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was at a high school football game when I heard a crowd of kids laughing and making a roaring sound sort of like a train. The tweens and teens were gathered in a large group just next to the stadium seats so they could socialize — FAR more important than actually watching the game! It was halftime, and I was walking to get popcorn when I heard the kids making that sound. As I turned around I spotted my 15-year-old son smiling and making his way over to say, “hi.� He had not been among the group, but he knew about it. “Oh, they’re just playing around with one of the special kids,� he said. “When the kids make a certain sound, he makes funny faces, so they get him to do it.� “I don’t like that, Tucker,� I said. “They don’t do it to be mean,� he said. “They’re just doing it because it’s fun.� Fun in the name of ... someone else’s unawareness. Taking advantage kind of fun. The kids kind of fell apart after a bit and I saw the special boy walk away with someone, but the next day I sent a note to the school. Someone should have been with that boy in the middle of that crowd, I suggested. I got a note back a few days later saying thank you and that it was being looked into. Will children ever learn? Will kids ever just be good to one another because that’s the way to be? And in lieu of the recent news out of Florida about the little 12-year-old girl who was bullied until she took her own life ... I have to ask, where are parents going wrong? Good people work hard to set up “stop bullying� presentations and programs galore and still kids are mean. Often, with kids there are very powerful personalities at the peak of the pyramid

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leading the pack. Strong forceful types command the weaker types, so if the leaders are mean ... Here’s what I’m thinking: As long as parents don’t demonstrate kindness — insist on it — kids won’t either. If parents are harsh and then model a lack of empathy to others, that’s what kids learn. If you then put an unmonitored cell phone in a kid’s hand (remember kids’ brains are not fully developed yet), you can have a problem on your hands that you don’t know about. Parents are afraid to invade their children’s privacy. Please. How else are you supposed to parent them with a cell phone? Parents waffle: It’s not right to know his passwords! It’s not right to check what he’s doing on Twitter! Baloney. What’s not right is NOT knowing what your kids are up to in ALL aspects of their lives. Words ARE harming kids today, being texted and shared on all kinds of social media platforms that you know nothing about but you SHOULD. How can tweeners stand at a football game in public view and tease a special needs child into “performing� for them and not know that it’s plain WRONG? As easily as they can bully another on a cell phone with no awareness that it’s cruel. How do you teach kids empathy for others? It has to start at home. It has to come through YOU caring for others and showing it. Teaching it. You cannot be your child’s best friend. You have to be your child’s parent. And sometimes that means you are going to be unpopular. So be it.

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Yay for Cursive Dear Editor, Thank you for the editorial on the gift of cursive (“Editor’s Note,” October 2013). At Abintra, we start with cursive writing with our 3-year-olds because connecting the hand to the brain is essential to brain development. I thought you had well chosen examples of why it’s still important. Sherry Knott Executive Director Abintra Montessori School

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“Fat Letters” from School?

Some parents are receiving letters about their child’s body mass index (BMI) from their school. What do you think about these so-called “fat letters?” Schools should stick to teaching! Inappropriate! That’s not the school’s concern. That’s something parents should handle in private. You never know why an overweight child is just that. The schools need to stick to what they are there for ... teaching! Heather Tune

Calculating BMI is OK if the children are old enough to understand it. As a teacher, I’ve had to have some uncomfortable conversations with parents based on academic, social/emotional or behavioral issues. However, I’m not qualified to tell — nor comfortable with the act of telling — parents that their child has an unhealthy weight. As a parent, I would be livid to have a non-medical professional informing me that my children are over/underweight. Having said that, I think that it’s perfectly appropriate to calculate a student’s BMI for the purpose of teaching within the context of a health class or similar setting, but only for students who are mature enough to understand that a single number doesn’t define a person. Erin Hopkins

It’s a form of bullying from the school.

Go to the pediatrician. Chances are the calculation is wrong.

I know a lady who got one from school. She took her daughter to her pediatrician. The doctor said she was within normal weight range. My concern is that they are going strictly by BMI and could cause eating disorders by calling healthy kids overweight. It’s a form of bullying from the school. If your kid is overweight, you already know.

