch Library 380 Thompson Lane, Nashville 615-862-5873

• Family Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 18 months - 5 years

RUTHERFORD La Vergne Public Library 5063 Murfreesboro Road La Vergne • 615-793-7303 lavergnetn.org

• Homeschool Storytime: Mon 10 a.m.; Grades K - 3

things to do • Jammies & Stories: Thu 6:30 p.m.; All ages • Little Treasures: Thu 10 a.m.; Ages 0 - 24 months • Once Upon a Storytime: Tue & Wed 10 a.m.; Ages 2 & older

Linebaugh Public Library 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro 615-893-4131 • linebaugh.org

• Itty Bitty Storytime: Thu 10 a.m.; Ages 0 - 23 months • Storytime @ Linebaugh: Tue & Wed 10 a.m.; All ages

Smyrna Public Library 400 Enon Springs Road W. Smyrna 615-459-4884 • linebaugh.org

• Baby & Me Storytime: Fri 10 a.m.; Ages 0 - 24 months • Wiggle Giggle & Read: Tue - Thu 10 a.m. (plus Wed 3:30 p.m.); All ages

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Gallatin Public Library 123 E. Main St., Gallatin 615-452-1722 • gallatinlibrary.org • Music with Ms. Shannon: Tue10:30 & 11:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5 • Storytime: Thu 5 p.m. & Fri 10:30 a.m.; All ages • Wiggler’s Class: Wed 9:45 a.m.; Ages 0 - 2-and-a-half

Hendersonville Public Library 140 Saundersville Road Hendersonville • 615-824-0656 youseemore.com/hendersonville • Baby & Me: Wed 10:15 & 11 a.m., 2 p.m.; Ages 3 & younger • Lapsit: Thu 11 a.m. & 2:15 p.m.; Ages 0 - 2 • Preschool Storytime: Mon 10:15 & 11 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5

Portland Public Library 301 Portland Blvd., Portland 615-325-2279 youseemore.com/portland

• Lapsit: Fri 10:30 a.m.; Ages 0 - 24 months • Preschool Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5

Westmoreland Public Library 2305 Epperson Springs Road Westmoreland 615-644-2026 youseemore.com/westmoreland • Preschool Storytime: Tue 11 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5

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Bethesda Public Library 4905 Bethesda Road, Thompson’s Station • 615-790-1887 wcpltn.org • Preschool Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 4 • Toddler Time: Tue 10:30 a.m.; Ages 18 - 35 months

Brentwood Public Library 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood 615-371-0090 • brentwood-tn. org/library

• Storytime: Tue - Wed 10 & 11 a.m., Sat 10:30 a.m.; Ages preschool elementary.

College Grove Community Library 8607 Horton Hwy., College Grove 615-368-3222 • wcpltn.org • Preschool Storytime: Thu 10 a.m.; Ages 2 - 5

Fairview Public Library 2240 Fairview Blvd., Fairview 615-799-0235 • wcpltn.org

• Preschool Storytime: Wed 10 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5

Leiper’s Fork Public Library 5333 Old Hwy. 96, Franklin 615-794-7019 • wcpltn.org

• Preschool Storytime: Tue 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5 • Toddler Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 18 - 35 months

Nolensville Public Library 915 Oldham Drive, Nolensville 615-776-5490 • wcpltn.org

• Preschool Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 6 • Toddler Storytime: Tue 10:30 a.m.; Ages 18 months - 3 years

Spring Hill Public Library 144 Kedron Pkwy., Spring Hill 931-486-2932 springhilllibrary.org

• Baby Time: Tue & Fri 9:15 a.m.; Ages 0 - 24 months • Preschool Storytime: Mon - Thu 10 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5

Williamson County Public Library 1314 Columbia Ave., Franklin 615-555-1244 • wcpltn.org

• Preschool Storytime: Wed - Thu 10 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5 • Toddler Time: Tue 10 & 11:15 a.m.; Ages 18 months - 3 years • Snuggle Bug Baby Lapsit: Fri 10 a.m.; Ages 0 - 18 months (please turn the page)

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Kids Day JOIN US! Sunday, October 9th 12–4

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Liberty Hall located inside The Factory at Franklin

FREE

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Face Painting, Bounce Houses, Wild Animal Encounters, Magicians, character meet & Greets, and more!

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things to do TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m.; $28 - $89; 615-782-4040 or nashvilleballet.com.

Colorful Run 4 the Cure

Wear all white and become a piece of art as you participate in this 5K through the Westhaven Community while getting doused with lots of colorful (non-toxic) powder along the way. Afterward, enjoy music and dancing. Proceeds benefit pediatric cancer research at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. All ages. Westhaven Community, 1001 Westhaven Blvd., Franklin; 6:30 p.m.; $35 adults/$15 ages 10 and younger in advance, $55 adults/$20 kids on race day; 615-7916740 or thegraffitirun.com/ events/franklin-tn.

Nashville Ballet presents Cinderella at TPAC’s Polk Theater, Sept. 16 - 18.

Melody Painting Party (Registration Required) Color your world during this tea party that includes fruit, muffins, sandwiches and more in the Bistro, then participate in a ‘60s-style painting session. Ages 6 and older. American Girl Store at CoolSprings Galleria, 4:45 p.m.; $35; 877-247-5223 or americangirl.com/retail/ nashville.php.

Mommy & Me Yoga See Thursday, Sept, 1.

FREE Music on Main

Bring lawn chairs and blankets for a night of music with cover band The Nash Tones, plus there’s a kids’ zone and food trucks. All ages. City Hall Park, 105 S. Main St., Goodlettsville; 6 p.m.; 615-851-2231 or cityofgoodlettsville.org.

Nature Nuts

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE Parnassus Storytime

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE Perform Murfreesboro Dance Class

See Thursday, Sept. 8.

Picture Perfect

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE Pizza & Pages

Explore a theme and make a craft during this unique book club experience. Ages 13 and older. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 - 5 p.m.; 615371-0090 or brentwood-tn. org/library.

FREE Shakespeare in the Park: The Comedy of Errors

The Last Five Years See Thursday, Sept. 8.

The Patron Saint of Losing Sleep See Friday, Sept. 9.

Water Polo

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Youth Volleyball Class

Beginners to advanced players can develop and refine their skills like bumping, setting and spiking. Ages 9 - 17. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 4:30 - 6 p.m.; $3; murfreesborotn.gov.

Fri 16 30th Annual Heritage Days

See Saturday, Sept. 3.

See Wednesday, Sept. 14.

FREE StrollerCoasters

33rd Annual Home Decorating & Remodeling Show

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Tennessee State Fair See Friday, Sept. 9.

This upscale consumer show features products and services dealing with the home,

Dodgeball Night (Registration Required) decorating inside and out, and overall remodeling ideas. All ages. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; Fri 12 - 9 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $10 adults, free ages 11 and younger; 800-3438344 or nashvillehomeshow. com.

Kids can enjoy a night of dodgeball games, pizza and a movie. Ages 5 - 12. LPG Sports Academy, 109 Rand Place, Franklin; 6:30 - 10 p.m.; $15 in advance, $20 day of ($5 for pizza); 615-891-7028 or lpgsportsacademy.com.

7 Ways to Sunday

See Friday, Sept. 9.

Amos Lee

Family Campfire and Pokemon Go-ing

A night of folk, rock and soul music with special guest Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors. All ages. Ascend Amphitheater, 301 First Ave. S., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $30 - $65; ascendamphitheater. com.

Enjoy family time around the campfire with s’mores while trying to catch nearby Pokemon. All ages. Sharp Springs Natural Area, 311 Jefferson Pike, Smyrna; 7 - 9 p.m.; $2; 615-459-9773 or townofsmyrna.org.

FREE Brilliant Sky Storytime

FREE Family Film Festival

See Thursday, Sept. 15.

See Friday, Sept. 2.

Cinderella

Nashville Ballet presents a sparkling rendition of this whimsical love story fairytale filled with magic. All ages.

Evita

Enjoy a screening of The Peanuts Movie. All ages. NCG Cinema, 1035 Greensboro Drive, Gallatin; 9 a.m.; 615-451-9500 or ncgmovies.com. (please turn the page)

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things to do Full Moon Pickin’ Party

Enjoy bluegrass music under the light of the full moon. All ages. Warner Park Equestrian Center, 2500 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 7 - 11 p.m.; $20 ages 18 and older, $7 ages 7 - 17, free ages 6 and younger; 615-370-8053 or warnerparks.org.

Full Moonshine Mixology

During this parents’ night out activity you can explore the molecular gastronomy behind all-things moonshine with staff from Short Mountain Distillery. Learn the science behind the distilling process, the chemistry of cocktails and the physics of cooking with shine. It’s also the full harvest moon, so you’ll learn the lore of full moons and the science behind them. Ages 21 and older. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 6:30 - 10 p.m.; $20; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Grand Ole Opry

See Friday, Sept. 2.

FREE Hendersonville Cruise-In See Friday, Sept. 2.

KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Registration Required) See Friday, Sept. 2.

KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Registration Required) See Friday, Sept. 2.

Moon Over Buffalo See Friday, Sept. 9.

FREE Music in the Vines

See Friday, Sept. 2.

Oklahoma!

See Friday, Sept. 9.

Picture Perfect

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Science a la Cart Participate in science

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experiments. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

FREE Shakespeare in the Park: The Comedy of Errors See Saturday, Sept. 3.

Suite Surrender

This play tells the story of two USO stars who have a longstanding rivalry and wind up inadvertently staying in the same suite at a luxurious Florida hotel. The comedy is rife with mistaken identities, overblown egos, double entendres and more. Ages 10 and older. Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro; through Sept. 25: Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $15 adults, $13 students, $11 children; 615904-2787 or boroarts.org.

Tennessee State Fair See Friday, Sept. 9.

The Crucible

See Friday, Sept. 9.

The Last Five Years See Thursday, Sept. 8.

The Patron Saint of Losing Sleep See Friday, Sept. 9.

FREE Third Friday Night Concert Series

Bring lawn chairs and blankets for live music by local bands. All ages. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 7 p.m.; 615-890-0355 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Toddler Time with Thomas (Registration Required) See Friday, Sept. 2.

Sat 17 33rd Annual Home Decorating & Remodeling Show See Friday, Sept. 16.

43rd Annual Heritage Ball

This black-tie affair features cocktails, dinner, a live auction, dancing and music by Al Paris and the Heartbreakers. Proceeds benefit the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County. Adults. Eastern Flank Battlefield Park, 1345 Eastern Flank Cir. Franklin; 6 p.m.; $375; 615591-8500 or historicfranklin. com.

7 Ways to Sunday See Thursday, Sept. 15.

Afflicted: Daughters of Salem See Thursday, Sept. 15.

FREE Animal Encounters

See Saturday, Sept. 3.

FREE Bicycle Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

See Saturday, Sept. 3.

Bill Anderson

A night of country music. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 8 p.m.; $42 - $52; 615-5382076 or franklintheatre.com.

Bluebird on the Mountain

Enjoy a night of local singer/ songwriters performing outside. All ages. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood; 7 p.m.; $130 per carload of eight; 800-745-3000 or dyer. vanderbilt.edu.

FREE Brentwood Barnes & Noble Storytime

See Saturday, Sept. 3.

Building with Biology

A day of activities that extend STEM learning through scientific dialogue about synthetic biology. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Cardboard Boat Regatta

Bring your own cardboard boat or spend the day watching captains and their crews race their boats across the pool before they sink. Teams consist of one to four people who must be in the boat at all times. Submit entries by Sept. 16. For rules/regulations on boat design, contact Kyle Goss at kgoss@murfreesborotn. gov. Ages 13 and older. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $4 adults, $3 kids; 615-895-5040 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

CF Cycle for Life

Hop on your bike for a 15-, 30- or 65-mile ride benefiting the local chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. All ages. Thompson’s Station’s Tollgate Village, 4443 Columbia Pike, Franklin; 7:30 a.m.; $45 registration plus a $165 fundraising minimum; 615-255-1167 or cff.org/ nashville.

Cinderella

See Friday, Sept. 16.

Concert 4 the Cure

Enjoy an evening of music featuring Vic and the Spoils and Kellie Pickler benefiting cancer research at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. All ages. Westhaven Residents Club Great Lawn, 401 Cheltenham Ave., Franklin; 6 p.m.; $35 adults, $15 children; westhaventn.com.

Cornelia Fort Pickin’ Party

This family-friendly bluegrass music series features Brazilbilly and Jesse Lee Jones with Ashleigh Caudill along with local food trucks, craft beer and plenty of space for kids to run around. All ages. Cornelia Fort Airpark, 1093 Shadow Lane, Nashville; 6 - 10 p.m.; $12 in advance/$15 at the gate adults, $5 ages 12 - 20, free ages 11 and younger; friendsofshelby.org.

Dog Day Festival

Bring your family’s canine for this day of fun featuring doggie arts and crafts, carnival games, K-9 demonstrations, pet adoptions, an agility course, microchip clinic, a kids’ zone, pet training classes, shopping and more. All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $5 adults, free ages 9 and younger; 615-352-1010 or nashvillehumane.org.

Evita

See Friday, Sept. 9.

Fall Color Cruise (Registration Required) Enjoy the changing autumn colors from a 40-foot pontoon boat during a float down the Cumberland where you’ll also see migrating birds like osprey, cormorants, American coots, great white herons and great egrets. All ages. Blue Heron Nature Cruises at Riverbluff Park, 175 Old Cumberland St., Ashland City; cruises run Wed - Sat at 10:30 a.m., 1 & 4 p.m.; Sun at 11 a.m., 2 & 4 p.m.; $14 adults, $9 ages 3 - 17, free ages 2 and younger; 615-385-7007 or blueheroncruises.com.

FREE Family Film Festival

See Friday, Sept. 16.

Family Program: Beginner Banjo Workshop

Robin Ruddy leads this group lesson introducing the banjo, including simple chords and picking techniques. Ages 7 and older. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 1 & 1:45 p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Full Moon Zip Tour (Registration Required) Experience a zip line excursion across nine lines in the woods under the light of the full moon. Ages 6 and


things to do older. Adventureworks, 1300 Narrows of the Harpeth Road, Kingston Springs; 7:30, 7:45 & 8 p.m.; $65; 615-2972250 or adventureworks.com.

Grand Ole Opry See Friday, Sept. 2.

FREE Green Hills Park Festival

Mingle with family and friends while enjoying food trucks, bounce houses, games, a beer garden and pop-up market, followed by an outdoor screening of a familyfriendly flick when the sun goes down. All ages. Green Hills Park, 1200 Lone Oak Road, Nashville; 4 - 9 p.m.; 615-473-4855.

FREE Greenway Art Festival

This juried art show features artists with works in oils, acrylics, watercolors, pottery, silversmithing, sculpture, glass and more. Kids can enjoy hands-on creativity in the children’s arts and crafts area. All ages. Old Fort Park, 1025 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 615-8932141 or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

FREE Heart Walk

A walk and kid-friendly activities like inflatables and face painting to promote heart-healthy living. All ages. St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital, 1800 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 8 a.m.; 615-340-4102 or rutherfordheartwalk.org.

Hendersonville Half Marathon

This inaugural marathon benefits the building of Mary’s Magical Place, an inclusive and interactive playground for disabled children, adults and veterans. All ages. The Streets of Indian Lake, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 7 a.m.; $65; hendersonvillehalf. com.

Heritage Music Festival

This inaugural festival featuring Jeff Black honors the zoo’s history with Americana-style music on the front lawn and living history demonstrations on the back. Guests will learn about the life and times of a few Nashvillians over the last 200 years. All ages. Nashville Zoo,

3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; included with zoo admission ($16 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12); 615-833-1534 or nashvillezoo.org.

Hustle for the House

Run or walk a 5K or onemile course to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville. All ages. Ronald McDonald House, 2144 Fairfax Ave., Nashville; 7:30 a.m.; $25 (5K), $15 (fun run), $10 (dogs) prior to Sept. 10 (prices increase by $5 afterward); 615-343-4000 or rmhcnashville.com.

FREE Kidsville at the Parthenon

Trombone musician David Loucky from Intersection Music Ensemble will show kids how new music can expand their minds and ears, then make a trombone craft. Ages 12 and younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m.; conservancyonline.com/ about/kidsville.

Larry Keeton Live Music Series

Connye Florance presents a night of jazz music. All ages. The Larry Keeton Theater, 7:30 p.m.; $12 in advance, $15 at the door; 615-8838375 or thelarrykeetontheatre. org.

SPOTLIGHT:

Cheekwood Harvest Sept. 17 - Oct. 30

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all into family fun this autumn season during the Cheekwood Harvest Celebration. Take in the beauty of more than 5,000 chrysanthemums in deep fall hues decorating the Robertson Ellis Color Garden. Have fun with the kids walking the grounds to gander at the Scarecrows exhibit, then pop over to the pumpkin patch to pick the perfect pumpkin to take home to carve, paint or decorate. Throughout Cheekwood Harvest, there will be special events and activities like live music, children’s entertainment, seasonal art activities for kids and more. Check the website for the complete schedule of events. Cheekwood’s located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. Admission is $16 adults, $9 ages 3 - 17. Call 615-356-8000 or visit cheekwood.org.

FREE Make 3D Animals (Registration Required)

Learn how to make 3D figures by folding paper. Projects include cicadas, birds, snails, butterflies, flowers and more. All ages. Beaman Park Nature Center, 5911 W. Old Hickory Blvd., Ashland City; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 615-8958580 or nashville.gov/parks.

Moon Over Buffalo See Friday, Sept. 9.

MurfMadness 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

With male and female divisions, local kids can enjoy

this basketball competition hosted by Murfreesboro Parks and Rec with First Shot Basketball Foundation. Grades 2 - 12. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 8 a.m.; $60 per team; 615893-7439 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble Storytime See Saturday, Sept. 3.

