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contents what’s news 21 local briefs

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop, planning ahead for Summer Camp Adventure Fair, Cheekwood’s Season of Celebration and more.

29 giving back

Caroling for Fannie Battle plus Friends of Children’s Hospital’s 2010 Holiday Project.

31 parent talk

Should little girls wear fake nails?

32 kids’ health

Dressing warm for winter and recognizing your child’s symptoms.

34 family getaway

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Fla.

54 centerfold special!

celebrity moms


family calendar

Kimberly Ratcliffe as the Sugar Plum Fairy in Nashville Ballet’s Nutcracker.


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what’s happening each day of the month

Christian music trio, Point of Grace.

education pages 36 help for reluctant writers: Strategies to inspire original thought from your student.

holiday cheer! 40 a peaceful christmas Organize and work out the who, what and where of your family events this holiday.

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Q Why A are children so afraid of the dentist? Q A David J. Snodgrass Pediatric Dentist

There are many reasons for this fear. Usually by the time we see the children they have already been poked and prodded many times by well-meaning people in white coats. The fears of the parents are also transferred to the children. When they finally do make it to our office and they see other happy children playing games and watching the fish in the fish tank some of these fears are abated. The office’s bright colors; the staff’s cheerful attitude; and a dentist in blue jeans (no white) also helps. I’ve also found that very young children can carry on quite a conversation if one will simply take the time to listen.

child’s lower front permanent teeth are coming in behind Q My A the baby teeth. Is this a source of concern in which I need to consult our pediatric dentist?

Q A John T. King Pediatric Dentist

This is a common concern which the pediatric dentist sees just about every day in their practices. This phenomenon is called prolonged retention. Many times the primary teeth have undergone extensive root resorption and may be held in only by so foliate in a timely manner. Prolonged retention can occur in patients with an arch length deficiency and in children with an adequate amount of spacing of the baby incisors. Is this a concern that needs to be evaluated immediately? Yes, as soon as this is detected by you, the dentist needs to examine your child in order to decide if treatment is necessary. In many cases there is justification for removal of the baby tooth or teeth in order to help alleviate crowding and allow the permanent tooth or teeth to align themselves spontaneously in a more favorable position over time.

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or years, my family has done a Christmas exchange to end all Christmas exchanges. Since I’m one of five children — and since we’re all grown up with kids of our own — we try to include everyone in the exchange. Each year all of our names are put into two hats: one is the “Gives” hat and the other is the “Receives” hat. So, if you’re the one whose year it is to come up with the exchange list, you might pull a piece of paper from the “Gives” hat and jot down, “Elly gives to ...” and then pull another piece from the “Receives” hat and finish the sentence with “Pat!” So Elly would give to Pat. Each year, different people are in charge of doing the list and sending it out (and I think at least one of my siblings has cheated on the list making!), but each year as we have grown and our families have changed, we have modified based upon what’s happening in our lives. For instance, three of my nieces and nephews are in college now, strapped for extra cash and working odd shifts to help pay for room and board. One of my nephews is a struggling artist — why should young adults struggling in their lives just to get ON with their lives be expected to buy a present for someone in the family when they don’t have enough for themselves? Well, since it’s my year to do the master exchange list, I’m modifying it ... not only based on my nieces and nephews ... but based on the economy. My large family is scattered all around the country; Tennessee, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Texas, Arizona, California ... Sending presents is an expense in itself. So I’ve come up with an idea that I don’t think anyone can argue with ... well, maybe the little kids can ... they are just wee ones after all, and Santa Claus comes but once a year. I’ll have to think on that. This year, with sensitivity to all that has happened, i.e., Dad’s heart bypass surgery, kids in college, tough times, I’m going to propose a “Gifts from the Heart” list. Yes, I will still put everyone’s name in a “Gives” hat and everyone’s name in a “Receives” hat. But this year, no one is allowed to BUY a gift. This year, everyone is going to be asked to give away something of their own. Something that they love and something that they’d like to keep in the family. When, for instance, Elly finds out that she is to give to Pat (this is a 23-year-old giving to an 81-year-old), well, my soon-to-be-a-poet niece can write an original poem if she chooses, or she can turn to her wonderful collection of literature and find a volume that she thinks Pat would like. When my 8-year-old little boy finds out that he gives to his 3-year-old cousin, Evan, this year, he will be asked to go into his toy collection to find something that Evan would love to have. And so on and so forth. Hmm ... what to do when Thomas doesn’t want to part with anything? I’ll have to modify as we go ... What to do when all that the college kids want/need is cash? Hmm ... modify as we go ... If you say, well, how can you cover “Toys of the Year” in your pages and then tell readers that you’re not buying anything this year? I can say, we all have to dream. And many of us will indeed buy. But in the middle of all that is happening in different families, there is still a way to make Christmas special. Sensitive gift-from-the-heart choices may be more meaningful than rushing to find something in all of the hubbub out there just to find something. That’s not the way Christmas is intended to be. And since it’s my year to make the master list — I’m aiming for Christmas from the heart.

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sat down to write a column about the evils of eggnog and the horrors of holiday weight gain, but after poring over the latest research studies, I was overjoyed to discover that the average American adult only gains about a pound between Thanksgiving and New Years. Then my heart sank when I read the following in a 2010 study published in the Journal of Clinical Medical Research, “On average, children gained 1.2 pounds. Overweight and obese children gained significantly more weight compared with normal weight children.” If you think 1.2 pounds is no big deal, remember that gaining the same amount as an adult is a lot more serious when your body weight is in the double digits and you weigh 50 to 75 percent less than the grown-ups to begin with. The good news is that moms and dads have figured out how to enjoy the holidays without bursting at the seams, but the bad news is that we’ve failed to teach our children how to do the same. So how do we teach self -estraint and moderation without turning into The Grinch Who Served Broccoli?

Take Two It’s not big turkey dinners that pile on the pounds; it’s the daily intake of treats like chocolates, holiday cookies, flavored popcorn and peppermint bark. Everyone’s counters are strewn with sweets this time of year and kids are home to graze on them throughout the day. Luckily, you can have your fruitcake and eat it, too, if you limit yourself and your brood to two treats a day. (Keep in mind that waffles or donuts for breakfast are a treat. So is a Happy Meal.) If everyone in the family eats healthy foods 90 percent of the time, two sugary snacks won’t do much harm.

Move More Kids on vacation tend to do one thing … nothing. Regular exercise during recess, gym class and team sports are replaced by TV, video games and lounging around Grandma’s house. Making a concerted effort to incorporate exercise into each day is a great way to ensure your kids burn some calories and boost their immune systems. Schedule a daily visit to the park, the roller rink or an indoor inflatable playground. Let the dinner dishes soak and take a family walk after dinner. If the weather outside is frightful, pull the car out and let the kiddos ride their scooters, bikes and roller skates around the garage. (Hint: If you write your exercise plans on a calendar and get the kids excited about it the night before, you’re more likely to follow through.)

Eat Some. Save Some. Of course, it’s fun to watch deliriously happy kids dig into a third helping of mashed potatoes or inhale two candy canes and a popcorn ball in the backseat after a shopping trip. But would you eat that way? Of course not. You know that your metabolism doesn’t care what day it is and turns extra calories into excess body fat all 365 days of the year. So why teach our kids that it’s OK to eat poorly in December? Teaching kids to eat reasonably and save the good stuff to enjoy again tomorrow is a gift that will last them a lifetime. If you want get in the holiday spirit and indulge them during their school break, let them stay up a little later, drive them around to look at the lights, or take them to the movies on the weekend. Deborah Bohn is a mom and a personal trainer with a goal — family fitness. She lives with her family in Franklin.

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My 8-week-old is on formula and gets hiccups after every feeding. Should I be concerned? Hiccups occur as a spasm of the diaphragm — the thin layer of muscle that separates the chest from the abdominal cavity. The spasm causes an intake of breath that suddenly closes the vocal cord area and causes the hiccup sound. Hiccups in babies can start in the womb — you may have felt your baby hiccup at certain times before he was born. They can also be caused by overfeeding, swallowing too much air during feeding, or emotional stress such as crying or excitement. Infants having hiccups after every feeding is not uncommon and could be completely normal. However, there are a few things you might try to help eliminate them. First, try burping after every couple of ounces instead of at the end of the bottle. Try changing feeding positions to allow the diaphragm to relax. An 8-week-old should generally be taking two to four ounces at a time from the bottle. If he is taking more than this, you may be overfeeding him. Lastly, you can experiment with different types of bottles and nipples. Every baby is different, so you might find that switching to a different bottle brand might decrease the amount and frequency of his hiccups. If all else fails, hiccups will not harm your child and he should grow out of them in a few months.

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I have been serving protein-infused milkshakes to my 9-year-old following his sports practice to help his body recover from the workout. My brother says this is not doing any good. What do you say?

The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly discourages the use of protein supplements and athletic performanceenhancing substances in children. Most children in our country get plenty, even too much protein, in their diet already. The addition of more protein has not been scientifically proven to enhance muscle performance, strength or endurance and may actually be harmful to your child athlete. Protein and vitamins are best absorbed from actual foods, not from pills or shakes. The extra amount that your child is taking in may be just stored as fat instead of muscle mass. It can also put him at increased risk of kidney stones and long-term kidney damage. Additionally, teaching your child to use sports supplements at such a young age may encourage the use of more dangerous substances later in life. Instead of protein shakes, give your child natural sources of protein such as low-fat dairy, lean meats, or peanut butter in moderate amounts. However, eating carbohydrates within 30 minutes of intense exercise does aid recovery. Just stick with low fat, high-fiber complex carbs such as granola, oatmeal, or wheat bread. And always makes sure your athlete gets plenty of water to stay hydrated.

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he Christmas spirit is alive and well in Sumner County during the return of Hendersonville Holiday Fest taking place at the beginning of this month. Kick things off with the Tree Lighting at Hendersonville City Hall on Friday, Dec. 3 as well as the Festival of Trees on Dec. 3 - 4 at the Bluegrass Yacht and Country Club (benefitting United Way). You and the kids can get creative and enter the Gingerbread House Competition, hosted by Candylicious. Houses will be judged on Friday, Dec. 3 and auctioned at the St. Nicholas Ball on Saturday, Dec. 4 at the country club. Also taking place at the country club is ’Twas the Night Before Christmas Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 8:30 and 10 a.m. Activities include a reading of the classic tale, breakfast and photos with Santa and meeting the Snow Princess. Advance registration is required for the breakfast by calling 822-8112; admission is $15 adults, $10 ages 3 and older. Kids can also gussy up to the bearded wonder at the Streets of Indian Lake through Thursday, Dec. 23. Hours are Mon, Wed, Thu and Sun 2 - 4 p.m., Sat 5 - 7 p.m. Find a complete list of holiday activities at

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LETTERS TO SANTA and deliver them to the North Pole mailbox at the Delmas Long Community Center (200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville) by Monday, Dec. 13. Make sure your child includes his name and address so St. Nick can send back a personal reply. Also taking place at the center is the Third Annual

Gingerbread House Decorating Contest. Drop off houses Dec. 9 and 10, and judging will take place on Saturday, Dec. 11 during Breakfast with Santa. Contest entry is free. Learn more at 851-2253 or

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Dec. 13. Hop aboard several tour buses belonging to country music artists and see their digs while on the road. Proceeds benefit the Christmas 4 Kids program which raises money to provide underprivileged children a holiday shopping spree. The bus tour takes place at Wal-Mart, 204 N. Anderson Lane, Hendersonville, from 5 - 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 adults, $2 ages 2 - 12, with a $20 family cap. Learn more at

polka dots & pigtails offers Photos With Santa on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 2 - 4 p.m. for $10. The store is located at 153 Whitherspoon Ave. in Gallatin. Call 989-1671 or visit polkadotsnpigtails. com.

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MAKING IN THE LOBBY: CRAFTING A WINTER WONDERLAND. Every Thu and Fri from 6 - 8 p.m. (through Dec. 23), all ages can make oldfashioned paper snowflakes to take home. Other seasonal highlights this month include the Blair School of Music Suzuki Strings Holiday Concert on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. The Frist is located at 919 Broadway, Nashville. Call 244-3340 or visit

the turnip truck urban fare is now open in the Gulch at 311 12th Ave. S., Nashville, offering a convenient place to shop for natural foods for busy parents who work downtown.

Store hours are 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily. Call 291-9998.

THE OVERBROOK SCHOOL recently won the Blue Ribbon School Award from the U.S. Department of Education, the only school in Nashville to win the award, and one of 50 private schools nationwide. Schools are honored with the award due to a high level of commitment to achievement and ensuring their students learn and succeed. Learn more about the school at 292-5134 or See the holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, on the big screen at the Belcourt Dec. 17 26. Visit for times and tickets prices.

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ids can warm up and beat winter boredom this month during Winter Break Activities at the Delmas Long Community Center (200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville). Seven different days host seven different activities like making Christmas ornaments, a holiday craft workshop, Christmas card making, indoor soccer, fort building, a movie marathon/PJ party and a Happy New Year party. Activities begin Monday, Dec. 20 and continue through Friday, Dec. 31. Some events are free and most require advance registration. Find complete details in “The Parent Planner” inside “The Calendar” on page 96, or visit

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Need to take a chunk out of your Christmas shopping but dread going to the mall? Head to the Green Hills Family YMCA during its 2010 Holiday MarketFest taking place Dec. 6 - 7 from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. both days. Several vendors will sell jewelry, handcrafted items, boutique goods, candles, cookware, baby items, baked goods, chocolates, home decorative items, accessories, glass items, artwork and more. “Milk and Cookies with Santa” takes place Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning. In addition, enjoy free food and hot apple cider along with live holiday music while you shop. Proceeds benefits the Y’s Annual Giving Campaign. The Y is located at 4041 Hillsboro Circle, Nashville. Call 297-6529.

If your family is counting calories while seeking something sweet, the new Pinkberry store will sate your palate. Pinkberry specializes in frozen yogurt with a plethora of toppings. Select your yogurt flavor — standards are original, chocolate, passion fruit, coconut, mango and pomegranate — and go for toppings ranging from fresh fruit and nuts to liquid toppings and even Fruity Pebbles! Pinkberry’s seasonal offering is quite yummy: Pumpkin Pinkberry. Add to it honey graham crackers, whipped topping and a dusting of cinnamon and you’ve got a cool pumpkin pie. The store is located at 2306 West End Ave., Nashville. Hours are Sun - Thu 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Fri - Sat 11 a.m. 11 p.m. Call 679-9789 or visit

Grandmas, grandpas and their little prides of joy can enjoy a special weekend together during the Grandma’s Camp winter camp experience taking place Jan. 28 - 30, 2011 at Camp Marymount in Fairview. The camp’s theme is “connecting to nature,” and the weekend includes arts and crafts activities, games, a tribal competition, nature hikes, teambuilding exercises, American Red Cross first aid certification, learning about positive decision making, sing alongs, storytelling and campfire fun. Registration is underway, which requires a $25 deposit and $72 per participant (includes accommodations, five meals and all activities). Scholarships are available. To learn more, call 631-6268 or visit grandmascampusa. com.

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aby, it’s cold outside right now, but it’s also the time to start thinking about your child’s summer adventures. Mark your calendars now for Nashville Parent’s 2011 Summer Camp Adventure Fair on Saturday, Feb. 5 at Cool Springs Galleria. Representatives from more than 100 residential camps, local day camps and summer programs for ages 4 - 18 will be on hand to speak with families about what they have to offer, spanning the spectrum from arts to sports to outdoor adventures. Booths are still available, so if you have a summer program you’d like our readers to know about, call 256-2158, ext. 130. The fair takes place from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and is free. Learn more at

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Need to brush up on bicycle maintenance? Or how to make Spanish Tapas or Indian cuisine? University School of Nashville (USN) has something for you during its series of evening classes, beginning Wednesday, Jan. 12 and continuing through April. A large variety of classes are available for teens and adults that span the spectrum. Find offerings in music, literature, the arts, food, entertainment, hobbies, fitness, dance, health and more. Online registration begins Wednesday, Dec. 8, and prices per class range from $35 - $70. USN is located at 2000 Edgehill Ave., Nashville. For a complete list of class offerings, descriptions and registration information, visit

Get into the holiday spirit at Cheekwood during its annual Season of Celebration extravaganza, running now through Sunday, Jan. 2. View artfully decorated trees commemorating Cheekwood’s 50th anniversary, enjoy live music on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 2 - 4 p.m., participate in holiday art activities every Saturday from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., and create a magical memory with your little ones during the Family Gingerbread Workshop on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Most activities are free with gate admission, while others like the Gingerbread Workshop are extra. Learn more at 356-8000 or

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our family can spread a little holiday cheer while raising money for local kids during Fannie Battle Caroling. From Dec. 1 - 24 you and yours can hit the streets and go door to door in your neighborhood singing your favorite holiday tunes and collecting funds for Fannie Battle, which go to the organization’s mission to provide affordable, high-quality child care for at-risk children in the community. To get involved, call the facility to receive caroling bags and other supplies/instructions. Then all you have to do is don your gay apparel and warm up your fa-la-las. It’s a great — and fun — way for the littlest ones in your family to embrace the spirit of giving back during the holiday season. Learn more at 228-6745 or

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dd child-like wonder to your holiday greetings by purchasing cards and gift tags through the Friends of Children’s Hospital’s 2010 Holiday Project. This fundraiser for the hospital features cards and tags with original artwork designed by patients at Children’s Hospital. “Gingerbread Card,” by 15-year-old Jamie DuBois, is available in this year’s Holiday Project. The cards come blank inside, but for an additional fee, you can have a personal greeting added. Basic sets are $18 per 20 cards, including envelopes. All orders must be placed by Monday, Dec. 20 to guarantee delivery by Christmas Eve. Call 343-8660 or visit and click on “Holiday Project.”

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what say YOU? My 4-year-old loves to do her nails and her aunt wants to put tips on them, but I don’t agree with that. What should I do?

tips are for big girls Tips are way too grown up for a four year old, but take her for some fun at the nail salon. When my 4-year-old princess wanted to get her nails done, we planned a special girls day out. We got manicures and pedicures. My daughter got the 4-year-old version with polish and designs only. She even got to pick my toe polish. We followed that up by a trip to the salon and ice cream. She got to be a polished princess, but no tips! — laurapickering, via

she may choke on them My little girl loves her nails to be painted but with her being only 2 years old, she occasionally still puts stuff in her mouth. I’m so afraid she will choke on the fake ones.

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next month’s question: I’ve learned that my 8-year-old is a bully at school. How should I handle this? Submit your answers on our Forums page online at Click on “Discussion Forums” under the “Connect” menu.

make a date for when she gets older My 4-year-old daughter likes painting her nails also and I wear tips, but I am not ready for her to wear them. So I told her that they are for big girls like Mommy and when she gets to be a teenager we will get our nails done together. She loves this idea!

