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>> When mama’s happy, everybody’s happy! ellyrama is for everyone, but we’re thinking of YOU! Make plans to attend Blooma Nashville’s Third Annual Bellyrama at Centennial Park during Kidsville in Nashville on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The rain-or-shine event takes place on the West End side at 2500 West End Ave. There’s something for all ages. (Learn more about Kidsville in THINGS TO DO on page 59). Bellyrama is yoga for prenatal, postnatal and all ages and skill levels of yoga enthusiasts. Just bring your yoga mat and be ready to enjoy live music from Kidsville, doing yoga, henna body art, face painting and lots more. Register to attend the FREE event at bloomanashville.com. You’ll automatically be entered to win free classes in yoga, massage and more!

OUR POST: “People are divided over the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to start admitting girls into its program as Cub Scouts and allowing them to work their way up to Eagle Scout status. What are your thoughts?”

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“I just want a place where boys can be boys. They’re disappearing. So many studies have shown the positive benefit of males spending time with other males doing things males do. I absolutely see the appeal to join Boy Scouts as a girl — it’s a bigger organization that is more consistently operated and funded. I see the appeal to families who are overcommitted and who find it easier to take all the kids to one thing ... but, I find myself questioning if anyone has thought about the shrinking opportunities allowed to our male children? My son deserves a space away from his little sister and her friends!” Sarah Fetzer Hulsey “This is along the same lines as the ‘participation’ awards. They’re trying too hard to make everyone equal. You’re the same, I’m the same, we’re all the same, see?! Wrong. We’re not all the same! I understand if they want to include girls because they need to learn skills like starting fires, pitching a tent and tying knots. But, create a new group and call it Tomboy Scouts (or whatever). Leave the Boy Scouts alone and let them be unique and special because that’s what they are.” Jo Zeferino

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1) WAKE UP, DRINK UP

Did you know dehydration can lead to fatigue? You have many things zapping your energy, so it’s important to stay hydrated to help keep your energy up. Before reaching for that cup of joe, drink 10 - 12 ounces of water (you can flavor it with a twist of lemon or lime). Hydration fights fatigue!

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“I see nothing wrong with eliminating Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and just having Scouts. I was never a Girl Scout because the activities they got to do never appealed to me. I would have preferred to go camping and rafting and learn to build fires and tie knots. There’s nothing wrong with teaching both sets of skills to both genders. Also, I’m not sure if there’s an equivalent to Eagle Scouts for girls. But I’ve never heard of a girl getting a college scholarship for Girl Scouts. Boys get that all the time through the Eagle Scouts.” Holly Sivley

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Dear Editor, I was extremely disappointed by the article “Mindful Eats” in your MORE OUTINGS 4U October 2017 issue. It did include some good advice, such as drinking water and taking the time to enjoy one’s food, but it recommended drinking milk and eating other dairy products so often that it seemed like an advertisement for the dairy industry. Healthy diets, according to the World Health Organization, should be based on fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grains. Saturated fats should be limited. Although most dairy products • OCT. 11: White Wines & Cheese

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In a rush, skipping this meal is easy, but that will leave you feeling cranky and tired. Start your day with a protein-rich breakfast to keep you satisfied and focused all morning. Try six ounces of Greek yogurt topped with fresh berries and granola; scrambled eggs with cheese and fresh spinach; banana slices and one tablespoon of nut butter on one slice of whole wheat toast; or frozen fruit blended with Greek yogurt and milk for an on-the-go smoothie.

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are very high in saturated fats, the author claims that kids and her readers need milk. She claims it’s for Vitamin D, which is made by the body when it’s exposed to sunlight; potassium, which is found in bananas, dark leafy greens, and other fruits and vegetables; and calcium, which is found in dark leafy greens, broccoli, sesame seeds and dried beans, and which is needed in larger quantities by people who eat large amounts of protein and phosphorus, both of which are found in large quantities of cows’ milk. She also implies that the protein in milk is important, even though diets high in protein can cause kidney disease and osteoporosis.

4) MILK IT

Kids need milk, but YOU do, too, for vitamin D, potassium and calcium. One cup of milk has eight grams of protein — as much protein as an egg! Together, milk, cheese and yogurt provide a powerful package of nutrients that’ll improve your diet.

5) MINDFUL BITES

We eat while driving, folding laundry, at a desk. Try to take time to slow down and enjoy each bite, taste and texture. Allow at least 20 minutes to refuel. This awareness will increase meal enjoyment.

6) SIZE IT UP

Our portion-distorted society often tempts us to over indulge. Use small containers to prep on-the-go healthy meals at home. Also, consider sharing an entrée at a restaurant or asking for a to-go box before starting to eat if you order a full entrée. Put half the meal right into the box so you’re not tempted to overeat!

7) COOK ONCE, EAT 2 - 3 TIMES

Given all that motherhood requires, try recipes you can revamp during the week to take the stress out of dinner time. For example, turn lean chili into whole wheat burritos; use left-over meat or veggies in a soup or stew; get your crock pot going in the morning and come home to dinner ready ... YES PLEASE!

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The writer did not mention in her article that cows’ milk is high in saturated fat as well as protein, even though diets high in saturated fat and protein can cause obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and other health problems. She also did not mention that the main carbohydrate in milk — lactose — cannot be digested by many people after early childhood (in other words, after the age at which children would normally be weaned from their mothers’ milk). Nor did she mention that, in some people, dairy products worsen asthma. I would love to see an article which provides suggestions for easy-to-prepare foods that fit within current nutritional recommendations. Also, while I do appreciate that you let your readers know about the author’s conflict of interest by admitting that she works for the Southeast United Dairy Association, I believe that, if you choose to include an article in your magazine that is intended to promote the consumption and sale of any product or type of product,

Dear Editor, I picked up your magazine last night at Let It Shine and read your article on taking away the smartphone. As our seventh grader is approaching her 13th birthday and is asking for a phone, we have been considering a text-andtalk only phone, and switching our eldest daughter to one as well. I feel like technology is becoming too much of an addiction for the kids. I was curious whether you took the phone away completely or just the Internet access? Would love any advice you have to give on this as it will not be a popular decision with our kids. Thanks for any input, Barb B. Dear Barb, I took the phone away completely, but he has it back now. Keep up the limits! Kids need boundaries! Sincerely, Susan Day, editor

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t was just a walk-through practice, a half-speed routine designed to preserve our legs for the biggest game of our season, and then it happened. In the blink of an eye, my world was rocked. I was clocked on the front of my head by a clearing attempt from 10 yards away before falling flat onto my back, causing a whiplash effect as my head hit the turf, essentially banging my head twice in a moment. Concussion. And just like that, my season was over. Accidents happen in sports and other areas of life. And they can happen to your kids, too.

INJURY YOU CANNOT SEE Chris Snoddy, an athletic trainer with STAR physical therapy in Franklin and a recipient of “Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer” by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association, says he has seen improvements in diagnosing and treating youth concussions. Still, he says, a lack of awareness remains. While football is commonly blamed for concussions, since all contact sports carry concussion risks. My concussions came through soccer. But ice hockey, bicycling, rugby or even a plain, old home mishap can be the culprit. No matter how concussions come about, though, they are not fun. What’s most difficult is the fact that a brain injury cannot be seen.

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There are different degrees of severity for concussions, but even a mild one is no laughing matter. Recovery takes more time — and patience — than most think. For the kid who encounters concussion, life becomes a bleak sort of dream in which the simplest task becomes a monumental obstacle. A concussion is strange for patient and parent; the kid is mentally different, but he looks OK. It’s easy for parents to underestimate what’s going on. It’s easy for parents to push too soon. “The big part about treating concussions is insisting on rest,” Snoddy says. “Many parents don’t understand that if their child gets a concussion he needs to take a day or two off, maybe longer, and get away from blue screens, doing homework, etc.” If your child suffers a concussion in a practice or a game, you should insist on complete shutdown during the following 24 - 48 hours for the best outcome. Listen to the doctor when he says turn off the noise and stimulation of the world around your child, turn down the lights, etc. Sometimes parents and athletes deny what’s going on because they don’t want to admit an injury ... or stop playing. “Oh, it’s just a little headache,” or, “Oh, I can go to school today,” or, “I want to get back in the game,” only to discover that the smallest details of life are difficult to manage.

MULTIPLE CONCUSSIONS Every so often an older kid you meet might brag about all of the concussions he’s endured growing up in sports ... as though it’s normal and to be admired. It’s not. Just one concussion puts a child at risk for “second impact syndrome,” in which the effects of the second brain injury are more magnified than they would have been had there been no first concussion. Multiple concussions increase the likelihood of permanent problems. According to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, a child who has had two concussions has a threefold greater risk of the same injury happening again. It’s nothing to mess around with. Sports can be among the best experiences in a growing kid’s life, but safety is a crucial part of the journey. It’s important to note that a brain is a terrible thing to waste; if your child suffers a concussion, a serious discussion should occur about whether continuing to play or not is worth it. Noah Day is a student at the University of the South. A second concussion in a soccer practice ended his soccer career there.

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>> The Christmas present to top all Christmas presents for any “Potterhead” is a visit to the U.K. for the wildly popular Warner Bros. Studio Tour London — The Making of Harry Potter. A GIRL CAN DREAM, RIGHT? “The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London — The Making of Harry Potter” is going white this winter with a full festive makeover for “Hogwarts in the Snow” running Nov. 18 - Jan. 28, 2018. This is actually the third year in a row that the popular destination is being transformed (start saving your pennies for next year!). The Hogwarts castle model gets transformed with a layer of “snow,” and visitors experience the different film sets redone for the holidays. Best? Perhaps that The Great Hall is getting decorated for the first time to be as it was for the Yule Ball. Snow-covered Christmas

trees, icicles, the whole bit. There’s even a Christmas feast planned for The Great Hall (Dec. 11 - 13). Wait, what? That’s right. The Harry Potter film series makers preserved a treasure trove of sets, props and costumes from the original movies which is what Studio Tour London is all about. “Hogwarts in the Snow” is the exhibit of the season — and it should be. At approximately $315 a person, the ticket price includes a wand of your choice, canapes, drinks, butterbeer and your tour. Tickets are on sale now. Learn more at wbstudiotour.co.uk, and keep on dreaming!

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First Ever ICE RINK in Murfreesboro! Opening Week of Thanksgiving

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Take the Special Kids’ DOUBLE CHALLENGE Support Special Kids by participating in the Double Challenge. This year’s fundraiser encourages you to create your own challenge and make your own commitment to Special Kids, the Christian therapy and nursing center for children with special needs in Murfreesboro. Special Kids currently serves 780 children. To partipcate, ask friends, family and colleagues to give the same amount you pledge to give — a group of generous anonymous investors has already promised to match the first $31,000 given. This year’s goal is $286,000. To join the Double Challenge or make donations, go specialkidstn.com. For more info, visit the website or contact Noel Deal at ndeal@specialkidstn. com or 615-893-4892.

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ate Harris, program coordinator at GiGi’s Playhouse Nashville, says fun, educational programs for special needs kids are vitally important. Gigi’s Playhouse offers a variety of free activities for individuals with Down syndrome, but there are plenty of other activity options for special kids in our area, too. “Even if it appears that participants are just having fun, they are learning and experiencing therapy in disguise at the same time,” says Harris. “Whether working on social skills, motor skills, speech and language, reading, math, computers or just simple peer interaction, it is all purposeful fun!” she says. And special kids need the arts, too. “In teaching dance to children with intellectual disabilities, the most important things to focus on are dignity and respect,” says Becky Sullivan, a performing artist and volunteer at GiGi’s Playhouse in addition to the YMCA’s Full Circle Program for special needs families. “These kids may learn in a non-traditional way, but they’re very aware of how they’re treated by those around them,” Sullivan says.

“Patience and basic kindness go a long way with all kids. If they know you’re there to bring them joy, they’re usually very receptive.” Sullivan says music and creative movement pull even the shyest kids out of their shells. Harris concurs and says research shows kids learn best with music and movement. At GiGi’s, programs end with the same song each week, and participants learn to anticipate the closure of the program, which helps with transition. When children, adults and families come to GiGi’s, they quickly learn routines and expectations when taught from the beginning. “Programs (like at GiGi’s) instill hope and confidence in individuals with Down syndrome, and in parents and siblings as well,” adds Harris.

SIGN’EM UP If you’re on the fence about whether to sign up your child or not, don’t be! It’s great for kids and parents. “I highly encourage parents to get out there and find programming best suited to their child’s needs,” says Sullivan. “Don’t be afraid to try something new and different. You will discover that your child has some truly amazing gifts — and it’s high time to share these amazing individuals with the rest of us! Lastly, I recommend that parents and children volunteer with children with intellectual disabilities and special needs. I promise you will learn more and receive more joy from these kids than you have ever dreamed,” Sullivan adds.

FUN PROGRAMS Dolphin Aquatics 95 White Bridge Road, #221 Nashville • 615-866-9971 dolphinaquatics.org This aquatics program is free for children and adults with special needs and is offered year round. Learn to swim, learn basic strokes or become part of the swim team.

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ages 5 - 11, and the “Extraordinary Fun and Friends” program features inclusive activities like bowling for all ages. Gigi’s Playouse 1724 Carothers Pkwy., Ste. 400 Brentwood • 615-370-1500 gigisplayhouse.org/nashville Free educational and therapeutic programs for all ages with Down syndrome. (please turn the page)

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LOCAL NEWS FUN PROGRAMS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS KIDS Ables Recreation Association 211 Hager Drive, Smyrna 615-495-4631 • ablesinc.org A non-profit organization that provides recreational opportunities to children and adults with disabilities including T-ball, social outings, bowling, field trips and more. Camp Ability North Boulevard Church of Christ 1112 N. Rutherford Blvd. Murfreesboro 615-809-2632 specialkidstn.com/camp-ability A seven-week, Christian, summer day camp through Special Kids Therapy and Nursing Center in Murfreesboro. It’s for ages 6 and older with special needs and is held in June and July each year. It allows participants to get involved in an interactive, social and fun environment with counselors who focus on the children’s abilities rather than disabilities. Registration opens in February online and is first come first serve (it fills up quickly!). Discovery Center 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro 615-890-2300 explorethedc.org Offers an All Access Night on the second Friday of each month from 5:30 - 8 p.m. where special needs families can enjoy the Discovery Center’s exhibits and programs for free, but reservation is required. This month, it takes place Friday, Nov. 10.

JumpStreet 1952 Old Fort Pkwy., Ste. 6 Murfreesboro 615-900-3060 • gotjump.com There’s a Special Needs Jump the first Saturday of the month for children with special needs. They get to enjoy a private hour (9 - 10 a.m.) of jumping on trampolines and playing on the equipment. Siblings are welcome. Cost is $8 ages 4 and older, $4 ages 3 and younger. It opens to the public at 10 a.m., but you can jump until 11 a.m. Nashville Children’s Theatre 25 Middleton St., Nashville 615-252-4675 nashvillechildrenstheatre.org Sensory-friendly performances and ASL sign-interpreted performances are available regularly. Regal Opry Mills 570 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville 615-232-5014 regmovies.com/mywaymatinee Sensory-friendly screenings takes place on select Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $6.50.

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ROSES AND THORNS Sometimes called simply “Highs and Lows,” this is a practice of each participant sharing one positive thing and one negative thing that happened during the day. Take time as a family to consider the good that may have come from the “thorns.”

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APPLES AND ORANGES Rather than grousing about how everyone else has it better than we do, Froh and Bono say to think about friends and family whose plans haven’t worked out as they’d hoped. These types of comparisons encourage empathy. With empathy comes greater appreciation for the things we have.

Writing thank-you notes cultivates thoughtfulness and gratitude, and it can become a regular habit. Rather than an occasional obligation, thank-you notes can be an opportunity for family members to talk regularly about what and who they appreciate, as well as a time to consider what our words of thanks mean to the recipient. Thank-you notes can be thank-you phone calls or e-mails. The important thing is to build the thanks giving so your children understand it’s important to be grateful when others do something nice for us.