Music City Food & Wine Festival

The country’s top chefs and wine/spirits/beer crafters join Nashville-area chefs for panels, showcases, cooking demonstrations, meals and more. Adults. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville; 11 a.m.; $150 - $500; musiccityfoodandwinefestival. com.

Music City Mutt Strutt

Bring Fido for this 5K or one-mile fun run benefiting the Nashville Humane Association, then stick around the park for the Dog Day Festival. All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 8:30 a.m.; $25 adults, $20 ages 11 - 18, free ages 10 and younger; 615-352-1010 or nashvillehumane.org.

FREE Music in the Vines

See Friday, Sept. 2.

Nashville Mini Maker Faire

Celebrate the maker movement during this showcase highlighting local makers, hackers, tinkerers, inventors and dreamers. There’s a wide variety of exhibitions, from origami to robotics and everything in between. All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $5 adults, $3 ages 3 - 17; 615-8625160 or adventuresci.org/ makerfaire. (please turn the page)

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things to do then you’ll ride to TPAC (round-trip transportation provided) to experience Nashville Ballet’s production of Cinderella. Ages 8 and older. American Girl Store at CoolSprings Galleria, 9:45 a.m.; $78; 877-247-5223 or americangirl.com/retail/ nashville.php.

Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour

Kids can show off their creations during the Nashville Mini Maker Faire at Adventure Science Center on Saturday, Sept. 17. FREE NatureNauts: Lichens

During this drop-in program with Naturalist Dennis Gibson, you can learn about the most tenacious life form on earth and how to encourage them to grow in your garden. All ages. Bowie Park Nature Center, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 615-799-5544 or bowiepark.org.

Oklahoma!

See Friday, Sept. 9.

FREE Old Timers’ Festival

This year’s theme is “Hometown Heroes,” and a parade starts the day followed by live music, carnival rides and games, pageants and more. All ages. Veterans Memorial Park, 115 Floyd Mayfield Drive, La Vergne; 9 a.m.; 615-793-3224 or oldtimersfestival.com.

FREE Parnassus Saturday Storytime See Saturday, Sept. 3.

Picture Perfect

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE Puppets on the Porch

See Saturday, Sept. 3.

Riverbend Kids Club

Make a back-to-school bag tag. All ages. Riverbend Nurseries, 2008 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin; 10 a.m.; $5; 615-468-2008 or riverbendnurseries.com.

FREE Shakespeare in the Park: The Comedy of Errors See Saturday, Sept. 3.

Songwriter’s Night at Rock Castle

Bring lawn chairs and picnics for a night of live music by local artists. Kids can have fun playing colonial games. All ages. Historic Rock Castle, 139 Rock Castle Lane, Hendersonville; 5 - 9 p.m.; $5 adults, free ages 12 and younger; 615-824-0502 or historicrockcastle.com.

FREE Spring Hill Books-A-Million Storytime

See Saturday, Sept. 3.

Suite Surrender

See Friday, Sept. 16.

FREE Sumner Barnes & Noble Storytime See Saturday, Sept. 3.

Tennessee State Fair See Friday, Sept. 9.

A night of rap and hip hop music featuring Puff Daddy, Lil Kim, French Montana, Mario Winans and others. Ages 16 and older. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $19.80 $109.50; 615-770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

The Crucible

FREE BMX Racing

See Friday, Sept. 9.

See Sunday, Sept. 4.

The Last Five Years

FREE Chamber of Knowledge Chapter: Elementary Age Meeting (Registration Required)

See Thursday, Sept. 8.

The Patron Saint of Losing Sleep See Friday, Sept. 9.

FREE Through the Garden Gait (Registration Required) Taste the harvest and observe the insects of the organic garden during a simple stroll. All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 1 - 2 p.m.; 615352-6299 or nashville.gov/ parks.

Wetland Walk

See Saturday, Sept. 3.

Sun 18 33rd Annual Home Decorating & Remodeling Show See Friday, Sept. 16.

7 Ways to Sunday See Thursday, Sept. 15.

American Girl at Nashville Ballet’s Cinderella (Registration Required) Start the morning at the store’s Bistro for brunch,

Enter the Harry Potter world for lessons in herbology. Ages 6 - 11. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 2 - 3 p.m.; 615371-0090 or brentwood-tn. org/library.

Cinderella

See Friday, Sept. 16.

Creative Zone: Instrument Bookmarks

Browse the instruments in the galleries for inspiration before you make your own bookmark in the shape of a banjo, fiddle, guitar or harmonica. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

FREE Family Film Festival

See Friday, Sept. 16.

FREE Jazz on the Cumberland

Enjoy an outing in the park featuring live jazz music. All ages. Cumberland Park, 592 S. First St., Nashville; 5:30 8 p.m.; jazzonthecumerland@ gmail.com or nashville.gov/ parks.

FREE Minecraft Club (Registration Required) The library’s newest teen club, bring your laptop and get ready to build. Ages 13 and older. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 - 5 p.m.; 615371-0090 or brentwood-tn. org/library.

Moon Over Buffalo

See Friday, Sept. 9.

Music City Food & Wine Festival

The country’s top chefs and wine/spirits/beer crafters join Nashville-area chefs for panels, showcases, cooking demonstrations, meals and more. Adults. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville; 11 a.m.; $150 - $500; musiccityfoodandwinefestival. com.

FREE Music in the Vines

See Friday, Sept. 2.

Oklahoma!

See Friday, Sept. 9.

Picture Perfect

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE Shakespeare in the Park: The Comedy of Errors See Saturday, Sept. 3.

Evita

See Friday, Sept. 9.

Fall Color Cruise (Registration Required) See Saturday, Sept. 17.

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things to do FREE Star Bright Children’s Theater Audition

Local kids can audition for the Star Bright Players’ upcoming production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Dec. 1 - 4). New participants audition from 1 3 p.m.; returning Star Bright kids are from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Plan to sing a song (bring a CD/MP3 of music if desired). Ages 7 - high school seniors. Freedom Middle School, 750 New Hwy. 96 W., Franklin; 615-790-5719, janeym@williamson-tn.org or wcparksandrec.com.

Suite Surrender

See Friday, Sept. 16.

Sundays LIVE: Experiences of the White House

Learn about Andrew Jackson’s turbulent road to the White House and all the drama that happened while he was in the Oval Office. All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachels Lane, Nashville; 12 - 5 p.m.; $20 adults, $10 children, $54 family max; 615-8892941 or thehermitage.com.

Tennessee State Fair

High Hopes & Hops

Enjoy a couple pints of local Yazoo brew, light fare from Amerigos and a silent auction that includes tickets to the Pilgrimage Festival. Proceeds benefit High Hopes’ support of children with special needs in our community. Ages 21 and older. Yazoo Brewery, 910 Davidson Drive, Nashville; 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.; $30 individuals, $50 couples; 615-661-5437 or highhopesforkids.org.

FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble Storytime See Saturday, Sept. 3.

FREE Nature Strollers: Outstanding Owls Enjoy a reading of Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood, then have fun talking about owls, making owl calls, creating owl crafts and going on a kid-friendly hike. Ages 18 months - 5 years. Bowie Park Nature Center, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 10 - 11 a.m.; 615-799-5544 or bowiepark.org.

RadKids

See Friday, Sept. 9.

See Monday, Sept. 12.

The Crucible

FREE Read with Lily (Registration Required)

See Friday, Sept. 9.

The Patron Saint of Losing Sleep See Friday, Sept. 9.

Mon 19 After-School Art!

See Monday, Sept. 12.

FREE Created Equal See Monday, Sept. 12.

Early Explorers

See Monday, Sept. 12.

Heart

Rock music with special guests Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Cheap Trick. All ages. Ascend Amphitheater, 301 First Ave. S., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $175; ascendamphitheater.com.

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Sign up to read to Lily the READing Paws dog. Grades preschool - elementary. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4:15 - 5:15 p.m.; 615-3710090 or brentwood-tn.org/ library.

Snack Attack!

See Monday, Sept. 12.

SPARK!

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

FREE Storytime: Ferdinand the Bull

Nashville Ballet presents an interactive story based on Munro Leaf’s book about a peaceful bull that only wants to smell the flowers in the meadow. Ages 3 - 6. Richland Park Branch

Local kids auditioning for a Star Bright Players production. The Williamson County Parks & Rec theater program for kids holds auditions for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on Sunday, Sept. 18. Library, 4711 Charlotte Ave., Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; and Bellevue Library, 702 Baugh Road, Nashville; 6:30 p.m.; 615-297-2966 or nashvilleballet.com.

Tumbleweeds (Registration Required) See Monday, Sept. 12.

Tue 20 19th Century Trades Festival

Step back in time 200 years ago and watch history come alive through the work of more than 30 artisans and re-enactors. Period demonstrators include blacksmithing, basket weaving, spinning, weaving, frontier life and more. Kids can participate in several hands-on activities. All ages. Travellers Rest, 636 Farrell Pkwy., Nashville; 9 a.m. 2:30 p.m.; $5.50 ages 4 and older; 615-832-8197 or travellersrestplantation.org.