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kids’ HEALTH by Susan Day

dressing for the weather


older weather is on its way, so here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatricians ( to help you dress your child for the outdoors: • Wear a hood, hat, scarf or face mask as most heat loss is at the head. • Keep feet dry with waterproof boots over shoes. • Wear a thermal knit layer underneath daytime clothes, then top that with warm outwear. • Use coats with hoods, thick fabric, linings of flannel or fake fur, overlapping fabric to keep out the wind, and long lengths to cover bottoms. • Aim for rib-knit cuffs and hems rather than drawstrings, as those can catch on sleds, or branches.

cold or flu? ... sore throat or strep?


ondering if you have a simple cold on your hands, or something more serious, like the flu or strep throat? Here are some signs to look for. According to Gurpreet Thind, M.D.:

Viral sore throats:

• Tend to be associated with upper respiratory symptoms like a runny nose, nasal congestion and cough, and may be associated with a fever

• An exam will show redness in the throat or white patches (exudate), but more commonly, a pediatrician will see ulcers

Strep throat: • May be accompanied by a fever, headache, abdominal pain or vomiting, and there is usually an absence of upper respiratory symptoms • An exam will show redness, swollen tonsils, red spots on the palate called palatal petechiae, and enlarged, tender lymph nodes in the neck

“Most sore throats are due to viruses and are present for the first few days of illness,” says Thind. “If the sore throat is due to strep, then we treat the child with 10 days of antibiotics (or an injection of penicillin if the child is vomiting too much to tolerate an oral antibiotic course) to reduce the chance of developing rheumatic fever.” And according to Morissa Ladinsky, M.D., a cold presents with slight aches, mild tiredness, a rare or low-grade fever, and usually sneezing. The flu will result in fever, severe aches and chills, moderate-to-severe fatigue, and about 80 percent of sufferers will have a headache. “While it’s easy to mistake flu symptoms for a cold or ‘just being under the weather’ initially, it’s important to know the difference,” says Ladinsky. “Prescription antiviral medicine — if started early in a bout of flu — may shorten the length and severity of illness. Antibiotics will not cure either illness but may be prescribed if ear infections or pneumonia are complicating the viral illness.”

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ids have a way of jolting sleepy parents awake in the wee hours of the morning, and this day was no different. Jumping up and down, excitedly sharing goofy antics and laughs at 6:45 a.m., my family waited to board the first water taxi of the morning from Portofino Bay Hotel. Dad and I smiled through our early morning haze, but as we neared the end of the gentle 10-minute boat ride to the Universal Orlando dock, we caught the kids’ joy: Look! There’s the entrance! Hurry, hurry! We’re here! Finally! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Since we were staying at one of Universal’s three onsite resorts, we were privy to a one-hour-prior-to-opening admission, but large crowds were already forming at the gate. Other resort guests hustled before us to reach Hogsmeade in the back of the park — some unabashedly running! We thought our earlier admission would propel us to the head of the class — we fantasized being the first to see steam from the Hogwarts Express billowing into the air and hearing the screeching whistle; we thought we’d get right into Zonko’s joke shop, Honeydukes candy shop, the Owlery and Owl Post, Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods and more — but by the time we reached Hogsmeade there was already an impressive line forming for Ollivanders wand shop! And that’s the thing to know going in: Harry Potter is extremely popular and there will be crowds galore at every

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spot. To assure that you can experience the magic of Ollivanders wand shop without waiting in line all day — seriously — one person in your party needs to get into the Ollivanders line immediately to secure your family’s spot. What’s the big deal? Ollivanders is a shop like no other, promising a fully immersive and magical wandbuying experience resulting in your very own wand designed just for you. It’s a must! Ooh and aah all you like (and you will) as you wind through Hogsmeade headed to Hogwarts (sip on a Butterbeer as you go — this frothy, non-alcoholic concoction conjures butterscotch and shortbread with a creamy head) but get thee next to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, the main ride located inside Hogwarts.

The Rides

Not an expense was spared in the artistic replication of Hogwarts or in all of Hogsmeade, for that matter. Just as author J.K. Rowling imagined in the Harry Potter series of books, the films’ production designer and art director joined forces with artisans from Universal Creative to meticulously create The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Heading into Hogwarts for The Forbidden Journey, if you have bags or cameras, you’ll be directed to a locker area where you’ll scan a fingerprint to be assigned a free locker — ingenious technology in itself — then, inside Hogwarts, you’ll wind through numerous darkened passageways and corridors with enchanted

portraits. Being in Hogwarts is delightful and the line moves along as your eyes feast on details within. Toward the end of the line, in the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom, Harry, Ron and Hermione themselves will enchant you before you’re buckled into a moving bench for a fantastic ride into Harry’s exciting life. State-of-the-art technology and filmmaking put you into the scene; my favorite part was flying behind Harry himself, soaring over the water and feeling like I was actually there. There are some spooky aspects to the ride, of course; danger, spirits and spells abound, so be warned, but the technology will blow you away. Outside Hogwarts, a kiosk offers wands — this is a good option for Harry fans who can’t bear Ollivanders’ line, although you can also purchase wands at Dervish and Banges shop (the line takes approximately 20 minutes). Or simply move onto The Flight of the Hippogriff (based on the magical creature with the head of an eagle), a gentle roller coaster that’s over all too briefly, but one your littlest ones will appreciate. The other ride in Hogsmeade is the devilish Dragon Challenge — two coasters that run at the same time on separate tracks in a whirlwind of spirals and speed. While the rides are fun, what makes The Wizarding World of Harry Potter so awesome is the design and attention to detail in Hogsmeade’s art direction. And after all the excitement of the rides, we were famished.


Shops and Food

I dreaded the thought of standing with a tray of food and jockeying for a table. That’s why parents can really appreciate the Three Broomsticks restaurant. The eatery offers a great feast and does it right. A short line whisks your party forward to order from delicious shepherd’s pie, fish ‘n chips, roasted chicken and potatoes, or traditional items and kiddie fare. Next, you move to another brief line to pick up your food, and happily, once you’ve grabbed your condiments, forks and such, a hostess takes you right to your table. The rustic large tavern offers plenty of seating and crowd control/eating time/ table count match up perfectly. We relished in a freshly baked hot apple pie for dessert. Our bellies full, we were happy to wander around Hogsmeade now without rushing. We took pictures with the Hogwart's Express conductor, dipped into Dervish and Banges, and spent the rest of the afternoon meandering through the various shops. We considered purchasing Extendable Ears, Fizzing Whizzbees, and Pygmy Puffs, but in the end, came away with a Gryffindor blanket, a Harry Potter scarf and two wands (which had chosen two of my very favorite Muggles for themselves).

Portofino Bay Hotel


At the end of the day, and after wearing ourselves out on some of Universal’s other attractions — we love the Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man and The Mummy rides — we happily boarded our water taxi back to Portofino Bay. A recreation of the famed Mediterranean village of the same name, Portofino Bay feels authentic and boasts restaurants, shops, pools, a spa and more than 700 guest rooms, among them Dr. Seuss suites for kiddos. We enjoyed the pasta bar at Trattoria Del Porto (every Friday night kids can enjoy character visits), and one evening we gobbled up the delicious pizza at Sal’s Deli. Our rooms were chic — understated Italian — and our beds exceedingly comfortable. A trip to Orlando to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a big ticket item for sure — but you’ll be able to enjoy all that Universal offers at its parks in addition to Harry — and there are plenty of options for what suits your family. Watch for airline deals or plan a visit during spring break or summer vacation when you can do the drive. The bottom line: you’ll be thrilled if you go. And, like Hermione Granger, you’ll declare Harry Potter ... Brilliant! J Susan Swindell Day is a mom of four adventurous kids and editor in chief of this publication.

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(hint: it’s called inspiration) by Stephanie Dethlefs


our child sits at the kitchen table, staring at a blank piece of paper. “But I don’t know what to write,” she whines. “This is boring!” She fiddles with her pencil, doodles a bit in the corner of the page. The frustration builds inside both of you. You know if she would just get started, just get that first sentence out, it would be smooth sailing. And so you sit down next to her, talking over the topic, hashing out the things she knows about it. Finally, finally that first sentence appears. Relieved, you rise and begin to walk away. “But I don’t know what to write next!” she wails. Watching a child stare at a blank page when you both know she needs to be writing can be excruciatingly painful. Parents of reluctant writers may also notice considerable procrastination, an unwillingness to share what they’ve written or an increasingly large pile of wadded-up paper in the trash can. And there may be many different reasons why she balks at the task, such as spelling difficulties, too many or not enough ideas, fear of criticism or physical difficulties with writing. “I think the single biggest reason students struggle getting words on the page is self-censorship,” explains Vicki Vinton, national literacy consultant and co-author of The Power of Grammar: Unconventional Approaches to the Conventions of Language (Heinemann; $28). “Writers need to leave their inner critique aside in order to get themselves going, and too often students judge their ideas or early drafts as unworthy before they’ve given them a chance.” So what is a parent to do?

leave writing until the last minute, ensuring an agonizing dose of panic and/or frustration. Vinton suggests that if the child has a computer in her room, keep the printer in a public place so you can keep track of what is — or isn’t — coming out. Finally, when it appears that she may be stuck, or needing to organize her thoughts, sit down at the table with her and talk it out. In fact, it’s completely acceptable to jot down notes as she thinks aloud. She may not even realize the great ideas she is coming up with! Read for the Joy of It Reading and discussing books for pleasure helps children and teens see writing as a source of entertainment, not just one of agony. Reading aloud together is best; however, if your child shies away from this, simply sharing your own thoughts about a book or asking her about the book she is reading will reap many of the same benefits for her writing. Attitude Adjustment … and Not Just Hers As with most things, a child’s attitude about writing is a big factor in her success with it, and the parent’s attitude is nearly as important. While keeping your own negative feelings about specific writing assignments or the act of writing itself in check, try encouraging the ways your child does communicate with written language. “Embrace technology,” suggests Vinton. “Send e-mails and text messages to your wired-age children. Be playful and have fun. And believe that ‘r u going 2 pik me up’ texts are actually helping students to develop an appreciation of written communication that can be built on as they grow.” J Stephanie Dethlefs is teacher and freelance writer.

View Writing as a Process “Writers first need to find and develop meaningful topics and ideas before they attempt to convey those ideas to readers with any semblance of ‘correctness,’” says Vinton. Allow your child as much time as possible to form ideas before forcing words on paper. Invite her to walk away from the written piece before revising — or perhaps in the middle of the first draft — to regain her perspective on what she wants to say. Recognizing that there are as many different ways to write as there are writers will help you to take a step back and observe your child’s process — then help her in whatever way she needs.

Parental Control In the case of stubbornness or procrastination, there are things that you can do to help keep your child’s pencil to the paper. Encouraging just a few of minutes of free writing every day (not to be looked at by anyone but the writer) will gradually help the words to flow. Try to stay on top of homework assignments that require more writing, and help her figure out a time table so that she doesn’t

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A Peaceful Christmas By Kerrie McLoughlin

Manage the logistics and responsibility of family to create a fulfilling holiday.


rowing up, I was blessed to have lots of family and the added benefit of those family members living close by. Somehow the dilemma of where to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day was always worked out by my parents and grandparents. Their solution was to celebrate with my dad’s family on Christmas Eve one year and on Christmas Day the next, alternating with my mom’s family. As time went

by, we added more family members through marriage and birth, which meant more personalities and distances to manage. When I got married, my husband and I attempted to make everyone happy and see as many people as we could during the holidays. Invariably, by the time the new year rolled around, we were totally frazzled from celebrating Christmas no less than six times with many sets of relatives in a 10-day period. Once we added a few of our own kids to the mix, Christmas Day got even crazier. Rather than feel like the rope in a game of human Tug-of-War, I had to come up with some quick fixes. I hope some of my suggestions will help you and your family fully enjoy Christmas this year, as well.



Combine family events. Instead of running to your parents’ house and THEN to see each of your siblings separately, consider having just one shindig at one location when most everyone can attend. A sit-down dinner isn’t necessary. In fact, make it a potluck. My brother- and sister-in-law throw a party like this at their house every year the Friday evening before Christmas, and they even have crafts for the kids (like building a gingerbread house or painting ornaments).


Consider an Open House. Choose a location (like Grandma’s house), a date and a convenient time frame (like 4 - 8 p.m.) when family members can come and go as they please without the pressure of being on time for a meal. Serve finger foods and other easy fare to make it easy on the hostess. If you don’t know when you might catch your family members, you could leave their gifts there for them — or just stay for the whole thing!


Attend the far-away celebrations every other year. It’s just a fact of life that people marry someone from another state or move out of town due to a job change or other circumstance. This can leave many families feeling pulled in too many directions when the holidays roll around. It can be difficult to decide how to come together.


Negotiate annually. All families are different, and it can be practically impossible to please every member every year. If you all live relatively close, consider having a pow-wow in the summer to hammer out the details of time, place, gift and meal options. One year your cousin may need to leave early to spend the rest of the day with her husband’s family. Another year it may just work out best to hold the event on Christmas Eve.


Do drop in. Elaine St. James, author of Simplify Your Christmas: 100 Ways to Reduce the Stress and Recapture the Joy of the Holidays (Andrews McMeel Publishing), only visits her sister and her family to raise a toast but not to eat. She takes no food for the meal, no gifts, and says to her family, “We’re bringing ourselves and our best wishes for the season.”


Help your extended family realize that Christmas can be even nicer when spent on a day other than December 25. We get together with my grandparents a couple of weeks before or after Christmas Day, and the mood is much more relaxed. We get to take our time opening gifts while enjoying each other’s company, and we treasure that time together and look forward to it every year.


Just stay home. After having our third child, we made the tough choice to celebrate Christmas Day at our home every year. Our decision was not popular, and we’ve had to defend it every year, but it is the most relaxing (ah, sweatpants all day long!) and fun (playing with our kids and their new toys) day of our entire year.


When tensions arise, think of others with less. Consider serving food at a homeless shelter sometime around the holiday or being a bell ringer for The Salvation Army for a couple of hours. These are great opportunities to take your kids along and teach them the true meaning of the holidays. St. James has another great idea: Make paper bag lunches with sandwiches, cookies, fruits and juice drinks and pass it out to the homeless in your area. To ensure no feelings are hurt, make sure your family knows they are always welcome to spend Christmas Day at your home (with some notice, of course!). With a little understanding and love, everyone involved can have a peaceful holiday season. J

Hosting Out-of-Town Family and Surviving, Too!


ometimes families can begin to wear on one another in close quarters. Many families will be spending the holidays hosting out-of-town loved ones. Here are strategies to help keep things warm and bright: • Plan not to plan. Learn to be flexible and not to hold onto unrealistic expectations. • Make your grocery list in advance. Plan ahead what you will be preparing at home while family is staying with you. It’s helpful to know what you’re going to do far in advance of the actual day so you’re not scrambling at the last minute. • Decide where everyone will sleep. Make arrangements with friends to borrow air mattresses if necessary; gather bedding needs and extra towels. • Check out all of your supplies. Go through your household items to be sure you have plenty of supplies for serving meals to the number of guests you’re hosting. • Hold onto your traditions. Know that others will chime in with what they like, too, so remember again, be flexible! • Make a list of fun things you can do together in order to get out of the house: Check out a holiday show together (be sure to look for senior discounts!); consider everyone’s ages, too. An older couple might not enjoy a hike in the woods! • Ramp up your Netflix queue, get out the Scrabble board, break out the family photo albums, have favorite music at-the-ready. • Assign tasks in a friendly manner and when someone asks if they can help you with bed making or meal preparation, say, “Yes!” • Find out about what everyone likes to eat by ... asking! Learn about allergies, special needs, etc., in advance so it doesn’t throw you. • Shop for food needs before guests arrive.

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Here are some great toys for all ages — from all that’s out there, we’ve compiled a few of the best!

entertaining baby Early learning toys make great gifts.

ExerSaucer Jump & Learn Active Learning Center Ages 4 months to walking, up to 30 inches tall; $99.99 Evenflo; With more than 50 learning activities, your growing baby can exercise his legs and mind all in one stationary seat. Coiled springs in the tops of the seat’s legs allow for more bounce than the usual activity centers. It even creates a rocking motion — which can be partially slowed with three stoppers — and it adjusts to three different heights. Three electronic aspects will engage Baby with lights and sound as he presses buttons and moveable and re-moveable toys.

Pull Along Musical Pirate Ship Ages 1 and older; $29.99 Mega Bloks; This little guy rolls with the pull of a string to follow your little pirate on his treasure hunting adventures. Pirate-like tunes help to set the scene and a trapdoor catches thieving pirates. Defend the mighty ship with the working cannon!


Bumpy Ball

Ages 3 months and older; $12.99 Bright Starts; Baby will love this colorful, stimulating activity toy featuring seven different things to push, roll, open, slide and turn. For use in or out of the crib, the Activi-Tree is a fun way to engage motor skills.

Ages 6 months and older; $19.99 Sassy; Baby can grab at this cushy ball easily with its colorful bumps and build hand-eye coordination. There’s a rattling aspect in one of the bumps.

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Ages 3 and older; $19.99 Spin Master; After you mold your hay bales, insert them into the top of the barn, crank the handle and out pops one of four farm animals through the front door. Your little one will have hours of fun. The set comes with three colors, several molds, barn, mat and more.

Fuzzoodles Fluffy Friends Disney Princess & Me Cinderella Ages 5 and older $49.99 JAKKS Pacific This 18-inch doll is a newer, more elegant Cinderella than ever before. Her eyes look real, her ball gown is spectacular, her beautiful crown is sparkly and she’s bigger! Collect them all — there’s also Belle, Tiana, Ariel and Aurora, each sold separately. You can also purchase a Disney Princess & Me Dress by Creative Designs ($39.99) to coordinate your little princess with hers.

Ages 5 and older; $19.99 GiddyUp!, These fuzzy, reusable, bendy noodles will activate your child’s creativity for lots of creature-making fun. This set comes with 10 Fuzzoodles (four short and six long) and 10 Fuzzoodle parts like eyes, skirts, bow ties and more. It also comes with a great idea book to help you.

Color Blanks Ages 6 and older; $9.99 RoseArt; Let your child’s creativity explode with these blank plastic 3D bodies that come with markers, stickers and more. Simply color different patterns to produce a unique creation.

Tonka Chuck & Friends: Chuck’s Stunt Park Ages 3 and older; $39.99 Hasbro; Assemble this track for loads of fun for Tonka lovers. This set allows little Chuck to perform tricks as he races around the track. Start him at the top, and as you turn the handle to let down the track, you’ll activate sounds and lights. Chuck even runs off track, too, so you can take him wherever you go!

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Crayola has several fun, new items this season. Our favorites include Model Magic Presto Dots (Ages 5 and older; $24.99) that allow kids to create a variety of puffy, fluffy creatures ... Color Twister Spin Art (Ages 6 and older; $15.99) lets youngsters create an amazing array of colorful art with wild patterns.