GRATITUDE JOURNAL Help your children keep a daily list of people and things for which they are grateful. Spending time to write or draw things we appreciate focuses our attention on them in a way that can magnify their value. Entries can be a simple drawing or more detailed written entries such as “I am thankful for … because …” As a parent, in any season, you can plant seeds of appreciation and ny an watch gratitude grow in your life r g and in the lives of your children.

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BMW Street Racer Pedal Kart BERG bergtoys.com/us Ages 3 - 8 • $469 This pedal kart has an adjustable seat and steering wheel to comfortably fit your child. Kids will love pedaling it all over the place; they’ll be surprised at the ease of it, too! Driven Crane Truck Battat • battatco.com Ages 4+ • $32.99 Push this crane truck around on its soft rubber wheels as you listen to the sounds of the horn and engine while the lights flash. Multiple moving parts on the truck include doors that open, a crane that swivels, a retractable hook and more. Go! Go! Smart Wheels Press and Race Monster Truck Rally VTech • vtechkids.com Ages 1 - 5 years $39.99

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Ride-On Grill N Go Rollplay rollplay.net Ages 2+ • $179.99 Little drivers can spin 360 degrees to avoid pesky corners and walls making this rideon easy to drive! Throw in the additional different sounds, a fold-out grill and play food set and you’ve got hours of fun for your little one. Suitable for riders up to 50 pounds. Stretch FX Hot Wheels toystate.com Ages 3+ • $9.99 You can pull the car to stretch it and then set it down to watch it race off! Or, you can just pull it back and watch the engine light up. Either way, you get lights, music and driving sounds as the vehicle pulls itself back together and drives away. Pop-a-Balls Push & Pop Bulldozer VTech • vtechkids.com Ages 12 - 36 months $24.99 Just learning to walk? This bulldozer has colorful balls that pop up through the smoke stack. Push it around and scoop up the balls to do it all over again, or have a seat and play with the buttons for educational fun with colors, numbers, construction objects and listening to music.

TOP TOYS FOR IMAGINATIVE PLAY!

Tire Twister Lights Little Tikes littletikes.com Ages 3+ • $39.99 It’s one big wheel filled with lights and sounds that flips, spins and more with a remote control. Kids can create their own light show in a dark room with its forward, backward and 360-degree motions. The car inside the tire even does tricks, too, and it’s also removable for even more action. John Deere Deluxe Lightning Wheels Tractor TOMY • tomy.com Ages 3+ • $24.99 The faster kids push this big tractor around, the faster the lights change inside the tires! It’s equipped with motion-activated lights and sounds that are activated by rolling it. RC Bumper Cars Little Tikes littletikes.com Ages 3+ • $39.99 This is the only RC vehicle set that allows you to race, “bump” and eject your opponent! Your kids will be amazed at how easy these cars are to steer, too.

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Exploding Kittens Exploding Kittens explodingkittens.com Ages 7+ • $19.95 This hilarious card game gives a slight nod to Uno. You want to avoid the Exploding Kitten cards by using a variety of action cards to cancel other players’ moves, steal their cards and see the future by peeking into the deck. Ghost Fightin’ Treasure Hunters Mattel shop.mattel.com Ages 8+ • $34.99 Work as a team to get out of the house with eight Treasure Jewels before the rooms become haunted. Fight ghosts together along the way. There are basic and advanced play options. Heads Up! Spin Master Games spinmaster.com Ages 8+ • $19.50 It’s the party game version of the app made popular by Ellen Degeneres. Don a headband loaded with cards, then guess the words you’re wearing as other players give you clues.

Kingdomino Blue Orange Games blueorangegames.com Ages 8+ • $19.99 The fun of dominoes with a kingdom-building twist! The game ends when each player completes a 5x5 grid. Points are counted based on the number of connecting tiles and crowns. Rooster Race RoosterFin roosterfin.com Ages 5+ • $24.99 In this simple card game, help your roosters gather corn by making educated guesses in predicting the high/ low value of the card stack. Soggy Doggy Spin Master Games spinmaster.com Ages 4+ • $19.99 Race around the board taking turns giving the dog a bath. But watch out, because Soggy Doggy love to shake himself dry! Player who makes it all the way around the tub wins. Trivial Pursuit World of Harry Potter USAopoly usaopoly.com Ages 8+ • $19.95 A must for Harry Potter fans, this “bite-size” edition boasts 600 questions based on the films. Categories include The Dark Arts, Spells & Potions, Animals & Magic Creatures, and more.

Telestrations USAopoly usaopoly.com Ages 12+ • $29.95 The classic game of Telephone meets Pictionary in this party game where sketches and guesses pass from one player to the next. When your play book comes back to you, find out if the final guess is accurate to your original drawing.

TOP TOYS FOR IMAGINATIVE PLAY!

Watch Ya’ Mouth Watch Ya’ Mouth wymgame.com Ages 8+ • $19.95 Players take turns inserting a mouthguard/ cheek retractor then attempt to read words and phrases while others guess what you’re trying to say. Word Slam Thames & Kosmos thamesandkosmos.com Ages 12+ • $29.95 It’s like charades, but instead of acting, you can only communicate with word cards.

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Yeti in My Spaghetti PlayMonster playmonster.com Ages 4+ • $17.99 Place Yeti on top of the noodles on the bowl, then take turns removing one noodle at a time. If you make Yeti fall into the bowl, you lose.

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BEST OF PARENTING

AWARD WINNERS

Winners are shown in ORANGE. Finalists are shown in BLACK.

The winners and finalists for the 2017 Best of Parenting Awards were voted on by our readers — thank you for participating! Many thanks to all the businesses and services who support parents and Rutherford Parent!

BEST EATS

BEST OF OUR CITY

BEST DESTINATIONS

Best Burger Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant

Best Family Fair/Festival Lucky Ladd Farms Family Fall Fun Festival

Best Beach Destination Destin/Ft.Walton/Okaloosa Island FL

Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint Jefferson’s

Best Family Restaurant Demos’ Restaurant The Phunky Griddle The Alley on Main

Friday Night Live on Main Tennessee Renaissance Festival

Best Live Performance Venue TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center

Gulf Shores AL Panama City Beach FL

Best Family Weekend Getaway Smoky Mountains Chattanooga TN St. Louis MO

Best Food Truck The Grilled Cheeserie

Bridgestone Arena Ascend Amphitheatre

Best Date Night Peter D’s Restaurant

Maine Lobster Truck Parton’s Smokin’ Butz BBQ

Best Live Performing Arts Group Center for the Arts

Locked Murfreesboro Escape Game The Chop House

Best Ice Cream/Fro Yo Sweet CeCe’s

Murfreesboro Little Theatre Springhouse Theatre Company

Best Rainy Day Outing JumpStreet

Hattie Jane’s Creamery Marble Slab Creamery

Best Local Celebrity Carrie Underwood

Discovery Center at Murfee Spring Board and Brush

Best Kids Eat Free Toot’s Good Food and Fun

Chris Young Amy Grant

Best Sleep Away Camp YMCA Camp Widjiwagan

Firehouse Subs O’Charley’s

Best Local Day Camp YMCA Camp Widjiwagan

Barfield School of Dance Horton Haven Christian Camp

Best Pizza Uncle Maddio’s Pizza

BounceU Summer Art Camp Barfield School of Dance Camp

BEST SHOPPING

Gondolier Restaurant Donato’s Pizza

Best Local Mom Blogger Nashville Wifestyles

BEST PARTIES

Landyn Hutchinson The Texting Yoga Pants

Best Away from Home Party BounceU of Murfreesboro JumpStreet The Ascent

Best Party Entertainment White Rabbit Escapades Nashville Kids Parties Fantasy Face Design

Best Local Professional Sports Nashville Predators Tennessee Titans Nashville Sounds

Best Museum Discovery Center at Murfree Spring Earth Experience at MTSU Adventure Science Center

Best Tourist Attraction Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum Stones River National Battlefield The Grove at Williamson Place

Best Baby Clothing Store Children’s Orchard Carter’s The Children’s Place

Best Children’s Clothing Store Children’s Orchard Carter’s The Children’s Place

Best Family Auto Dealer TIE - Toyota of Murfreesboro City Auto Kia of Murfreesboro

Best Shopping Center The Avenue Stones River Mall Opry Mills Shopping Center

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BEST OF PARENTING

AWARD WINNERS

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BEST PERSONAL SERVICES Best Day Spa Tangerine Salon and Spa Calla Lily Day Spa & Salon The Rain Tree Salon

Best Family Haircuts Pigtails and Crew Cuts Kidz Kutz Salon Sports Clips

Best Family Photographer Loveless Fine Portraits Frogs and Faeries Photography Little Tots Photography

BEST PARENTING RESOURCE Best Bank Bank of America Regions Bank First National Bank

Best Parenting Resource Rutherford Parent Magazine Best Real Estate Paul Smith Team , Keller Williams David Balfour, Remax Elite Beckie Maddux, Benchmark Realty

BEST ENRICHMENT Best Child-Care Center The Academy of Gateway Primrose School of Murfreesboro Cason Lane Children’s Center

Best Dance Studio TIE - Dance Star, Barfield School of Dance Spotlite Dance Studio

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Best Hospital TriStar Stonecrest Medical Center

Elite Energy Gymnastic and Cheer Premier Cheerleading

Saint Thomas Rutherford Vanderbilt Medical Center

Best Horseback Riding Harris Riding School

Best Emergency Room TriStar Stonecrest Medical Center

Creekside Riding School Horse Quarters Farm

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Saint Thomas Rutherford

Best Martial Arts Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate

Best Place to Have A Baby TriStar Stonecrest Medical Center

Steven’s Family Taekwondo Tennessee Martial Arts Academy

Saint Thomas Rutherford TriStar Summit Medical Center

Best Music Instruction Mobile Music Academy

Best Orthodontist Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics of Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro Academy of Music Jonathan Fletcher Music

Best Theater Instruction Murfreesboro Little Theatre

Snodgrass-King Dental Associates Togrye Orthodontics

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Best Pediatric Dentist Wild About Smiles Pediatric Dentistry

Best Tutoring/Learning Service Sylvan Learning Center

Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics of Murfreesboro Snodgrass-King Dental Associates

Learning RX of Murfreesboro Mathnasium of Murfreesboro

Best Visual Art Instruction Music and Arts

Best Chiropractor Stanlick Chiropractic Center Stones River Chiropractic Tennessee Chiropractic Alliance

BEST HEALTH AND FITNESS

Best Eye Care Price Eye care

Best Family Doctor Stonecrest Family Physicians

Coley & Coley Family Eye care Drake Eye Care and Eye Wear

TriStar Family Health Care Primary Care and Hope Clinic

Best Fitness Tru 360 Fit

Best Pediatrician Murfreesboro Medial Clinic

Gold’s Gym Bare 11 Fitness

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November

THINGS TO DO

BEST OF THE MONTH

BY CHAD YOUNG

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS

Thru Sunday, Nov. 5 TPAC’s Jackson Hall, Nashville • Page 56 A romantic story about an American soldier, a French girl and a delightful European city.

19TH ANNUAL FALL HARVEST HAYRIDE

A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS

Nov. 10 - Jan. 1 Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville • Page 61 Three million twinkling lights come on Nov. 10! Other highlights include ICE! featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas, Cirque Dreams Holidaze, snow tubing, carriage rides and a whole lot more holiday hoopla.

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DAILY ACTIVITIES

November’s events in day-by-day order.

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FUN FOR WEE ONES Our top picks for babies, tots & preschoolers this month.

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SANTA AT THE MALLS

Kids can hop on St. Nick’s lap and get a photo at one of these shop spots.

Friday, Nov. 3 General Bragg Trailhead, Murfreesboro Page 44 Live music and bonfire fun follows an old-fashioned hayride experience for all ages.

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HOT HAPPENIN’

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop brings a smorgasbord of free fun to kids.

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THINGS TO LOVE

There’s even MORE outstanding things to put on your family calendar.

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CAST FOR A CURE BIG BASS TOURNAMENT

Saturday, Nov. 4 Sanders Ferry Park Hendersonville Page 47 Kids 14 and younger get to fish for free in this tourney featuring pro anglers and country celebrities.

MIDDLE TENNESSEE PUG FESTIVAL

Saturday, Nov. 4 Barfield Crescent Park Murfreesboro Page 48 This MidSouth Pug Rescue benefit features lots of pug-themed contests, local vendors, holiday photos and more.

27TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW & 14TH ANNUAL KRIS KRINGLE KAR KLASSIC

Nov. 11 - 12 Williamson County Ag Expo Park, Franklin Page 59 Make a dent in your holiday shopping, check out cool cars and hang with Santa (on Sunday only).

HOLIDAY LIGHTS

Nov. 24 - Dec. 31 Cheekwood, Nashville Page 73 Take in the glow of 1 million lights, make s’mores, hear carolers, meet Santa and his reindeer and more.

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NATIONAL DAYS OF ...

Discover what’s new this year at Gaylord Opryland’s “A Country Christmas.”

November’s full of special days to celebrate. Wanna play Monopoly?

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NEXT MONTH’S HOT TICKET December brings Nashville’s Nutcracker.

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ON YOUR RADAR

Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum’s Deck the Hall.

What’s coming down the pike next month.

ONLINE

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WED 1 N An American in Paris

See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

W Archery Home-

school Day (Register)

615-566-5187 musiccityarchery.com Ages 7+. Music City Archery, 1113 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin; 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.; $16. Archery instruction with equipment provided and a game at the end. Parents can participate, too.

N Ben Folds

615-889-3060 ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $39.50 $59.50. A night of alternative rock with special guest Tall Heights.

N FREE Caroling

for Kids Open House (Register)

615-228-6745 | fanniebattledayhome.org/caroling All ages. Fannie Battle Day Home, 108 Chapel Ave., Nashville; 4 - 5:30 p.m. Tour the facility while learning about the annual Caroling for Kids fundraiser.

N FREE Dia de Muer-

tos: A Naturally Beautiful Day (Register)

615-862-8539 nashville.gov/parks All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 12 - 2 p.m. Honor and celebrate those who have passed from Earth.

R Discover Art:

Simon Says Draw (Register)

615-867-7244 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 3 - 5. McFadden Com-

munity Center, 211 Bridge Ave., Murfreesboro; 10 - 11 a.m.; $3. Kids can play a game guiding them through creating a giant group drawing.

N Gavin DeGraw

615-416-2001 cmatheater.com All ages. CMA Theater, 224 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $49.50 - $150. A night of pop/adult contemporary music.

R Homeschool Creativity Class

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

R KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Register)

615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 1 - 3. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; $3. This class focuses on gross motor skills and having fun.

R Mind-Blowing

ing balance, coordination and overall fitness.

W FREE Brentwood

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org All ages. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; Tue - Fri 3:30 p.m.; $8. Explore all-things scientific by learning through discovery. Topics include liquid nitrogen, visible light and reptiles.

R Wild Things

615-975-9195 brentwoodshops.com All ages. Hot Pink, 231 Franklin Road, Brentwood; Thu - Fri 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fourteen shops in Brentwood offer special promotions and refreshments to kick off your holiday shopping season.

Matinee

W Music City Roots

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

R Tumbleweeds (Register)

615-895-5040 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 3 - 5. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:15 - 11 a.m.; $3. Learn the basic techniques of tumbling along with improv-

(Register)

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 1 - 4 with a parent. The Wilderness Station, 9:30 a.m.; $3. This nature-themed program includes songs, crafts, hikes and other activities.

Christmas Crawl

R Busy Bees

THU 2 W Best Buddies Unplugged

615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 7 p.m.; $40 - $400. Acoustic music by Desmond Child, Amy Grant, Keb Mo and others to benefit the Best Buddies program.

615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 3 - 5. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:45 - 11:15 a.m.; $3. Group activities that stimulate your tot’s coordination.

R KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Register)

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

W FREE Kids’ Hour

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

Kids can take a spin around the track in a simulated driving experience during the Nashville International Auto Show at Music City Center, Nov. 3 - 5. (please turn the page)

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R FITMommy Yoga

615-893-7439 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Moms with babies 6 weeks to crawlers. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $4. This class promotes fitness, baby bonding and community. Bring a receiving blanket.