Busy Bees

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

FREE Courtyard Concert Series

Songrwiters Marshall Chapman, Gary Nicholson and Don Henry perform in the Robinson Courtyard. All ages. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 615-8625800 or library.nashville.org.

Crafternoon

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

FITMommy

See Tuesday, Sept. 6

Grand Ole Opry See Friday, Sept. 2.

Homeschool P.E.

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

John Sebastian

A night of rock music. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $50 - $60; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

FREE Perform Murfreesboro Audition Children can try out for a role in Perform Murfreesboro’s holiday production of Magic Tree House: A Ghost Tale for Mr. Dickens Jr. (running Dec. 16 - 18). Ages 4 - 18. The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury

Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6:30 p.m.; free to audition, but those who are cast are required to pay the $25 Perform Murfreesboro annual program fee; 615-867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Perform Murfreesboro Makeup FX (Registration Required) See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

FREE Perform Murfreesboro Orientation

Find out what Perform Murfreesboro is and does from theater opportunities for kids to performing arts classes. All ages. The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6 - 6:45 p.m.; 615-8677244 or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

Petey’s Preds Party

Join Nashville Predators players, coaching staff and celebrities for an evening of dinner, live entertainment by Ryan Hamilton, an auction and more in conjunction with the Sixth Annual Brent Peterson Celebrity Golf Classic benefiting the Nashville Predators Foundation and Peterson Foundation


things to do for Parkinsons. Adults. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 6 - 9 p.m.; $125 party only ($675 includes the golf tournament on Tuesday); 615-770-2331 or nashvillepredators.com/ golf.

FREE Science Cafe: Bio-Bots and Mosquito Transformers This public forum features scientists who will discuss engineering the mosquito and its relevance in the midst of the Zika crisis. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 6:30 p.m.; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

SPARK!

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

FREE Spring Hill Books-A-Million Storytime

Methodist Church, 3701 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 5 p.m.; 615-730-5632 or hfmeals.org.

KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Registration Required)

Tuesdays for Tots

FREE Kids’ Hour

Stop by the studio in the Learning Center to craft an original artwork. Ages 3 - 5. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($16 adults, $9 ages 3 - 17); 615-356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

FREE Turtle Search See Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Water Polo

See Tuesday, Sept. 5.

FREE Youth Set Design See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Wed 21 Animal Antics

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

See Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Spring Hill Wiggles and Giggles See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Archery Homeschool Day (Registration Required)

Storytime Yoga (Registration Required)

Avenged Sevenfold

See Wednesday, Sept. 7.

See Friday, Sept. 2.

Award-winning independent recording artist Ginger Sands performs music for children. Ages 10 and younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 615-550-5660 or gingersands.com.

Little Labs

During this fall-themed lab, kids can explore the science that makes autumn so incredible through ageappropriate lab activities, a science craft, a movement activity and a story. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 11 a.m.; $3 members, $5 nonmembers per child in addition to regular admission ($14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 12); 615-862-5160 or adventuresci.org/littlelabs.

Lucky Ladd Pumpkin Patch Opening

See Saturday, Sept. 17.

Today’s the day for the pumpkin patch opening. While you’re having fun at the farm, you can now pick out a pumpkin to take home. Mini pumpkins are 75 cents, most pumpkins range from $2 - $6, and prize-winning giant ones are up to $30. All ages. Lucky Ladd Farms, 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville; September hours are Wed Fri 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 12 - 5 p.m. ; $13 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12; 615-274-3786 or luckyladdfarms.com.

FREE Sumner Barnes & Noble Storytime

Homeschool Creativity Class

See Wednesday, Sept. 7.

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

See Wednesday, Sept. 7.

FREE The Heimerdinger Foundation Teen Chef Volunteer Orientation

FREE Homeschool Performer’s Class

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

FREE Storytime: Ferdinand the Bull

Nashville Ballet presents an interactive story based on Munro Leaf’s book about a peaceful bull that only wants to smell the flowers in the meadow. Ages 3 - 6. Pruitt Branch Library, 117 Charles E. Davis Blvd., Nashville; 2 p.m.; 615-297-2966 or nashvilleballet.com.

Teens can learn about volunteering in the foundation’s garden and kitchen to help prepare meals for people fighting cancer. Ages 13 and older. Calvary United

A night of metal music. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $29 - $55; 615-7702000 or bridgestonearena. com.

Fairview Wiggles and Giggles

See Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Fall Color Cruise (Registration Required)

See Wednesday, Sept. 14.

KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Registration Required) See Friday, Sept. 2.

Music City Roots

Nikki Mitchell Foundation Benefit

Jamey Johnson, Bobby Bare and Tony Joe White present a night of music benefiting the fight against pancreatic cancer. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 7:30 p.m.; $95 $250; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

FREE So Long Summer Hike (Registration Required)

Meet at the center for a “farewell” hike to summer as you stroll throughout the park. All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 5 6 p.m.; 615-862-8539 or nashville.gov/parks.

Thu 22 Aegis Sciences Classical Series: Mahler’s Second & A Tribute to Kenneth Schermerhorn

Nashville Ballet presents an interactive story based on Munro Leaf’s book about a peaceful bull that only wants to smell the flowers in the meadow. Ages 3 - 6. East Branch Library, 206 Gallatin Ave., Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; 615-297-2966 or nashvilleballet.com.

The Nashville Symphony Chorus and vocalists Nicol Cabell and Michelle DeYoung join the Nashville Symphony for a night of music featuring Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection,” as well as Schermerhorn’s “Jubilee: A Tennessee Quilting Party for Orchestra.” All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $27 $143; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Tales and Trails (Registration Required)

Autumn in the Oaks Educational Field Day

FREE Storytime: Ferdinand the Bull

See Wednesday, Sept. 7.

FREE Team Green Nutrition Workshop

Learn to make healthy eating a fun, everyday part of your family’s life. Today’s topic is how to curb sugar cravings. All ages. Nashville Farmers’ Market, 900 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville; 6 p.m.; nashvillefarmersmarket.org.

The Last Five Years

Experience the chores of the mid-1800s through period crafts, demonstrations, games and hands-on activities. All ages. Oaklands Historic House Museum, 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $5; 615-8930022 or oaklandsmuseum. org.

Basic Yoga

See Thursday, Sept. 8.

See Thursday, Sept. 8.

Busy Bees

Tumbleweeds (Registration Required)

Carrie Underwood

See Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Wild Things (Registration Required) This nature-themed program includes songs, crafts, hikes and other activities. Ages 1 - 4 with a parent. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 9:30 a.m.; $3; 615-2173017 or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

A night of country/pop music. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $49.50 $79.50; 615-770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

Chevelle

A night of rock music. All ages. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $30.50; 615-782-4030 or wmarocks.com.

Youth Yoga

See Wednesday, Sept. 7.

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things to do The Last Five Years See Thursday, Sept. 8.

Water Polo

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Youth Volleyball Class See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Fri 23 FREE 10th Annual Depot Days Prelude

Enjoy a car show and wine tasting along with entertainment. All ages. Historic Downtown Smyrna, 100 Front St., Smyrna; 6 - 9 p.m.; 615-330-0516 or townofsmyrna.org.

FREE 38th Annual Fall Tennessee Craft Fair

Kids can participate in old-time chores, play games and more during Autumn in the Oaks at Oaklands Mansion in Murfreesboro on Thursday, Sept. 22. FREE Doctor Who Club

Enjoy all-things Doctor Who while making a craft and enjoying snacks. Ages 13 and older. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 - 5 p.m.; 615371-0090 or brentwood-tn. org/library.

FREE Perform Murfreesboro Dance Class

See Thursday, Sept. 8.

FREE Perform Murfreesboro Orientation

See Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Fall Color Cruise (Registration Required)

Picture Perfect

FREE It Looks Like Play (Registration Required)

FREE Preschool Program: Nest Dwellers (Registration Required)

See Saturday, Sept. 17.

See Thursday, Sept. 8.

Mommy & Me Yoga

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Nature Nuts

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE Parnassus Storytime

See Thursday, Sept. 8.

FREE Perform Murfreesboro Audition See Tuesday, Sept. 20.

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Learn about animals that nest during this program where kids will dance, sing, read, listen, write, draw, move, wiggle, create and think about the letter N. Ages 2-and-a-half - 5. Rosenwald Community Center, 565 Mason Tucker Drive, Smyrna; 9 - 11 a.m.; 615-973-6554, janet.amend@townofsmyrna. org or townofsmyrna.org.

FREE StrollerCoasters See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Shop for handmade gifts, watch live craft demonstrations, participate in hands-on children’s activities, enjoy food and more. All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; tennesseecraft.org/fallfair.

7 Ways to Sunday See Thursday, Sept. 15.

Aegis Sciences Classical Series: Mahler’s Second & A Tribute to Kenneth Schermerhorn See Thursday, Sept. 22.