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Bigfoot the Monster Ages 3 and older; $99.99 Fisher Price; This little monster with the big personality is a hot item this year. With acrobatic moves, the remote toggle enables him to walk forward and backward, throw his ball, roar and pound his fists. Six buttons on the remote trigger different status levels like happy, angry, sleep, fun, ball and exercise. Bigfoot’s movable limbs, brows, eyes and jaw give him extra appeal.

Zoobles: Razoo’s Treehouse Playset Ages 4 and older; $34.99 Spin Master; These colorful little creatures roll about until they POP to life. They’re cute, small and spring into action when they roll onto a special spot on the treehouse. This set comes with one exclusive Zooble and one mini Zooble (additional characters sold separately for $5.99 - $9.99).

My Take Along Puppet Theater Ages 4 and older; $49.99 Playmobil; The coolest playset to come from Playmobil in quite a while, My Take Along Puppet Theater is a self-contained set that folds up into a carrying case. Open it up, and your kid’s imagination can run wild. The set features several different backdrops, seven characters and all sorts of props and costumes that enable your child to enjoy theatrical play. The battery-powered sound effects device includes four different sounds (including cheerful applause), making it all the more exciting.

Weebles Musical Treehouse MobiGo Touch Learning System Ages 3 - 8; $59.99 VTech; This cool gadget is a hand-held game for little hands that also encourages learning. It’s easy to use and the touchscreen is super sensitive and works really well. The top slides up to reveal a keyboard, too. It teaches basic school skills like math, vocabulary, logic and more. Great for early learners that like to play games.

Ages 18 months and older; $29.99 Playskool; The Weebles rock about for silly fun in their treehouse. Use the crank to help them go up the stairs and then watch them teeter and totter down the slide to the tune of four songs and eight different sounds. Watch out! They can even wobble right off the deck and still won’t fall down.

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Video games are popular for families and there’s a game for virtually everyone! Here are a few to consider for your older kids:

DJ Hero 2 Rated T for Teen; $99.99 bundle, $59.99 software only (XBox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii) Activision;

Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock Rated T for Teen; $99.99 bundle, $59.99 software only (XBox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii) Activision;

iPod Nano 8GB is $149; 16GB is $179 Apple; The newly designed iPod Nano will be a big hit this holiday — especially because of it’s redesign that includes a multi-touch screen. Available in numerous shiny colors, your child’s playlist is always a touch away and don’t worry that she’ll lose it: a built-in clip keeps it safely attached to where its put. Includes a built in FM radio, too.

Sing It: Family Hits Rated E for Everyone; $49.99 with mic (Wii, PlayStation 3) Disney Interactive Studios

Anti-Gravity Web Runner Ages 8 and older; $39.99 Fantasma Toys; This is one black widow that’s OK to play with. The remote control arachnid runs on floors, but the wow factor is due to the fact that it also runs up walls and operates upside down on the ceiling (smooth surfaces only) due to the vacuum device on its underside. It’s a bit noisy, but a ton of fun for boys, for sure!

Toy Story 3: The Video Game Rated E10+ Ages 6 and older; $49.99 (XBox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii) Disney Interactive Studios

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Kids Electronic Rock Guitar Shirt Ages 6 - 16; $29.99 Think Geek; Rock like a rock star ... without all the equipment! Just put on this awesome shirt, insert four AAA batteries and play ’til your heart is content ... or the batteries die. It’s a regular T-shirt but with a 15-button thin strip and magnetic picks. Available in small, medium or large.

Storage Tower Zig-Zag XBox 360; $69.99 Level Up The Storage Tower holds 13 games, four controllers, two guitars and one console. It’s easy to put together, too! Perfect to clean up the game room. Level Up also offers other stations for the different gaming consoles: Alloy for PlayStation, Aperture for Wii and Trideca for Wii.

iCarly Portable CD Karaoke System Ages 8 and older; $99 Sakar International; This hot gadget will thrill iCarly fans everywhere. The karaoke system includes a five-inch black-andwhite monitor, a CD and graphics player, a head camera and dual microphone jacks (one mic is included) for use with a built-in speaker system. For girls who love to sing, help ’em break out with this nifty jam machine!

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super books! DC Super Heroes: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book Ages 4 - 12; $29.99 Little, Brown and Company The magnificent pop-ups by Matthew Reinhart bring your favorite super heroes — and villains — to life with this comic-style book. For those who are new to the world of DC, the back page springs to life more than 40 DC characters like Aquaman, Giganta, Mister Freeze and more — with a key to tell you who’s who. Each page also has mini pop-up sections.

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Halo UNSC Pelican Dropship Ages 8 and older; $59.99 Mega Bloks; Big boys who love building an army will be thrilled by the new Halo collector’s series. The UNSC Pelican Dropship includes 944 pieces for building one awesome air ship to create an army around. The Pelican’s primary role is to deliver tropps, equipment and weaponry to and from forward combat positions. Take your special forces into action! View all of the items in the series at

The Slicer … All-Season Sled Ages 8 and older; $79 Ice Meister; Use The Slicer on wintery days; it’s smooth contoured shape helps it to work well on packed snow or deep powder … But, in Tennessee, sometimes there’s no snow, right? That’s where the all-season part comes in. The Slicer has “Icers” you can freeze to form ice blocks you attach to the sled’s bottom — use it on the grass when there’s no snow in sight!

Harry Potter Hogwarts Scarf and Hat Set Ages 8 and older; $24.95 Elope; Your Harry Potter fan will be the envy of all her friends with this Hogwarts knit hat and scarf set. The scarf measures 52 inches long (including tassels) by eight inches wide and features a Hogwarts crest on one end. The hat (100-percent acrylic) fits most kids up to age 15. Material can be spot or dry cleaned. Brilliant!

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The Sounds of Star Wars By J.W. Rinzler Ages 8 and older; $60 Lucas Books/Chronical Books An absolute must for the Star Wars fan in your family, this out-of-thisworld book chronicles the sound effects in all six live action movies. Based on interviews with Ben Burtt (the man behind the sound design), 256 sound effects from the films are explained, and the attached digital sound player allows readers to hear each one throughout the book.

DC Comics Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle Ages 12 and older; $50 DK Books; This is the ultimate collection of all-things DC Comics, and it goes back to the beginning 75 years ago. From there, comic enthusiasts can go through each month of each year to present day learning about the history and growth of DC Comics, including the debuts of Batman and Superman. Other favorites like Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash, Green Lantern and more are also found throughout the giant, colorful pages adorned with stunning comic book art.

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Holloway High School Gym 619 S. Highland Ave., Murfreesboro, TN 37130 390-0982 • Offering year-round after-school basketball programs for individuals and groups ages 6 - 17. We take skills to a higher level, stressing fundamentals and shaping character. Developmental program for boys and girls ages 7 - 16. All skill levels welcome. Travel basketball program also available. AAU Member. Register online for fall training sessions beginning Oct. 25. 381 Jernigan Road, Portland, TN 37148 715-0326 • Email: Director: Shannon McBride Brand new facility coming soon! Great amenities for boarders: covered riding arena, trails, indoor wash rack and many others. Horse riding lessons and horse training slots available. Visit our website, call or email for more information.

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Barfield School of Dance

2298 Barfield Road, Murfreesboro, TN 37128 896-3118 • Email: Director: Bonnie Nemeth We offer dance instruction in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, hip-hop, Irish, Kinderdance and Kindermusik, ages newborn - adult. All programs are developmentally appropriate and designed to meet the needs of each dancer. Our goal is to develop within each dancer a love for and a skill in the art of dance providing a sound dance education.

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Cox Family Martial Arts

2227-B Southpark Drive Murfreesboro, TN 37128 893-4567 • Director: Mari Cox Experience the ultimate in family martial arts classes! We offer classes for ages 2 and older. Classes include after-school martial arts, adult classes, self-defence classes and more. Come get fit while you learn the great art of Tae Kwon Do.

871 Seven Oaks Blvd., Smyrna, TN 37167 459-5512 • Email: Creative Me offers a variety of programs in gymnastics, fitness and cheerleading for ages 18 mos. - 12 yrs. Our goal is to bring out the champion in every child in a fun environment that builds selfesteem and character. We encourage and reward trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Now enrolling for fall classes. Also offering birthday parties and kids’ night out. 16795 Hwy E, Rolla, MO 65401 573-458-2125 • Email: Director: Lori Martin Home to over 250 animals. Our 26 week-long courses include: Jr. Vet, Adopt an Animal, culinary science, survival skills, crime science, pottery, arts and crafts and much more. Our facility is top-notch: spacious, air-conditioned cabins; swimming pool; 240+ acres; and great food. Junior camp ages 7 - 11. Senior camp ages 12 - 16.

Deer Run Retreat and Christian Camps

3845 Perkins Road Thompson’s Station, TN 37179 794-2918 • Email: Director: Fred Reyes Affordable camp providing an incredible camper experience! Camp staff model leadership, strong character, have excellent Bible knowledge plus a great love for pouring into camper’s lives. Day Camp: Day (grades K - 5) and Adventure Day Camps (grades 6 - 8). Interactive Bible study, songs, worship and skits. Age-appropriate recreation: lake (swimming, aqua park, canoes, kayaks, zipline), hiking, creek wading, crazy games, wiffleball, kickball, BB guns, archery, climbing tower and wild water games. Residential Camp: Five-night (ages 3 - 12). Excellent accommodations and healthy meals. Daily Bible study, worship and drama. Paintball, climbing tower, high/low ropes, lake (see above), archery, BB guns, wiffleball, crazy games. All camps include a t-shirt and DVD of camp week. Discounts available.

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The members of one of contemporary Christian music’s most popular recording groups enjoy raising children in Nashville.

by Deborah Bohn


he members of Point of Grace are your typical moms-next-door. Denise pulls up in a SUV, swiping on lip gloss in the rear view mirror. Leigh leaves her cell phone in the Publix shopping cart and has to rush back to retrieve it. And Shelly admits to bribing her daughter to eat lettuce. Meeting these honest, charming women in person, you’d never know they’ve sold more than 6 million albums, recorded 27 number one chart singles and received 10 Dove Awards. Leigh says, “We are three women with three voices united together to encourage other women, today in a time when everyone can use encouragement.”

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How will you guard them against the troubles that some children of famous parents seem to face? Leigh: There is strength in numbers. We are privileged to live in a place and to work in an industry where my child can play with friends who’s parents guide them similarly to how we do our own. But ultimately we’re responsible, so all the more reason to keep my house in order. Denise: We have very good and grounded people around us who we walk through life with. I can’t guarantee my children will make the best choices, but we’re on our knees daily for kids, for the spouses they’ll someday marry and the choices they’ll make.

What do you kids think of your fame? Denise: They think we’re more famous than we are, but so far they’re not embarrassed by us! Leigh: They feel proud, but Darby was shocked when she couldn’t go backstage at Cheetah Girls.

In your photos, you’re so put together, gorgeous and perfect. Is life like that all the time at home? Shelley: We like to call it the magic of Photoshop, or in my case, photo-chop, as in digitally chopping off five or 10 pounds. Any woman can look like a million bucks with a stylist and makeup artist, but when you see me running around town you can bet your life I’m not gonna resemble that girl on the album cover. Leigh: Oh please! I’m going to have to get a second job to pay for hair color to cover all this gray.

You’ve been together for 19 years! How do you handle disagreements and how do you use that experience to teach your children to maintain relationships? Leigh: The way we each grew up, with siblings sharing your room and your curling iron, helped us form our ability to get along. The kids see us working together creating the song lists for a show or our tour schedule and it makes a strong impression on them. Shelley: If someone feels passionate about something, we’ll have a group discussion and figure it out so everyone is somewhat satisfied. And if all else fails, we just mud wrestle. (Ha ha!)

What is your family’s favorite home cooked meal? Shelley: Caroline loves spaghetti and my husband David’s is probably poppy seed chicken. Denise: My boys and husband love walkin’ tacos (Crunch up a snack bag of Doritos, then add meat, cheese and toppings.) Leigh: Their favorite is spaghetti. Mine is when my mom cooks for Thanksgiving: deep fried turkey, dressing with gravy, macaroni pie and sweet potato casserole. We starch it up!

Leigh and Shelley, you both have 8-year-old daughters. Do you compare notes? Shelley: When Caroline started taking piano a few years after Darby, I remember Leigh telling me to chill out about making her practice and just help her love it at this point. Denise: Be careful not to compare too much because you’ll panic if your child walks three months later than a friend’s. Each child is precious and unique, and it’s important to have friends that recognize that.

Your family can enjoy music of the season with Point of Grace’s new Christmas CD, Home for the Holidays (Word Entertainment; $13.99).

Deborah Bohn writes Busy Bodies for this publication in addition to celebrity profiles. She lives in Franklin with her family.

What has having a child of your own taught you about your Heavenly Father’s love for you? Denise: From the moment the boys were born, I realized how different they were and how I love them so much and so equally. I realized that God loves us all equally and wants what’s best for us the way I want what’s best for my children. I find so much delight in my boys, and it helps me understand more fully how my Heavenly Father finds delight in me (Even when I mess up). Shelley: Having a child has helped me understand that the time we spend with Him is probably the most important thing. Just like with your own child; you can’t truly know someone if you don’t live in the moment with them. That’s what I want to do. Leigh: Having that little girl represented God’s mercy and the fact that He is the creator of all that is beautiful. 

When you’re not on the road, what’s a typical day look like? Shelley: Go for a run, answer e-mails, do a load of laundry, go to Publix, pick up Caroline. Denise: Get breakfast going, take the kids to school, pick up the house, plan the week’s menu, run off copies for Bible study. My kids told me that they don’t like when they’re rushed or when I talk business on the phone when they’re in the car, so I try to get it all done during the day to be there 100 percent for them in the evening. Now things aren’t so frantic.

Denise, you’re a singer and an athlete. How do arts and sports both enrich children’s lives? I think both of them help with confidence and both build character. Arts and sports teach you to work together as a group and that you’re not always the star. And you have to live with disappointment. But you have to be careful not to allow an activity or passion to define the person. God created you to be more than just the activities you are good at. Do you decorate your own Christmas tree or have it done by pros? Leigh: Decorate our own with White Christmas playing on the TV. Ours is the tacky tree with all the ornaments. Shelley: I decorate my own, one in the living room and one in the family room. Last year, I wanted it to look Martha Stewart so bad, I swear I went back to Target a thousand times for more and more ornaments. That’s the key to a professional looking tree, TONS of ornaments!

What one item or dish does everyone refuse to eat? Leigh: Brussels sprouts! Denise: Anything green isn’t well received. They like a yellow plate. Shelley: The other day I offered Caroline 20 bucks to eat three pieces of lettuce WITH RANCH for goodness sake, and she couldn’t do it. That’s sad!

You’re not originally from Nashville. Do you like raising a family here? Denise: The school systems, public and private, are great. They not only care about the academics, but the heart of the children. Nashville is very family oriented. There are a billion things to do with your kids every day. Leigh: Nashville has a Mayberry hometown feel, but it’s got culture, creativity and politics, too.

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2011 Guide to Camps, Summer Activities and After-School Programs Listings in RED are away/residential camps. • Listings in BLUE are local/day camps. • Listings in GREEN are classes/after-school programs. E.T.C. Gymnastics

1137 Haley Road, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 867-6900 • Email: 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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1746 Gen. George Patton Drive, Ste. 104 Brentwood, TN 37027 377-9606 • Offering dance, drama and movement education for ages 3 and up. Professional marley, sprung, floating floors and a fully-equipped Pilates studio. The highest caliber faculty teaching acting, classical ballet, creative movement, modern, jazz, tap and hip-hop for boys, girls and teens. Classes designed and scheduled to support all levels of interest. Fall class schedule and registration on our web site.

Grandma’s Camp

98 Woodbury Road, Auburntown, TN 37016 631-6268 • Director: Marti Carelli-Gilbert A non-profit organization formed to bridge the gap between generations, strengthen the family and enhance the values of our youth through education and hands-on experiences. This two-night, three-day camp brings grandparents and grandchildren, mentors and extended family members into nature where they can enjoy bonding through a myriad of activities from campfires to storytelling.

Hermitage Dance Academy 275 Jackson Meadows Drive Hermitage, TN 37076 231-7100 •

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Miss Carla’s Charm School

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Mobile Music Academy

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Mpact Sports - Camp Mpact 2010

1647 Mallory Lane, Ste. 102 Brentwood, TN 37027 377-3444 • Director: Dee Ann Melton MPACT your child’s school year with the right balance of athletic training, character building and social/team outlets. Gymnastics for 10 mos. - adult, cheer for 5 - 18 yrs. and martial arts for ages 4 - 104. Competitive teams and proper training. Low teacher/student ratios. Our goal is to help your child develop to their fullest within their sport of choice and encourage learning. Come see why Mpact is the best kept secret in Cool Springs!

My Gym

330 Franklin Road, Brentwood, TN 37027 371-5437 • —and— 204 N. Anderson Lane Hendersonville, TN 37064 824-8002 • We build strong, healthy bodies through tumbling, relays, music and gymnastics. High-energy, structured classes improve balance, agility and build self-confidence. Our immaculate facilities and low student-teacher ratios help children 3 mos. - 13 yrs. develop excellent fitness habits in a fun, non-competitive way.

Nashville Dance Center (NDC)

4004 Hillsboro Road, Nashville, TN 37215 385-7997 • Email: NDC was voted one of the best dance studios in Nashville by the readers of Nashville Parent magazine, and was voted one of the top 50 schools in the U.S. by Dance Spirit magazine! Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced student who is dancing for fun or training for a professional career, you will enjoy taking classes at NDC.

NewPoint Learning Center

2207 Crestmoor Road., Ste. 205 Nashville, TN 37215 298-4112 • Email: NewPoint offers a variety of exciting academic summer programs for K - 12 students. Elementary and middle school booster camps, high school courses for credit and a wide range of enrichment programs including college planning and essay workshops, test prep, language

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Peachtree Farms Eqeustrian Center

4819 Hwy 96 E, Arrington, TN 37014 419-1089 • Email: PFEC offers afternoon and weekend lesson programs for those who want to learn how to ride safely and correctly. Both English and Western lessons are offered in a great environment where children can have fun and fresh air after a stressful day at school. For the serious rider, the CHA-approved facility and USPC Riding Center offer a chance to excel in competition.

Rhythm and Rhymes Family Enrichment Classes

Locations throughout Middle Tennessee 946-5107 • Our unique “kreative” classes tap into your child’s artistic talent, strengthen self-image and social skills, and establish a solid foundation for learning. Strengthen family bonds, have fun and increase flexibility, coordination and rhythm in each four-week session. Tumbling, dancing, sign language and arts and crafts classes are all offered.

Robinson Taekwondo

230 Franklin Road, Ste. 809 Franklin, TN 37064 791-6655 • Email: Tiger Rock Taekwondo is a great way for children to gain confidence, coordination and mental strength. Our parents report that their children often increase their grades by one to two levels. We specialize in training leaders of the future. Register now for classes that will have lasting positive effects on your child’s self-esteem and success.