N FREE Furbearers to Fashion

615-832-8197 travellersrestplantation.org All ages. Travellers Rest, 636 Farrell Pkwy., Nashville; 6 - 8 p.m. Hat maker and historian Michael Agee discusses the fur trade from raw materials to the final fashion product.

W FREE It Looks

Like Play (Register)

615-371-0090 brentwood-tn.org/library Ages 9 months - 4 years. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood;10 - 11 a.m. Tactile experiences for little hands and minds include mixing, pouring, tearing, squishing and more.

N Nashville

Beefsteak (Register)

nashvillebeefsteak.com Adults. Von Elrod’s, 1104 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville; 7 - 10 p.m.; $100. During this fundraiser for the Martha O’Bryan Center, enjoy a feast prepared from an entire steer.

N Nashville

House Concert

615-782-4040 | tpac.org All ages. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25. Waterloo Revival, Ray Scott and Jim Quick perform.

N Ninth Annual

Cherish the Night

615-983-6805 | starsnashville.org/cherish-the-night Adults. Houston Station, 434 Houston St., Nashville; 6 p.m.; $175 - $500. This benefit for STARS (Students

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Taking a Right Stand) features a concert by Rivers Rutherford and silent art auctions.

R Preschool

Program: Orange You Glad (Register)

townofsmyrna.org Ages 3 - 5. Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 10 a.m.; $2. Learn about the color orange through games, snacks and crafts.

N Sheryl Crow & Jeff Trott

615-889-3060 | ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $49.50 - $89.50. A night of pop/ rock music.

R FREE Strollercoasters

615-893-2141 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages birth - 5 years. Old Fort Park, 9 a.m. Walk the greenway with your tots, then enjoy stay and play activities at Kids’ Castle.

W FREE Teen Anime Club

615-371-0090 brentwood-tn.org/library Ages 13+. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 - 5 p.m. Watch anime, make crafts and enjoy snacks.

R Water Polo

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

W Yoga with

Rebecca Dandekar

615-799-5544 bowiepark.org Ages 13+. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 5:30 p.m.; $5. Bring a mat and water to begin your yoga practice or deepen an existing practice.

R Youth Volleyball

615-907-2251 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 9 - 17. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 4:30 - 6 p.m.; $3. Beginners to advanced players can develop and refine their skills like bumping, setting and spiking.

FRI 3 R 19th Annual Fall Harvest Hayride

615-893-2141 murfreesborotn.gov/parks All ages. General Bragg Trailhead, 1540 W. College St., Murfreesboro; 5:30 - 8 p.m.; $2 ages 3+. After an old-fashioned hayride, listen to live music while toasting marshmallows and eating s’mores.

N Annie

See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

W FREE Brentwood Christmas Crawl

See Thursday, Nov. 2.

R Catch Me If You Can

See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

R Critter Encounter

615-459-9710 townofsmyrna.org All ages. Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 4:30 - 5 p.m.; $5 adults, $4 children. Meet the center’s animals for hands-on fun.

N FREE Fall is in the

Air: Full Moon Meander (Register)

615-862-8539 nashville.gov/parks All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 7 - 8 p.m. A mindful mosey through the park under a moonlit sky.

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FUN FOR WEE ONES

THINGS TO DO

Daniel Tiger Live!

>> This month’s editor’s picks for your babies, toddlers & preschoolers — with YOU! BUDDING NATURALISTS: IN NOVEMBER Warner Park Nature Center Nashville Friday, Nov. 17 nashville.gov/parks

Ages 3 - 5 can ponder this month’s uniqueness while hearing stories and sipping apple cider. Register in advance.

CREATIVE PLAY DROP-IN CLASSES

Little Art House, Nashville Saturdays, Nov. 4 & 11 littlearthousenashville.com Ages 10 months - 3 years with a parent can explore, create and get messy!

PUPPET POWWOW

Bowie Nature Park, Fairview Tuesday, Nov. 7 bowiepark.org Ages 18 months & older can enjoy a nature-based puppet show.

DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE: KING FOR A DAY!

TPAC’S Jackson Hall, Nashville Saturday, Nov. 11 tpac.org This grrr-iffic musical for preschoolers follows Daniel’s adventure in learning what it takes to be King.

PRESCHOOL PROGRAM: GOIN’ ON A BEAR HUNT Outdoor Adventure Center Smyrna Thursday, Nov. 16 townofsmyrna.org

Ages 3 - 5 can enjoy a bear-themed program that includes a nature walk and craft activities. Register in advance.


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Handmade Nashville

HOLIDAY MARKET Saturday, November 25

(SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY)

10 AM - 4 PM Red Caboose Park, Bellevue

Linden Waldorf School’s 21st Annual

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

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

Saturday, November 11 • 9am - 4pm Tickets available at the door or at lindenwaldorf.org $5 admission (under 5 free) • Most Activities $1-$4

SKATE WHERE THE NASHVILLE PREDATORS TRAIN! Whether you love hockey, figure skating or just having fun, we have ice time for you and your family at Ford Ice Center! Daily public sessions are available with skate rentals as small as a child’s size 8 to an adult’s size 15. Come skate with us! SKATE RENTAL $3 ADULT ADMISSION $7.50

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

YOUTH ADMISSION (3-10) $6.50 CHILD ADMISSION (0-2) FREE

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holidayfesttn.org All ages. Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club, 550 Johnny Cash Pkwy., Hendersonville; 5 - 10 p.m.; $60 - $70. A Dillard’s holiday fashion show, live entertainment and shopping.

615-889-3060 |ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7 & 9:30 p.m.; $38 - $95. A night of country music featuring legends and contemporary artists.

Glitter Fashion Show

N Haydn’s Creation

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $21 - $86. The Nashville Symphony and Symphony Chorus present Haydn’s masterpiece depicting the creation of the world as Genesis describes it.

R KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Register)

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

R KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Register)

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

W Meet the

Astronomer (Register)

615-373-4897 dyer.vanderbilt.edu Ages 8+. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood; 7 p.m.; $6.24. A Vanderbilt astronomer speaks on a current topic of interest.

N Nashville International Auto Show

autoshownashville.com All ages. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $10 adults, free ages 12 & younger. More than 350 of the newest cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers, plus the latest in-car technologies, test driving and interactive simulators for kids.

R Night at the Museum Lock-In (Register)

615-962-8773 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 13 - 17. Bradley Academy Museum, 415 S. Academy St., Murfreesboro; 7 p.m.; $10. Explore the museum, play games, watch movies, create art and more.

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Santa Claus AT THE MALLS

R Parents’

Night Out (Register)

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org Ages 4 - 12. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.; $20 ($15 siblings). Enjoy a night out on your own while your kids enjoy games, crafts, dinner and snacks.

W FREE Santa’s PJ Party

615-771-2128 coolspringsgalleria.com All ages. CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 6 p.m. Santa arrives in CoolSprings with a pajama party for kids.

N She Loves Me

See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

N FREE Sunset to

Moonrise Hill Forest Hike (Register)

615-352-6299 nashville.gov/parks Ages 8+. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 5 - 7 p.m. Hike with the setting sun and experience the undisturbed forest in the fading autumn light.

THE AVENUE MURFREESBORO 2615 Medical Center Pkwy. Murfreesboro 615-893-4207 theavenuemurfreesboro.com Dec. 8 - 10

Fri 3 - 5 p.m., Sat 12 - 2 p.m., Sun 2 - 4 p.m.

COOLSPRINGS GALLERIA

1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin 615-771-2128 coolspringsgalleria.com Nov. 4 - Dec. 24 Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks 1 - 2 p.m. & 5 - 6 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break 3 - 3:30 p.m.).

THE MALL AT GREEN HILLS

Came to Dinner

2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville 615-298-5478 | shopgreenhills.com Nov. 9 - Dec. 24 (Santa’s Flight Academy)

R Toddler Time

Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks 1 - 2 p.m. & 5 - 6 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break 2 - 3 p.m.).

R The Man Who See “Theater & Dance,” page 56. 615-895-5040 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 5 & younger. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; $3. Follow directions, working together and learn body part recognition.

OPRY MILLS

433 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville 615-514-1000 | oprymills.com Nov. 4 - Dec. 24 Nov. 4 - Dec. 14: Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks 1 - 2 p.m. & 5:15 - 6 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break 2 - 3 p.m.); Dec. 15 - 23: Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks 1 - 2

p.m. & 5:15 - 6 p.m.), Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (break 2 - 3 p.m.); Dec. 24: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (break 1 - 2 p.m.).

RIVERGATE MALL

1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville rivergate-mall.com Nov. 11 - Dec. 24 November hours: Mon - Fri 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. (break 4 - 5 p.m.), Sat 12 - 8 p.m. (break 4 - 5 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break 3 - 3:30 p.m.). December hours: Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks 1 - 2 & 5 - 6 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (breaks 3 - 3:30 p.m.). Pet photos take place Nov. 14, 21 & 18 from 5 8 p.m. and Dec. 5, 12 & 19 from 6 - 9 p.m.

STONES RIVER MALL

1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro 615-896-4486 | stonesrivermall.com Nov. 11 - Dec. 23 Thru Dec. 14: Mon - Sat 12 - 8 p.m. (break 3 - 4 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break 2:30 - 3 p.m.). Dec. 15 - 23: Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks 12 - 1 & 4 - 5 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break 2:30 - 3 p.m.). Christmas Eve: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (break 1 - 2 p.m.).

STREETS OF INDIAN LAKE

300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville streetsofindianlake.com Nov. 25 - Dec. 23 Fri - Sat 1 - 4 p.m. & 5 - 7 p.m., Sun 1 - 4 p.m.


THINGS TO DO

SAT 4 W 17th Annual Wine Down Main Street

winedownmainstreet.com Ages 21+. Main St., 419 Main St., Franklin; 7 - 10 p.m.; $85 - $200 ($35 DDs). This premier wine tasting event features selections from around the globe, food and live music. Benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee.

R 7-Hour Theater

615-962-8773 murfreesborotn.gov/parks All ages. Bradley Academy Museum, 415 S. Academy St., Murfreesboro; 8:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m.; $10. Write, learn and perform a show in seven hours.

R Acorn Festival

acornfestival.org All ages. Oaklands Park, 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro; 12 - 6 p.m.; $8. Six bands perform, including The Touch, The Hardin Draw and The Lonely Biscuits.

R FREE Animal Encounters

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 1:30 - 2 p.m. Meet a resident education animal while learning about the critters that call Tennessee home.

N FREE Autumn Hike (Register)

615-862-8539 nashville.gov/parks Ages 10+. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 9 - 11 a.m. A four-mile hike through the woods and wetlands.

W FREE Bike Bowie

615-799-5544 bowiepark.org All ages. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Grab a mountain bike and hit the trails for a scavenger hunt.

N FREE Bird-Friendly

S Cast for a Cure Big

615-352-6299 nashville.gov/parks Adults. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Grab a free cup of joe and learn about bird-friendly coffee.

615-256-2002 castforacure.org All ages. Sanders Ferry Park, 513 Sanders Ferry Road, Hendersonville; 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $200 adults, free ages 14 & younger. Join pro and celebrity anglers in this tournament with thousands of dollars up for grabs. Benefits the T.J. Martell Foundation’s cancer research.

Coffee Club

S Bluegrass and Brews

615-824-0502 historicrockcastle.ecwid.com/ Ages 21+. Historic Rock Castle, 139 Rock Castle Lane, Hendersonville; 5:30 p.m.; $50. An evening of bluegrass music, barbecue and craft beer, featuring entertainment by Bluegrass Ablaze.

W FREE Brentwood Christmas Crawl

See Thursday, Nov. 2.

W FREE Brentwood Y Fall Festival

615-373-9622 ymcamidtn.org/brentwood All ages. Brentwood Family YMCA, 8207 Concord Road, Brentwood; 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Music, games and other family-friendly activities.

N FREE Brick Blast

tnvlc.org All ages. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 2 - 4 p.m. The Tennessee Valley Lego Club hosts this event featuring Lego displays, games, prizes and more.

N FREE Buddy Walk (Register)

615-386-9002 somethingextra.org All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; 10 a.m. Raise money and awareness for the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee. Following the walk, enjoy carnival games, inflatables, costumed characters, live music, vendors and more.

Bass Tournament

N Celebrate Reading

615-833-1534 nashvillezoo.org All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $16 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12. Follow a story map to hear a different children’s book at various stops around the zoo.

N Circus

Brew Zerkus

circusbrewzerkus.com Ages 21+. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; 6 - 10 p.m.; $50 - $80 ($20 DDs). Unlimited beer tastings with an interactive circus experience.

N FREE Crafty

Nashville Fall Arts & Crafts Market

low St., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $4 adults, $1 ages 11 & younger, $10 family max, free for Scouts in uniform. Dealer tables, two operating models, consignment sales, an artifact/museum room and more.

N FREE Daffodils are Dandy (Register)

615-862-8539 nashville.gov/parks All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 12 - 2 p.m. Claim a small bag of bulbs to plant at home.

615-244-9001 | tcry.org All ages. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Wil-

the Stage (Register)

N Full Moon

615-285-4292 artworkshop.com/franklin Ages 8+. AR Workshop, 330 Mayfield Drive, Franklin; 2 - 4 p.m.; $30. Create wood signs, canvas pillows, wall hangings and more.

615-297-2250 adventureworks.com Ages 6+. Adventureworks, 1300 Narrows of the Harpeth Road, Kingston Springs; 7 & 7:30 p.m.; $65. Soar through the air on nine zip lines under the light of the full moon.

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R FREE Fair Havens Fall Festival

W FREE Family Day

Division Meet & Model Train Show

N From the Mat to

W DIY Workshop

Let’s Get Awkward Tour

N Creative Play

N Cumberland

Saturday Art Crawl

nashvilledowntown.com/ play/first-saturday-art-crawl All ages. Hatch Show Print, 224 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 6 - 9 p.m. Twenty-five art galleries in the downtown area host receptions and art openings.

615-782-4040 | tpac.org Ages 16+. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $35. A night of stand-up comedy.

N Demetri Martin:

615-896-0997 | fhibc.org All ages. Fair Havens Independent Baptist Church, 1610 Riverview Drive, Murfreesboro; 10:30 a.m. Inflatables, a mechanical bull, games, prizes and more.

615-933-9644 littlearthousenashville.com Ages 10 months - 3 years. Little Art House, 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville; 9 - 9:45 a.m.; $5. Parents and tots can enjoy creative play with art activities.

N FREE First

joannabarbera.com Ages 18+. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 1 - 4 p.m.; $20 in advance, $30 at the gate. An introductory workshop for those seeking to bring mindfulness to their everyday life.

craftynashville.com All ages. Track One, 1211 Fourth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. More than 80 local artisans, crafters and makers along with food trucks, live music, kids’ activities and more.

Drop-In Class

Farrell Pkwy., Nashville; 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $75. Learn to make a goose feather Christmas tree.

615-794-2103 franklintn.gov/familyday All ages. The Park at Harlinsdale Farm, 239 Franklin Road, Franklin; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Games, crafts, hayrides, a petting zoo, inflatables, horse demonstrations, face painting and more.

N Feather Christmas Tree Workshop (Register)

615-832-8197 travellersrestplantation.org Adults. Travellers Rest, 636

Zip Tour (Register)

N Haydn’s Creation See Friday, Nov. 3.

N FREE Hike

for the Homeless

hike4homeless.org All ages. Edwin Warner Park Picnic Shelters 9 & 11, 50 Vaughn Road, Nashville; 9 a.m. Garner pledges and hike to raise money for Safe Haven Family Shelter.

FREE Home Depot Kids’ Workshop (Register)

homedepot.com Ages 5 - 12. Home Depot (see website for locations); 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Build a custom wooden Humvee to honor those who have served our country.

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THINGS TO DO  FREE Home for the

 MTSU Blue

facebook.com (search “Home for the Holidays Craft Fair”) All ages. Mt. Juliet Community Center, 1100 Charlie Daniels Pkwy., Mt. Juliet; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Shop vendors, hear live music and get photos with Santa (10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.).