We got one last year saying my first grader had a too high BMI. I took the letter and my child to our pediatrician and he said they are using old methods to measure and that my daughter was perfectly healthy. I threw the letter away.

Kelly Welch

Don’t agree with the letter? Go to your pediatrician and get the facts. Everyone says “it’s not their place” when 99 percent of the time people blame the schools/teachers and question why they don’t do something or teach something. You get a letter you do not agree with, you go to the doctor to get the facts ... end of story. Pretty sure the schools aren’t trying to be mean about it. I think everyone needs to relax because it’s for at-risk families. If it helps out a few kids then we should be happy for those kids. Samantha Sharp

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If the child’s healthy and active, forget the letter. My child’s overweight but he’s also right on target or above academically, very active, socially happy, has a healthy self-esteem and his pediatrician thinks he’s fine, so 86 the BMI letters! Joni Lovelette

This could hurt a child’s self-esteem. I don’t think it’s appropriate. I don’t have any school-age children, but this sounds like a recipe for disaster. Way to keep up a child’s self-esteem. Britni Haun (please turn the page for more “Parent Talk”)

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Time to Get Up. What’s the first thing your child does when he gets up?

Finds what the Sleep Fairy left.

Quiet observer in the morning.

Little social bug.

She finds the little token left in her room by the “Sleep Fairy,” then checks on her kittens and asks if we can play horses before breakfast.

My son very quietly comes in and stands next to my side of the bed and stares at me until I wake up. Which oddly isn’t as creepy as it sounds! LOL.

Gets in the recliner, covers up and checks her Instagram.

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Time to play with cars!

We don’t do mornings well.

No matter what time of the morning it is, my son will come in and say, “Good morning, Mom, can I play with cars now?”

My 7-year-old grabs the offered cup of milk and turns on the iPod with no words spoken. Neither of us do mornings.

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What’s for breakfast? My oldest always asks, “What’s for breakfast?,” even if I wake him up from a dead sleep. The first words from his mouth are always that. I guess I should expect that from an 11-year-old boy.

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Is anyone going to get up?

Whines all around.

Love me some cuddle time.

The 7-year-old gets up, cuts off the alarm then goes to the restroom. The 6-year-old usually cries/whines for about five minutes until Mommy says, “That’s enough, get off my leg.” Obviously, the 7-year-old is a girl. Who runs the world? Girls!

The 3-year-old whines for a drink, the 7-year-old goes right to bathroom, the 10-year-old moans “five more minutes” and the 15-year-old complains of still being tired. This is my morning.

Cuddles on the couch from the 3-year-old, milk cups for the 1-year-old twins.

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Piggyback rides. Rides on my back down the stairs and cuddles with me while we watch the morning news before school. Rachelle Morris Jones

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Cough. Whoop. Wheeze. What’s behind that dry or goopy hack? Parents have been deciphering kid coughs forever.

DRY, RASPY. A persistent, dry cough could mean a number of things, says Mark Krakauer, M.D., of St. Thomas Medical Group in Nashville. “Causes of a raspy cough include respiratory infections such as a cold, influenza, asthma, acid reflux or chronic environmental allergies,” he says. Smoking around children can cause them to have a raspy cough, too, says Matt Perkins, M.D., of Tennessee Medicine and Pediatrics in Smyrna. “Children of smokers have higher rates of pneumonia, bronchitis and asthma flair ups,” he adds. However, “All that wheezes is not necessarily asthma,” says Allen Peabody, M.D., with Pediatric Associates of Franklin. “Wheezing is difficult to identify without a stethoscope,” he adds. NIGHTTIME BARK. This could be croup, a contagious, cold-weather viral infection that causes the windpipe to swell and narrow. It usually starts in the