St. Bernard Academy Summer Camp

2020 24th Ave. S, Nashville, TN 37212 298-1298 • Email: SBA Summer Camp is located near Vanderbilt and Hillsboro Village. We offer camps based on weekly themes. Campers must be 6 years old, but not older than 15. Our weekly registration is limited to 100 students per week. We are open Mon. - Fri., 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., excluding holidays.

School of Dance (Green Hills, Mt. Juliet)

2001 Blair Blvd., Nashville, TN 37215 298-5271 • –and– 2228 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122 754-9186 • 40 years of dance. State-of-the-art facilities and top quality teachers. Call our 24-hour info line (292-4488) to find out four things you should know before choosing a dance studio. Classes in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap, lyrical, tumbling and more. Ages 18 mos. - adult, boys and girls. Voted #1 dance studio by Nashville Parent readers for ten consecutive years.

Smartt Steps

123 Stadium Drive, Hendersonville, TN 37075 824-7400 • Email: Director: Shauna Smartt-Hopkins Smartt Steps – voted one of Sumner County’s best – offers day and evening classes in ballet, tap, pointe, hip-hop, jazz, modern, ballroom and all-boys hip-hop. For ages 2 - adult. Our emphasis is teaching the correct technique in a fun, nurturing environment. We also have award-winning competition teams. continued on page 59 ...

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204 Rivergate Pkwy. Goodlettsville, TN 37075 496-2100 • Director: Steve Duffy “Changing the world one young artist at a time” Now offering Saturday Classes. Drawing, painting and printmaking classes for children and teens in new north Nashville Art Center and Gallery. Classes taught by talented local artist, and by Steve Duffy, college instructor, professional designer and artist. Check out our web site for more information.

Task Whiz Tutoring

656-3532 • Serving Davidson, Rutherford and Sumner counties. Affordable and convenient in-home tutoring for all subjects, grades K - 12. Catch up or get ahead in math, reading, chemistry, Spanish and more. Prepare for the SAT or ACT. Get homework help or improve study skills and test taking techniques. One-on-one personalized instruction. Sun. - Thu., 9 a.m. - 9 p.m..

Tennessee Golf Academy/The Little Course

400 Franklin Road, Franklin, TN 37069 790-7600 • The Little Course offers junior golf clinics for ages 4 - 17 and all skill levels. The Tennessee PGA Junior Golf Academy is an overnight golf camp. The Academy is for all ability levels and the clinics are conducted by PGA professionals and college coaches.

Wado Karate Centers

2444 Morris Gentry Blvd., Antioch, TN 37013 399-3992 —and— 406 Two Mile Pike, Goodlettsville, TN 37072 859-9473 —and— 667 Presidents Place, Smyrna, TN 37167 399-3992 Email: Two-week “Quick Start Program” for $19.95. For ages 3 - adult. Designed to instill self-control, self-confidence and boost self-esteem. Our classes are the product of more than 40 years of refinement and offer life skills along with karate skills. Call or email for more information or to register.

Watkins College of Art and Design

2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN 37228 383-4848 • Dedicated to providing the finest art instruction, our program sets the stage for students of all ages to learn the process of creating art in a variety of fascinating mediums. Adult courses are also offered.

Whippoorwill Farm Day Camp

7840 Whippoorwill Lane, Fairview, TN 37062 799-9925 • Director: Shanelle Lambert Celebrating our 40th birthday in beautiful Fernvale Valley. Campers create their special day by choosing their own activities including creek play, horseback riding, arts and crafts, zipline, 40 ft. climbing and rappelling wall and much more. A safe and fun environment where campers enjoy the beauty of the outdoors and making lifelong friendships. Bus transportation provided from Nashville, Brentwood and Franklin.

YMCA Camp Widjiwagan

3088 Smith Springs Road, Antioch, TN 37013 360-2297 • Email: Voted #1 overnight camp by Nashville Parent magazine readers. Offering one- and two-week sessions for campers rising grade 3 - grade 9. Serving young men and young women. At Widjiwagan campers will strengthen confidence, forge friendships and sharpen character through programs and activities that build independence and social skills. Activities include: water skiing, Wet Willy water slide, The Blob, sailing, soccer, basketball, alpine tower, zip line, archery, horseback riding and much more.

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3088 Smith Springs Road, Antioch, TN 37013 360-2297 • Email: Voted #1 Day Camp by Nashville Parent readers 13 years in a row! Serving boys and girls rising grade 1 - grade 8. Camp Widjiwagan is just minutes from downtown Nashville. Bus transportation is available. Activities include water skiing, banana boating, swimming, canoeing, sailing, kayaking, Tom Sawyer swing, The Blob, 150 ft. Wet Willy water slides, equestrian school, street hockey, alpine tower, zip line, fishing, tennis, basketball, soccer, crafts, lacrosse, archery and much more.

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Lipscomb University’s Collins Alumni Auditorium Nashville Symphony Kelly Corcoran, conductor Platypus Theatre Through the magic of music, a mysterious stranger helps three disgruntled children discover the meaning of the holidays by weaving a tale about our best-loved traditions, from Christmas trees to dreidels, from Santa Claus to Scrooge. With a mixture of popular favorites, traditional music and plenty of sing-alongs, this concert is sure to get even the meanest Grinch into the holiday spirit.

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2010/11 SEASON Nashville Symphony programs are funded in part by the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

by Chad Young (Don’t miss Chad’s tweets on theater, movies, dance, music and more @MyCalendarGuy.)


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visions of sugar plums dance across tpac’s stage in nutcracker dec. 10 - 19


et ready for one of Middle Tennessee’s beloved holiday traditions this month when Nashville Ballet reprises Nutcracker with its local twist, set within Tennessee’s Centennial Exposition. The Nashville Symphony plays Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, and several local children perform with the cast of professional dancers. This year promises new magic tricks performed by the Drosselmeyer character along with dancers returning from retirement to perform. Nutcracker takes the stage at TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Show times are Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 and 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. Tickets are $23 - $82. Call 782-4040 or visit


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join cast members from the Zinghoppers for a dance party concert. Whole Foods, 1735 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 636-5343 or

FREE Lipscomb University Chamber Orchestra The

university’s newest ensemble performs classical music favorites. Ward Hall, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville; 8:30 p.m.; 9665929 or

Plantation Station Ages 1 - 4 can explore history through coloring, crafts, games and story boards. Belle Meade Plantation, 5025 Harding Road, Nashville; 10 - 11 a.m.; $3 children, free for parents; 356-0501, ext. 31, or

Snack Attack! All ages can try a snack in the kitchen. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

thu 2 Cider Carols Kick off your holiday season with hot cocoa and cider, desserts and music by Sixpence None The Richer. Bid on local artwork, event tickets and more through a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Hope Clinic for Women. Rocketown, 401 Sixth Ave. S., Nashville; 7 - 9 p.m.; $15 in advance, $20 at the door; 627-2791 or Creation Station All ages can make bead wreaths. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

FREE Lipscomb University Jazz Band and Vocal Ensemble All ages can enjoy an evening of jazz standards.

Shamblin Theatre, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville; 8:30 p.m.; 966-5929 or

FREE Madison Christmas Tree Lighting Bring the

family out for the flip of the switch on Madison’s Christmas tree. Grounds of the Madison Public Library, 610 Gallatin Pike, S.; 5:30 p.m.; 865-5400 or

FREE Pajama Storytime All ages can wear their comfiest

PJs for an evening of cozy stories. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 6 p.m.; 452-1722.

Take your kids to see the festive, decorated trees at Cheekwood during it’s Season of Celebration event, continuing through Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011. Find events in “The Dailies” and in “The Parent Planner,” or visit

classes & activities

Plantation Station Stories and crafts for ages 1 - 4 with

Classes listed here are free or nonprofit only.

their parents. Belle Meade Plantation, 5025 Harding Road, Nashville; Wednesdays at 10 - 11 a.m.; $3 per child, free for adults; 356-0501, ext. 31, or

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FREE Pottery Barn Kids Preschoolers can participate

Bellevue Community Center Ongoing art classes and

recreation take place at 656 Colice Jeanne Road, Nashville; 862-8435.

FREE Fairytales Storytime Stories and crafts Mon - Fri

at 3:30 p.m. and Sat at 10:30 a.m. Fairytales, 1603 Riverside Drive, Nashville; 915-1960 or

Metro Parks Cultural Arts Classes Visit nashville.

gov/parks/classes for a complete listing of visual arts, music, theater and dance opportunities.

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in Book Club every Tuesday at 11 a.m. at 2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville; 385-2567 or

FREE Radnor Lake Natural Area Nature programs at

1160 Otter Creek Road, Nashville. See complete schedule at or call 373-3467.

rutherford county FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related activities for all ages every Mon and Sat at 11 a.m. at 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 895-8580 or

FREE Books-A-Million Preschool storytime for ages 2 - 7 is every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 995-7112. McFadden Community Center 211 Bridge Ave., Murfreesboro; 893-1802. Ongoing programs are: • FREE After-School Programs: School-age kids can participate in athletic activities like basketball, floor hockey, dodgeball and more Mon, Wed and Fri from 3 - 5 p.m. Patterson Park Community Center 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 893-7439. Ongoing programs are: • Wee Play: Ages 12 months - 2 years can enjoy stories, crafts and more every Monday; 10 - 10:45 a.m.; $3

For December events requiring advance registration, turn to page 95.

SunTrust Classical Series: Elgar and Bach Cellist

Steven Isserlis joins the Nashville Symphony for an evening of music featuring works by Bach, Elgar and Dvorak. Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $39 - $89; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony. org.

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Baptist Church, 2100 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 7 p.m.; 460-6408 or

FREE American Girl Club All ages can learn about Christmas celebrations at the turn of the 20th century, followed by a craft inspired by Samantha’s Surprise. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 7 p.m.; 895-8580 or

FREE Nashville’s Christmas Tree Lighting Celebrate the

Belle Meade Candlelight Holiday Tour All ages can This year’s ICE! exhibit during Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas features the classic tale, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.

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celebrate a Victorian Christmas with a candlelight tour of the mansion, pony and carriage rides, roasted chestnuts, hot cider, cookies, a Victorian Santa and carolers, and more. Belle Meade Plantation, 5025 Harding Road, Nashville; 6 - 10 p.m.; 356-0501, ext. 22, or

FREE Hendersonville Christmas Tree Lighting Join the community for the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree. City Hall, 101 Maple Drive, Hendersonville; 5 p.m.; FREE Kids Hour with the Zinghoppers Ages

1 - 8 can join cast members from the Zinghoppers for a dance party concert. Whole Foods, 4021 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 9:30 a.m.; 636-5343 or

FREE Nashville Children’s Choir Enjoy an evening of holiday music performed by local children. Belmont Heights

lighting of Music City’s Christmas tree prior to the parade. Public Square Plaza in downtown Nashville; 7 p.m.;

FREE Rutherford County Christmas Tree Lighting Celebrate Santa’s arrival in downtown Murfreesboro with the official lighting of the city’s Christmas tree, complete with music and live entertainment. Historic Downtown Square; 6 p.m.; 895-1887 or FREE Sing-Along Concert Children’s performers lead preschoolers in a holiday sing-along. Pottery Barn Kids at The Mall at Green Hills, 2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville; 10 - 10:30 a.m. and 11 - 11:30 a.m.; 385-2567 or SunTrust Classical Series: Elgar and Bach Please see

Thursday, Dec. 2 listing.

Winter Wonder Slam Toby Mac and Skillet perform an

evening of Christian rock music. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $22.50 - $77.50; 770-2000 or

sat 4 Breakfast with Santa All ages can feast on a pancake

breakfast, shop at the Scholastic Book Fair, take pictures with Santa, participate in children’s craft activities and listen to music by the Blakemore Boys. Blakemore Children’s Center, 3601 West End Ave., Nashville; 9 - 11 a.m.; $8 ages 2 and older ($25 family maximum); 292-5443. (please turn to page 71)

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ake in the magic of the holidays with Gaylord Opryland’s 37th anniversary of A Country Christmas continuing this month. A variety of family fun includes the ICE! exhibit featuring Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the world-famous Rockettes, Louise Mandrell’s The Gift Christmas Dinner Show (featuring Christy Sutherland), Breakfast with Kris Kringle, the Hall of Trees exhibit, Rockabilly Christmas, Photos with Santa, Gingerbread Corner, carriage rides, the Holiday Kids Train, outdoor light display and more. For a complete list of dates, times, prices and registration information, call 871-6169 or visit

Sports*Com 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 895-5040. Ongoing programs are: • Toddler Time with Thomas: Ages 5 and younger can participate in motor-skill development activities every Friday; 10 - 11 a.m.; $3 • Youth Volleyball: Ages 11 - 17 of all levels can play every Thursday; 4:30 - 6 p.m.; $3

FREE Tot Time Ages 5 and younger can enjoy a social hour

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FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related

FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related activities for all ages every Mon and Sat at 11 a.m. at 300 Indian Lakes Blvd., Hendersonville; 264-0183 or

and gym play every Thursday from 10 - 11 a.m. (no program Dec. 23 or 30) at the Delmas Long Community Center, 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville; 851-2253 or goodlettsvilleparks. org.

williamson county activities for all ages every Mon and Sat at 11 a.m. at 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 377-9979 or

FREE Borders Books Children’s storytime activities take place every Friday at 10 a.m. at 330 Franklin Road, Brentwood (221-8805), and 545 Cool Springs Blvd., Franklin (771-2870). FREE Taekwondo for Preschoolers Ages 3 - 5 can

learn self-defense, self-discipline and safety during an introductory lesson the second Tuesday and fourth Thursday every month at 11 a.m. Robinson Taekwondo at The Factory, 230 Franklin Road, Bldg. 8, Ste. 809, Franklin; 791-6655.

FREE Walking Club All ages, including moms with strollers can walk every Mon, Wed and Fri at 9 a.m. Brenthaven Church, 516 Franklin Road, Brentwood; 373-4826.

FREE Books-A-Million Preschool storytime is every Tue and Sat at 10:30 a.m. at 1040 Crossings Blvd., Spring Hill; 931-486-0113.

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Franklin • Nashville • Hendersonville • Spring Hill • Columbia For Appointments Call: 615-595-NOSE •

Introduce your kids to Mr. Manet. The Birth


ImpressionisM Masterpieces

from the

Musée d’Orsay

THROUGH JANUARY 23 Downtown Nashville 615-244-3340

CHILDREN 18 AND YOUNGER ARE FREE This Exhibition is organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts with gratitude for exceptional loans from the collection of the Musée d’Orsay.

This Exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Édouard Manet. Woman with Fans, 1873. Oil on canvas, 44 1/2 x 65 1/2 in. © RMN (Musée d’Orsay), Hervé Lewandowski

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FREE Blair School of Music Suzuki Strings Holiday Concert The Blair School of Music’s violin and cello students,

ages 5 - 13, perform holiday carols along with works by Bach, Handel and Vivaldi. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 2 p.m.; 244-3340 or

FREE Brentwood Barnes & Noble Storytime The Battle Ground Academy Middle School chorus presents a holiday performance at 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 11 a.m.; 377-9979 or

FREE Chanukah Festival Celebrate the Jewish holiday in a carnival-style atmosphere with booths, inflatables, games, menorah lighting and more. Gordon Jewish Community Center, 801 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville; 1 - 4 p.m.; 356-7170 or FREE Christmas Open House Sample food and beverage products while strolling carolers entertain with holiday tunes. Sumner Crest Winery, 5306 Old Hwy. 52, Portland; 12 - 5 p.m.; 325-4086 or FREE East Nashville Christmas Fest Do some holiday shopping for items like clothing, candles, books, vintage jewelry and more. Nashville First Church of the Nazarene, 510 Woodland St., Nashville; Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m.; 690-4421 or FREE Holiday Bazaar Shop for unique items for the holidays. Mt. Juliet Community Center, 1100 Charlie Daniels Pkwy., Mt. Juliet; Sat 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 458-6522. FREE Holiday Open House Celebrate the season with

healthy holiday cooking, live music, Christmas crafts and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus (from 10 - 11:30 a.m. only). Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 890-2300 or

FREE Holiday Open House All ages can enjoy a celebra-

tion featuring giveaways and activities. HobbyTown USA, 536-J N. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 890-6777.

FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop Ages 5 - 12 can make wooden picture frames from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. To locate a store near you, visit Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis Help raise money for

Take a ride on the North Pole Express Train with Santa on Nov. 4 and 11 with the Tennessee Central Railway Museum.

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Centennial Sportsplex Fitness, ice skating, swimming and more at 222 25th Ave. N., Nashville; times and prices vary; 862-8480 or

Adventureworks The Eco-Zip Line Adventure allows

FREE Family Bike Ride Enjoy an hour-long bike ride

participants to glide through the forest on nine zip lines. Guides point out native trees, plants and wildlife during the hour-and-a-half tour at 1300 Narrows Road, Kingston Springs; $49.20 adults, $38.27 youth (family discounts available); to make reservations, call 297-2250 or visit

davidson county BounceU Bounce on inflatables at 2990 Sidco Drive; 2551422; Visit Web site for open bounce times.

through East Nashville every Saturday at 9 a.m. Depart from Eastside Cycles, 1012 Woodland St., Nashville; 469-1079 or

rutherford county BounceU Bounce on inflatables at 1222 Park Ave., Murfreesboro; 893-8386 or • Open Bounce: Ages 2 and older; Tue and Thu 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.; $7.95 ($6.95 siblings) • Preschool Playdate: Ages 6 and younger; Thu and Fri 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $7.95 ($6.95 siblings)

the Tennessee chapter of the Arthritis Foundation by participating in a timed 5K race or a 1K Family Fun Run/Walk. Other activities include a Santa chase, holiday music by the Middle Tennessee Children’s Choir, information booths and more. Downtown Franklin; 8 a.m. registration, 8:30 a.m. fun run/walk, 9 a.m. 5K race; admission is free for the fun run, but there is a $25 registration fee for the 5K, and all participants are asked to raise pledges; (please turn the page)

Jumper’s Playhouse Inflatable fun at 6600 New Nashville Hwy., Smyrna; 220-7575 or • Open Bounce: Mon - Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., check Web site for Sat and Sun availability; $6.33 ($5.42 siblings) children, parents bounce free • Toddler Storytime: Every Monday at 10 a.m., ages 5 and younger can listen to a story, color and enjoy unlimited bouncing; $3

Skate Center West 849 W. College St., Murfreesboro.

Public skate times are Tue 6 - 8:30 p.m., Fri 7:30 - 11 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 - 11 p.m., Sun 2 - 6:30 p.m.; $3 - $7 plus rental; 895-1403 or

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For December events requiring advance registration, turn to page 95. FREE Magic Show Magician Bruce Amato entertains children of all ages. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 10 a.m.; 452-1722.

Watch young skaters show their skills during the Holiday Ice Show at Centennial Sportsplex on Sunday, Dec. 5.