615-898-5261 goblueraiders.com All ages. Floyd Stadium, 1500 Greenland Drive, Murfreesboro; 6:30 p.m.; $18 - $24. Versus University of Texas at El Paso.

 FREE LEGO

tional Auto Show

Holidays Craft Fair

Junior Makers

615-893-4131 linebaugh.org Ages 4 - 12. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. Kids can get creative and have fun building LEGO masterpieces.

 Little Art House Drop-In Class

615-933-9644 littlearthousenashville.com Ages 4 - 10. Little Art House, 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville; 10 - 10:45 a.m.; $10. Young artists can imagine new concepts, explore various mediums and crate original works.

 Mama Mia! Kids’

Italian Class (Register)

615-956-6077 thecuriouskitchen.net Ages 6 - 14. The Curious Kitchen, 1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $50. Learn to make garlic bread, spaghetti & meatballs, double chocolate brownies and more.

Raiders Football

 Nashville InternaSee Friday, Nov. 3.

 FREE Nature Scavenger Hunt (Register)

615-862-8539 nashville.gov/parks Ages 4+. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 2 - 3 p.m. Explore the nature center, campus and trails on this hunt challenge.

 Opry at the Ryman

See Friday, Nov. 3.

 PRINT IT: Fidget

Spinners Lab (Register)

615-862-5160 adventuresci.org/i2makerlabs Ages 10 - 14 from 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.; ages 15 - 18 from 1:15 - 3:15 p.m. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; $12 members, $15 non-members plus

 FREE Middle Tennessee Pug Festival

pugfestival.com All ages. Barfield Crescent Park, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Doggie costume contests, vendors, holiday photo ops and more. Benefits MidSouth Pug Rescue.

 Mr. Popper’s Penguins

See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

Waddle into Nashville Children’s Theatre to experience Mr. Popper’s Penguins. It runs through Sunday, Dec. 3.

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gate admission ($14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 - 12). Explore the basics of 3D printing technologies.

 Pumpkin

Destruction Festival

615-382-7593 honeysucklehillfarm.com All ages. Honeysuckle Hill Farm, 1765 Martins Chapel Church Road, Springfield; 10 a.m.; $14.95 ages 3+. The farm’s remaining pumpkins will be destroyed by shooting them from cannons, dropping them from 60 feet in the air, blowing them up and more.

 FREE Santa’s Big Arrival

615-514-1000 oprymills.com All ages. Opry Mills, 433 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. Join Santa, his elves and other special guests for a parade around the mall.

 FREE Shakespeare Allowed

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

 Smyrna Strokes: Home (Register)

townofsmyrna.org Ages 12+. Downtown Train Depot, 98 Front St., Smyrna; 6 - 8 p.m.; $10. Girls only can enjoy a night out and paint a Tennessee tri-star picture to take home.

Special Needs Jump

615-778-1304 | gotjumpstreet.com/tennessee All ages. JumpStreet locations in Goodlettsville, Franklin and Murfreesboro; 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.; $8 ages 4+, $4 ages 3 & younger. Children with special needs can enjoy a private hour of jumping on trampolines and playing on the equipment with the second hour open to the public.

 FREE Sumner

County Artists & Artisan Studio Tour

sumnercountystudiotour.com All ages. Sumner Tourism Center & Other locations, 2310 Nashville Pike, Gallatin; Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m. Visit 13 studios to see the work of several local artist showing and selling their works.

 FREE The “Caw” of the Wild: Crows (Register)

615-352-6299 nashville.gov/parks All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 1 - 2:30 p.m. Learn fun facts about misunderstood birds.

 FREE There’s Na-

ture in My Backyard? (Register)

615-862-8539 nashville.gov/parks All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 10 - 11

a.m. Meet wild animals you can find in our area and learn about their habitats.

 Vanderbilt Commodores Football

615-322-4653 vucommodores.com All ages. Dudley Field, 2601 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville; 12 a.m.; $30. Versus Western Kentucky. Game time TBA.

 Watercolor

Basics (Register)

615-370-4672 | owlshill.org Adults. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $75 (includes supplies). Learn the basics of watercolor in this workshop for beginners.

 FREE Wilderness Walk

townofsmyrna.org All ages. Sharp Springs Park, 311 Jefferson Pike, Smyrna; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. A strollerfriendly nature walk, kids’ crafts, live animals, falconer and wildlife demonstrations, and more. (please turn the page)


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FAMILY PROGRAMS

String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry Co-presented by Nashville Public Library’s Wishing Chair Productions

November 24–25 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM, and 2:00 PM FREE, Limited Seating

See the Museum and make a puppet in the Taylor Swift Education Center before or after the show. Community Counts. Museum Admission Program for Locals. FREE YOUTH ADMISSION for 18-and-under from Davidson and bordering counties.

Visit CountryMusicHallofFame.org/Family for more.

#PressPlayRecord • @CountryMusicHOF • Downtown Nashville • CountryMusicHallofFame.org SUPPORTED BY: Family Programs are funded in part by The Bonnaroo Works Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee; Epiphone; Fender; Gibson Foundation; Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission; Nashville Parent; National Endowment for the Arts; and Tennessee Arts Commission. Technology Partners: Cisco; NewTek; Personal Computer Systems, Inc.; and Promethean.


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THINGS TO DO a.m. - 2 p.m. Sample 20 kosher hot chicken delights while enjoying live music and kids’ activities.

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MON 6

R Snack Attack!

See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

R FREE Acting 102 (Register)

615-893-7439, ext. 6104 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 6 - 9. The Washington Theatre, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 5 - 6 p.m.; free with Perform Murfreesboro membership ($25/year). Learn acting techniques and skills.

W FREE Yoga

with Maarika Mann

615-799-5544 bowiepark.org Ages 13+. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 9 - 10 a.m.; donations welcome. Bring a mat, water and block to learn basic meditation and yin yoga.

SUN 5 N An Acoustic Eve-

ning with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $49 - $129. A night of acoustic tunes by two musical legends.

N FREE Brick Blast See Saturday, Nov. 4.

S FREE Hendersonville Veterans Day Parade

facebook.com/hendersonvillevetsparade All ages. Drakes Creek Park, 120 E. Main St., Hendersonville; 2 - 4 p.m. Honor our nation’s veterans during this patriotic parade that starts at the park then travels along Main Street to Executive Park Drive.

N FREE Kidsville Movie

kidsvilleonline.org Ages 12 & younger. Centennial Park’s Black Box Theatre, 211 27th Ave. N., Nashville; 2 - 3:30 p.m. Enjoy a viewing of The Doughnuts with doughnut-themed crafts before and after the movie.

N FREE Make Letterpress Art

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org All ages. Hatch Show Print, 224 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 12, 1 & 2 p.m. Kids can explore old-school printmaking techniques today at Hatch Show Print.

N FREE Nashville

Free to Breathe 5K

freetobreathe.org/nashville All ages. Edwin Warner Park, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 12:30 - 3:15 p.m. Garner pledges and walk to fight lung cancer. Choose a 5K or onemile walk.

R After-School Art

615-867-7244 murfreesborotn.gov/parks First grade & higher. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 4 - 5 p.m.; $3. Study an artist then create a project based on the lesson.

N alt-J

See Friday, Nov. 3.

615-862-6390 nashvilleauditorium.com All ages. Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $36 $185. A night of rock music.

S FREE Sumner

N Early Explorers

N Nashville International Auto Show

County Artists & Artisan Studio Tour

See Saturday, Nov. 4.

N Tennessee

Titans Football

615-565-4200 titansonline.com All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 12 p.m.; $50 - $500. Versus the Baltimore Ravens.

N FREE Third Annual Kosher Hot Chicken Festival

facebook.com/nkhcf All ages. Gordon Jewish Community Center, 801 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville; 11

Nerds (Register)

miranda.pewitt@townofsmyrna.org | townofsmyrna.org All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Interactive learning through crafts, nature experiences and animal encounters.

N Winter

Preschoolers can enjoy a variety of activities every Monday during the Early Explorers program at Adventure Science Center.

R FREE Nature

615-862-5160 adventuresci.org Ages 3 - 5. Adventure Science Center, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $10.95 ages 6+, $4.95 ages 5 and younger; $2 planetarium show; Discounted admission applies to arrivals prior to 9:45 a.m. Visit the preschool area for breakfast, see a planetarium show, then enjoy a storytime activity.

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $8. Prepare tasty snacks in the kitchen.

R SPARK!

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org Ages 3 - 5. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 9 a.m.; $2 plus $8 gate admission. Themed activities for tots.

R Tumbleweeds (Register)

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

TUE 7 N FREE Bellevue Adventure Club

615-862-5854 nashvillepubliclibrary.org Grades K - 4. Bellevue Library, 720 Baugh Road, Nashville; 4 p.m. Crafts, activities, games and more.

R Busy Bees

See Thursday, Nov. 2.

W Fall Color Hike (Register)

615-370-4672 | owlshill.org Adults. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 9:30 11:30 a.m.; $7. Embark on a hike to follow the progression of fall colors.

W FREE Hike

with a Naturalist

615-799-5544 bowiepark.org All ages. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 10 - 11 a.m. Hit the trails with a guide.

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Free Photos with Santa!

The Loveless Barn

8400 Hwy 100 | Nashville, TN 37221

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Student body of 770 in grades 7-12 Entering students represent 42 public & private schools 7:1 student-teacher ratio 21 percent of student body receive more than $2 million in need-based financial aid 68 percent of faculty hold advanced degrees, including 13 doctorates 15 National Merit Semifinalists in 2017 2016 ACT scores were 8 points higher than the national average 27 AP classes offered 4 national championships in debate, including two in 2015 4800 hours of community service for 26 non-profits in 2016/17 250-acre Long Mountain campus near McMinnville, TN with an observatory State titles in basketball, cross-country, football, rifle, soccer, swimming, and tennis over the last decade, including tennis in 2017 Wilson Grants and college grants sent more than 125 students to national and international programs in 2017 – all at the school’s expense The Warner International Exchange program sent another 26 juniors on cultural and academic exchanges to programs in the United Kingdom, Colombia, China, Singapore, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia


THINGS TO DO  FREE Family Gaming Night

615-893-4131 linebaugh.org All ages. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m. Enjoy Wii U, board games and coloring pages.

and how to protest them and care for our planet.

 FREE Puppet

 FREE Observa-

 Knee-High Natu-

615-373-4897 dyer.vanderbilt.edu Ages 8+. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Tour the facility and check out the giant telescope.

615-799-5544 bowiepark.org Ages 18 months - 12 years. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 10 - 10:30 a.m. A naturebased puppet show at Bowie Nature Center in Fairview.

ralist: In the Spirit of Giving (Register)

 Homeschool:

Scientific Method (Register)

Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $5. Learn about the Scientific Method through experiments during this two-day workshop.

emily.morris@townofsmyrna. org | townofsmyrna.org Ages 4 - 18. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley

615-370-4672 | owlshill.org Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; $10 adult/child pair, $7 each additional person. Learn lessons from animal friends

tory Open House Day (Register)

 Opry at the Ryman

See Friday, Nov. 3.

Powwow

 SPARK!

See Monday, Nov. 6.

 Water Polo

See Thursday, Nov. 2.

WED 8 Hot HAPPENIN’

 An Evening

with Mr. Dickens

See Tuesday, Nov. 7.

 Music City Roots See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

 The Music of Prince 615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 7:30 p.m.; $74. The Nashville Symphony and a rock band play Prince’s greatest hits.

 Tumbleweeds (Register)

 Archery Home-

 17th Annual BSA

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

mtcbsa.org Adults. Nissan Stadium Westside Club, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 6:30 - 9 p.m.; $100. A cocktail dinner, live entertainment, auctions and more benefiting the Middle Tennessee chapter of Boy Scouts of America.

of Honor

615-889-2941 thehermitage.com All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. View 1,000 3×5 American flags during this tribute to our country’s service men and women.

Santa Claus is comin’ to town and settin’ up the fun at Bass Pro Shop at Opry Mills during the 10th season of Santa’s Wonderland. The 3,500-square-foot Christmas village offers kids of all ages a variety of free games and activities. Kids can participate in craft activities, mingle with elves, navigate remote-control trucks, take aim in the laser/foam toy arcade, build with Lincoln Logs and write letters to Santa. Children can also get a free 4 x 6 photo with St. Nick — schedule your child’s Santa visit by picking up a Bass Pass reservation in the store. Bass Pro Shop hours are Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. For more info, including a full slate of activities, visit basspro.com/santa.

ralist: In the Spirit of Giving (Register)

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

 FREE Field

Nov. 11 - Dec. 24

 Knee-High Natu-

615-889-2941 thehermitage.com All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; 7 - 9:30 p.m.; $35 - $85. Charles Dicken’s greatgrandson, Gerald, presents a dramatic performance of A Christmas Carol.

school Day (Register)

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop

Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m. Multi-instrumentalist Jacob Johnson entertains kids.

 Wild Things (Register)

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

THU 9 Extravaganza

 A Midsummer Night’s Dream

 Homeschool

See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

 FREE A World of

Creativity Class

 KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Register)

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.



KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Register) See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

 FREE Kids’ Hour

615-550-5660 wholefoodsmarket.com Ages 10 & younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen

Possibilities Career Fair

615-472-4063 | wcs. educareer-exploration-day Eighth graders. Williamson County Ag Expo Park, 4215 Long Lane, Franklin; 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Williamson County Schools eighth-grade students — public, private or homeschool — can attend this fair to learn about a variety of career options. (please turn the page)

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N Amos Lee

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $49 - $149. Soulful singer-songwriter Amos Lee makes his debut with the Nashville Symphony.

N An Evening

with Mr. Dickens

See Wednesday, Nov. 8.

W Blue and Gray Days

615-794-0903 | boft.org All ages. Carnton Plantation, 1345 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin, and The Carter House, 1140 Columbia Ave., Franklin; Thu - Fri 1:30 - 4 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $18 includes house tours, $10 grounds only. Experience Civil War solider life through re-enactors, period vendors, music and more.

R Busy Bees

See Thursday, Nov. 2.

N FREE Candlelight Open House

615-356-0501 bellemeadeplantation.com All ages. Belle Meade Plantation, 110 Leake Ave., Nashville; 5 - 8 p.m. Tour the mansion in its holiday splendor, visit with Santa, enjoy crafts and carolers, sip wine, shop and more.

N Courntey Barnett & Kurt Vile (and the Sea Lice)

615-889-3060 | ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N.; 7:30 p.m.; $36 - $46. A night of alternative rock music.

R Horse Scouts (Register)

615-556-7370 harrisridingacademy.com Ages 7 - 13. Harris Riding Academy, 4024 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 5 - 6:30 p.m.; $15. Scouts can earn badges while learning horse colors, markings, grooming and more.

W FREE It Looks Like Play (Register)

See Thursday, Nov. 2.

N FREE Jen Hardy Book Signing

615-953-2243 parnassusbooks.net All ages. Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 6 p.m. Jen Hardy signs her book, The Sick Mom’s Guide to Having Fun Again, a book that helps moms with health issues enjoy their life more.

N Nick Offerman: Full Bush

615-782-4040 | tpac.org Ages 16+. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $39.50 - $40.50. A night of comedy.

W Oliver!

See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

R FREE Strollercoasters

See Thursday, Nov. 2.

R Water Polo

See Thursday, Nov. 2.

R Woodworking for Wildlife (Register)

See Wednesday, Nov. 8.

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 16+. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 4 - 6 p.m.; $25. Build a bird feeder.

R FITMommy Yoga

W Yoga with Rebecca

N FREE Field of Honor

See Thursday, Nov. 2.

Dandekar

See Thursday, Nov. 2.

R Youth Volleyball See Thursday, Nov. 2.

FRI 10 N Amos Lee

See Thursday, Nov. 9.

N FREE Babies in the Gallery (Registration Required)

615-329-8544 galleries@fisk.edu Ages 0 - 12 months. The Carl Van Vechten Gallery at Fisk University, 1000 17th Ave. N., Nashville; 11:15 a.m. Enjoy fine art with your infant.

W Blue

and Gray Days

See Thursday, Nov. 9.