FREE Brilliant Sky Storytime

FREE Family Film Festival

Enjoy a screening of Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip. All ages. NCG Cinema, 1035 Greensboro Drive, Gallatin; 9 a.m.; 615451-9500 or ncgmovies.com.

FREE Forever Live Digital Scrapbooking

Learn how to organize and print your favorite photo memories while uploading 25 of your pictures to a permanent cloud storage account. Adults. Gaylord Opryland Resort Presidential Lobby, 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville; 1 - 5 p.m.; foreverlive2016.com.

Frist Exhibit Opening

2016 Young Tennessee Artists: Selections from Advanced Studio Programs showcases a selection of the finest 2D artwork created in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate studio art programs throughout the state. It includes 30 drawings, paintings, photographs and mixed media works, and it’s on exhibit through Feb. 26, 2017. All ages. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $12 adults, free ages 12 and younger; 615-244-3340 or fristcenter. org.

Grand Ole Opry

See Friday, Sept. 2.

See Friday, Sept. 2.

FREE Hendersonville Cruise-In

FREE Budding Naturalists: Hunt for Habitats (Registration Required)

KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Registration Required)

Explore the forest, field and creek to find clues about the animals that call them home. Ages 3 - 5. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 10 - 11 a.m.; 615-352-6299 or nashville.gov/parks.

Fall Color Cruise (Registration Required) See Saturday, Sept. 17.

See Friday, Sept. 2.

See Friday, Sept. 2.

KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Registration Required) See Friday, Sept. 2.

FREE Lascassas Elementary Fall Festival

An evening of games, inflatables, food, auction and

more. All ages. Lascassas Elementary School, 6300 Lascassas Pike, Lascassas; 5 - 8:30 p.m.; game tickets are four for $1, inflatable armbands are $5; 615-3942983.

FREE Music in the Vines

See Friday, Sept. 2.

FREE Nashville Flea Market

Find treasures among 2,000 booths with this month’s market theme, “Americana Cool.” All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 7 a.m. 4 p.m.; 615-862-5016 or thefairgrounds.com.

Oklahoma!

See Friday, Sept. 9.

Parents’ Night Out: Nerf Gun Night (Registration Required) Mom and Dad can enjoy a night to themselves while the kids have fun with a night of Nerf games on an obstacle course, followed by pizza and a movie. Ages 5 - 12. LPG Sports Academy, 109 Rand Place, Franklin; 6:30 - 10 p.m.; $15 in advance, $20 day of ($5 for pizza); 615-891-7028 or lpgsportsacademy.com.

Picture Perfect

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Scholastic Chess Club (Registration Required) Two chess coaches from Nashville Chess Center teach beginning, intermediate and advance strategies. Boards provided. Ages 7 - 12. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4:30 - 5:45 p.m.; $10 instructor fee; 615-371-0090 or brentwood-tn.org/library.

Science a la Cart See Friday, Sept. 2.

Suite Surrender

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things to do The Last Five Years See Thursday, Sept. 15.

The Second Story: A Writers Night

Pat Algar, Josh Mirenda, Kyle Jacobs and Chip Arnold take the stage during this evening of songrwiter performances and their words paired in a unique way through the words of authors, poets and playwrights. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $19 - $29; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

Toddler Time with Thomas (Registration Required) See Friday, Sept. 2.

Tour de Compadres

A night of Christian rock music featuring Needtobreathe with guests Mat Kearney, John Mark McMillan and Welshly Arms. All ages. Ascend Amphitheater, 301 First Ave. S., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $26 $61.75; ascendamphitheater. com.

Sat 24 FREE 10th Annual Depot Days

More than 100 vendors fill the streets, and your family can also enjoy live music, inflatables, children’s activities and more (some activities like train rides require small fees). All ages. Historic Downtown Smyrna, 100 Front St., Smyrna; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 615-330-0516 or townofsmyrna.org.

35th Annual Mt. Juliet Pow Wow

Enjoy Native American food, arts, crafts, music, dances and demonstrations. All ages. Mundy Memorial Park, Mundy Memorial Drive, Mt. Juliet; 10:30 a.m.; $8 adults, $5 ages 6 - 11, free ages 5 and younger; 615-443-1537 or search “Mt. Juliet Pow Wow” on Facebook.

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FREE 38th Annual Fall Tennessee Craft Fair

See Thursday, Sept. 22.

creating puppets, building with wood and more, with a special area for toddlers and preschoolers. The exhibit runs through Jan. 8, 2017. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $8; 615-8902300 or explorethedc.org.

Afflicted: Daughters of Salem

FREE Eagleville Fall Festival

See Friday, Sept. 23.

Aegis Sciences Classical Series: Mahler’s Second & A Tribute to Kenneth Schermerhorn

See Thursday, Sept. 15.

FREE Animal Encounters

See Saturday, Sept. 3.

ASC Exhibit Opening

Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss highlights the adventure of deep-sea exploration and discovery. Kids will learn about biology, chemistry, geology, history, exploration and the critical role that technology plays in understanding our world and its future. The exhibit runs through Jan. 8, 2017. All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 - 12; 615-8625160 or adventuresci.org/ extremedeep.

FREE Bicycle Tour of Stones River National Battlefield See Saturday, Sept. 3.

Blue Raiders Football

Cheer for the MTSU Blue Raiders when they challenge Louisiana Tech. All ages. Floyd Stadium, 1500 Greenland Drive, Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; $18 $20; goblueraiders.com.

FREE Brentwood Barnes & Noble Storytime

Enjoy a day of live entertainment, including Runaway Freight, Jeff Blaney, Mid-State Cloggers and others, along with vendor booths and the Kids’ Corner featuring a petting zoo, inflatables, face painting and games. All ages. Downtown Eagleville; 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; eaglevilletn.com.

FREE End of Summer Bark Bash

Bring your furry family member for an afternoon of fun, including local artisans and crafters, food trucks, lawn games, balloon animals, face painting, live music and more. All ages. Hound Dog Commons, 305 Douglas Ave., Nashville; 1 - 7 p.m.; craftynashville.com.

Fall Color Cruise (Registration Required) See Saturday, Sept. 17.

FREE Fall Fling on the Farm

Explore trails, go kayaking, enjoy a hayride, do crafts and more. All ages. Whippoorwill Farm Day Camp, 7840 Whippoorwill Lane, Fairview; 1 - 4 p.m.; 615-799-9925 or whippoorwill.com.

FREE Family Film Festival

See Friday, Sept. 23.

See Saturday, Sept. 3.

Discovery Center Exhibit Opening

Maker Space is an exhibit inviting kids to invent, tinker and design. It features several hands-on activities like building a marble coaster,

Country superstar — and local mom! — Carrie Underwood plays Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, Sept. 22.

FREE FARE Walk for Food Allergies

Raise pledges and walk during this fundraiser for Food Allergy Research & Education. All ages. Granny White Park, 610 Granny White Pike, Brentwood; 9 a.m.; 980-3220613 or foodallergy.org.

Future Farmers of America Day

Watch as FFA chapters from around Middle Tennessee compete in the Farm Olympics. Kids who wear red bandanas will get a special treat. All ages. Honeysuckle Hill Farm, 1765 Martins Chapel Church Road, Springfield; 9 a.m.; $12.95 ages 3 and older (FFA students get half-price admission); 615-382-7593 or honeysucklehillfarm.com.

Gateway Chamber Orchestra

A night of classical music. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 7:30 p.m.; $15 - $40; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

Girls to the Moon Second Annual Campference

Community speakers and interactive booths focus on health and wellness, relationships, creativity and innovation. Ticket includes all programs, hands-on exhibits, boxed lunch, goodie bag, T-shirt and more. Girls ages 10 - 14 and their caregivers. Nossi College of Art, 590 Cheron Road, Nashville; 9 a.m.; $40; 615-430-2979 or girlstothemoon.com.

Grand Ole Opry

See Friday, Sept. 2.

FREE Hands On Nashville Day (Registration Required) Sign up to volunteer for service projects at 25 different Metro Nashville Public Schools. Projects range from painting and landscaping to helping teachers organize/clean classrooms. An afterparty includes


things to do FREE Parnassus Saturday Storytime See Saturday, Sept. 3.

Picture Perfect

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival

Kids of all ages can watch demonstrations and participate in hands-on activities in the children’s tent at the 38th Annual Fall Tennessee Craft Fair at Centennial Park, Sept. 23 - 25. refreshments and entertainment. Ages 13 and older. Metro Nashville Public Schools, Nashville; 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 615-2981108, jenny@hon.org or hon. org.

FREE Hispanic Heritage Festival

Celebrate heritage, culture, community and diversity the Hispanic way with live entertainment, dancing, children’s activities and more. All ages. RiverGate Mall, 1000 Rivergate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; rivergate-mall.com.