MusicFest Benefit Concert GoGirls Music Nashville

hosts this benefit concert for Youth Villages, a group home and community outreach program for children. In addition to live music, guests can participate in raffles for a Daisy Rock guitar, various music memorabilia and more. Listening Room Café, 209 10th Ave. S., Ste. 200, Nashville; 6 - 8 p.m.; $5 plus an unwrapped children’s gift;

North Pole Express Train Ride the rails to Lebanon with Santa and his elves. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.; $20 - $70; 244-9001 or Oaklands Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes Tour six private homes as well as First Cumber-

FREE Shakespeare Allowed All ages can participate in (or just listen to) a live reading of King Lear. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St.; 1 - 4 p.m.; FREE Spring Hill’s Third Annual Kid’s Garage Sale

Shop for gently used items including children’s clothes, sporting goods, action figures, computer games, books, toys and more. Longview Recreation Center, 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 302-0971, ext. 14, or

New Shackle Island Road, Hendersonville; Mon - Fri 10 a.m. 5 p.m.; $5; 826-8010.

Laser Adventure Laser tag, aeroball and a rock-climbing

wall at 511 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; Mon - Thu by reservation only, Fri 3:30 - 10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun 12 - 9 p.m.; prices vary; 859-7753 or

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FREE Visit Santa Kris Kringle will greet kids of all ages and hear their wish lists. Save More Store, 1161 N.W. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 1 - 4 p.m.; 898-0620.

FREE White House Christmas Tree Lighting Celebrate the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree. Billy S. Hobbs Municipal Center, 105 College St., White House; 6:30 p.m.; 672-4350, ext. 2111, or

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ornaments on display then stop by the studio to make their own. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

Kids Party Jumps Kids can bounce on inflatables at 134

Tour of Historic Places Visit Lebanon’s historic homes including the Caruthers Home and the Old Capitol Theatre. Tour takes place from 5 - 8:30 p.m.; $8 - $10; 444-5503 or

Pet Photos with Santa Have your family pet photographed with Santa. Proceeds benefit the Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation in Mt. Juliet. Garr’s Rental and Feed, 11620 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $5 - $20; 754-9613.

Saturday AM: TREEmendous Talent All ages can view the

Drakes Creek Activity Center Laser Adventure, mini golf, batting cages, game room and more at 130 Cherokee Road N., Hendersonville; Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sat - Sun 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.; 822-0232 or

table, participate in craft projects and enjoy cookies and lemonade. Parent-Teacher Stores: 2214 Bandywood Drive, Nashville (292-3533); 203 Williamson Square, Franklin (599-3477); 131 John Rice Blvd., Murfreesboro (895-6131); and 780 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville (859-3007);

FREE Yulefest Ring in the holidays 1780s style with refreshments, live music, holiday crafts and more. Historic Mansker’s Station, 705 Caldwell Lane, Goodlettsville; 6 - 9 p.m.; 859-3678 or

they challenge the Carolina Hurricanes. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $28.34 - $237.24; 770-7825 or

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FREE Super Saturday! All ages can play on the kids’ activity

land Presbyterian Church and Oaklands Mansion decked out in holiday décor. In addition, the Sons of the Confederate Veterans, Murfreesboro Camp #33, will present living history demonstrations on the lawn of the mansion. Oaklands Historic House Museum, 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro; 4 - 8 p.m.; $10 adults, $8 ages 13 - 20, $5 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 893-0022 or

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when

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SunTrust Classical Series: Elgar and Bach Please see

Thursday, Dec. 2 listing.

My Gym Pay-to-play, open gym and Saturday morning classes take place at 206 N. Anderson Lane, Hendersonville; call 824-8002 or visit for a complete schedule and fees. Peek-a-boo Playtown Open play hours are Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m. at 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; $7 per child; 822-7099 or

williamson county Bowie Park and Nature Center Nature programs and

events at 7211 Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; Tue - Sat 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m., Sun 12 - 4 p.m.; 799-5544.

FREE Cragfont Open House Tour the historic home with traditional holiday décor and enjoy refreshments. Cragfont, 200 Cragfont Road, Castalian Springs; 1 – 3 p.m.; 452-7070. FREE East Nashville Christmas Fest Please see Saturday, Dec. 4 listing.

Historic Holiday Home Tour in the Grove Tour eight

different locations decked out for the holidays in College Grove; 2:30 - 6:30 p.m.; $10; 368-3222.

FREE Holiday Bazaar Please see Saturday, Dec. 4 listing. Holiday Ice Show Figure skaters and young students in the Learn-to-Skate program perform holiday-themed routines on ice. Centennial Sportsplex, 222 25th Ave. N., Nashville; 2 p.m.; $5; 862-8480 or Jingle Jog This 5K takes place prior to the Christmas parade, beginning at Lebanon Square in Lebanon; 11 a.m.; $10; 4445503.

Glow Galaxy Weekly open play times feature inflatables,

mini-golf, air hockey, an interactive game floor, football toss, soccer kick and basketball in a glow-in-the-dark setting at 121 Seaboard Lane, Ste. 8, Franklin; $8 per child (adults are free); for times, call 370-4386, opt. 2.

Jump!Zone Open play is Tue, Wed and Fri 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Thu 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 4 - 7 p.m.; $7 per session. 1725 Columbia Ave., Franklin; 866-2021 or My Gym Brentwood For pay-to-play, open gym and

Saturday morning class times and fees at 330 Franklin Road, call 371-5437 or visit

Peek-a-boo Playtown Open play hours are Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m. at 3252 Aspen Grove Road, Franklin; $7 per child; 771-8099 or

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santa at the malls Belk at The Avenue Murfreesboro 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro 893-4207 • Through Friday, Dec. 24 Hours with a few variations are Mon - Fri 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sat - Sun 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Check Web site for changes in hours. Cool Springs Galleria 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin 771-2128 • Through Friday, Dec. 24 Hours: Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks from 1 - 2 p.m. and 5 - 6 p.m.), Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks from 1- 2 p.m. and 5 - 6 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break from 3 - 3:30 p.m.)

Providence Marketplace 401 S. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet 773-2298 • Dec. 4 - 5. Hours: 12 - 5 p.m. RiverGate Mall 1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville 859-3456 • Through Thursday, Dec. 24 Hours: Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks from 1 - 2 p.m. and 5 - 6 p.m.), Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks from 1- 2 p.m. and 5 - 6 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break from 3 3:30 p.m.) Stones River Mall 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro 896-4486 • Through Friday, Dec. 24 Hours: Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. (with breaks from 1 - 2 p.m. and 5 - 6 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.). Pet photos (dogs and cats only) take place Mondays through Dec. 20 from 6 - 8 p.m.

Hickory Hollow Mall 5252 Hickory Hollow Pkwy., Antioch 731-3500 • Through Friday, Dec. 24 Hours: Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks from 1 - 2 p.m. and 5 - 6 p.m.), Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks from 1- 2 p.m. and 5 - 6 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break from 3 - 3:30 p.m.)

Streets of Indian Lake 300 Indian Lake Blvd. Hendersonville 822-7627 Through Thursday, Dec. 23 Hours are Mon, Wed, Thu and Sun 2 - 4 p.m., Fri - Sat 5 - 7 p.m.

The Mall at Green Hills 2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville 298-5478 Through Friday, Dec. 24 Hours are Mon - Sat 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sun 12 - 6 p.m.

(please turn the page) Pump It Up Play Time Pop-in playtime Tue, Wed and Fri

from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. for preschoolers, Tue 6 - 7:30 p.m. and Thu 1 - 3 p.m. for ages 2 - 12. Pump It Up, 7104 Crossroads Blvd., Ste. 128, Brentwood; $7 per child; 373-7867. • Garden of Gizmos is on display through Sunday, Dec. 5 • One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure is showing in the planetarium through Sunday, Dec. 5


Belle Meade Plantation Early 1800s house and stud farm

davidson county Adventure Science Center Hands-on science activities.

Also home to the Sudekum Planetarium. 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 12:30 5:30 p.m. (the planetarium is open from 6 - 9 p.m. on the second Saturday each month for after-hours showings); $12 adults, $9 ages 3 - 12; free for ages 2 and younger; Planetarium tickets are $4 members, $6 non-members on top of museum admission (laser shows are $2 more); 862-5160 or

at 5025 Harding Road, Nashville; Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (final tour at 4 p.m.); $16 adults, $10 ages 13 - 18, $8 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 356-0501 or • Victorian Christmas: Home for the Holidays is on display Friday, Dec. 31

Belmont Mansion Tour the summer home of Joseph and Adelicia Acklen, built in 1853, at 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun 1 - 4 p.m.; $8 adults, $3 ages 6 - 12; 460-5459 or

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; Tue - Sat 9:30 am. - 4:30 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger; 356-8000 or • Cheekwood Collects: The First 50 Years exhibit is on display through Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011 • The Matilda Geddings Gray Collection of Fabergé exhibit is on display through 2012 • Season of Celebration is on display through Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011 • Temporary Contemporary: Mel Ziegler is on display through Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011 • Video Installation Galleries: The Way We Move is on display through Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011 • William Edmondson: The Hand and the Spirit is on display through Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011

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See The Polar Express on the big screen during The Polar Express Dinner and a Movie event at The Belcourt Theater on Wednesday, Dec. 8. Michael Bublé Enjoy an evening of pop and jazz standards

with crooner Michael Bublé. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $52 - $92; 770-2000 or

Sunday Series of Fun Families can create holiday decorations for their homes. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; admission is a bag of non-perishable food; 893-2141.

Titans Football Cheer for the Tennessee Titans when they

challenge the Jacksonville Jaguars. LP Field, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 12 p.m.; $49 - $83; 800-745-3000 or

mon 6 FREE Brentwood Christmas Tree Lighting Celebrate the lighting of Brentwood’s Christmas tree. Grounds of the Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road; 5:30 p.m.; 371-0090 or FREE A Celebration of Christmas Concert Enjoy

holiday favorites performed by Lipscomb’s A Cappella Singers, University Singers and University Wind Ensemble. Collins Alumni Auditorium, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; 966-5929 or

FREE Christmas Music and More The Belmont Faculty

Brass Quintet performs an evening of holiday music and classic works. First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Road, Nashville; 7 p.m.; 298-9517 or

FREE Holiday MarketFest Take a bite out of your holiday shopping needs with vendors selling jewelry, artwork, handcrafted items, boutique goods, skin-care products, candles, cookware, baby items, baked goods, chocolates, home decorative items and more. Enjoy free food, hot apple cider and live music while you shop, and kids can have milk and cookies with Santa Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning. Green Hills Family YMCA, 4041 Hillsboro Circle, Nashville; Mon - Tue 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.; 297-6529 or (please turn to page 77)

sites, cont’d FREE Cooter’s Place Memorabilia representing Dukes of

Hazzard at 2613 McGavock Pike, Nashville; Mon - Thu 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fri - Sat 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; 8728358 or

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum A variety of exhibits featuring stage costumes, instruments, art, photographs and multimedia displays at 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $19.99 adults, $11.99 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger; 416-2001 or

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FREE Fort Negley Visitors Center Self-guided exhibits

and interactive stations detail Nashville’s Civil War history. 1100 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; Tue - Sat 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; 862-8470 or

Frist Center for the Visual Arts Local to international art, plus hands-on fun in ArtQuest at 919 Broadway, Nashville; Mon - Wed and Sat 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thu - Fri 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; $10 adults, free ages 18 and younger; 244-3340 or Ongoing: • FREE Art Making in the Lobby: Crafting a Winter Wonderland takes place Thursdays and Fridays from 6 - 8 p.m. Make paper snowflakes to take home. • The Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay is on display through Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011

• Chihuly at the Frist is on display through Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011 • George Rickey’s Three Red Lines is on display through Sunday, Dec. 27 • FREE Music in the Grand Lobby every Thu 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. and every Fri 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. • Young Tennessee Artists: 2010 Statewide Advanced Placement Studio Art is on display through Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Hermitage Home of President Andrew Jackson. 4580

Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $17 adults, $11 ages 13 - 18, $7 ages 6 - 12; 889-2941 or

Lane Motor Museum More than 150 unique cars and

motorcycles at 702 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville; Thu - Mon 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $7 adults, $2 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger; 742-7445 or

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family field trip continues with the frog bride saturday, dec. 11


toryteller David Gonzalez plays every role in a contemporary adaptation of the classic Russian tale, The Frog Bride, the second installment of TPAC’s Family Field Trip series sponsored by Nashville Parent. Live musicians roam around the stage while Gonzalez brings to life characters including princes, frogs, witches and an enchanted young lady. The show takes place at 2 p.m. in TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Pre-show activities in the lobby begin at 1 p.m. Tickets are $14 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12. Call 782-4040 or visit

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FREE Kids Concert with the Zinghoppers Ages 1 - 8 can join cast members from the Zinghoppers for a dance party concert. Green Hills Branch Library, 3701 Benham Ave., Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; 636-5343 or Snack Attack! All ages can make a cheesy pizza dip. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

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sites, cont’d Nashville Zoo Animals from around the world at 3777

Nolensville Road, Nashville; daily 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $14 adults, $9 ages 3 - 12, free ages 2 and younger; 833-1534 or

FREE Tennessee Agricultural Museum Home and farm artifacts at the Ellington Agricultural Center, 440 Hogan Road, Nashville; Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 837-5197 or tnagmuseum. org.

Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

College football and basketball exhibits, sports videos, interactive games, NASCAR video games and more at 501 Broadway, Nashville; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $3 adults, $2 children; 242-4750 or

FREE Tennessee State Museum Explore the history of Tennessee at 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Sat 10 a.m. 5 p.m.; Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; 741-2692 or Travellers Rest Judge John Overton’s 1799 plantation at 636 Farrell Pkwy., Nashville; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun 1 - 4 p.m.; $10 adults, $3 ages 6 - 12; 832-8197 or

rutherford county FREE Cannonsburgh Village A re-creation of Rutherford

County’s historic village at 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; Tue - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; self-guided tours are free, guided tours are $2.50 adults, $1.50 ages 6 - 12; 890-0355.

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring Hands-on

activities for all ages at 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; $6 ages 2 and older; 890-2300 or • Animal Antics takes place every Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. • Dragons & Fairies: Exploring Vietnam through Folktales is on exhibit through Monday, Jan. 3, 2011 • Parents and Tots takes place every Mon and Tue at 9 a.m.

FREE The Heritage Center Rotating exhibits of Rutherford County history at 225 W. College St., Murfreesboro; Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 217-8013.

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tue 7 FREE Avalon Trio Lipscomb’s student chamber ensemble presents an evening of classics for string trio. Ward Hall, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville; 8 p.m.; 966-5929 or music. FREE Holiday MarketFest Please see Monday, Dec. 6


FREE La Vergne Christmas Tree Lighting The Roy

Waldron School choir will sing carols as the city’s tree is lit. City Hall, 5093 Murfreesboro Road, La Vergne; 5 p.m.; 793-3224.

Tuesdays for Tots: Outstanding Ornament Preschoolers and their parents can make their own Christmas tree ornaments. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

wed 8 Plantation Station Ages 1 - 4 can explore history through coloring, crafts, games and story boards. Belle Meade Plantation, 5025 Harding Road, Nashville; 10 - 11 a.m.; $3 children, free for parents; 356-0501, ext. 31, or

The Polar Express Dinner and a Movie Enjoy dinner and dessert by McDougals Chicken and Gigi’s Cupcakes along with a silent auction and meeting Santa prior to a screening of The Polar Express on the big screen. Proceeds benefit Camp Hope, a local camp for children who have been severely injured by burns. Belcourt Theater, 2102 Belcourt Ave., Nashville; 6 p.m. dinner and auction, 7 p.m. movie; $15 adults, $10 children; Snack Attack! All ages can make a cheesy pizza dip. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

thu 9 Bookworms Ages 3 - 5 can visit different stations for stories, crafts and snacks. MGL Library, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 - 11 a.m.; $3; 893-7439. (please turn to page 80)

The Harpeth Suzuki Strings perform during Dickens of a Christmas in Franklin, Dec. 11 - 12. FREE Stones River National Battlefield The

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Displays of gems, minerals, fossils, petrified wood and fluorescent specimens. Room 122 in Ezell’s Hall, Blue Raider Drive, Murfreesboro; Sat 1 - 5 p.m.;

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Carnton Plantation This home was a field hospital during the Civil War at 1345 Carnton Lane, Franklin; Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; $12 adults, $10 seniors; $5 ages 6 12, free ages 5 and younger; 794-0903 or

Cragfont This historic, late Georgian period home is located

at 200 Cragfont Road, Castalian Springs; Tue - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m. (by appointment); $5 adults, $3 ages 6 12, free ages 5 and younger; 452-7070.

Carter House A Battle of Franklin museum at 1140

Oaklands Museum Historic plantation home from the

sites, cont’d FREE MTSU Mineral, Gem and Fossil Museum

1800s at 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro; Tue - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun 1 - 4 p.m.; $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger; 893-0022 or • Holiday Sale in the Museum Shop takes place Saturday, Dec. 11

Sam Davis Home Historic home dedicated to the Tennessee Civil War hero at 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun 1 - 4 p.m.; $8.50 adults, $3 ages 6 - 12; 459-2341 or • The Sam Davis Home Decorated for Christmas is on display through Monday, Jan. 3, 2011

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battleground museum is open daily 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 3501 Old Nashville Hwy., Murfreesboro; 893-9501.