N Christmas Village

615-256-2726 christmasvillage.org All ages. The Fairgrounds, 500 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville; Fri 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 12 6 p.m.; $10 adults, free ages 9 & younger. Approximately 260 merchants sell their goods, including toys, arts and crafts, clothing, pottery and collectibles.

R Critter Encounter See Friday, Nov. 3.

N Family Art Mak-

ing: Thankful Turkeys (Register)

THINGS TO LOVE

THINGS TO DO

Carrie Underwood performs during the Country Rising benefit concert.

>> Add to your must list this month. BEST BUDDIES UNPLUGGED Franklin Theatre Thursday, Nov. 2 franklintheatre.com

Desmond Child, Amy Grant & Keb Mo sing to raise money for Best Buddies Tennessee.

GARLANDS & GLITTER FASHION SHOW

Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club Hendersonville Friday, Nov. 3 holidayfesttn.org A holiday fashion show, live entertainment and shopping to benefit Sumner Teen Center.

CHRISTMAS VILLAGE

The Fairgrounds, Nashville Nov. 10 - 12 christmasvillage.org Nashville’s biggest and longest-running holiday shopping extravaganza boasts 260 merchants.

615-933-9644 littlearthousenashville.com Ages 1 - 4 from 4 - 5 p.m., ages 5 - 18 from 5 - 6 p.m. Little Art House, 2104 Acklen Ave., Nashville; $10/turkey. Add to your Thanksgiving decorations by making a large turkey or a group of little ones.

JOHN CLEESE AND THE HOLY GRAIL

S FREE Family

COUNTRY RISING

Fun Night

615-826-9622 | ymcamidtn. org/sumner-county All ages. Sumner County Family YMCA, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Enjoy a night of fun featuring a ’50s-themed dance party and chili.

N FREE Field of Honor

See Wednesday, Nov. 8. (please turn the page)

War Memorial Auditorium Nashville Saturday, Nov. 11 tpac.org Monty Python fans can delight in a movie screening and a Q&A with one of the stars.

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville Sunday, Nov. 12 bridgestonearena.com A hefty roster of country celebs perform to raise money for hurricane recovery and Las Vegas relief efforts.

AN EVENING WITH SCOTT HAMILTON & FRIENDS Bridgestone Arena, Nashville Sunday, Nov. 19 bridgestonearena.com

Olympic figure skaters and music faves perform for a great cause.

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40% OFF SELECT SHOWS. Use Promo Code: PARENTSRULE

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N Hermitage

N FREE Salamander

615-889-2941 thehermitage.com All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $40 per family up to five. Learn how cotton was cultivated and transformed from crop to cloth.

615-352-6299 nashville.gov/parks All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 1 - 2:30 p.m. Search for cave, long-tailed, two-lined salamanders and other species along the creek.

R Hooray for the

R Smoke

615-898-1862 murfreesborosymphony.com All ages. First United Methodist Church, 265 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 7:30 p.m.; $15 - $40. Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra performs an American music salute to veterans.

See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

Homeschool Day

Red, White & Blue

R KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Register)

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

R KidFIT: Twist and

Survey (Register)

on the Mountain

R Smyrna Strokes:

Let it Snow (Register)

emily.morris@townofsmyrna. org | townofsmyrna.org Ages 12+. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyran; 6 - 8 p.m.; $10. Create a winter-themed wood painting.

N FREE Star Party

See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

615-862-8539 nashville.gov/parks All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 6:30. - 8:30 p.m. View fall stars and constellations, open clusters and other celestial wonders.

N Maria de

W Telescope Night

See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

615-373-4897 dyer.vanderbilt.edu Ages 8+. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood; 7 - 9 p.m.; $6.24. View celestial sights through the giant telescope.

Shout (Register)

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

N Laughter on the 23rd Floor

Buenos Aires

N Nashville

Predators Signing

predsshow.com All ages. CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 6 - 9 p.m.; $35 per player, $119 for all four. Roman Josi, Nick Bonino, Ryan Johansen and Pekka Rinne sign items to benefit Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.

N Opry

at the Ryman

See Friday, Nov. 3.

R Race

See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

(Register)

SAT 11 N 21st Annual Elves’ Faire

615-354-0270 lindenwaldorf.org All ages. Linden Waldorf School, 3201 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $5 ages 5 & older (most activities are $2 - $4). Artisan vendors, archery, a climbing wall, craft and candle-making projects, face painting and henna, puppet shows, storytelling, music and more. (daily events continue on page 59)

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THEATER & DANCE

THINGS TO DO A CHRISTMAS STORY

GREASE

Nashville Rep at TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Wed - Thu 6:30 p.m., Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2:30 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $57.50 - $72.50. A stage version of the holiday movie classic about a boy’s wish for a Red Ryder B.B. gun.

Bravo Creative Arts Center at Father Ryan Center for the Arts, 700 Norwood Drive, Nashville. Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $12. The teen cast presents a kid-friendly version of this musical set at Rydell High School in the 1950s.

Nov. 24 - Dec. 22 | All ages 615-782-4040 | tpac.org

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Thru Nov. 5 | All ages 615-782-4040 | tpac.org

Broadway Series at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Tue - Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 & 8 p.m., Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m. $33 - $78. A musical about an American solider, a French girl and a yearning for a post-war new beginning.

ANNIE

Nov. 3 - 4 | All ages teen.learning@gmail.com

Teen Learning Center Players at Woodmont Hills Church, 3710 Franklin Pike, Nashville. Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 & 7 p.m. $10 adults, $5 students. The beloved musical about a vivacious orphan who finds a home.

THE BOY FRIEND

Nov. 30 - Dec. 2 | Ages 12+ wcparksandrec.com

The Star Bright Players at Academy Park Performing Arts Center, 112 Everbright Ave., Franklin. Thu - Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 & 7 p.m. $8. A light romantic spoof of 1920s musicals.

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

Nov. 3 - 19 | 615-904-2787 boroarts.org | Ages 10+

Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $15 adults, $13 students, $11 children. A musical based on the life of Frank Abagnale, one of history’s most famous con artists.

FOOLS | Thru Nov. 4 Ages 12+ | 615-221-1174

townecentretheatre.com

Towne Centre Theatre, 136 Frierson St., Brentwood. Thu - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $20 adults, $16 students. Neil Simon’s comedy about a village curse that renders everyone stupid.

Nov. 17 - 19 | All ages 615-599-5314 bravocreativeartscenter.com

HAIRSPRAY

NOV. 16 - 19 | Ages 13+ 615-812-8300 lesli.hall@mnps.org

Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet School, 613 17th Ave. N., Nashville. Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 3 p.m. $10 adults, $5 students. A musical about racial integration in the 1960s.

THE HIP HOP NUTCRACKER Saturday, Nov. 25 | All ages 615-782-4040 | tpac.org

TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. 7 p.m. $45 - $60. A holiday mash-up featuring Tchaikovsky’s score with a contemporary re-imagining of the story set in 1980’s Brooklyn.

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

Thru Nov. 12 | Ages 10+ 615-332-7529 circleplayers.net

Circle Players at Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville. Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 3 p.m. $20 ($10 on Thursdays). Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, acceptance and being a hero.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

Nov. 24 - Dec. 10 | All ages 615-826-6037 | hpactn.com

Hendersonville Performing Arts Company, 260 W. Main St., Hendersonville. Thu - Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $18 adults, $15 students. The heart-warming saga of George Bailey and his guardian angel, Clarence.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE THE MUSICAL

Nov. 24 - Dec. 23 | All ages 615-646-9977 chaffinsbarntheatre.com

Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204


on the subject. Not suitable for young children.

SHE LOVES ME

Nov. 3 - 12 | Ages 10+ 615-966-7075 lipscomb.edu/theater

Lipscomb Theater at Collins Auditorium, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $15 adults, $5 - $10 students. A romantic comedy about friendship, love and courage.

SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN

Nov. 10 - 18 & Dec. 1 - 3 Ages 4+ 615-852-8499 springhousetheatre.com

Springhouse Theatre Company, 14119 Old Nashville Hwy., Smyrna. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, Dec. 3 at 3:30 p.m. $15 adults, $10 children. A bluegrass/gospel musical revue set in 1938.

Les Miserables comes to TPAC’s Jackson Hall, Nov. 14 - 19.

SOUTHERN FRIED FUNERAL Hwy. 100, Nashville. Thu - Sat 6 p.m., Sun 12 p.m. $60 adults, $30 students, $18 ages 5 - 11. A timeless fable of dreams, disillusionment and the power of love.

1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $15 adults, $13 students. In this comedy, a couple’s dinner guest winds up staying nearly a month after taking a spill.

non Road, Mt. Juliet. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $15 adults, $10 ages 12 & younger. A staged reading from the December 1948 radio production.

LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR

MARIA DE BUENOS AIRES

MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS

Act 1 at the Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Ave., Nashville. Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $15. Neil Simon’s comedy about the wacky antics in the writer’s room of a 1953 variety show.

Nashville Opera at Noah Liff Opera Center, 3622 Redmon St., Nashville. Fri - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 4 p.m. $45 $95. A tango opera about a women’s surrealistic journey through life and death.

LES MISERABLES

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

Nov. 1 - 25 | Ages 12+ act1online.com

Nov. 14 - 19 | All ages 615-782-4040 | tpac.org

Broadway Series at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Tue - Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 & 8 p.m., Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m. $42.50 - $92.50. A musical of heartbreak, passion and the resilience of the human spirit.

THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER

Nov. 3 - 18 | Ages 10+ 615-563-2787 artscenterofcc.com

The Arts Center of Cannon County,

Nov. 10 - 12 | Ages 12+ 615-782-4040 nashvilleopera.org

Nov. 9 - 12 | All ages 888-718-4253 mtsu.edu/mtsuarts

Nashville Shakespeare Festival & MTSU at Tucker Theatre, 615 Champion Drive, Murfreesboro. Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $10 adults, $5 students. Shakespeare’s most beloved comedy.

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET Nov. 17 - 18 | All ages 615-598-8950 encore-theatre-company.org

Encore Theatre Company, 6978 Leba-

Thru Dec. 3 | All ages 615-252-4675 | nashvillect.org

Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville. Sat - Sun 2 p.m. plus Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. (homeschool show).; $20 adults, $15 youth. A flipper-flapping musical that speaks to the power of ingenuity.

OLIVER!

Nov. 9 - 18 | All ages 615-400-7733 offthesquarefranklin.com

Off The Square Theatre at Williamson County Performing Arts Center, 112 Everbright Ave., Franklin. Thu - Fri 7 p.m., Sat 12 & 5 p.m. $12 adults, $10 kids. Lionel Bart’s musical based on Charles Dickens’ novel.

RACE

Nov. 10 - 19 | Ages 14+ 615-893-9825 | mltarts.com

Murfreesboro Little Theatre, 702 Ewing Blvd., Murfreesboro. Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $10 adults, $7 students. David Mament’s play about race and the lies we tell each other

Through Nov. 18 | Ages 12+ 615-646-9977 chaffinsbarntheatre.com

Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville. Thu - Sat 6 p.m., Sun 12 p.m. $60 adults, $30 students, $18 ages 5 - 11. A big-hearted comedy about family — Southern style.

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS Thru Nov. 5 | All ages 615-598-8950 encore-theatre-company.org

Encore Theatre Company, 6978 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet. Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m. $15 adults, $10 ages 12 & younger. The adventures of Toad, Mole, Ratty and Badger.

WINTER WONDERETTES

Nov. 30 - Dec. 17 | Ages 10+ 615-883-8375 thelarrykeetontheatre.org

The Larry Keeton Dinner Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike, Nashville. Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. $18 - $30 adults, $15 - $20 ages 12 & younger. This musical comedy features ‘60s versions of holiday classics.

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October 26 - December 3, 2017

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THINGS TO DO W 27th Annual

Holiday Craft Show & 14th Annual Kris Kringle Kar Klassic

wcparksandrec.com All ages. Williamson County Ag Expo Park, 4215 Long Lane, Franklin; Sat 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun 12 - 4; $2 adults, free ages 12 & younger. More than 140 booths of handmade items plus more than 80 showcase cars. Santa is there on Sunday (1 - 3 p.m.).

S FREE 44th Annual

Portland Harvest Craft Show and Sale

cityofportland.wixsite.com/ parks/portland-harvest-craftshow-sale All ages. Richland Park Gym, 303 Portland Blvd., Portland; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Arts, crafts, a children’s crafting area, prize drawing and more.

W American Girl Doll

Hair Salon Spectacular (Register)

877-247-5223 | americangirl.com/retail/nashville.php Ages 8+. American Girl Store at CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 9 - 10 a.m.; $25. Learn new tricks and insider tips for styling your doll’s hair; refreshments follow.

N Amos Lee

See Thursday, Nov. 9.

R FREE Animal Encounters

See Saturday, Nov. 4.

W Battle of Franklin

5K and Kids’ Fun Run

boft.org All ages. Carnton Plantation, 7:15 a.m.; $30 in advance/$40 at the gate adults, $15 ages 12 & younger. This walk/run raises money for the historic sites. New this year is a historical figures costume contest.

W FREE Bike Bowie See Saturday, Nov. 4.

W Blue

and Gray Days

See Thursday, Nov. 9.

Kids of all ages can enjoy an assortment of activities during the 21st Annual Elves’ Faire at Linden Waldorf School on Saturday, Nov. 11.

W Bravo Celebration

N Creative Play

bravocreativeartscenter.com All ages. Jamison Hall at The Factory, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; 6 p.m.; $35. Dinner, program and a Dierks Bentley performance benefiting Bravo Creative Arts Center.

See Saturday, Nov. 3.

Fundraiser (Register)

Drop-In Class

N Daniel Tiger’s

Neighborhood Live: King for a Day!

free 5 and younger; discounts for local families). Learn the background of the steel guitar while hearing examples of it in Loretta Lynn’s music.

S Fall Back Bolt

See Friday, Nov. 10.

615-782-4040 | tpac.org All ages. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 6 p.m.; $29.50 - $75. A grrr-iffic musical for little ones follows Daniel’s adventure in learning what it takes to be King.

615-530-8248 sumnerteencenter.org All ages. Douglass Clark House, 2115 Long Hollow Pike, Gallatin; 8 a.m.; $20. Choose a five-mile, 5K- or one-mile course benefiting Sumner Teen Center and Sumner County Schools.

W FREE Covenant

W DIY Workshop

R Family Cooking

N Celebrate Reading See Saturday, Nov. 4.

N Christmas Village Fall Festival

615-941-2293 covenantbc.org All ages. Covenant Baptist Church, 6820 Nolensville Road, Brentwood; 4 - 7 p.m. Live music, inflatables, face painting, games, chili and hot dogs.

(Register)

See Saturday, Nov. 4.

N Explore Steel Gui-

tar: Loretta Lynn Style

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org Ages 7+. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 11 a.m.; free with gate ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12,

Class: Ragin’ Cajun (Register)

615-956-6077 thecuriouskitchen.net All ages. The Curious Kitchen, 1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro; 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.; $65. Learn to make creamy cucumber salad, crab cakes with remoulade, shrimp creole and more.

N FREE Field of Honor

See Wednesday, Nov. 8.

S FREE Holiday

Tinsel & Treasures

615-452-4000 gallatintn.org All ages. Downtown Gallatin, 118 W. Main St.; Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m. Several merchants offer holiday shopping opportunities.

N John Cleese

and the Holy Grail

615-782-4040 | tpac.org All ages. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $50 - $95. Following a screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, comedy legend John Cleese talks about the film and answers audience questions.

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THINGS TO DO N FREE Kidsville

kidsvilleonline.org Ages 12 & younger. The Parthenon, 11 a.m. Learn how the poppy flower became a symbol for remembering on Veterans Day, then make your own to wear.

N Light Up the Night

tjmartell.org Adults. Private Home, 1358 Page Road, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $40. Dinner, drinks, live music and more benefiting the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center.

N Little Art House Drop-In Class

See Saturday, Nov. 4.

R LulaPalooza

423-650-1388 touchtheskyevents.com All ages. Embassy Suites, 1200 Conference Center Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $3 adults, free ages 12 & younger. This holiday shopping event includes LulaRoe vendors and others with crafts, makeovers, prize drawings and more.