middle of the night; sit in a steamy bathroom with your child for five minutes to calm the cough; call your doctor if your child’s having trouble breathing. WET, NO WHEEZING. This is usually accompanied by sneezing, a runny nose, watery eyes and perhaps mild fever. It’s the common cold, a viral infection of the nose, sinuses, throat and large airways of the lungs. Coughing usually lasts up to 10 days; call your doctor after that if you don’t see improvement. Saline drops help babies and toddlers who can’t blow noses; over-the counter nasal decongestants may help kids older than 2. DRY, HACKING. Fits with as many as 25 coughs in a breath may bring a high-pitched sound which could indicate pertussis, a highly contagious bacterial infection of the throat, windpipe and lungs. The illness can be severe for infants. Call your doctor for an appointment; antibiotics are needed. PHLEGMY. This could indicate bronchiolitis if it starts out like a cold then develops into a fever up to 103 degrees F and your child’s lethargic. Don’t delay a call to the doctor.

Respiratory Syncytial Virus

A common respiratory virus known as RSV can cause considerable airway inflammation, says Matt Perkins, M.D., of Tennessee Medicine and Pediatrics in Smyrna. It narrows breathing passages, leading to “turbulent airflow and subsequent wheezing.” Have this evaluated by your pediatrician as soon as possible.

BY SUSAN DAY Coughing’s the body’s way of clearing and protecting the airways from irritating mucus and other secretions, local doctors say. Coughs provide valuable clues about a child’s illness. Follow our guide to decode your child’s cough:

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Drink Up Water is an excellent expectorant, doctors say.

Tips for Dr. Mom Cough suppressants: If your child’s cough disrupts his sleep, ask your pediatrician for a recommendation. Inhibiting a cough — especially if it’s a phlegmy, lower-respiratory one — can actually prolong illness, say pediatricians.

Multi-symptom cold relievers: These formulas contain more than one drug, so read the labels carefully. Side effects include sleeplessness (common with antihistamines) and irritability (typical of decongestants).

Expectorants: While they’re meant to loosen phlegm, studies have shown they’re not very helpful. Doctors say water is an excellent natural expectorant.

Throat lozenges: Cough drops increase saliva production, which can loosen and sooth a cough, but don’t give them to children younger than age 4 due to the choking hazard.

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Making a family of turkeys is a great alternative to a family photo.

What You’ll Need Leaves Washable paint Paper Paintbrushes

What You’ll Do • Set out a piece of paper. • Grab a leaf and add a drop of paint from three or four different colors to the back side of it. • Take your paintbrush and spread the paint out, but careful not to blend the colors too much. • Turn the leaf over onto the paper and press down. You may have to repeat this step several times to get the right leaf print. If you have too much paint, you will not be able to see the leaf’s natural vein patterns. • Peel up the leaf to reveal your very own painted leaf. • Set aside to dry. • Once it’s dry, you can frame them and decorate your home for the fall season.

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What You’ll Need Bag of 16 Bean Soup dried beans Paper towel roll (emptied) Glue (glue sticks work best) Scissors Bowl

What You’ll Do • Pour some of the beans into the bowl. • Cut your paper towel roll into circles twoinches wide. • Put glue all over the outer part of the ring. • While it’s wet, roll it in the beans. You may have to strategically place beans here and there to fill in the gaps. • Gently set it down and allow to dry completely. • Do this for as many place settings you have at your table. These are fun and festive and your children will love telling everyone at the table how they made them.

What You’ll Need White paper Paint (brown, red, orange, yellow) Paint brushes Every member of the family Markers

What You’ll Do • Set a large piece of paper out on the table horizontally. • Start with Daddy, paint the palm and thumb of his left hand brown and the fingers alternating with orange, yellow and red. Make him stamp his hand on the paper. • Repeat that step with each family member from oldest to youngest and stamping their hands right in line with Daddy’s. • Once everyone has stamped their turkey hand, set aside to dry. • Once dry, let each member of the family add details to their turkey with markers.