Columbia Ave., Franklin; Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun 1 - 4 p.m.; $8 adults, $7 seniors, $3 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 791-1861 or

Mansker’s Station A reconstructed 1779 log station and the Bowen Plantation House at 705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; Tue - Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $8 adults, $6 ages 6 - 12; 859-3678 or

Rippavilla Plantation 5700 Main St., Spring Hill; Thu - Fri

FREE Monthaven A Greek Revival plantation house at

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FREE City of Lebanon Museum Take a visual tour of the history of Lebanon and hear audio descriptions by famous residents at 200 Castle Heights Ave. N., Lebanon; Mon - Fri 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 443-2839 or

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Creation Station All ages can make bead wreaths. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

A Fireside Christmas All ages can enjoy an evening of

holiday music by the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra. First United Methodist Church, 265 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 7:30 p.m.; $40 adults, $20 students; 898-1862 or

light up your holidays at a local display Brentwood Luminaries Saturday, Dec. 11 Visit several neighborhoods to view twinkling lights and other delights. Light tours begin at 6 p.m.; 371-0060 or Chad’s Winter Wonderland Continues through Friday, Dec. 31 More than 1.2 million lights illuminate the drive-through trail plus more than 350 pieces of scenery including Frosty’s house. Roll down the windows when you get to Santa’s barn to give him and Mrs. Claus a shout out. The property is located at 791 Old Laguardo Road, Lebanon; Sun - Thu 5 - 10 p.m., Fri - Sat 5 - 11 p.m.; $10 per vehicle; 758-8300. Christmas Wonderland Continues through Jan. 2, 2011 Drive through the park to see lights synced to music. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, 2572 Music Valley Drive, Nashville; daily 6 - 10 p.m.; $25 per car ($40 for vans); horse-drawn carriage rides are $40 for up to six people; nashvillejellystone. com. Festival of Lights Dec. 2 - 26 Drive through Fiddler’s Grove and surrounding areas to view thousands of lights depicting holiday scenes complete with animation. Wilson County Fairgrounds, 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon; Thu Sun 5 - 9 p.m.; $5 per car; 444-5503 or

Franklin’s Holly Trolley Dec. 3 - 5, 10 - 12, 17 - 19, 23, 27 and 28 Enjoy holiday refreshments before boarding the trolley for a ride to view light displays in Franklin and Brentwood. Transit Center, 708 Columbia Ave., Franklin; 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.; $15 (prepayment is required for seat reservations); 628-0270 or Opryland’s Christmas Lights Continues through Sunday, Jan. 2 Two million lights illuminate the grounds of the Opryland Hotel during its A Country Christmas celebration. Located at 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville; Sun - Thu 4 - 11 p.m., Fri - Sat 4 p.m. - 2 a.m.; free; 458-1400 or christmasatgaylordopryland. com Trinity Christmas City USA Continues through Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011 More than one million lights on 30 acres. Located at 1 Music Village Blvd., Hendersonville; daytime hours (Tue - Sat 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Sun 3 p.m.) include tours of Conway Twitty’s former home and the TBN studios; property remains open until 10 p.m. each night for light tours; free admission; 826-9191 or

Titans Football Cheer for the Tennessee Titans when they challenge the Indianapolis Colts. LP Field, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 7:20 p.m.; $49 - $83; 800-745-3000 or titansonline. com.

fri 10 Belle Meade Candlelight Holiday Tour All ages can

celebrate a Victorian Christmas with a candlelight tour of the mansion, pony and carriage rides, roasted chestnuts, hot cider, cookies, a Victorian Santa and carolers, and more. Belle Meade Plantation, 5025 Harding Road, Nashville; 6 - 10 p.m.; 356-0501, ext. 22, or

FREE Blair Children’s Chorus Enjoy an evening of holiday music featuring the Blair Children’s Concert Choir, Young Men’s Chorus, Choristers, Nashville Boychoir at Blair and Young Singers of Blair. Ingram Hall, 2400 Blakemore Ave., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; 322-7651 or

Cooking Wild with Jeff Fisher & Friends Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher and local chefs will produce a five-course meal with wine and stories. Proceeds benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Culinary Arts Center at Second Harvest Food Bank, 331 Great Circle Road, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $250; 329-3491 or Home for the Holidays with Martina McBride Country superstar Martina McBride joins the Nashville Symphony for a night of Christmas music. Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $34 - $104; 687-6400 or FREE Mafia Mom’s Storytime Moms and their pre-

schoolers can enjoy stories and socializing. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; 895-8580 or

FREE Polar Express Storytime All ages can enjoy a

reading of The Polar Express along with other holiday titles. Barnes & Noble, 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 7 p.m.; 3779979 or

FREE Polar Express Storytime All ages can enjoy a

reading of The Polar Express along with other holiday titles. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 7 p.m.; 895-8580 or

sat 11 17th Annual Christmas Toy Train Show View operating layouts of all train sizes, find parts, purchase collectible train sets and more. Kids can play with a variety of trains, and there will be a drawing for two Lionel sets for children. Tennessee State Fairgrounds Agricultural Building, 625 Smith Ave., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $7 adults, free ages 12 and younger; 758-6003.

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“Christmas in the Great Outdoors” Sunday, Dec. 12 at 4:30 p.m. Starts at Jerry Agee Law Enforcement Center on Lebanon Road 883-7896

“Christmas Around the World” Sunday, Dec. 5 at 2:30 p.m. Starts at Drakes Creek Park and Cherokee Road (prior to the parade, a party zone takes place in the park from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.) 822-8585

“Home for the Holidays” Friday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. Starts at Public Square Plaza on Second Avenue North and goes up Broadway


“Favorite Christmas Songs” Sunday, Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. Starts on Lowry Street

Fairview “A Rockin’ Christmas” Saturday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. Starts at France Manufacturing on Highway 100 799-9290

Franklin “Walking and Dancing in a Winter Wonderland” Saturday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. Starts on New Highway 96 at 11th Avenue North

Gallatin “Spirit of Christmas” Saturday, Dec. 11 at 12 p.m. Starts on Steamplant Road 452-4000

Goodlettsville “Lights Fantastic” Saturday, Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. Starts at First Baptist Church on Main Street 859-7979

“Wilson County Christmas, the Place to Be” Sunday, Dec. 5 Starts at Lebanon High School 444-5503

Leiper’s Fork No designated theme Saturday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. Leiper’s Fork Village 364-9152


Spring Hill City of Spring Hill Third Annual Christmas Parade Saturday, Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. Starts at Home Depot traveling on Main Street 931-487-0027 or

Mt. Juliet “Toy Story Christmas” Saturday, Dec. 11 at 11 a.m. Starts at West Wilson Middle School on North Mt. Juliet Road 758-6522 or

Murfreesboro “Bicentennial Christmas” Sunday, Dec. 12 at 1 p.m. Leaves from Bell Street Parking Lot and goes down East Main 893-5373

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Sunny Fixalot of The Zinghoppers appears at the Holiday Dance Party at Peek-a-boo Playtown in Franklin on Monday, Dec. 13. 38th Annual Carter House Candlelight Tour View

Franklin homes decorated for the holidays, hosted by The Carter House and Carnton Plantation. Tours take place Sat - Sun 5 - 9 p.m.; $20 in advance/$25 day of tour for adults, $10 ages 6 - 12; tickets are available at both locations: The Carter House, 1140 Columbia Ave., Franklin (791-1861); Carnton Plantation, 1345 Carnton Lane, Franklin (794-0903) or online at carterhouse1864. com or

FREE BrainQuest Day Kids of all ages can test out their

brain skills with BrainQuest Trivia games and giveaways. HobbyTown USA, 536-J N. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 890-6777.

FREE Bringing Stories to Life The Junior Service League

FREE Author Signing Local author Amy Parker reads and

of Gallatin hosts this storytime event for ages 10 and younger that includes a reading of The Polar Express, followed by crafts and snacks. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 10:30 a.m.; 452-1722.

FREE Bethlehem Marketplace This walk-through experi-

FREE Christmas at Cannonsburgh All ages can enjoy the old-fashioned village dressed for the holidays with music and family fun. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; 890-0355.

signs her book, A Christmas Prayer. Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 2121 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m.; 385-2645 or ence features costumed re-enactors, live camels and other animals recreating the atmosphere at the time Jesus was born. Southeast Baptist Church, 708 Minerva Drive, Murfreesboro; Sat - Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; 896-0940 or

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FREE Christmas With the Acklens All ages can enjoy

guided tours, scavenger hunts, period music and food with a Dickens theme. Belmont Mansion, 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 460-5459 or

FREE Dickens of a Christmas Downtown Franklin is transformed into the time of Charles Dickens with characters telling his stories, dancers, street musicians, a holiday bazaar and more. Main Street in Downtown Franklin; Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 12 5 p.m.; 591-8500 or FREE Family Program: Make Letterpress Art with Hatch Show Print Ages 6 - 18 can learn about letterpress

printing and use block images to make holiday cards and T-shirts (paper provided; bring your own shirt). Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 1 p.m.; 4162001 or

FREE Franklin’s 11th Annual Kid’s Garage Sale Shop for gently used items including children’s clothes, sporting goods, action figures, computer games, books, toys and more. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 790-5719, ext. 44, or FREE Kids Concert with the Zinghoppers Ages 1 - 8 can join cast members from the Zinghoppers for a dance party concert. Inglewood Branch Library, 4312 Gallatin Pike, Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; 636-5343 or (please turn to page 86)






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a holiday classic on the big screen dec. 17 - 26


ne of the most beloved holiday classic movies enjoys life back on the big screen this month when the Belcourt Theater shows It’s a Wonderful Life at various times from Dec. 17 - 26. Along with the movie, the theater’s concession stand will offer wintry treats including hot chocolate and handmade vanilla bean marshmallows, half-dipped in dark Belgian chocolate with a sprinkling of peppermint dust. Show times are available at the theater’s Web site beginning Tuesday, Dec. 14, and tickets are $8.75 adults, $7.25 students and children. The Belcourt is located at 2102 Belcourt Ave., Nashville. Call 383-9140 or visit

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North Pole Express Train Ride the rails to Lebanon with

Santa and his elves. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.; $20 - $70; 244-9001 or

NU Image Christmas Concert Enjoy hot cocoa and carols in the lobby prior to the holiday concert presented by the NU Image a cappella quintet. Lipscomb University’s Collins Alumni Auditorium, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville; 6 p.m. lobby activities, 7 p.m. concert; $10; 966-5929 or

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when

they challenge the Florida Panthers. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $28.34 - $237.24 (tonight is Predators Family Four Pack Night; get four tickets, four hot dogs and four soft drinks starting at $99); 770-7825 or

FREE Santa in the Village Kids can hop on Santa’s lap and share their wish lists. Lawnchair Theater in Leipers Fork Village, 4144 Old Hillsboro Road, Leipers Fork; 11:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.; Saturday AM: Magic of the Holidays Families can make holiday crafts, enjoy seasonal refreshments, decorate cookies, hear holiday stories and watch a magic show. Cheekwood, 1200

Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

Saturday P.M. Art All ages can design a holiday card. Dis-

covery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Snowflake 5K Participate in a race to benefit Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee. Shelby Bottoms Park, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 7:30 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. race time; $25 in advance, $30 race day; 383-0994 or

FREE A Visit with Santa All ages can pose for a compli-

mentary photo with St. Nick. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 - 2 p.m. (timed vouchers will be distributed); 416-2001 or

FREE Winter Jazz The Blair Big Band and The Nashville Jazz Orchestra present an evening of jazz music for all ages. Ingram Hall, 2400 Blakemore Ave., Nashville; 8 p.m.; 322-7651 or

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38th Annual Carter House Candlelight Tour Please see

FREE A Camerata Christmas The Belmont Camerata Mu-

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FREE Bethlehem Marketplace Please see Saturday, Dec. 11 listing.

FREE Dickens of a Christmas Please see Saturday, Dec. 11 listing.

FREE “My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord” This Christmas concert is presented by the FPC Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra featuring the Children’s Choir. First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Road, Nashville; 4 p.m.; 298-9517 or http://fpcnashville. org/concertseries.htm. Pet Photos with Santa Have your family pet photographed with Santa. Proceeds benefit the Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation in Mt. Juliet. Garr’s Rental and Feed, 11620 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet; 12 - 3 p.m.; $5 - $20; 754-9613. Trans-Siberian Orchestra Experience a Christmas rock

concert. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 3 and 7 p.m.; $27.50 - $59; 770-2000 or

FREE Walk Through Bethlehem Take a trip back in time

and witness the season as it was at the time of Christ’s birth. Woodmont Christian Church, 3601 Hillsboro Road, Nashville; 1 7 p.m.; 297-8563 or

sicale performs an evening of holiday songs. Belmont Mansion, 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; 460-6408 or belmont. edu/music.

A Celtic Christmas The holidays come to life in Celtic style with the Gael String Orchestra, Irish Step Dancers, pipers of Riverdance and more. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $29.50 - $44.50; 800-745-3000. Christmas 4 Kids Bus Tour Hop aboard several country

artist tour buses to help raise money for the Christmas 4 Kids initiative that provides a free shopping excursion to underprivileged children in the community. Wal-Mart parking lot, 204 N. Anderson Lane, Hendersonville; 5 - 9 p.m.; $5 adults, $2 ages 2 - 12, $20 family cap;

FREE Curb Youth Symphony All ages can enjoy an eve-

ning of holiday music performed by young students. Ingram Hall, 2400 Blakemore Ave., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; 322-7651.

Holiday Dance Party Ages 1 - 8 can join cast members from Conductor Jack’s Zinghoppers show for a holiday dance party concert. Peek-a-boo Playtown, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville (822-7099) and 3252 Aspen Grove Road, Franklin (7718099); 10:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7 ages 1 and older, free ages 12 months and younger);

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the New York Islanders. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $28.34 - $237.24; 770-7825 or FREE Santa Express Kris Kringle and his elves ride through Murfreesboro’s neighborhoods. They will collect wish lists and greet children at certain stops. Families can bring dog or cat toys, treats, food or supplies for pets at the P.A.W.S. Rutherford County Shelter. The Santa Express runs from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Mon - Thu. For route information, visit

Snack Attack! All ages can sample tortilla triangles. Discov-

ery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

tue 14 FREE Nashville Youth Repertory Orchestra All ages can enjoy an evening of music. Ingram Hall, 2400 Blakemore Ave., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; 322-7651 or

FREE Santa Express Please see Monday, Dec. 13 listing. Tuesdays for Tots: Gift a Gift! Preschoolers and their parents can decorate their own package and paper for gifts. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or (please turn the page)

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wed 15 Plantation Station Ages 1 - 4 can explore history through coloring, crafts, games and story boards. Belle Meade Plantation, 5025 Harding Road, Nashville; 10 - 11 a.m.; $3 children, free for parents; 356-0501, ext. 31, or

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the San Jose Sharks. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $28.34 - $237.24; 770-7825 or

FREE Santa Express Please see Monday, Dec. 13 listing. Snack Attack! All ages can sample tortilla triangles. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

thu 16 Andrew Peterson Enjoy a holiday concert titled, “Behold the Lamb of God.” Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $22.50 - $25.50; 800-745-3000 or Candlelight Tours Step back in time with the Ladies Soldiers’ Friends Society for parlor activities and candlelight tours of the mansion. Belmont Mansion, 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 6 - 8 p.m.; $10 adults, $3 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 4605459 or Creation Station All ages can design a wire Christmas orna-

ment. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline. org.

Garth Brooks One of country’s biggest legends returns to the stage to raise money for ongoing flood relief efforts in Nashville. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; Thu 7 and 10 p.m., Fri 7 p.m., Sun - Mon 7:30 p.m., Mon 7:30 p.m., Tue - Wed 6 and 9 p.m.$25; 770-2000 or FREE Santa Express Please see Monday, Dec. 13 listing. SunTrust Classical Series: Handel’s Messiah The Nashville Symphony and Chorus ring in the holiday season with this annual classic. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $39 - $74; 687-6400 or Twisted Tinsel Enjoy a holiday music program performed by

Nashville In Harmony. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $20; 782-4040 or

fri 17 Garth Brooks Please see Thursday, Dec. 16 listing. SunTrust Classical Series: Handel’s Messiah Please see Thursday, Dec. 16 listing.

FREE Williamson County Youth Orchestra Enjoy an evening of holiday music. Brentwood Baptist Church, 7777 Concord Road, Brentwood; 6:30 p.m.;

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sat 18 FREE Alex Paper Chain Day All ages can make colorful

paper chains to hang on their Christmas trees. HobbyTown USA, 536-J N. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 890-6777.

The Ann & Monroe Carell Family Trust Pied Piper Series: A Flicker of Light on a Winter’s Night The

Nashville Symphony presents this concert geared to children that includes popular favorites, traditional music and sing-alongs. Lipscomb University’s Collins Alumni Auditorium, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville; 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; $16.50 - $29; 687-6400 or

FREE Belle Meade Book Club Students in grades 2 - 12 can participate in age-specific book readings and discussions with a winter holiday theme. Belle Meade Plantation, 5025 Harding Road, Nashville; 3 - 4 p.m.; 356-0501, ext. 48, or Jane Austen Book Club Mature readers can celebrate Jane Austen’s birthday with a Victorian tea and holiday tour of the mansion along with a group discussion on the unfinished book, The Watsons. Belle Meade Plantation, 5025 Harding Road, Nashville; 3 - 4 p.m.; $20; 356-0501, ext. 22, or FREE Kids Concert with the Zinghoppers Ages 1 - 8 can join cast members from the Zinghoppers for a dance party concert. Pruitt Branch Library (117 Charles E. Davis Blvd., Nashville) at 12 p.m. and Richland Park Branch Library (4711 Charlotte Ave., Nashville) at 2 p.m.; 636-5343 or zinghoppers. com. FREE Magic of Santa All ages can meet Santa and tell him what they want for the big day, then enjoy a magic show by Bruce Amato. La Vergne Public Library, 5093 Murfreesboro Road, La Vergne; 2 p.m.; 793-7303, ext. 4202. Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when

they challenge the Los Angeles Kings. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $28.34 - $237.24; 770-7825 or

Saturday AM: Perfect PRESENTation Families can stop by the studio to create unique gift bags. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or Saturday P.M. Art All ages can make a Christmas tree orna-

ment. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline. org.

SunTrust Classical Series: Handel’s Messiah Please

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sun 19 Garth Brooks Please see Thursday, Dec. 16 listing. FREE Live Nativity Experience the first Christmas during a

walk-through event, followed by dinner. Brenthaven Church, 516 Franklin Road, Brentwood; Sun - Mon 5 - 8 p.m.; 373-4826.

Amy Grant and hubby Vince Gill bring their 12 Days of Christmas tour to the Ryman Auditorium, Dec. 21 - 22.

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Titans Football Cheer for the Tennessee Titans when they challenge the Houston Texans. LP Field, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 12 p.m.; $49 - $83; 800-745-3000 or

mon 20 FREE 4-H with Mr. Shirley Ages 8 - 12 can participate in a program based on science, engineering and technology. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 4 - 5 p.m.; 893-7439. Garth Brooks Please see Thursday, Dec. 16 listing. FREE Kids Concert with the Zinghoppers Ages 1 - 8 can join cast members from the Zinghoppers for a dance party concert. Edmondson Pike Branch Library, 5501 Edmondson Pike, Nashville; 11 a.m.; 636-5343 or FREE Live Nativity Please see Sunday, Dec. 19 listing. Snack Attack! All ages can make pine tree fruit kebabs. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

tue 21 The 12 Days of Christmas Amy Grant and Vince Gill bring

their popular Christmas concert back to Music City. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $29.50 - $69.50; 800-745-3000 or

Garth Brooks Please see Thursday, Dec. 16 listing. FREE La Leche League of Williamson County Expectant mothers can learn more about breastfeeding and the services provided by La Leche League. Grace Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1154 Lewisberg Pike, Franklin; 6:15 p.m.; 834-3287.

thu 23 Creation Station All ages can design a wire Christmas orna-

ment. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline. org.

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Ottawa Senators. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $28.34 - $237.24; 770-7825 or

fri 24 FREE Christmas Eve Carillon Concert Bring the family out for a unique musical experience as Belmont’s carillon rings out holiday tunes. Belmont University, 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 2 p.m.; 460-6408 or

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mon 27 Snack Attack! All ages can create crunchy snowmen in the kitchen. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Usher Take in a night of R&B music with Usher and special guests Trey Songz and Miguel. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $29.50 - $99.50; 770-2000 or

Tuesdays for Tots: Avant-Garde Wreaths Preschoolers

and their parents can draw inspiration from the holiday decorations in the Museum of Art then visit the studio to make an avantgarde wreath. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

wed 22 The 12 Days of Christmas Please see Tuesday, Dec. 21 listing.