N FREE Making

Merry: The Berry Hill Street Festival

makingmerryfestival.com All ages. Berry Hill District, 2824 Bransford Ave., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Live music, photos with Santa, a Kids’ Zone with ornament making and cookie decorating, artisan creations, food, contests, giveaways and more.

N Nashville Marathon

whatdoyourunfor.com All ages. First Tennessee Park, 19 Junior Gilliam Way, Nashville; 7 a.m.; $45 for the

5K, $95 for the half, $105 for the full. Run a full, half or 5K course supporting Gilda’s Club of Middle Tennessee.

N Nashville

Predators Hockey

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m. $25 - $210. Versus the Pittsburgh Penguins.

N FREE Nashville

Veterans Day Parade

615-504-6044 westbrooks05@comcast.net 14th Avenue & Broadway, Downtown Nashville. 11 a.m. Floats, antique cars, local military groups and high school marching bands.

N Opry

at the Ryman

See Friday, Nov. 3.

W Owl Day (Register)

615-370-4672 | owlshill.org All ages. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $12 per adult/child pair, $7 each additional ($24 for family of four). Meet the program owls, hear talks on each species, take a hike, make owl pins, dissect owl pellets and more.

N Pied Piper Series: Red, White & Blue

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 11 a.m.; $13 - $30. This Nashville Symphony concert for kids features patriotic music with recordings and photos of veterans. Arrive one hour early for free activities like a musical petting zoo, crafts and more.

S FREE Santa’s Arrival Parade

Children can explore lots of hands-on creativity during the free Family Festival Day at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts on Sunday, Nov. 12.

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rivergate-mall.com All ages. RiverGate Mall, 1000 Rivergate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; 12 - 3 p.m. Cheer on Santa’s arrival and enjoy activities like face painting, balloon artists, inflatables,

characters, and Mr. Bond & the Science Guys.

N FREE Santa’s

Arrival Parade at Green Hills

615-298-5478 shopgreenhills.com All ages. The Mall at Green Hills, 2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville; 9 - 10 a.m. St. Nick makes his grand debut with a festive parade, milk and cookies, holiday card and craft-making activities and more.

N Second Saturday

615-862-5160 adventuresci.org/saturday All ages. Sudekum Planetarium, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 6:30 - 11 p.m.; $9 adults, $8 ages 2 - 12 per show. A tour of the night skies followed by a full-dome feature and laser shows with music from The Beatles, David Bowie and Pink Floyd.

W FREE The

Mistletoe Market

franklinhighmarket2017@ gmail.com | facebook.com/ fhsmistletoemarket All ages. Franklin High School, 810 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. This gift show features local merchants selling clothes, home decor, jewelry, accessories, food and more.

N Vanderbilt Commodores Football

615-322-4653 vucommodores.com All ages. Dudley Field, 2601 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville; 12 a.m.; $50. Versus Kentucky. Game time TBA.

W FREE Yoga with Maarika Mann

See Saturday, Nov. 4.

SUN 12 W 27th Annual

Holiday Craft Show & 14th Annual Kris Kringle Kar Klassic

See Saturday, Nov. 11.


Hot HAPPENIN’

THINGS TO DO

“A Country Christmas”at Gaylord Opryland Resort Nov. 10 - Jan. 1

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hen it comes to holiday festivities on the homefront, Gaylord Opryland Resort has you covered with it’s annual “A Country Christmas” celebration. Taking place Nov. 10 - Jan. 1, Opryland offers a mind-blowing array of fun activities for all ages. The ICE! exhibit is a continual kid-favorite each year, and for 2017 it features A Charlie Brown Christmas. There’s more Peanuts fun to be had, too. This year, you can treat your children to Breakfast with Charlie Brown and Friends. Feast on a Peanuts-themed buffet while the characters visit your table for meetand-greet photo ops. More highlights include outdoor ice skating and snow tubing, the Build-A-Bear Workshop Scavenger Hunt, Cookies with Mrs. Claus, photos with Santa, gingerbread decorating, the Opryland Express Kids Train, horse-drawn carriage rides, 3 million lights, Diamond Rio’s Holiday & Hits Dinner Show and lots more.

CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE This year’s featured “A Country Christmas” attraction at the Grand Ole Opry House is Cirque

Dreams Holidaze (CDH), running Nov. 18 Dec. 27. Now in its 10th year, CDH makes its Nashville debut with larger staging than ever. “This show is a kaleidoscope of visuals,” says Neil Goldberg, owner of the Cirque Dreams brand and creator/director of CDH. The Vegas-style family show features a cadre of cirque artists performing dazzling feats. The production features never-beforeseen performances with 35 artists and more than 500 costumes. The inspiration behind CDH goes all the way back to Goldberg’s childhood when he started collecting ornaments. “Coming home from school, I used to take the tinsel and ornaments off of people’s trees they discarded after the holiday season,” says Goldberg. “As a Jewish child, I never saw Christmas as a religious holiday, I saw it as something more of a national holiday filled with color and lights and festivity,” he adds. Goldberg’s childhood fascination became a lifelong hobby. He now owns more than 10,000 ornaments, and that’s the catalyst for CDH. At the opening of the show, you’ll see a 25-foot

tree with acrobats dangling as ornaments that will one by one come to life on stage. “This show delivers amazing acts that fly over the audience and dangle from their feet and do things that defy gravity along with traditional holiday theatrics,” Goldberg says, noting there’s even an Elvis ornament in the show. The Tuesday, Dec. 5 performance at 7 p.m. will feature the winner of our exclusive Cirque Dreams Holidaze Costume Contest. You’ll see the winning design come to life on stage along with the child who created it! For more info and to buy tickets for all “A Country Christmas” festivities, call 615-889-1000 or visit christmasatgaylordopryland.com.

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THINGS TO DO

Cheer for the Tennessee Titans when they challenge the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Nov. 12.

 Bark Avenue’s

Canine Cutie Pageant

holidayfesttn.org All ages. Our Lady of the Lake Church (St. Joseph Hall), 1720 Stop 30 Road, Hendersonville; 2 - 4 p.m.; $20 per dog. Enter your dog in funniest costume, most creative costume or best overall categories.

 Christmas Village See Friday, Nov. 10.

 Country Rising

615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $50 - $1,000. A benefit concert for hurricane recovery and Las Vegas relief efforts features Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and others.

 Embellished

Instruments: Nashville Cats Style

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free with gate ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 & younger; discounts for local families). Personalize paper instrument designs inspired by the instruments on display in the Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats exhibit.

 FREE Fall Barn Fun Horse Show

615-556-7370 harrisridingacademy.com All ages. Harris Riding Academy, 4024 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 2 p.m. Watch and meet the horses.

 FREE Family

 Kirk Franklin

615-244-3340 fristcenter.org All ages. Frist Center, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 1 5:30 p.m. Celebrate the opening of Nick Cave: Feat., participate in art-making activities, experience a silent disco and more.

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 7:30 p.m.; $30 - $64. A night of gospel and R&B music with special guest PJ Morton.

 FREE Field

615-565-4200 titansonline.com All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 12 p.m.; $50 - $500. Versus the Cincinnati Bengals.

Festival Day

of Honor

See Wednesday, Nov. 8.

 Heritage Founda-

tion 50th Anniversary Celebration

615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 3:30 & 7 p.m.; $50 - $65. A reception and show documenting the past 50 years of the Heritage Foundation’s work.

 FREE Holiday

Tinsel & Treasures

See Saturday, Nov. 11.

with Ledisi

 Tennessee

Titans Football

 Tori Amos

615-889-3060 | ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $55 - $65. A night of alternative rock music.

MON 13  FREE Acting 102 (Register)

See Monday, Nov. 6.

 FREE Adoption 101

(Registration Required)

615-898-0803 heavensentchildren.com Adults. Heaven Sent Children, 2604 Merchants Walk, Murfreesboro; 6 - 8 p.m. Explore the adoption process.

 After-School Art See Monday, Nov. 6.

 Early Explorers See Monday, Nov. 6.

 Gateway

Chamber Orchestra

615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 7:30 p.m.; $25 - $40. A night of classical music with works by Schreker and Copland. (please turn the page)

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THINGS TO DO N Guns N’ Roses

615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $63.50 - $254.50. A night of rock music.

W FREE Nature Strollers

615-799-5544 bowiepark.org Ages 18 months - 5 years. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 10 - 11 a.m. A fun morning for tots in Fairview.

R Snack Attack! See Monday, Nov. 6.

R SPARK!

See Monday, Nov. 6.

R Tumbleweeds (Register)

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

TUE 14 N FREE Bellevue Adventure Club

See Tuesday, Nov. 7.

R Busy Bees

See Thursday, Nov. 2.

N FREE Composer

Lab Open Rehearsal

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m. Nashville Symphony performs works by young composers.

N Dan Rather: What Unites Us

615-782-4040 | tpac.org All ages. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville; 6:15 p.m.; $31.50. One of the world’s best-known journalists shares stories of his six-decade career. Ticket purchase includes a copy of his book.

R FREE Family Gaming Night

615-893-4131 linebaugh.org All ages. Linebaugh Public

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Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m. Enjoy Wii U, board games and coloring pages.

R Homeschool P.E.: Aerobic Exercise (Register)

emily.morris@townofsmyrna. org | townofsmyrna.org Ages 4 - 18. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 10 - 11 a.m.; $2. Participate in an exercise class.

N Homeschool Sci-

ence Lyceum (Register)

615-862-5160 adventuresci.org/lyceum Grades K - 2 from 12 - 12:45 p.m.; grades 3 - 5 from 1:30 - 2:15 p.m.; grades 6 - 8 from 3 - 3:45 p.m. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; $5 members, $7.50 non-member kids in addition to gate admission ($14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 - 12). Explore chemistry, physics and anatomy.

N Les Miserables

See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

N Nashville

Predators Hockey

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25 - $210. Versus the Washington Capitols.

W FREE Nature

Rangers (Register)

615-799-5544 bowiepark.org Ages 13 - 18. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Do hands-on field research using lab techniques and data collection to examine the park’s environments.

N Opry

at the Ryman

See Friday, Nov. 3.

R SPARK!

See Monday, Nov. 6.

Using a Megatch Mark III combustion engine, an educator makes real-world connections between trains and the engines that drive them. Kids can see sparks fly along with train layouts and more fun during Whistlestop Weekend at Adventure Science Center, Nov. 17 - 19.

R Water Polo

See Thursday, Nov. 2.

WED 15 W Archery Home-

school Day (Register)

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

R Homeschool Creativity Class

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

N Jay-Z

615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $29.50 - $175.50. A night of rap music.

R KidFIT: Movers and

W FREE Kids’ Hour

615-550-5660 gingersands.com Ages 10 & younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m. Ginger Sands performs music for children.

Shakers (Register)

W Music City Roots

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

R KidFIT: Twist and

N The Shins

Shout (Register)

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

615-889-3060 | ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium,


THINGS TO DO N Light Up

the Night Gala

wilsonlivingmagazine.com All ages. James E. Ward Ag Center, 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon; 5 - 9 p.m.; $15. This preview of the Wilson Living Holiday Expo includes live music, food, drinks, vendor specials and giveaways.

W FREE Pizza & Pages

615-371-0090 brentwood-tn.org/library Ages 13 - 18. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 - 5 p.m. Enjoy a slice of pizza and an activity tied to books.

R Preschool Pro-

gram: Goin’ on a Bear Hunt (Register)

townofsmyrna.org Ages 3 - 5. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 10 - 11 a.m.; $2. Take a walk, make a craft and hunt some bears.

R Water Polo

See Thursday, Nov. 2.

W Yoga with

Rebecca Dandekar

See Thursday, Nov. 2.

R Youth Volleyball See Thursday, Nov. 2.

FRI 17 N ASC Exhibit 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $39.50 - $47.50. A night of dream pop with special guest Baio.

R Tumbleweeds (Register)

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

R FREE Wacky Wednesday

townofsmyrna.org All ages. Smyrna Public Library, 400 Enon Springs Road W., Smyrna; 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. The hint for this month’s theme: “Let’s Talk Trash!”

Opening

R Wild Things

R Horse

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

615-556-7370 harrisridingacademy.com Ages 7 - 13. Harris Riding Academy, 4024 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 5 - 6:30 p.m.; $15. Scouts can earn badges while learning horse colors, markings, grooming and more.

615-862-5160 adventuresci.org/trains All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 - 12. All Aboard for Trains! is a model train extravaganza heralding the beginning of the holidays. Runs through Jan. 15.

See Thursday, Nov. 2.

W FREE It Looks Like

N FREE Budding

N Hairspray

See Thursday, Nov. 2.

(Register)

THU 16 R Busy Bees

See Thursday, Nov. 2.

R FITMommy Yoga See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

Scouts (Register)

Play (Register)

Naturalists: In November (Register)

615-352-6299 nashville.gov/parks Ages 3 - 5. Warner Park Na-

ture Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Listen to stories, drink apple cider and ponder November’s uniqueness.

R Campfire

Circle (Register)

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 5:30 p.m.; $3. Enjoy a guided nature hike followed by family activities around the campfire.

R Critter Encounter See Friday, Nov. 3.

W Friday Skate Night 615-799-9331, ext. 2310 wcparksandrec.com All ages. Fairview Recreation Complex, 2714 Fairview Blvd., Fairview; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $5. Bring your own roller skates for a night in the gym.

N Grease

See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

N Guerrero

Conducts Mendelssohn

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $21 - $86. Violinist Augustin Hadelich joins the Nashville Symphony for a night of classical music.

R KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Register)

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

R KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Register)

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

W MADE

SOUTH Holiday

eventbrite.com All ages. The Factory, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; 5 - 9 p.m.; $10 - $39. Shop 130+ of the Southeast’s best artisans, sample food, enjoy live music, imbibe on distillery tastings and more. (please turn the page)

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THINGS TO DO

Reed Taylor as “Danny” and Mattie Wilson as “Sandy” in the Bravo Creative Arts Center production of Grease. See it at the Father Ryan Center for the Arts, Nov. 17 - 19.

N Miracle

on 34th Street

See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

W FREE Night

Hike (Register)

615-799-5544 bowiepark.org All ages. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 6 - 8 p.m. Explore the trails with a naturalist, roast marshmallows and make s’mores.

N Opry

at the Ryman

See Friday, Nov. 3.

S FREE Pajama

Night with Santa

rivergate-mall.com All ages. RiverGate Mall, 1000 Rivergate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; 5 - 8 p.m.; visit is free; photo packages vary. Wear your favorite jammies for a visit and photo with St. Nick.

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R SibShop (Register)

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org Ages 8 - 13. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 5 - 9 p.m.; $10. Dinner, games, activities and conversations for siblings of children with special needs.

R Toddler Time See Friday, Nov. 3.

N Whistlestop Weekend

615-862-5160 adventuresci.org All ages. Adventure Science Center, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 - 12. Explore an array of model railroads from the Nashville community, including the center’s favorite Lionel O train.

N FREE Wilson Living

W FREE 3D Printing

wilsonlivingmagazine.com All ages. James E. Ward Ag Center, 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon; Fri 12 - 7 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Several vendors are on site for your holiday shopping fun.

615-371-0090 brentwoodtn.gov/library Ages 13 - 18. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 10 - 11:30 a.m. Use Tinkercad software to create a 3D project.

Holiday Expo

SAT 18 R FREE 24th Annual Stones River Craft Artists Studio Tour

artstudiotour.org All ages. Popcorn Studio Pottery & other studios, 2031 Nelson Lane, Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Several studios in Murfreesboro are open to the public for viewing their works in pottery, jewelry, fine art and more.

Class (Register)

N After 7

615-782-4040 | tpac.org All ages. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $37 - $82. A night of R&B music.

R FREE Animal Encounters

See Saturday, Nov. 4.

N Beginner Ukulele: Holiday Style

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org Ages 7+. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 1 - 2 p.m.; free with gate ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5

and younger; discounts for local families). Learn about the ukulele, including chords and iconic holiday songs in this hands-on workshop.

W FREE Bike Bowie See Saturday, Nov. 4.