Honeysuckle Hill Fall Festival

Enjoy farm fun including the Peanuts-themed corn maze, animal encounters, pig races, zip lining, rock-climbing wall, Treehouse Village, pumpkin patch, sand pit, spider slides and more. All ages. Honeysuckle Hill Farm, 1765 Martins Chapel Church Road, Springfield; 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; $12.95 ages 3 and older; 615-382-7593 or honeysucklehillfarm.com.

FREE JDRF One Walk

Raise money and participate in this fundraising event benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. All ages. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville; 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 615-3836781 or walk.jdrf.org.

Kanye West

A night of rap music. Ages 16 and older. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $29.50 $114.50; 615-770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

FREE Kids Club: Magic Show

Magician Bruce Amato entertains kids and adults with sleight-of-hand tricks and illusions. All ages. Stones River Mall, 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; stonesrivermall.com.

Kids’ Cooking Class: Mama Mia (Registration Required) Learn to create an Italian

feast, including garlic bread, mixed green salad, spaghetti and meatballs, double chocolate brownies and Italian cream sodas. Ages 6 - 15. The Curious Kitchen, 1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $50; 615-956-6077 or thecuriouskitchen.net.

FREE Kidsville at the Parthenon

Hear the greek myth of Helios that drove his sun chariot across the sky, then create a shadow puppet. Ages 12 and younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m.; conservancyonline.com/ about/kidsville.

Little Labs

See Wednesday, Sept. 21.

FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble Storytime See Saturday, Sept. 3.

FREE Music in the Vines

See Friday, Sept. 2.

FREE Nashville Flea Market

See Friday, Sept. 23.

FREE Nashville Neighborhoods Celebration

Celebrate Nashville’s neighborhoods and the people who strengthen them with activities including games, a chili cook-off, battle of the neighborhood bands, a kids’ zone and more. All ages. Scarritt Bennett Center, 1008 19th Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 615-782-8212 or nashvilleneighborhoodscelebration. com.

FREE NatureNauts: Reptiles

Explore the world of reptiles during this drop-in program with displays and live animals. All ages. Bowie Park Nature Center, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 615-799-5544 or bowiepark.org.

Enjoy a weekend full of live music with more than 30 artists including Beck, Hall & Oates, Jason Isbell, Kacey Musgraves, Violent Femmes, Cake, Better Than Ezra and others. The Little Pilgrims children’s stage features a nearby play area, and kids’ acts include Ralph’s World, The Happy Racers, Jazzy Ash & The Leaping Lizards, Casey Campbell, Tom Mason and The Blue Buccaneers, and Mr. Steve, the Music Man. All ages. The Park at Harlinsdale Farm, 239 Franklin Road, Franklin; 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.; $69 per day (a $599 two-day VIP pass is available); pilgrimagefestival.com.

FREE Pink Christmas Classic Car Show

See a variety of automobiles competing for trophies during this benefit for Pink Christmas, a breast cancer organization in Nashville. All ages. RiverGate Mall, 1000 Rivergate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; free for spectators ($20 per car to enter the show); rivergate-mall.com.

FREE Puppets on the Porch

See Saturday, Sept. 3.

Puppy Plunge

Bring your dog for a dip in the outdoor pool. All dogs must be current on vaccinations, and no humans allowed in the water. All ages. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $1 per dog; 615-8955040 or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

Oklahoma!

See Friday, Sept. 9.

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things to do FREE RecoveryFest

Celebrate the positive impact of addiction recovery through music, vendors, speakers, food, children’s activities and more. East Park, 700 Woodland St., Nashville; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; recoveryfestnashville.com.

Second Annual Oktoberfest

This fundraiser for the mansion includes local craft brewers, live music, food trucks, familyfriendly activities and more. All ages. Oaklands Historic House Museum, 6 - 10 p.m.; $40 beer drinkers, $15 designated drivers, $10 ages 5 - 15 ($5 discount on all advance tickets); 615-8930022 or oaklandsmuseum. org.

FREE Spring Hill Books-A-Million Storytime

See Saturday, Sept. 3.

St. Jude Walk/Run

Participate in this walk/run that raises money to serve the children at St. Jude. The event is family friendly and will have food and activities in addition to the walk. All ages. Edwin Warner Park, 50 Vaughn Road, Nashville; 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $10; stjude.org.

FREE Storytime: Ferdinand the Bull

Nashville Ballet presents an interactive story based on Munro Leaf’s book. Ages 3 - 6. Southeast Branch Library, 5260 Hickory Hollow Pkwy., Nashville; 10:30 a.m. and Goodlettsville Branch Library, 205 Rivergate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; 2 p.m.; 615297-2966 or nashvilleballet. com.

Suite Surrender

See Friday, Sept. 16.

FREE Sumner Barnes & Noble Storytime See Saturday, Sept. 3.

The Isaacs

A night of southern gospel music. All ages. Franklin

Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $39 $49; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

The Last Five Years See Thursday, Sept. 8.

FREE Thompson’s Station Dog & Pony Show

Live music, a kids’ zone with activities and games, a dog arena, equine attractions, artisan and food vendors, and more. All ages. Thompson’s Station Park, 1513 Thompson’s Station Road W., Thompson’s Station; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; thompsonsstationdogandponyshow.com.

Wetland Walk

See Saturday, Sept. 3.

FREE Wilderness Awareness Workshop

Learn campground etiquette and Leave No Trace outdoor ethics; this program is mandatory for anyone wanting to camp at Barfield. Ages 6 & older. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 2 p.m.; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

theme with activities for kids like a football toss, dunk tank, carnival games, face painting, bounce houses and more. All ages. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville; 3 p.m.; 615-891-2046 or bestbuddiestennessee.org.

FREE BMX Racing See Sunday, Sept. 4.

Creative Zone: Bookmaking Basics

After looking at manuscripts and books in the museum galleries, make your own book and decorate the cover. Ages 5 and older. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Creative Zone: Instrument Bookmarks See Sunday, Sept. 18.

Fall Color Cruise (Registration Required) See Saturday, Sept. 17.

FREE Family Film Festival

See Friday, Sept. 25.

Honeysuckle Hill Fall Festival

See Saturday, Sept. 24.

Melanie Martinez

A night of electro pop music. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $25 - $40; 615889-3060 or ryman.com.

FREE Music in the Vines

See Friday, Sept. 2.

FREE Nashville Flea Market

See Friday, Sept. 23.

Oklahoma!

See Friday, Sept. 9.

Picture Perfect

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival See Saturday, Sept. 24.

Sundays LIVE: Chocolate Program

Sample the tastes and smells of authentic 19th century drinking chocolate and learn the history of General Jackson’s favorite treat. All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; 12 - 5 p.m.; $20 adults, $10 children, $54 family max; 615-889-2941 or thehermitage.com.

FREE Taste of Akiva (Registration Required) Ring in the Jewish New Year with apples and honey tasting along with challah baking. All ages. Akiva School, 809 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville; 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.; 615-356-1880 or akivanashville.net.

Titans Football

Cheer for the Tennessee Titans when they challenge the Oakland Raiders. All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 12 p.m.; $45 - $285; 615-565-4200 or titansonline.com.

Suite Surrender

See Friday, Sept. 16.

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Sun 25 35th Annual Mt. Juliet Pow Wow See Saturday, Sept. 24.

FREE 38th Annual Fall Tennessee Craft Fair See Friday, Sept. 23.

Afflicted: Daughters of Salem

See Thursday, Sept. 15.

FREE Best Buddies Friendship Walk

This walk raises awareness and funds for Best Buddies Tennessee, a non-profit supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities that also creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships with their nondisabled peers. The event also features a college game-day

Jazzy Ash performs on the Little Pilgrims children’s stage at the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in Franklin, Sept. 24 - 25.

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things to do Nolensville Wiggles and Giggles

See Monday, Sept. 12.

that provides emergency food services to people in need. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 7 p.m.; $50; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

Snack Attack!

Music in the Meadow

See Monday, Sept. 12.

RadKids

See Monday, Sept. 12.

SPARK!

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

FREE Storytime: Ferdinand the Bull

Nashville Ballet presents an interactive story based on Munro Leaf’s book about a peaceful bull that only wants to smell the flowers in the meadow. Ages 3 - 6. Old Hickory Branch Library, 1010 Jones St., Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; 615-297-2966 or nashvilleballet.com.

Tumbleweeds (Registration Required) See Monday, Sept. 12.

Tue 27 Busy Bees

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

FREE Courtyard Concert Series

Experience Native American culture during the 35th Annual Mt. Juliet Pow Wow at Mundy Memorial Park, Sept. 24 - 25.

Mon 26 A night of post-grunge hard rock music. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $39.50 - $75; 615-8893060 or ryman.com.

connected to the current exhibits, then head to the Martin ArtQuest Gallery for hands-on creativity at the art stations. Ages 3 and older. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; $12 adults, free ages 18 and younger; 615244-3340 or fristcenter.org.

After-School Art!

FREE Created Equal

3 Doors Down

See Monday, Sept. 12

Artful Tales: Storytime in the Galleries Join an educator in the galleries to hear a story

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See Monday, Sept. 12.