Garth Brooks Please see Thursday, Dec. 16 listing. Plantation Station Ages 1 - 4 can explore history through coloring, crafts, games and story boards. Belle Meade Plantation, 5025 Harding Road, Nashville; 10 - 11 a.m.; $3 children, free for parents; 356-0501, ext. 31, or

FREE Rachel Sumner Award-winning children’s entertainer

Rachel Sumner performs holiday music for kids of all ages. Whole Foods, 1735 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 778-1910 or

Snack Attack! All ages can make pine tree fruit kebabs.

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

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tue 28 FREE Movie Marathon and PJ Party Ages 3 - 12 can wear their favorite jammies and watch kid-friendly flicks. Delmas Long Community Center, 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville; 9 a.m.; 851-2255 or

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Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Dallas Stars. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $28.34 $237.24; 770-7825 or predators.nhl. com.

Tuesdays for Tots: Cool Craft Preschoolers and their parents can create a craft inspired by the colder temperatures. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

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Snack Attack! All ages can create crunchy snowmen in the

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thu 30 FREE Indoor Soccer Ages 3 - 12 can get some

exercise while playing indoor soccer. Delmas Long Community Center, 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville; 9 a.m.; 851-2255 or

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Gamecocks take on the Florida Gators. LP Field, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 5:30 p.m.; $17 - $80;

fri 31 Countdown to Noon All ages

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heater is a gift to the community,” says Matt Logan, artistic director for Nashville’s newest professional theater company, Studio Tenn. I couldn’t agree more and am so excited about Studio Tenn’s existence here in Middle Tennessee. Admittedly, patience is not my greatest virtue … So, OK, for me it was a LONG year between October 2009 when the company first made its presence known with its stunning debut of the Thornton Wilder classic, Our Town (which was kind of the company’s “test drive” according to Managing Director Jake Speck), and the launch of its first full season this past October with its phenomenal production of another classic, Hello, Dolly!  It was a long year because I hated having to wait 12 more months for another Studio Tenn production, but Hello, Dolly! more than made up for the wait.  It was literally the first musical I’ve experienced in a long time that was just so darn outstanding that the big, robust musical performances literally gave me goose bumps and got me all misty eyed and such.  In my opinion, that is exactly what a theatrical experience should invoke within the audience — something so great that it moves you deeply on an emotional level, whether it’s dark and haunting or just pure fun and joyful. Nashville doesn’t have enough professional theater offerings in town, and that’s why Studio Tenn is so welcome here ... especially considering its unique angle of combining the best talent in Nashville with out-of-town actors with Broadway credits under their belts to fill out casts (Logan says they audition here first, and look to their Broadway roster second).  Logan and Speck, who both grew up here, are also both graduates of Local actor Chip Arnold as Ebenezer Scrooge in Studio Tenn’s upcoming Christ Presbyterian Academy. And they both spent a good deal of time production of A Christmas Carol. in New York, both on stage and behind the scenes. Their experience on Broadway is evident in the high-caliber productions they have brought to Nashville. The other thing that sets Studio Tenn apart is the effort to bring classic works to the stage.  “There are a lot of people who know the titles and perhaps something about them, but they don’t know the whole story and may have never seen them on stage,” says Logan, commenting on the company’s direction.  Your family can experience a Studio Tenn production this month when it presents A Christmas Carol, Dec. 10 - 19 (see “On Stage,” next page, for show details).  The show is appropriate for ages 6 and older, and Logan says the production is going to be very narrative.  “Every line on stage comes from the book,” he says.  Speck says one of the things that will make this experience unique for audiences is that the show will be underscored by a five-piece orchestra, playing both original music and selections from Mozart throughout the show.  Another element that will be fun for children to encounter is that all of the actors — with the exception of Chip Arnold who is cast as Scrooge — portray multiple roles. Five local kids play Cratchits. There are certainly a lot of holiday shows happening in town this month, and all I can say is this:  If Studio Tenn’s production of A Christmas Carol is even half as fabulous as its first two productions have proven, then consider yourself a Scrooge if you don’t take your family to see it!  Supporting all of Nashville’s theater community is a great thing, but you absolutely must introduce your children to the magic that Studio Tenn is whipping up.

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An American Country Christmas Carol (Staged Reading) (Dec. 5, 6 and 12; All ages) Boiler Room Theatre, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; 8 p.m.; $15; 794-7744 or

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Dec. 3 - 18; All ages) Old School Theatre, 1220 School St., Spring Hill; Thu (Dec. 9 only) 7 p.m., Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 p.m. (7 p.m. on Dec. 4); $10 adults, $8 students, free ages 5 and younger; 931-486-3344 or Bob Cratchit (Dec. 3 - 12; Ages 10 and older) Murfreesboro

Little Theatre, 702 Ewing Ave., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 students; 893-9825 or

Christmas Belles (continues through Tuesday, Dec. 21; Ages

10 and older) Boiler Room Theatre, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; Tue 8 p.m., Thu 8 p.m. (Dec. 9 and 16 only), Fri - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. (Dec. 5, 12 and 19 only); $25 adults, $23 students, $19 ages 11 and younger; Tuesday tickets are two for $25, all tickets on Thursdays are $15; 794-7744 or

A Christmas Carol (Dec. 10 - 19; Ages 6 and older) Studio Tenn at Lipscomb’s Shamblin Theatre, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville; Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 and 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. (with an additional 7 p.m. performance on Thursday, Dec. 16); $35; A Christmas Carol (Dec. 10 - 19; Ages 6 and older)

Lamplighter’s Theatre, 14119 Old Nashville Hwy., Smyrna; Fri Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 4:30 p.m.; $10 adults, $8 students, $5 ages 4 - 12; 852-8499 or

Christmas Dinner Theatre: The Sanders Family Christmas (Dec. 3 - 19; All ages) Arts Center of Cannon

County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury; 6:30 p.m. Fri - Sat, 1 p.m. Sun; $25; 800-235-9073 or

A Christmas Carol ... More or Less (Dec. 9 - 12; Ages 8 and

older) Mel O’Drama Theater at White House Community Theater, 105 College St., White House; Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $10;

A Christmas Story (continues through Saturday, Dec. 18;

Ages 9 and older) Tennessee Repertory Theatre at TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Thu 6:30 p.m., Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; $42.50; 782-4040 or

A Christmas Treasury (Dec. 10 - 11; All ages) The Sunshine

Players at The Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; Fri 7 p.m., Sat 1 and 7 p.m.; $7.50 adults, $6 youth; 893-7439.

Christmas Writings (Dec. 2 - 12; Ages 8 and older) Encore

Theatre Company, 6978 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $10 students; 598-8950 or

Local kids play the Cratchit kids and other roles in An American Christmas Carol. Back row: Addison McFarlin, Tyler Bond, Hope Dyra. Front row: Matthew Dyra, Hayden Gill, Cynthia Lowe. FREE Follow the Star (Thursday, Dec. 16; All ages) Bill Rice Christian Academy at Bill Rice Ranch, 627 Bill Rice Ranch Road, Murfreesboro; 7 p.m.; 893-2767, ext. 101, or The Hallelujah Girls (continues through Saturday, Dec. 11;

Ages 12 and older) Towne Centre Theatre, 136 Fierson St., Brentwood; Thu - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $20 adults, $16 students; 221-1174 or

Hello Christmas! (Dec. 2 - 12; All ages) Lakewood Theatre

Company, 2211 Old Hickory Blvd., Old Hickory; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $12 adults, $10 students; 847-0934 or

It’s a Wonderful Life (Dec. 2 - 12; Ages 8 and older) The Steeple Players, 260 W. Main St., Hendersonville; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $15 adults, $12 students; 826-6037 or It’s a Wonderful Wife (continues through Friday, Dec. 31; Ages 12 and older) Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Tue - Sat 6 p.m. doors open for dinner, 8 p.m. show begins; $50 adults, $35 ages 13 - 18, $25 ages 12 and younger; 646-9977 or

Louise Mandrell’s The Gift Christmas Dinner and Show (continues through Saturday, Dec. 25; Ages 4 and older)

Opryland Hotel’s Delta Ballroom, 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville; 5 p.m. daily (no shows Dec. 4 - 9, 14 and 21); $70 adults, $38 ages 4 - 11; 800-SEE-OPRY or

Nativity Celebration (Dec. 3 - 5; All ages) Amun Ra

FREE Cinderella (continues through Saturday, Dec. 18;

Theatre at Lipscomb’s Shamblin Theater, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 3 p.m.; $15; 329-4228 or

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some!)

FREE The Nutcracker Story (Dec. 11, 14 and 18; All ages) Kidz Kompany at the Spring Hill Public Library, 144 Kedron Pkwy., Spring Hill; Sat 10:30 a.m., Tue 6 p.m.; pick up free advance tickets at the library; 289-1401.

All ages) Wishing Chair Productions Nashville Public Library’s Children’s Theater, 615 Church St., Nashville; Fri - Sat 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.; 862-5800 or

(Dec. 10 - 18; Ages 8 and older) Pull-Tight Theatre, 112 Second Ave. S., Franklin; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $16 adults, $12 students; 791-5007 or

Nutcrackin’ (Dec. 3 - 5; All ages) The Sunshine Players at The Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $7.50 adults, $6 youth; 893-7439.

The Piper (Dec. 3 - 12; Ages 12 and older) Actors Bridge at Belmont University’s Black Box Theatre, 2100 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; Wed - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 4:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $12 students; A Scattered, Smothered and Covered Christmas Musical (continues through Sunday, Dec. 19; Ages 10 and older)

Nashville Dinner Theatre, 209 Third Ave. N., Nashville; Tue, Thu, Fri and Sat 7 p.m. (dinner is at 6 p.m.), Sun 2 p.m. (lunch is at 1 p.m.); $25 - $50;

Scrooge (Dec. 3 - 19; Ages 6 and older) Center for the Arts, 110

W. College St., Murfreesboro; Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $14 adults, $12 students, $10 ages 11 and younger; 904-2787 or

Seussical (continues through Sunday, Dec. 19; All ages) Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; Sat and Sun at 2 p.m. (with an additional 2 p.m. performance on Friday, Dec. 17); $17 adults, $12 children; 252-4675 or Seussical (Dec. 2 - 5; All ages) Star Bright Players at Freedom Middle School, 750 Hwy. 96 W., Franklin; Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 3 p.m.; $5 ages 4 and older; 790-5719, ext. 10, or wcparksandrec. com. Six Degrees of Separation (continues through Sunday,

Dec. 5; Ages 12 and older) Street Theatre Company, 1933 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville; Fri - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 5 p.m.; $15 adults, $13 students;

A Tuna Christmas (continues through Sunday, Dec. 5; Ages 12 and older) TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 and 8 p.m., Sun 1 and 6:30 p.m.; $25 - $50; 782-4040 or White Christmas (Dec. 3 - 19; All ages) Senior Center for the

Arts at Larry Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike, Nashville; Thu Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $30 adults, $20 children (includes dinner), show only tickets are $20 adults, $10 children;

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Abundant Life Christian Center 5222 Hickory Hollow Pkwy., Antioch; 731-5726 or

• Winter Festival Friday, Dec. 17. All ages. Participate in holiday crafts, games, tree trimming, a cookie buffet and more. 7 - 9 p.m. $5 per family

Adventure Science Center 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 862-5160 or

• Home School Science Lab Tuesdays, Dec. 7 and 14. Students in Grades 1 - 8. Participate in lab-based programs with alternating themes. 1 - 2 p.m. $8 • Little Labs Dec. 7 and 11. Ages 3 - 5 and a parent. Enjoy a program titled, “A Trip to the Moon.” 11 a.m. $9 members, $13 non-members

Bluegrass Yacht and Country Club 550 Johnny Cash Blvd., Hendersonville; 822-8112 or

• Breakfast with Santa Saturday, Dec. 4. All ages. Santa will appear for breakfast and photos, entertainment includes a reading of ’Twas the Night Before Christmas and meeting the Snow Princess. 8:30 and 10 a.m. $15 adults, $10 ages 3 and older, free ages 2 and younger

Bounce U Nashville 2990 Sidco Drive; 255-1422 or

• Christmas Break Camp Dec. 17, 21 - 23, 27 - 31. Ages 3 - 12 (must be potty trained). Kids can enjoy days off from school with bouncing, crafts and snacks. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. $40 per day ($25 siblings) • Cookies with Santa Monday, Dec. 20. Ages 3 - 12 (must be potty trained). Santa visits while kids bounce and enjoy cookies. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 3 - 5 p.m. $8 • Drop and Shop Fridays, Dec. 3, 10 and 17. Ages 3 - 12 (must be potty trained). Drop the kids off for bouncing and pizza while you tackle your holiday shopping. 6 - 9 p.m. $18 ($15 siblings) • Holiday Open Bounces Dec. 21 - 23, 27 - 31. All ages. Burn off energy with bouncing fun. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 3 - 5 p.m. $6.95 ($5.95 siblings) • New Year’s at Noon Friday, Dec. 31. Ages 3 - 12 (must be potty trained). Ring in the new year with bouncing, blowers, party hats and more. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $6.95 ($5.95 siblings)

Brentwood Barnes & Noble 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 377-9979 or

• FREE American Girl Christmas Tea Sunday, Dec. 5. Registration deadline is Thursday, Dec. 2. All ages. Enjoy light refreshments and a holiday craft. 1 p.m.

Brentwood Library 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 371-0090, ext. 838

• FREE Morning with Santa Saturday, Dec. 4. All ages. Meet Santa and enjoy balloons, face painting, music, refreshments, giveaways and a magic show with Scott Humston. 9 a.m. doors open; magic shows are at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Admission is free, but tickets must be picked up ahead of time

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• FREE Movie Matinee Sunday, Dec. 12. All ages. Watch a screening of I’ll be Home for Christmas starring Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Jessica Biel. 2 p.m.

Brushfire Pottery Studio 4004 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 385-5334 or

• Paint with Santa Sunday, Dec. 5. All ages. Visit with Santa, enjoy cookies and milk, and paint a piece of Christmas pottery. 12 - 1 p.m. or 1 - 2 p.m. $30 • Secret Presents Friday, Dec. 10. All ages. Kids can paint a gift for parents, grandparents or teachers, then enjoy a pizza dinner. 6 - 8 p.m. $5 studio fee plus pottery chosen ($10 minimum)

Cannonsburgh Village 312 S. First St., Murfreesboro; 890-0355

• Christmas Tea/Brunch Saturday, Dec. 11. Ages 4 - 10. Celebrate Christmas in the 1800s Leeman House with tea and goodies. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. $2.50

Cheekwood 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 356-8000 or

• Adult Gingerbread Workshop Thursday, Dec. 2. Ages 21 and older. Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar while building your own gingerbread house. 6 - 9 p.m. $50 members, $67 non-members • Family Gingerbread Workshop Saturday, Dec. 4. All ages. Decorate a fully edible gingerbread house to take home. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $45 members, $60 non-members (per family) • Holiday Wreath Making Workshop Sunday, Dec. 5. All ages. Make a festive wreath to add to your home’s seasonal décor. 1 p.m. $45 members, $60 non-members

College Grove Community Center 8607 Horton Hwy., College Grove; 790-5719, ext. 20, or • Deb’z Doodlez Tuesdays, Dec. 7 and 14. All ages (must be able to sit for an hour and a half). Create a practice drawing and build it into a work of art. 6 - 7:30 p.m. $25

Delmas Long Community Center 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville; 851-2253 or

• Breakfast with Santa Saturday, Dec. 11. Registration deadline is Thursday, Dec. 9. Have breakfast and juice with St. Nick, then participate in a holiday craft. 7:30 and 9 a.m. $20 • FREE Build a Fort Wednesday, Dec. 29. Registration deadline is Saturday, Dec. 18. Ages 3 - 12. Create an indoor fort from a variety of materials. 10 a.m. • FREE Christmas Card Making Wednesday, Dec. 22. Registration deadline is Saturday, Dec. 18. Ages 2 and older. Create your own unique holiday greeting card. Drop in between 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. • FREE Christmas Ornaments Monday, Dec. 20. Registration deadline is Saturday, Dec. 18. Ages 2 and older. Make holiday ornaments for your tree. Drop in between 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

• Cookies with Mrs. Claus Monday, Dec. 13. Registration deadline is Thursday, Dec. 9. Ages 3 - 5. Mrs. Claus will read a holiday story and lead kids in cookie decorating and crafts. 10 a.m. $10 • Happy New Year Party Friday, Dec. 31. Registration deadline is Saturday, Dec. 18. Ages 3 - 11. Say buh-bye to 2010 and ring in the new year. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. $10 • Holiday Craft Workshop Tuesday, Dec. 21. Registration deadline is Saturday, Dec. 18. Ages 6 - 12. Get creative with seasonal craft activities. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. $1 • FREE Make It and Take It Friday, Dec 3. Registration deadline is Thursday, Dec. 2. Make a star ornament from Christmas cards and glitter glue. Drop in between 5 - 7 p.m. • New Year Calendar Craft Tuesday, Dec. 14. Registration deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 8. Ages 3 - 5. Make a personalized 2011 calendar. 10 - 11 a.m. $5

Fairview Recreation Complex 2714 Fairview Blvd.; 799-9331 or

• American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training Saturday, Dec. 11. Ages 11 - 15. Learn to become good babysitters. 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (bring a sack lunch). $45. Call 585-9055 to register • Christmas Ceramics Tuesday, Dec. 7. Ages 3 - 12. Paint and decorate a ceramic piece for the Christmas holiday. 5 5:45 p.m. ages 3 - 6, 6 - 6:45 p.m. ages 7 - 12. $4 • Christmas Cookies and Crafts Tuesday, Dec. 7. Ages 3 - 12. Bake holiday cookies and make a small Christmas craft. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. ages 3 - 6, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. ages 7 - 12. $4 • Customized Picture Frames Thursday, Dec. 2. Ages 12 and older. Transform old picture frames into creative, unique pieces. 4 - 5 p.m. $10 • Storytime with Santa Friday, Dec. 17. Ages 10 and younger. Wear your favorite PJs to have cookies and milk and hear Santa read a holiday story before giving him your wish list. 7 - 8:30 p.m. $5 per child, free for parents

First Baptist Church of Hendersonville 106 Bluegrass Commons Blvd., Hendersonville 537-2508 or

• FREE Buddy Break Friday, Dec. 3. Ages 5 - 16 with special needs. Parents of special needs kids can drop their children off for fun and recreation while they enjoy some respite time. 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Franklin Recreation Complex 1120 Hillsboro Road; 790-5719, ext. 10, or

• Christmas Cookie Monsters Friday, Dec. 10. Ages 3 - 7 with a parent. Bake and decorate holiday cookies, then participate in Christmas crafts. 10:45 - 11:45 a.m. $7 • Cook Cakes Friday, Dec. 3. Ages 8 - 14. Put your creativity into holiday mode and make magical cupcakes from scratch. 6:30 - 8 p.m. $11 • FREE How to Get Thousands of Dollars for Your Child’s Education Wednesday, Dec. 8. Parents. Learn how to receive additional money for your child’s college fund. 7 8:30 p.m.