N FREE Body

Works (Register)

615-862-8539 nashville.gov/parks Ages 18+. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 10 - 11 a.m. This mat class focuses on lengthening, stretching and strengthening the body.

N FREE Bottomland Trees (Register)

615-862-8539 nashville.gov/parks Ages 12+. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 10 a.m. 12 p.m. Learn about the trees in the bottoms while enjoying autumn color. (please turn the page)


First week is

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THINGS TO DO N Breathe Deep Stache & Lash

lungevity.org/nashville All ages. Shelby Park, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 7 a.m.; $30 - $35 adults, $10 - $20 ages 5 - 13. This 5K benefits the LUNGevity Foundation that works to increase the quality of life of people with lung cancer.

N FREE Christmas Bazaar

holyrosary.edu/christmasbazaar All ages. Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 194 Graylynn Drive, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Vendor booths with handcrafted items, a bake sale, gift baskets, food trucks and more.

N CODE IT: Spiro-

graph Engraving Lab (Register)

615-862-5160 adventuresci.org/i2makerlabs Ages 10 - 14 from 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.; ages 15 18 from 1:15 - 3:15 p.m. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; $5 members, $7 non-members plus gate ($14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 - 12). Explore a programming language to create a custom engraved spirograph with a high-tech laser cutter.

W DIY Workshop (Register)

See Saturday, Nov. 4.

N Embellished

Instruments: Nashville Cats Style

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free with gate ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger; discounts for local families). Personalize paper instrument designs inspired by the instruments on display in the Dylan, Cash and the Nashville Cats exhibit.

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Enjoy a moms’ day out with your gal pals — or make it a family affair — at the Music City Yoga Festival at Rocketown on Saturday, Nov. 18. Photo courtesy of Small World Yoga.

R FREE Family Movie 615-893-4131 linebaugh.org All ages. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 West Vine St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. Catch a family-friendly flick.

N Guerrero Conducts Mendelssohn

See Friday, Nov. 17.

N Holiday Expo

Breakfast with Santa (Register)

wilsonlivingmagazine.com All ages. James E. Ward Ag Center, 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon; 8 & 10 a.m.; $15. Breakfast, goodies and photo ops with St. Nick.

R HRA Parents’

Night Out (Register)

615-556-7370 harrisridingacademy.com Ages 6+. Harris Riding Academy, 4024 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 6 - 9:30 p.m.; $25 ($20 siblings). While you enjoy a night out, your kids can play with horses, enjoy pizza and ice cream, and watch a movie in the barn.

R Kids’ Cookie Class (Register)

615-956-6077 thecuriouskitchen.net Ages 6 - 14. The Curious Kitchen, 1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m. 2 p.m.; $55. Learn techniques like piping, flooding, outlining and more.

N FREE Kidsville

kidsvilleonline.org Ages 12 & younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m. Discover how new music can expand your mind and ears, then make a related craft.

W MADE

SOUTH Holiday

eventbrite.com All ages. The Factory, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $10 - $39. Shop 130+ of the Southeast’s best artisans, sample food, enjoy live music, imbibe on distillery tastings and more.

N Music City Yoga Festival

musiccityyogafestival.com All ages. Rocketown, 601

Fourth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $65 in advance, $75 day of. A day full of yoga sessions, a marketplace, music, food trucks and giveaways.

N Nashville

Predators Hockey

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25 - $210. Versus the Colorado Avalanche.

N Opry

at the Ryman

See Friday, Nov. 3.


Kids Club

615-468-2008 riverbendnurseries.com All ages. Riverbend Nurseries, 2008 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin; 10 - 11 a.m.; $5. Make a reindeer ornament.

S Rock Castle

House Concert Series

615-824-0502 historicrockcastle.ecwid.com All ages. Historic Rock Castle, 139 Rock Castle Road, Hendersonville; 6 p.m.; $30. A night of music with Kenny Hampton along with craft beer, wine, wassail and light refreshments.

N Song and

Storytime: Women in Country Music

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org Ages 3 - 5. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 - 11 a.m.; free with gate ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger; discounts for local families). Explore women in country music, like Loretta Lynn and Shania Twain, through stories, songs and art.

W Steve Wariner

615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com All ages. Franklin Theatre, 8 p.m.; $39.50 - $49.50. A night of country music.

R Superhero Saturday

615-890-2300 explorethedc.org All ages. Discovery Center, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $8. Discover the science behind super powers, explore the powers of Dr. Freeze with a liquid nitrogen show, participate in a costume contest and more.

W Tennessee Titans

Autograph Experience (Register)

gtsportsmarketing.com All ages. CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 11:45 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $25 - $175 per item. DeMar-

co Murray, Marcus Mariota and Derrick Henry will sign a variety of items like jerseys, helmets and photographs.

N FREE The Art of Autumn (Register)

615-862-8539 nashville.gov/parks All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 2 - 3 p.m. Make art with colorful leaves, seeds, nuts, dried plants and fallen twigs.

R FREE UFC Gym

W FREE Yoga with Maarika Mann

See Friday, Nov. 17.

SUN 19 R FREE 24th Annual

Stones River Craft Artists Studio Tour

See Saturday, Nov. 18.

W American Girl Holiday-Themed Painting & Tea Party (Register)

615-848-3747 ufcgym.com/murfreesboro All ages. UFC Gym, 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Kids’ anti-bullying and adult self-defense seminars, face painting, vendors, DJ music, food trucks and more.

877-247-5223 | americangirl.com/retail/nashville.php Ages 8+. American Girl Store at CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 3:30 - 6 p.m.; $35. After teatime treats, have fun creating an holiday painting.

N Vanderbilt

N An Evening with

Open House (Register)

Commodores Football

615-322-4653 vucommodores.com All ages. Dudley Field, 2601 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville; 12 a.m.; $50. Versus Western Kentucky. Game time TBA.

R Waterfall Hike Series (Register)

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 12+. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 8 a.m.; $15. Transportation is provided to Foster Falls where you’ll view scenic drops of more than 120 feet.

N FREE Whispers

of the Hodge House Walls (Register)

615-352-6299 nashville.gov/parks All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 10 - 11:30 p.m. Hear stories from the past.

N Whistlestop Weekend

See Friday, Nov. 17.

Rudy & Friends (Register)

nashvillehumane.org All ages. Bavarian Bierhaus, 121 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville; 5 p.m.; $50. Join local broadcaster Rudy Kalis and friends for dinner, drinks and more benefiting Nashville Humane Association.

N An Evening with Scott Hamilton & Friends

615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 5 p.m.; $35 - $75. This benefit for the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation features Olympic skating champions and live music by Sheryl Crow, Charles Esten and others.

R FREE Artist Night at the Museum

615-867-2633 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Adults. Bradley Academy Museum, 415 S. Academy St., Murfreesboro; 7:30 p.m. Live music, spoken word, dance, artwork and more.

N FREE Wilson

Living Holiday Expo

See Friday, Nov. 17.

NATIONAL DAYS OF ...

W Riverbend

>> Celebrate good times, come on! WEDNESDAY, NOV. 1 Family Literacy Day

THURSDAY, NOV. 2

Men Make Dinner Day

FRIDAY, NOV. 3 Sandwich Day

SUNDAY, NOV. 5 Doughnut Day

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 8 STEM Day

FRIDAY, NOV. 10 Cupcake Day

MONDAY, NOV. 13 World Kindness Day

TUESDAY, NOV. 14 Pickle Day

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 15 America Recycles Day

FRIDAY, NOV. 17 Take a Hike Day

SATURDAY, NOV. 18 Adoption Day

SUNDAY, NOV. 19 Play Monopoly Day

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 22 Jukebox Day

THURSDAY, NOV. 23 Eat a Cranberry Day

TUESDAY, NOV. 28 French Toast Day

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 29 Electronic Greeting Day

THURSDAY, NOV. 30 Stay Home Because You’re Well Day

Source: nationaldaycalendar.com (please turn the page)

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THINGS TO DO S FREE Caring

Santa (Register)

rivergate-mall.com All ages. RiverGate Mall, 1000 Rivergate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; 8 - 10:30 a.m. This morning with Santa for children with special needs includes stories and activities. Santa will walk around to greet children who would like to visit with him, and a professional photographer will take a free digital picture. There will not be bright lights or loud music.

N FREE Good

Makers Market

goodmakersmarket.com All ages. Nashville Entrepreneur Center, 41 Peabody St., Nashville; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Shop from 22 local social-purpose vendors while enjoying live music.

R FREE Lil Hoof-

ers Horse Youth Club (Register)

615-556-7370 harrisridingacademy.com Ages 6+. Harris Riding Academy, 4024 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 2 p.m. Learn about horses in a friendly environment.

N Whistlestop

N Nashville

See Friday, Nov. 17.

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25 - $210. Versus the Winnipeg Jets.

Weekend

MON 20 R After-School Art

Predators Hockey

See Monday, Nov. 6.

R FREE Nature

W Rodeo & Juliet

N Christmas

See Monday, No. 6.

R Snack Attack!

N Tokens Show

615-889-3060 | ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $38.50 - $60. Hunter Hayes and Brett Young headline this show that raises money for local kids in need to enjoy a holiday shopping spree.

615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 6:30 p.m.; $20 - $35. American roots music with special guests Ricky Skaggs and Gordon Kennedy. 615-889-3060 | ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $29.50 - $47.50. A variety show mixing theology and performing arts featuring Lee C. Camp, Matt Maher and others.

4 Kids Concert

N Early Explorers See Monday, Nov. 6.

Nerds (Register)

See Monday, No. 6.

R SPARK!

R FREE Smyrna Christmas Tree Lighting

615-267-5005 townofsmyrna.org All ages. Smyrna Event Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 6 p.m. Visit Santa, enjoy cookies and cocoa, hear live music and celebrate the illumination of the tree.

R SPARK!

See Monday, Nov. 6.

R Water Polo

See Thursday, Nov. 2.

See Monday, No. 6.

R Tumbleweeds (Register)

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

WED 22 W Archery Home-

school Day (Register)

TUE 21

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

N FREE Bellevue

615-862-6390 nashvilleauditorium.com All ages. Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville; 6 p.m.; $26 - $47. A night of electronic music by Zeds Dead, Excision and more.

Adventure Club

See Tuesday, Nov. 7.

R Busy Bees

See Thursday, Nov. 2.

R FREE Family Gaming Night

See Tuesday, Nov. 7.

R Homeschool Arts (Register)

emily.morris@townofsmyrna. org | townofsmyrna.org Ages 4 - 18. Outdoor Adventure Center, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $5. Explore the diverse world of art.

N John McLaughlin and Jimmy Herring

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $22 - $89. Two legendary guitarists join forces for an expansive jam.

N Opry

N Deadbeats Tour

N FREE Giving

Thanks Hike (Registration Required)

615-862-8539 nashville.gov/parks All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 1 - 3 p.m. Hike and share things for which you are grateful.

R Homeschool Arts (Register)

See Tuesday, Nov. 21.

R KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Register)

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

R KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Register)

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

at the Ryman

See Friday, Nov. 3.

Pop/rock star and local mom Sheryl Crow headlines the music during An Evening with Scott Hamilton & Friends at Bridgestone Arena on Sunday, Nov. 19.

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THINGS TO DO W FREE Kids’ Hour

R Boro Dash

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

borodash.org All ages. MTSU Track & Soccer Stadium, 1500 Greenland Drive, Murfreesboro; 8 a.m.; $45 (discounts for early registrants). A four-mile race benefiting local charities, including Greenhouse Ministries, Possibility Place, Good Shepherd Children’s Home and Neema House.

N Nashville

N Nashville

N Boulevard Bolt

224-757-5425 tennesseeruns.com/ nashvilleturkeytrot All ages. Wave Country, 2320 2 Rivers Pkwy., Nashville; 8:15 a.m.; $50 for the 8K, $70 for the 8 mile. Choose an 8K or 8-mile course with a cinnamon roll at the finish line. Benefits the ALS Association Tennessee Chapter.

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

W Music City Roots

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25 - $210. Versus the Montreal Canadiens.

boulevardbolt.org All ages. The Temple, 5015 Harding Pike, Nashville; 8 a.m.; $40 - $65. A five mile race down Belle Meade Blvd. to raise money for local homeless charities.

N St. Vincent

S Indian Lake Loop

Predators Hockey

615-889-3060 | ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $39 - $53.50. A night of chamber rock.

R Tumbleweeds (Register)

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

R Wild Things (Register)

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

THU 23 Happy Thanksgiving!

615-218-3473 indianlakeloop.com All ages. The Streets of Indian Lake, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 8 a.m.; $25 $60. Choose a 5K or five-mile course during this benefit race for COMPASS.

N Music City Thanksgiving Day Race

whatdoyourunfor.com/races/ musiccitythanksgiving All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 8 a.m.; $30 - $45. Trot along the four-mile course to benefit The Bridge, a local organization that serves the food insecure, poor and homeless.

Turkey Trot

R FREE Stones

River Tree Lighting

615-896-4486 stonesrivermall.com All ages. Stones River Mall, 1720 Old Fort Pkwy.,

Murfreesboro; 7 p.m. Join Santa in front of Bink’s Outfitters for the tree lighting with cocoa, cookies, giveaways, and horse-and-carriage rides.

FRI 24 N A Christmas Story See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

N ASC Exhibit Opening

615-862-5160 | adventuresci.org/tinkeringgarage All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley

Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 - 12. Tinkering Garage is a DIY maker space for families to use real tools and materials to create gadgets and contraptions. Runs through Jan. 15.

R Black Friday Horse Camp (Register)

615-556-7370 harrisridingacademy.com Ages 6+. Harris Riding Academy, 4024 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $80. Two riding lessons, lunch, learning about horses and more.

N Creative Zone: Puppet Making

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; free with gate ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger; discounts for local families). Make your own puppet and put together a mini-show with new friends.

N Day After

Thanksgiving Fun

615-742-7445 lanemotormuseum.org All ages. Lane Motor Museum, 702 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $12 adults, $3 ages 6 - 17. Special demonstrations and tours of the basement collection.

W 18th Annual Turkey Trot and Kids Fun Run

615-794-9055 turkeytrotfranklin.com All ages. D1 Sports, 7115 South Springs Drive, Franklin; 8 a.m.; $45 for the 5K, $12.50 for ages 9 & younger (discounts for early registrants). Start off the holiday with this race benefiting Graceworks Ministries.

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THINGS TO DO N Holiday LIGHTS

615-356-8000 cheekwood.org All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 5 - 10 p.m.; $19 - $27 adults, $14 - $22 ages 3 17 (discounts for members). View 1 million colorful lights across the grounds, meet live reindeer, make a snack at one of the s’mores pits, enjoy holiday carolers and more. Santa visits take place Tue - Thu. Runs through Dec. 31.

S It’s a

Wonderful Life

See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

adults, $4 children. Learn about turkeys, burn calories in the climbing rooms and watch an animal show.

N FREE String City:

Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 & 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. The history of country music told by a variety of marionettes, rod puppets, shadow animation, music and changing sets.

R Toddler Time See Friday, Nov. 3.

N It’s a Wonderful Life the Musical

See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

SAT 25

N Family Program: Beginner Banjo Workshop

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org Ages 7+. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. & 1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.; free with gate ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger; discounts for local families). Learn banjo basics and apply them to holiday country songs.

N Fantasia: Christmas After Midnight

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 8 p.m.; $49 $99. American Idol champion Fantasia performs selections from her new holiday album.

FREE American Girl R KidFIT: Movers and W N FREE Handmade Book Club (Register) Shakers (Register)

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

R KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Register)

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

N FREE Loveless

Cafe’s Family Friday

lovelesscafe.com All ages. Loveless Barn, 8400 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Cooking demonstrations, face painting, kids’ crafts, train rides, local vendors, photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus, and more.

N FREE Nashville Flea Market

615-862-5016 nashvilleflea.com All ages. The Fairgrounds, Fri 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Shop for treasures. This month’s theme is “Holiday Preview.”

N Opry

at the Ryman

See Friday, Nov. 3.