Early Explorers

See Monday, Sept. 12.

Mark Twain Tonight!

Actor Hal Holbrook celebrates 60 years presenting this oneman show that combines writer Mark Twain’s biting wit and comedic storytelling. Presented without orchestra. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $49 - $109; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble Storytime See Monday, Sept. 12.

Paul Burch & WPA Ballclub perform indie rock/roots music in the Robinson Courtyard. All ages. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 615-862-5800 or library.nashville.org.

Crafternoon

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

FITMommy

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Grand Ole Opry

A night of music featuring vocalist Christina Watson backed by a quartet of musicians. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for picnics, hikes and meeting the owls prior to the concert. All ages. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 7 p.m.; $20 per person/$75 per carload of six; 615-370-4672 or owlshill.org.

FREE Perform Murfreesboro Makeup FX (Registration Required) See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Prophets of Rage

A night of rap, metal and hip hop music. Ages 16 and older. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $29.50 $69.50; 615-770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

FREE RiverGate Storytime

Kids can dress up as their favorite storybook characters and join the children’s librarian from Madison Library for a story along with songs and other activities. All ages. RiverGate Mall, 1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; 11 - 11:30 a.m.; 615-859-3458 or rivergate-mall.com.

SPARK!

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Homeschool P.E.

FREE Spring Hill Books-A-Million Storytime

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Jammin’ for One Generation Away

Spring Hill Wiggles and Giggles

See Friday, Sept. 2.

Michael Lington, Charlie McCoy and others perform a night of music to raise money for a local non-profit

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

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Catch a screening of Stuart Little on Friday, Sept. 30 at NCG Cinema in Gallatin during its Free Family Film Festival. Storytime Yoga (Registration Required) See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

directions), Red Mile Road, Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Sumner Barnes & Noble Storytime

Water Polo

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Tuesdays for Tots

FREE Wilderness Awareness Workshop

Stop by the studio in the Learning Center to craft an original artwork. Ages 3 - 5. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($16 adults, $9 ages 3 - 17); 615-356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

FREE Turtle Search

Help observe and collect data on local box turtles. Ages 8 and older. Nickajack Wetlands (call for exact

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Wed 28 Afflicted: Daughters of Salem See Thursday, Sept. 18.

Animal Antics

See Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Learn campground etiquette and Leave No Trace outdoor ethics; this program is mandatory for anyone wanting to camp at Barfield. Ages 6 & older. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Archery Homeschool Day (Registration Required)

FREE Youth Set Design

See Saturday, Sept. 17.

See Tuesday, Sept. 6.

See Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Fairview Wiggles and Giggles

See Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Fall Color Cruise (Registration Required)

Homeschool and Family Science Lab

Go back in time to study Newtonian physics as you learn about the power of gravity, uncover the secrets behind rotational inertia and build your own roller coaster using the laws of motion. Grades 4 - 8 with a parent/teacher. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 2 p.m.; $12; 615-8625160 or adventuresci.org/ familyscience.

Homeschool Creativity Class

See Wednesday, Sept. 7

FREE Homeschool Performer’s Class

See Wednesday, Sept. 14.

KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Registration Required) See Friday, Sept. 2.

KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Registration Required) See Friday, Sept. 2.

FREE Kids’ Hour

Award-winning family entertainer Rachel Sumner performs interactive music. Ages 10 and younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 615-550-5660 or rachelsumner.com.

Music City Roots

See Wednesday, Sept. 7.


things to do FREE Storytime: Ferdinand the Bull

Nashville Ballet presents an interactive story based on Munro Leaf’s book about a peaceful bull that only wants to smell the flowers in the meadow. Ages 3 - 6. Madison Branch Library, 610 Gallatin Pike S., Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; 615-297-2966 or nashvilleballet.com.

Tales and Trails (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Tumbleweeds (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Wild Things (Registration Required)

Into the Woods

This James Lapine/Stephen Sondheim musical combines several fairytale characters with a theme of “careful what you wish for.” All ages. Hendersonville Performing Arts Company, 260 W. Main St., Hendersonville; through Oct. 16: Thu - Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $18 adults, $15 students; 615-826-6037 or hpactn. com.

Fri 30 FREE Babies in the Gallery (Registration Required)

Mommy & Me Yoga

This tour is designed for babies to view artworks at eye-level. Bring a carrier or hold Baby in your arms. A private area is provided for breastfeeding mothers and diaper changing. The Carl Van Vechten Gallery at Fisk University, 1000 17th Ave. N., Nashville; 11:30 a.m.; 615-329-8544 or fisk. edu/services-resources/fiskuniversity-galleries/the-carl-vanvechten-gallery.

Nature Nuts

FREE Brilliant Sky Storytime

FREE It Looks Like Play (Registration Required) See Thursday, Sept. 8.

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Youth Yoga

FREE Parnassus Storytime

Counting Crows & Rob Thomas

See Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Thu 29 Basic Yoga

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Busy Bees

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Fall Color Cruise (Registration Required) See Saturday, Sept. 17.

FREE Fandom Fifth Thursday

Celebrate “Adventure Time” and “Bravest Warriors.” Ages 13 and older. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 - 5 p.m.; 615371-0090 or brentwood-tn. org/library.

FirstBank Pops Series: Peter Cetera The former Chicago front man joins the Nashville Symphony for a night of pop music featuring hits like “The Next Time I Fall” and “If You Leave Me Now.” All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $46 $121; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE Perform Murfreesboro Dance Class

See Thursday, Sept. 8.

Picture Perfect

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

FREE StrollerCoasters See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Vino on the Veranda

This evening of wine, food, fun and an auction benefits the children of First Steps, a local non-profit that educates and cares for children with special needs in an inclusive environment with their typically developing peers. Ages 21 and older. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 6 - 9 p.m.; $100; 615-690-3091 or firststepsnashville.org.

Water Polo

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Youth Volleyball Class See Thursday, Sept. 1.

A night of rock music. All ages. Ascend Amphitheater, 301 First Ave. S., Nashville; 6:45 p.m.; $35.95 $99.95; ascendamphitheater. com.

Double Feature Family Night (Registration Required) Bring blankets and lawn chairs for a night of family movies with popcorn provided. All ages. LPG Sports Academy, 109 Rand Place, Franklin; 6:30 - 10 p.m.; $15 in advance, $20 day of ($5 for pizza); 615-891-7028 or lpgsportsacademy.com.

Fall Color Cruise (Registration Required) See Saturday, Sept. 17.

FREE Family Film Festival

Enjoy a screening of Stuart Little. All ages. NCG Cinema, 1035 Greensboro Drive, Gallatin; 9 a.m.; 615-4519500 or ncgmovies.com.

FirstBank Pops Series: Peter Cetera See Thursday, Sept. 29.

FREE Hendersonville Cruise-In See Friday, Sept. 2.

Honeysuckle Hill Fall Festival

See Saturday, Sept. 24.

Into the Woods

See Thursday, Sept. 29.

John Prine

A night of country/folk music with special guest Amanda Shires. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $51.50 - $81.50; 615-8893060 or ryman.com.

KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Registration Required) See Friday, Sept. 2.

KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Registration Required) See Friday, Sept. 2.

FREE Music in the Vines

See Friday, Sept. 2.

Picture Perfect

See Thursday, Sept. 1.

Toddler Time with Thomas (Registration Required) See Friday, Sept. 2.

FREE Touch-A-Truck

Bring the kids out to honk horns and explore service trucks and cars of all shapes and sizes. All ages. RiverGate Mall, 1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; 4 - 7 p.m.; rivergate-mall.com.

Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company

Four comedy improvisers from New York and L.A. perform a high-energy show. Ages 16 and older. TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 6 & 9 p.m.; $35; 615-782-4040 or tpac.org.

FREE Wilderness Awareness Workshop

Learn campground etiquette and Leave No Trace outdoor ethics; this program is mandatory for anyone wanting to camp at Barfield. Ages 6 & older. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Science a la Cart See Friday, Sept. 2.

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ACADEMICS Brain Balance of Franklin 790 Jordan Road, Ste. 110, Franklin brainbalancecenters.com

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Our program addresses the whole child by integrating sensory motor training and stimulation and cognitive activities with nutritional and dietary guidelines.

Sylvan Learning Center 810 Medical Center Pkwy., Ste. C, Murfreesboro locations.sylvanlearning.com/us/murfreesboro-tn/resources

615-893-3542

Murfreesboro Sylvan EDGE: exciting programs that give kids fun, hands-on experiences with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Our camps are a cool way to build critical thinking skills, while having a blast. Robotics, coding, engineering, math EDGE, and more. Options to fit your busy schedule.

Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth On the Vanderbilt Campus pty.vanderbilt.edu

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

ANIMALS, EQUESTRIAN Creekside Riding Academy 2359 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin creeksideridingstables.com • creeksidestables@gmail.com

615-595-7547

Where horse lovers come to camp! Daily mounted riding lessons, games on horseback or trail rides. We focus on safety, proper riding techniques, grooming, care, tacking and leading.