• FREE Keeping Our Kids Healthy Storytime Saturdays, Dec. 4 and 11. Ages 3 - 8. Learn about healthy living while reading books about nutrition, staying active and making good choices. 11 - 11:30 a.m. • Kid Kakes Friday, Dec. 3. Ages 3 - 7 with a parent. Enjoy a holiday cupcake decorating party filled with music, crafts and more. 10:45 - 11:45 a.m. $7 • Planet Cookie Holiday Workshop Sunday, Dec. 5. Ages 8 - 14. Learn to make holiday cookies from scratch. 2 - 4 p.m. $11 • Sticky Fingers Preschool Club Fridays, Dec. 3 and 10; Mondays, Dec. 6 and 13; Tuesdays and Thursdays, Dec. 6 - 16; Wednesdays, Dec. 8 and 15. Ages 3 - 6. Enjoy a variety of crafting experiences that enhance fine motor and development skills. Fri 9 - 10:30 a.m., Mon, Tue/Thu and Wed 8:45 - 10:15 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Fri, Mon and Wed $12, Tue/Thu $24 • Voice Lessons Fridays, Dec. 3 - 17. Ages 5 and older. Private studio lessons stress notation reading skills, artistic interpretations, proper breathing and phrasing. Choose a 30-minute session between 2 - 8 p.m. $60

Kids can pose with St. Nick during Breakfast with Santa at the Bluegrass Yacht and Country Club in Hendersonville on Saturday, Dec. 4.

Frist Center for the Visual Arts 919 Broadway, Nashville; 744-3357 or

• FREE Frist Center Kids Club: Color My Mood Saturday, Dec. 11. Ages 5 - 10. Explore the connection between color and mood in an activity inspired by James Abbott McNeill Whistler’s famous painting of his mother. 10:30 a.m., 1 or 3 p.m.

Hillsboro Leiper’s Fork Community Center 5325 Old Hwy. 96, Franklin; 591-9274 or

• Christmas Ceramics Thursday, Dec. 16. Ages 3 and older. paint a Christmas piece. 6 - 6:45 p.m. $5

Life Assembly 555 Pleasant Grove Road, Mt. Juliet; 758-7779 or

• FREE Buddy Break Friday, Dec. 17. Ages 2 - 16 with special needs. Parents of special needs kids can drop off their children for fun and recreation while they enjoy some respite time. 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Lipscomb University Student Activities Center 1 University Park Drive, Nashville; 966-5860 or

• Kid’s Night Out Ages 3 - 12. Parents can enjoy a holiday break while kids participate in an evening of energetic activities. 6 - 9 p.m. $25 for one child, $30 for two, $35 for three or more

Longhunter State Park 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage; 885-2422 or

• FREE The Nature Circle Every Monday. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Enjoy stories with a nature theme and hands-on craft activities. 10 a.m. December’s themes are: • Dec. 6: Migration Moves Me • Dec. 13: The Feather Club • Dec. 20: Evergreen Exploration

Longview Recreation Center 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill 302-0971, ext. 10, or

• Adventures in Sewing Saturdays, Dec. 4 - 18. Ages 9 12. Learn sewing machine basics like sewing straight lines, curved lines, button holes, zippers and more. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. $48 • Beginner’s Origami Dec. 6, 8, 10, 13, 15 or 17. Ages 9 and older. Learn how to make a flat piece of paper into a traditional and modern form of art. 10 - 11 a.m., 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 4 - 5 p.m. $10 plus up to a $10 supply fee, depending on chosen project • Creative Kids Saturdays, Dec. 4 - 18. Ages 5 and older. Explore creativity through craft projects. 10 - 11 a.m. $5 each class plus a $2 supply fee • Deb’z Doodlez Thursdays, Dec. 2 - 16. All ages. Transform a drawing into a work of art. 6 - 7:30 p.m. $33.75 • FREE Healthy Snack Time Saturdays, Dec. 4 and 11. All ages. Learn about healthy snacks and good nutrition. 10 - 10:45 a.m. • Longview Martial Arts Mondays, Dec. 6 - 20. Ages 8 and older. This program combines judo and karate in an exercise program that builds confidence and self-esteem. 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. $30 • Longview Self-Defense Mondays, Dec. 6 - 20. Ages 8 and older. Learn the basics of self-defense through martial arts skills and their practical applications. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. $30 • FREE Movin’ with Mamacita Sample Class Dec. 10 and 17. Ages 2 - 6 with a parent. Workout to Latin flair dances while your tot shakes maracas, bells and drums while bouncing along. 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. • Polynesian Dancing Wednesdays, Dec. 1 - 22. Ages 5 - 12. Learn to dance like the island natives of Hawaii, Samoa, New Zealand and Tahiti. 5:15 - 6 p.m. $40 • FREE Signin’ with WeMEe Sample Class Dec. 10 and 17. Ages 5 - 24 months with a parent. Build stronger communications skills with professionally developed sign language techniques. 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. • Sticky Fingers Preschool Club Wednesdays, Dec. 1 - 15 or Mondays, Dec. 6 and 13. Ages 3 - 6. Participate in a variety of crafting experiences to enhance fine motor and development skills. 8:30 - 10 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Wed $18, Mon $12 • Storytime with Santa Friday, Dec. 10. Registration deadline is Monday, Dec. 6. Ages 10 and younger. Wear your favorite PJs to have cookies and milk and hear Santa read a holiday story before giving him your wish list. 7 - 8:30 p.m. $5 per child, free for parents (please turn the page)

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• Backstage Pass: Elephant Barn Saturday, Dec. 4. Registration deadline is Friday, Dec. 3 at 12 p.m. Ages 5 and older with a parent. Join zoo staff on a behind-thescenes tour of the elephant barn where you can learn about animal care, behavior and conservation. 9:30 - 11 a.m. Members: $25 per person (limit two children per adult); Nonmembers: $50 per person • Home School Afternoons Dec. 9 - 10. Registration deadline is Monday, Dec. 6. Ages 4 and older. Learn about animals that are strong, smart and fast. 1 - 4:15 p.m. $3 members, $10 non-members (students and adults), $3 observing siblings

Oaklands Historic House Museum 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro; 893-0022 or

• Homeschool Holiday Tour Thursday, Dec. 9. Ages 5 and older. Tour the mansion decorated for the holidays, learn customs from the 1800s and make a period ornament. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $5

Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 370-4672 or

• Holiday Full Moon Owling, Howling and Prowling Tuesday, Dec. 21. Ages 9 and older. Enjoy an al fresco dinner, learn about owls during a hike, then sip hot chocolate in front of the fireplace. 5 - 7:30 p.m. $20 in advance, $30 at the gate • Holiday Hot Chocolate Hike Dec. 28 - 30. All ages. Embark on a hike through the winter landscape followed by hot chocolate and marshmallows in front of the pavilion fireplace. 1 - 3 p.m. $7 in advance, $10 at the gate • Mommy and Me: Whoooo’s Calling? Tuesday, Dec. 7. Ages 3 - 7 with a parent. Meet the resident owls and find out what makes them such wonderful hunters, then enjoy hot chocolate and an owl story. 3:30 - 5 p.m. $10 child/adult pair in advance, $15 at the gate

Kids can explore the connection between mood and color during Kids Club at the Frist Center on Saturday, Dec. 11. Patterson Park Community Center 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 893-7439 or

• A, B, C, 1, 2, 3 ... Let’s Go Every Tue and Thu. Ages 2 - 5. Sing songs, play games, hear stories and do crafts. 10 10:45 a.m. $3 • Busy Bees Every Tue and Thu. Ages 3 - 5. This class focuses on following directions, participating in a group environment, improving coordination and practicing good sportsmanship. 10:45 - 11:15 a.m. $3 • Winter Wonderland Tea Party Saturday, Dec. 18. Ages 3 - 10. Girls can wear their favorite dresses and enjoy tea, holiday activities and crafts. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. $3

Rocketown 601 Fourth Ave. S., Nashville; 332-7529 or

• Youth Audition Workshop Jan. 8, 15 and 22. Registration deadline is Friday, Dec. 17. Hone audition techniques in vocals, monologue work and dance. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. $60

Shelby Bottoms Nature Center 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 862-8539 or

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• FREE Cornelia Fort Saturday, Dec. 4. Ages 13 and older. Learn about Cornelia Fort’s famed encounter in the air during the bombing of Pearl Harbor. 2 - 3 p.m. • FREE Decorate the Holidays “Green” Saturday, Dec. 11. All ages. Discover eco-friendly tips for decorating during the season. 2 - 3 p.m. • FREE Holiday Hike Friday, Dec. 17. All ages. Enjoy holiday treats at the nature center, then explore through the park. 10 - 11:30 a.m. • FREE Stories of the Season Saturday, Dec. 18. All ages. Bring a blanket and sit by the campfire with hot chocolate, cider, warm treats and seasonal stories. 4 - 5 p.m. • FREE Winter Scavenger Hunt Wednesday, Dec. 22. All ages. Embark on an outdoor scavenger hunt. 10 - 11 a.m. • FREE Winter Solstice Hike Tuesday, Dec. 11. All ages. Embark on a nature hike in celebration of winter. 5 - 6 p.m.

Sports*Com 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 895-5040 or

• Homeschool P.E. Mondays and Wednesdays through Dec. 15. Ages 13 - 17. Learn fundamentals of weight lifting and designing a personal cardiovascular program. 1 - 1:45 p.m. $3 • Tumbleweeds Mon and Wed. Ages 3 - 5. Learn the basic techniques of tumbling while improving balance, coordination and overall fitness. 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. $3

Warner Parks Nature Center 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 352-6299 or

• FREE Cardinal Count Friday, Dec. 10. Ages 3 - 5. Learn about cardinals and see how many you can spy. 10 - 11 a.m. or 1 - 2 p.m. • FREE Fall Star Party Saturday, Dec. 11. Meet at the special events field to watch Geminid meteros, planets and other celestial sights. 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. • FREE Hiking the Solar System Saturday, Nov. 4. All ages. Embark on a hike while learning about the planets in the solar system. 1 - 2 p.m. • FREE Hodge House Holiday Saturday, Dec. 18. Discover the history of the house from the 1800s - 1927. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. • FREE Longest Night Full Moon Hike Tuesday, Dec. 21. All ages. Celebrate the longest night of the year by hiking and watching the moon rise over the mountains. 5 - 7 p.m. • FREE Mammals of Tennessee Saturday, Dec. 11. All ages. Learn about the furry animals who call Tennessee home. 10 - 11:30 a.m. • FREE Winter Songs and Stories Thursday, Dec. 16. All ages. Share songs and stories celebrating the season next to a roaring fire. 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

The Wellness Center at Baptist Hospital 2021 Church St., Nashville; 284-2348 or • Strong Mommy Tuesdays and Thursdays. Expectant moms. This pre-natal fitness/wellness program includes water aerobics, personalized fitness coaching sessions, preand post-natal massages, fitness workshops, a three-month center membership and more. 5:30 p.m. $125

The Wilderness Station 697 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 217-3017 or • FREE Animal Encounters Every Saturday (no program Dec. 25). All ages. Meet a new resident animal each week and learn about the critters who call Tennessee home. 1:30 - 2 p.m. • FREE Bird Hike Saturday, Dec. 11. Ages 6 and older. Search for winter resident birds. 2 p.m. • Growing Up Wild Every Wednesday. Ages 3 - 6 with a parent. Nature activities to engage children’s interest in the natural world. 10:30 a.m. $3 • Wild Things Every Wednesday. Ages 1 - 4 with a parent. Toddlers and preschoolers can enjoy programs to spark a love for the wilderness. 9:30 a.m. $3

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CINDY’S Cindy Overfield - Singing Coach Learn to be a professional or sing for fun. Bachelor of Music * 20 yrs. experience Credits: Jump 5, Kenny Chesney, PureNRG | 615.337.4185

Piano Lessons

In Your Home or My Studio Franklin, Brentwood, Bellevue & Surrounding Areas Very Patient * 29 yrs. Experience All Ages * All Levels * All Styles Scott Fishkind / Berklee College of Music Grad

615-599-0967 *

Summer Tutor



Accent on Success

French language tutoring service

Lebanon Rd. at Briley Pkwy

Smyrna First United Methodist Preschool • ENROLL NOW! Spaces still available • Please call Sheila Upham or Frankie Cashion at 459-2844 Where bright futures begin!

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* Pre-K – 6th grade * All Subjects & Character Ed. Classes * Certified - Degreed TN Educator ****LIMITED SPACES! 615-720-4441

The Pilates Place Pilates equipped studios offer individual & mat classes. Yoga also offered at Bellevue location. 579-3959 Bellevue & Leiper's Fork

“Musical” Drum Lessons with Jeff Lilienthal • Patient, Caring, FUN • 15+ yrs. teaching • B.A. in Music Ed. (Drums & Percussion) • Performed with Top Christian Artists & Nashville Praise Symphony



Designer Finds

All ages, levels and styles 440-821-3069

GLOBETROTTER Specializing in S Spanish instruction O LU T I O Nwith S native speakers

Specializing in Spanish instruction with native speakers

Need a little extra help with Spanish? We offer Spanish instruction and tutoring with native speakers. Learn perfect pronunciation from professionals. For more information, contact Charles at: 615-767-7701



DRIVERS WANTED to deliver Nashville, Williamson, Sumner and Rutherford Parent (van or truck required)

Call Tom at 615-256-2158 x 104


PROFESSIONAL BABY PROOFING In-Home Consultations Professional Installation All the SAME DAY!

Janet Walker Piano Lessons

Beginning & Intermediate


•35+ years teaching experience • Hendersonville

Professional Assembly Service

• Swingsets • Basketball Systems • Trampolines • Fitness Equipment • RTA Furniture • Lawn and Patio Equipment “The Only Tool You Need Is A Phone” Call TOD: 615-202-5856


with Mike Hutchens

356-7467• 969-2244 •

Going on vacation? Busy work schedule? NO WORRIES! Full service animal in-home care. Sylvan Park resident. For appts. 615-491-6724

handmade baby afghans baby hooded ponchos

Guitar Lessons • Teaching privately since 1976 • All ages and styles • Fun, relaxed atmosphere • Convenient to Madison, E. Nashville, Goodlettsville, Hermitage and Donelson.



“We can repair what your husband fixed!”

carpentry | electrical | plumbing & more!

John Van Mater | 615.478.7100


20 years experience with teaching, studio, production and performance Brentwood, Franklin, Belle Meade, Bellevue







For a cleaner, healthier yard

• womens • childrens • maternity

2210 Crestmoor Road • 279-1994

615.415.3118 or email

Greg Settles Pre-Algebra thru Calculus home: 615-776-3364 cell: 615-310-0571

green hills’ upscale resale boutique


HYPNOSISCAN.COM 615.351.1164 Online classifieds at

VACATION RENTAL 2 Bdm 2 Ba w/bunks • Sleeps 6-8 Brand New Gulf-front condo in Panama City Beach

Professionally Decorated • Inexpensive rate!

Call Mandy 850-685-1021

Southern Comfort A mountain cabin retreat 4 1/2 hours from Nashville. 10 minutes from DollyWood. 3 Bedroom, 3 Bath, 3 Level. Wrap around porch w/ jacuzzi. Air hockey, pool table, all the amenities.

1-800-752-9052 Pigeon Forge, TN 37862

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snap shots - yours

Send Pics of Your Kids via e-mail or Facebook.

Angel and Zána




Names of those in photo

(Please print)

________________________________________ Signature

(parent or guardian)

________________________________________ Phone ________________________________________ Immanuel


EMAIL ________________________________________

*Photo publication cannot be guaranteed due to the large volume of photos received. All submitted photos are considered for “A Snap to Remember” (see page 104).

One photo per entry, please. Sorry, photos cannot be returned. Submitted photos via form and e-mail serve as a “photo release,” allowing Day Communications, Inc. one-time rights for use of photos. Send to Snap Shots, 2270 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN 37228 or e-mail them to, subject: Snap Shots.


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snap shots - ours

American Girl Club members getting ready to make apple candle holders.

Barnes & Noble’s American Girl Club meets for crafts and friendship.

Allison DeHart

Kara Funderburk

Lindsey Boutiette

Savannah Wilson

L. Harris and Felicity Miller

Sophie Smallman

The group gets ready for another craft, paper lanterns.

Taylor Patterson

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snap shot of the month

Audrey is super excited about the holidays!

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From our family to yours...


George Adams Sr., D.D.S., M.S.D George Adams Jr., D.M.D.

Belle Meade Office Park St. Thomas Hospital Area 4515 Harding Rd., Suite 114 Nashville, TN 37205 (615) 297-7597

Every Job Starts with Our Team of Design Experts Our Designers are confident in what they provide in both knowledge, experience and expertise and that we can meet your expectation. Our extensive industry knowledge through education (ASID & IIDA) provides exceptional advice and design.

The Client Comes First!

The client is our first and only priority for every job we do. We hear stories of kitchen remodeling jobs that drag on and on. Workers that did not show up on time or that the finished product was not what was expected. Our Project Management Team stays with you from the initial concept through the completion of the job. Our singular goal is 100% client satisfaction!

Best Prices, Highest Quality At Brentwood Granite and Cabinet Design Center we offer the very best product lines in cabinets, tile, hardware, marble and granite. Brentwood Granite warranties our workmanship and products – and we stand by them.

BRENTWOOD GRANITE & CABINET DESIGN CENTER Stop by our showroom or visit us online for more information. 7106 Crossroads Boulevard #222 M-F, 8-5 & Sat, 10-2

(615) 376-6122


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Thank you for voting us the best crib & accessory store again in 2010!

More than 50 rooms of baby and big kid’s furniture: Creations, Stanley, Dutailer, LazyBoy Kids, Ragazzi, Baby’s Dream, Munire Furniture and more!

370 Williamson Square, Franklin

(Kroger Shopping Center)


Best. Holiday. Sale.


... S I H T AT E B T ’ N $ 3,999 A C U ed s c YO i a r P w et ce s n a s i r h a T Cle e s D! u E L o L h A e T S ar N I W W 9 $ 1,79 last! NO s e i l at upp hile s

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BASKETBALL GOALS Starting at $999

12 on display plus many more to choose from

TRAMPOLINES Starting at $799

5 on display plus many more to choose from

Giving your child... A smile to build THEIR future on!


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5073 Spring St.



4761 Andrew Jackson Pkwy.


Voted Best Pediatric and Orthodontic Dentist by Williamson Parent Readers 7 Years in a Row!


125 Cool Springs Blvd, Ste 140



1747 Medical Center Parkway


Sumner Parent Magazine - December 2010  
Sumner Parent Magazine - December 2010  

Sumner Parent Magazine for December 2010