R Post Turkey Day

townofsmyrna.org All ages. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 12 - 8 p.m.; $5

615-893-4131 linebaugh.org Ages 8 - 12. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 2 p.m. A discussion of American Girl character Tenney Grant along with crafts and snacks.

W FREE Animal Encounters

See Saturday, Nov. 4.

W FREE Bike Bowie See Saturday, Nov. 4.

N Christmas

with the Nelsons

615-538-2076 franklintheatre.com All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $40 - $50. Matthew and Gunnar Nelson perform Christmas classics.

N Creative Zone: Puppet Making

See Friday, Nov. 24.

W DIY Workshop (Register)

See Friday, Nov. 3.

Nashville Holiday Market

eventbrite.com All ages. Red Caboose Park, 684 Colice Jeanne Road, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. More than 60 vendors with handmade goods.

N Holiday LIGHTS See Friday, Nov. 24.

W FREE Holiday Village

615-538-6113 homesteadmanor.com All ages. Homestead Manor, 4683 Columbia Pike, Thompson’s Station; 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Local vendors sell hand-crafted items, plus kids’ activities and Santa photos ($25; 1 - 3 p.m. & 5 - 7 p.m.).

W FREE Hot Cocoa & a Hike (Register)

615-799-5544 bowiepark.org All ages. Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 10 - 11 a.m. Grab a cup of cocoa then stroll.

R MTSU Blue

Raiders Football

615-898-5261 goblueraiders.com All ages. Floyd Stadium,

Dress up for a fun Thanksgiving morning giving back opportunity during the 18th Annual Turkey Trot & Kids’ Fun Run benefiting Graceworks Ministries. 115 Floyd Mayfield Drive, La Vergne; 2 p.m.; $18 $24. Versus Old Dominion University.

N FREE Nashville Flea Market

See Friday, Nov. 24.

N North Pole Express Excursion Train

615-241-0436 | tcry.org All ages. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 8:30 a.m.

- 3:15 p.m.; $21 - $75. Ride the rails to Watertown with Santa and his elves.

N Opry

at the Ryman

See Friday, Nov. 3.

N FREE String City:

Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry

See Friday, Nov. 24.

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Stroll through a wonderland of dazzling illumination at Cheekwood during its Holiday LIGHTS experience running Nov. 24 - Jan. 1. One million lights adorn the grounds, plus there are carolers, live reindeer, visits with Santa (Tuesdays - Thursdays) and more. Find more light tours around Middle Tennessee online at nashvilleparent.com/2017-holiday-lights.

N The Hip Hop Nutcracker

See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

S Visions

of Sugar Plums

615-431-5637 holidayfesttn.org All ages. The Edison School, 2100 Nashville Pike, Gallatin; 2 - 4 p.m.; $30. A fashion show and cake auction with a tea party and live music.

R Wildlife

Painting (Register)

615-217-3017 murfreesborotn.gov/parks Ages 13+. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; $15 . Participate in an artistled paint-along with a nature theme.

N Winter

Wonder Weekend

615-862-5160 adventuresci.org All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley

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Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 - 12. Explore holidaythemed science with hands-on activities, from tinkering with toys to exploring winter sports.

N WWE Live Holiday Tour

615-770-2000 bridgestonearena.com All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $18.20 $104.50. Enjoy the thrill of both men’s and women’s wrestling matches.

N Yoga

Under the Stars

615-862-5160 adventuresci.org/yoga Adults. Sudekum Planetarium, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 9 - 10:15 a.m.; $17 members, $22 non-members. Experience yoga with stunning NASA visuals.

W FREE Yoga with Maarika Mann

SUN 26 N Creative Zone:

Country Cookies and Hats

615-416-2001 countrymusichalloffame.org All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free with gate ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger; discounts for local families). Decorate cookies and create a festive paper hat to suit your style.

N Dance

for Nashville

615-889-3060 | ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 6:30 p.m.; $48 - $99. The Nashville Pops Orchestra with Rhonda Vincent and Lee Greenwood perform.

S FREE Hendersonville Christmas Tree Lighting

holidayfesttn.org All ages. Memorial Park, 151 East Main St., Hendersonville; 3 - 7 p.m. Inflatables, characters, vendors, Santa, carriage rides, live entertainment and the lighting of the city’s tree.

N Holiday LIGHTS See Friday, Nov. 24.

W Holiday Tea with American Girl (Register)

877-247-5223 | americangirl.com/retail/nashville.php Ages 8+. American Girl Store at CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 3 - 4:30 p.m.; $21.50. After teatime treats, make a headband for your doll, create holiday cards and more.

N Winter Wonder Weekend

See Saturday, Nov. 25.

MON 27 R FREE Acting 102 (Register)

See Monday, Nov. 6.

R After-School Art See Monday, Nov. 6.

N Early Explorers See Monday, Nov. 6.

N Little Big Town

615-889-3060 | ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $50.50 - $90.50. A night of country music.

N FREE Nashville Flea Market

See Friday, Nov. 24.

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LEARNING SKILLS DEVELOPING CHARACTER BEING PART OF A TEAM YMCA Youth Sports

COME JOIN US! WINTER SPORTS BASKETBALL

Registration closes Dec. 4. Season runs January-March Jr. Tykes league (ages 3-5) Youth league (Kindergarten and older) Leagues offered in Bordeaux, Brentwood, Donelson, East Nashville, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Spring Hill and Springfield.

SPRING SPORTS SOCCER AND NFL FLAG FOOTBALL

Priority (member-only) registration Nov. 13-Dec. 11 Community registration Dec. 12-Jan. 22 Season runs March-May Youth soccer leagues offered in Brentwood, Donelson, East Nashville, Franklin, Mt. Juliet, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Spring Hill and Springfield. NFL flag football leagues offered in Donelson, Franklin, Murfreesboro and Springfield.

Learn more or find a league near you at ymcamidtn.org/youth-sports Our Mission: A worldwide charitable fellowship united by a common loyalty to Jesus Christ for the purpose of helping people grow in spirit, mind and body.


THINGS TO DO R FREE Paws & Claus

Next Month’s HOT TICKET

615-896-4486 stonesrivermall.com All ages. Stones River Mall, 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 6 - 8 p.m. Bring a pet food donation and receive a free pic. Leashed dogs and cats can get their holiday photo op with St. Nick.

W Music City Roots See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

R Tumbleweeds (Register)

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

R Snack Attack! See Monday, Nov. 6.

R Wild Things (Register)

R SPARK!

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

See Monday, Nov. 6.

R Tumbleweeds

THU 30

(Register)

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

W FREE 153rd

TUE 28

Nashville’s Nutcracker

N FREE Bellevue

Dec. 2 - 23

Adventure Club

See Tuesday, Nov. 7.

R Busy Bees

See Thursday, Nov. 2.

R FREE Family Gaming Night

See Tuesday, Nov. 7.

N Holiday LIGHTS

Nashville Ballet celebrates 10 years of Nashville’s Nutcracker this season. Set to Tchaikovsky’s lush score, this take on the timeless tale includes lots of Nashville influence set in Tennessee’s Centennial Exposition. This year brings all-new magical elements along with additional characters. What makes this production all-the-more charming is the inclusion of several children from the community. Perfect for all ages, there are 16 performances this season. It’s one of our favorite holiday traditions in town! Visit nashvilleballet.com for more info.

See Friday, Nov. 24.

R Homeschool P.E.: Climbing 101 (Register)

emily.morris@townofsmyrna. org | townofsmyrna.org Ages 4 - 18. Outdoor Adventure Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 10 - 11 a.m.; $2. Explore the fun of climbing.

N Homeschool Sci-

ence Lyceum (Register)

615-862-5160 adventuresci.org/lyceum Grades K - 2 from 12 - 12:45 p.m.; grades 3 - 5 from 1:30 - 2:15 p.m.; grades 6 - 8 from 3 - 3:45 p.m. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; $5 members, $7.50 non-member kids in addition to gate admission ($14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 - 12). Explore chemistry, physics and anatomy.

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Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m. Award-winning family entertainer Rachel Sumner performs interactive music.

N FREE Lighting

p.m.; $25 - $210. Versus the Chicago Blackhawks.

615-966-6609 | lipscomb. edu/news/event/detail/6727 All ages. Lipscomb University Allen Arena Mall, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville; 5:30 p.m. Amy Grant hosts this outdoor holiday concert with special guests stars. Bring lawn chairs! Pre-concert activities begin at 4 p.m. and include hot chocolate and cookies, photos with Santa, and more. The night concludes with the lighting of the 30-foot tree. Attendees are encouraged to bring a canned food item for Second Harvest Food Bank.

N Opry

of the Green

N Nashville

Predators Hockey

615-770-7800 bridgestonearena.com All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7

See Friday, Nov. 3.

7:30 p.m.; $35 - $125. Nashville’s favorite music couple, Amy Grant and Vince Gill, present a magical night of holiday music for the whole family.

R SPARK!

N Holiday LIGHTS

See Monday, Nov. 6.

See Friday, Nov. 24.

R Water Polo

R Homeschool

at the Ryman

See Thursday, Nov. 2.

WED 29 W Archery Home-

school Day (Register)

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

N Christmas at the Ryman

615-889-3060 | ryman.com All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville;

Creativity Class

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

N KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Register)

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

R KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Register)

See Wednesday, Nov. 1.

W FREE Kids’ Hour

615-550-5660 rachelsumner.com Ages 10 & younger. Whole

Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin Illumination

615-794-0903 | boft.org All ages. Eastern Flank Battlefield Park, 1345 Eastern Flank Cir., Franklin; 4:30 p.m. To commemorate the Battle of Franklin, 10,000 luminaries will be lit at dusk with re-enactors recreating scenes from the battle.

N FREE Andrew

Jackson’s Bank War: A White House Crossroads

615-889-2941 thehermitage.com All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Explore the origins, events and legacy of Jackson’s Bank War and its impact on the White House.

R Busy Bees

See Thursday, Nov. 2.

N Christmas at the Ryman

See Wednesday, Nov. 29.

S FREE Commodore Santa

rivergate-mall.com All ages. RiverGate Mall, 1000 Rivergate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; 5 - 8 p.m.; visit is free; photo packages vary. Vandy fans can wear their Commodores apparel right


while the Nashville Symphony plays holiday tunes.

R FITMommy Yoga

R Horse Scouts (Register)

See Thursday, Nov. 2.

N Holiday LIGHTS See Friday, Nov. 24.

N Holidays with Cirque de la Symphonie

615-687-6400 nashvillesymphony.org All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $30 - $119. Acrobats, contortionists, aerial flyers and others perform feats

615-556-7370 harrisridingacademy.com Ages 7 - 13. Harris Riding Academy, 4024 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 5 - 6:30 p.m.; $15. Scouts can earn badges while learning horse colors, markings, grooming and more.

N Nashville

Predators Hockey

615-770-7800 nashvillepredators.com All ages. Bridgestone Arena,

501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25 - $210. Versus the Vancouver Canucks.

W The Boy Friend

See “Theater & Dance,” page 56.

R Water Polo

See Thursday, Nov. 2.

W Yoga with Rebecca Dandekar

See Thursday, Nov. 2.

R Youth Volleyball See Thursday, Nov. 2.

Hot HAPPENIN’

ON YOUR RADAR

along with Santa who’ll be decked out in black and gold.

Dickens of a Christmas in Downtown Franklin is a family favorite outing.

>> Mark your calendars for these December festivities. THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE Dec. 1 - 23

Jamison Theater, Franklin studiotenn.com

NASHVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE Dec. 2

Downtown Nashville nashvillechristmasparade.com

34TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT TOUR OF HOMES Dec. 2

Various sites in Murfreesboro oaklandsmansion.org

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS Dec. 8

TPAC’s Polk Theater, Nashville tpac.org

34TH ANNUAL DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS Dec. 9 - 10

Deck the Hall

Nov. 24 - Dec. 31 Your family can enjoy some ho-ho-holiday happenings at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum during it’s month-long Deck the Hall celebration. It all kicks off at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 24 with a performance by Tracy Lawrence. He’ll flip the switch on the Hall’s 30-foot Christmas tree afterward. Other festivities include free photos with Santa (Nov. 25 - 26 and Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17), holiday cookie decorating (Nov. 26, Dec. 3 and 10), several holiday songwriter sessions and musician spotlights and more. Reserve a spot for “A Legendary Holiday at Historic RCA Studio B” (Dec. 16 and 17). This outing features a tour of the iconic recording studio with a holiday concert there with appearances by Charlie McCoy and Mandy Barnett. Most activities are free with museum admission ($24.95 adults, free for children 18 and younger in Davidson and surrounding counties). For the complete Deck the Hall schedule, visit countrymusichalloffame.org/deckthehall2017.

Downtown Franklin historicfranklin.com

BETHLEHEM MARKETPLACE Dec. 9 - 10

Southeast Baptist Church Murfreesboro sebaptist.org

FAMILY HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR & SING-ALONG

Dec. 23

Schermerhorn Symphony Center Nashville nashvilleysmphony.org

MOSCOW BALLET’S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER Dec. 24

Ryman Auditorium, Nashville ryman.com

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ACADEMICS

School of Nashville Ballet

Learning Rx 5554 Franklin Pike, Ste. 200, Nashville 2042 Lascassas Pike, Murfreesboro learningrx.com

615-953-8899 615-867-8717

One-on-one brain training is a form of cognitive training that pairs clients of all ages with their own personal brain trainers for intense mental workouts. Known to strengthen the brain’s foundational cognitive skills, including the skill of attention, call us today to learn more.

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

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.

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

615-322-8261

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.

Dance in Bloom 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!

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. Ask about our birthday parties!

Grassland Dance Academy 1111 Battlewood St. , Franklin gdadance.com

ARTS – MUSIC A & G Music Serving Middle Tennessee

615-485-7755

In-home or studio music lessons for kids of all ages. We have the best teachers and most certified local instructors offering instruction for all levels.

KST Studio of Voice Junior Academy Murfreesboro www.facebook.com/KSTJrAcademy

ARTS – DANCE 7982 Coley Davis Road, Nashville danceinbloom.com • info@danceinbloom.com

615-297-2966 ext. 20

615.790-7660

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

615-267-3629

Young singers meet for a weekly class, having fun exploring their creativity while learning about music and a healthy approach to singing. Classes run January through April. Give us a call today to sign up.

ARTS – THEATER Act Too Players 1113 Murfreesboro Road, Ste. 119, Franklin acttooplayers.com

615-294-0667

Offering a variety of acting and other classes related to theater arts: acting, scene work, dance, voice, and teen improv.

Expression City Arts and Fitness 1724-A Gen. George Patton Drive, Brentwood expressioncity.com • allison@expressioncity.com

615-678-4739

The mission of Expression City is to offer creative expression, arts education and community service. Interdisciplinary programs feature cross-training in circus, music, dance, art, acting, improv and artistic professional development. Expression City Arts and Fitness provides a home for students and professionals to grow as artists and as individuals who use their talents to positively impact their community.

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ARTS - VISUAL

Harvest Martial Arts

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.

615-297-2250 615-297-2250

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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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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.

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

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

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Whether it’s enjoying time with friends or improving your archery skills, we offer something for everyone at our indoor range and USA Archery club. Register on our website for fall classes! We offer group lessons for all ages and skill levels. These lessons include one hour of instruction by our USA Archery certified coaches with all equipment provided.

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

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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.

Yong In Martial Arts 330 Franklin Road, Brentwood 1031 Riverside Drive, Ste. K, Franklin taekwondobrentwood.com

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We are dedicated to teaching the swift and accurate motions in self-defense using martial arts styles and forms. These include Hapkido, Tae Kwon Do, Karate and Martial Arts Sparring. We were rated the number one martial arts academy in Nashville because we have the most skilled and professional instructors. Over 35 years of experience. Call today or come by our studio.

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The Science Guys’ mission is to prove to kids that science is fun, cool, and easy! They inspire a lifelong enthusiasm for learning and science as well as teach kids creative problem-solving skills, teamwork, and perseverance in a kid friendly environment. Our science camps are offered at multiple locations with a variety of themes. Check our website and learn more about their camps, birthday parties, in-school field trips, after-school programs, and more.

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