ARTS Ann Carroll School of Dance 1121 Harpeth Industrial Court, Franklin anncarrollschoolofdance.com • di@anncarrollschoolofdance.com

615-790-6468

Offering dance, voice and acting for children grade 1 - college. Students study ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, voice, monologue and a play. Guest teachers teach vocal and acting audition training and more.

Bandwagon Music & Repair 7639 Hwy 70 S, Nashville bandwagonmusicandrepair.com

615-721-BAND

A brand-new, full-service music store. Offering music lessons, instrument repair and rentals, music retail and Mommy-and-Me music classes. You’ll find everything you need to get started and keep playing! Located in the Staples shopping center in Bellevue.

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville cheekwood.org

615-353-9827

Make learning fun at Cheekwood! Cheekwood offers a variety of classes in art, horticulture, pottery and more. Classes offered year-round for all ages. If you would like a complete listing of youth and adult classes, call 353-9827. Only at Cheekwood.

Dance in Bloom 7982 Coley Davis Road, Nashville danceinbloom.com • info@danceinbloom.com

615-662-4819

Located just of I-40W in Bellevue, Dance in Bloom offers classes for ages 2 and up in the disciplines of ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, acro, cheer, improv and comp. Classes are up-beat and fun! Ask about our birthday parties! continued on page 88...

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Elite Dance and Fitness 7177 Nolensville Road, Ste. B1, Nolensville elitedanceandfitness.com

615-776-4202

Easily accessible from Williamson, Rutherford and Davidson counties. Tap, ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, musical theatre and acrobatics for ages 2 yrs. - adult. We also offer an after-school program with transportation to and from local elementary schools and a Talented Tots pre-K program three days per week. Music program includes private lessons in piano, violin, fiddle and voice. Adult fitness program featuring Zumba six days per week. Adult tap and ballet classes. Ask about our birthday parties!

Franklin School of Performing Arts 415 Duke Drive, Ste. 270, Franklin franklinschoolofperformingarts.com

615-628-8444

FSPA has been a staple in the dance community for 25 years! Located in Cool Springs, we offer classical and conservative dance education for ages 3 - 18 in ballet, modern, tap, jazz, and hip-hop. Visit our website for more info.

Guitar Center Nashville 721 Thompson Lane, Nashville guitarcenter.com

615-297-7770

Now offering private music lessons. We teach a wide variety of instruments including piano, voice, guitar, bass, drums, DJ, recording, and more! Our dedicated instructors are fully screened and certified, with multiple years of experience in music instruction. They are truly experts in the instruments they teach, often with credentials from highly esteemed schools of music. Call us today for more information!

Early childhood music program for parents and children ages birth - 5 yrs. Help your young child achieve his or her full musical potential with this innovative, developmental music and movement program. Parent and child classes are playful and creative and each family receives the acclaimed CDs and songbooks. Classes meet weekday and weekend mornings. Call or visit our website for current schedule and session pricing or to find out about our birthday parties and moms’ group events.

Nashville Creative House 122 40th Ave. N, Nashville nashvillecreativehouse.com

615-398-9015

The pursuit of music is our passion! We are always striving for the better line, the better riff and the best performance. This comes with practice and the proper training -- and lots of praise! We have the experience to instruct our students, big and small, so they achieve their goals in their musical journey. We also help facilitate opportunities with youth contractors and auditions. We Grow Talent!

School of Nashville Ballet 3630 Redmon St., Nashville 500 Wilson Pike Circle, Ste. 119, Brentwood nashvilleballet.com

615-297-2966 ext. 20

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

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Mobile Music Academy mobilemusicacademy.com • info@mobilemusicacademy.com

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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.

The Music Class 5000 Thoroughbred Lane, Brentwood Satellite locations in Belle Meade and Franklin themusicclass.com/nashville • info@themusicclass.com

Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate 1911 Business Campus Drive, Murfreesboro 1820 NW Broad St., Murfreesboro bskonline.com • bushido96@aol.com

615-890-6755 615-893-6003

Let martial arts take your kids to new heights! Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate offers programs in traditional karate from age 3 - adult. Call now to find out how to get one month free with uniform.

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Engineering for Kids brings STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math - Programs to kids ages 4 to 10 in a fun and challenging way.

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David Deaton Karate Brentwood Hendersonville Lebanon Mt. Juliet daviddeaton.com

615-377-1100 615-824-9111 615-547-1754 615-754-6878

Voted the #1 martial arts school in Williamson, Sumner and Wilson counties for 10 years in a row. With more than four decades of experience, students are taught how to handle emergency situations, to be healthy through exercise and to practice self-discipline with a confident, respectful attitude. Classes are for ages 4 - adult.

E.T.C. Gymnastics 1137 Haley Road, Murfreesboro 1932 Almaville Road, Smyrna etcgymnastics.com • coachken@etcgymnastics.com

615-867-6900 615-617-7644

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

My Gym 330 Franklin Road, Brentwood my-gym.com/brentwood

615-371-5437

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

Voted Nashville’s #1 Dance Studio!

Murfreesboro onegoalsports.net • admin@onegoalsports.net

615-896-7309

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

Wado Karate Centers 2444 Morris Gentry Blvd., Antioch (ages 5 and up) 406 Two Mile Pike, Goodlettsville (ages 3 and up) 550 Sam Ridley Pkwy. W, Smyrna (ages 5 and up) wadokaratecenters.com • orileykarate.com

615-399-3992 615-859-9473 615-399-3992

Kids and adults. Designed to instill self-control, self-confidence and boost self-esteem. Our classes are the product of more than 40 years of refinement and offer life skills along with karate skills. Check us out on the web or call for more information.

RETREATS, EVENTS Deer Run Camps and Retreats 3845 Perkins Road, Thompson’s Station deerrun.camp • contact@deerrunretreat.org

615-794-2918

FAMILY RETREATS AND EVENTS – Customize a day or overnight retreat or family event with on-site staff who serve you well and provide excellent meals. Upscale lodge or cabin accommodations, variety of meeting/gathering facilities and recreation options including climbing tower, paintball, archery, BB guns, giant swing, leap of faith. B&B accommodations are available at The Lodge — upscale guest rooms in a secluded wooded setting. BIRTHDAY PARTIES – Customized package for an exciting outdoor adventure birthday party! Climb a 45 ft. climbing wall. Play paintball on a wooded course. Fly high above the game field on the Giant Swing. Jump off the 33 ft. Leap of Faith. Test your shooting skills on the archery and BB gun range. Wind your way through the Preds Zone Challenge Course. Includes use of a pavilion for cake and presents. Add a wagon ride and campfire with s’mores for extra fun!

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Drop Off Dates: (consignors) Tuesday, Sept. 13th: 10am - 6pm (Room A291 & A292) Wednesday, Sept. 14th: 10am - 3pm (Room A291 & A292) PRE-SALE: (Pass Required) Thursday, Sept. 15th: 5pm - 8pm (for volunteers only)* Thursday, Sept. 15th: 6pm - 8pm (for consignors and/or volunteers) *Please note that if you consign, but do not volunteer, you will shop an hour later than our volunteers. PUBLIC SALE DATES: Friday, Sept. 16th: 10am - 5pm Saturday, Sept. 17th: 8:30-12:00 (HALF PRICE DAY)

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Oak Hill School Fall/Winter Consignment Sale Thursday, Sept. 15 (10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)

EMPLOYMENT

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Friday, Sept. 16 (8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

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Saturday, Sept. 17 (7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) (1/2 Price Sale)

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MJCA FALL/WINTER

MJCA SPRING/SUMMER KID’S CONSIGNMENT SALE Sale is located at 735 N. Mt. Juliet Road CONSIGNMENT SALE inKID’S the MJCA Gym.

PUBLIC SALE DATES: Wednesday, March 4 8:00 am – 6:00 pm PUBLIC SALE DATES: Wednesday, Sept., am Thursday, March21st 5 7:30 8:00 am – 8:00 pm – 6:00 pm Thursday, Sept., 22nd 7:30 am – 8:00 pm Friday, March 6 7:30 am – 6:00 pm **HALF PRICE DAY th

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HALF PRICE DAY: –Fri., Sept., 23rd 7:30 on am – 6:00 pm Accepting consignors to register and for more information the sale Accepting consignors – to register and for more information TO WWW.MJCA.ORG go to GO www.mjcaboosterclub.org

Sale is located in the gym of Mt. Juliet Christian Academy 735 N. Mt. Juliet Rd, Mt. Juliet

Wiggles & Giggles

Fall Consignment Sale

Wed., Sept. 28th 7:00p – 8:30p **Early bird sale $5.00** Thurs., Sept. 29th 9:00a – 7:00p Fri., Sept. 30th 9:00a – 2:00p Re-Open Fri. 5:00p - 9:00p for 50% off items marked discount.

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CLASSES/INSTRUCTION

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Thursday, Sept 22,

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RP0916  

Rutherford Parent magazine September 2016

RP0916  

Rutherford Parent magazine September 2016