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ave a holly, jolly Christmas season with Gaylord Opryland’s annual A Country Christmas taking place Nov. 15 - Jan. 1, 2014. The ICE! exhibit is popular with kids, and new this year is a Frosty the Snowman theme. The Radio City Rockettes return for a high-kicking “Christmas Spectacular” show. Other highlights include Lorrie Morgan’s Enchanted Christmas Dinner & Show, carriage rides, meetand-great opportunities with DreamWorks characters and gingerbread decorating fun with Gingy. Also new this year is the “A Not So Silent Night” concert series featuring a variety of artists including Ty Herndon, Diana DeGarmo, Collin Raye, Suzy Bogguss and others. Hours and prices vary per attraction. Call 889-1000 or visit christmasatgaylordopryland.com.

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our family can bring Christmas cheer to the lives of local children who might not otherwise have a festive holiday by participating in two annual toy drives this season. TOYS FOR TOTS: The U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots is now underway and takes place through Wednesday, Dec. 11. You can drop off a new, unwrapped toy in a bin at all Toys R Us and Babies R Us locations in Middle Tennessee. Other local businesses also host drop-off receptacles. Find a complete list of locations at http://nashville-tn.toysfortots.org. SALVATION ARMY’S ANGEL TREE: You may also donate toys that will go to children in Davidson (specific ZIP codes only), Williamson, Sumner, Dickson, Hickman and Cheatham counties through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree from Nov. 9 - Dec. 9. All you need to do is pick up a paper angel off a tree at The Mall at Green Hills, RiverGate Mall or CoolSprings Galleria, then shop for the boy or girl you select and return your gifts to the Angel Tree volunteers at the malls. The Salvation Army also seeks volunteers to help at each mall location. To learn more, call 242-0411 or visit salvationarmyusa.org.

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Nov. 3 - 10 The Water-Towers installation in the LIGHT exhibit features 40 towers and more than 10,000 bottles of water.

The breathtaking LIGHT: Bruce Munro at Cheekwood exhibit is in its final stretch, and for the final week, Nov. 3 - 10, Cheekwood will remain open every night until 11 p.m. If you’re family has yet to see it, be sure to make plans for a mesmerizing experience. Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. Admission is $15 adults, $8 ages 3 - 17. Call 356-8000 or visit cheekwood.org.

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Everything is all aglow for the holiday season this month and next at Trinity Music City. The grounds and mansion once owned by country music legend Conway Twitty are decorated with more than one million lights strung across nearly 30 acres of land. Walk or drive through anytime from 5 - 9 p.m. daily. Admission is free. Complimentary tours of the estate and gardens are available as well the Virtual Reality Theatre. Call ahead for hours of operation. Trinity Music City is located at 1 Music Village Drive, Hendersonville. Call 822-8333 or visit trinitymusiccity.com.


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loc news Ryman Hosts Christmas 4 Kids Monday, Nov. 25

Participate in the Gingerbread House Competition that’s part of Hendersonville’s HolidayFest.

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et the fun and magic of the Christmas season dazzle your family during Hendersonville’s HolidayFest kicking off this month with a variety of special events throughout the city. Highlights that children will particularly enjoy include the annual tree lighting on Saturday, Nov. 30, the Christmas parade on Sunday, Dec. 1, the Gingerbread House Competition Dec. 10 - 14 and the Polar Express Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 7. There are several more events geared toward adults, and proceeds from all happenings benefit different local agencies, including CASA of Sumner County, local veterans resources, Toys for Tots, Children Are People (CAP) and more. For a complete list of events, dates, times, admission and reservation info, visit hendersonvilleholidayfest.org.

“Nashville Night Sky” was created by Sam Moses, a 22-year-old artist with autism spectrum disorder from Sweetwater, Tenn. View his art along with others of all ages in the Creative Expressions art exhibit at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center.

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Work up your appetite for Thanksgiving dinner by participating in THE INDIAN LAKE LOOP FIVE-MILE RUN on Thursday, Nov. 28 at The Streets of Indian Lake. The timed run begins at 8 a.m. (there’s also a non-timed 5K) and is hosted by COMPASS, a community outreach program in Sumner County. Preregistration is $30 individuals, $75 for a family of five (Mom, Dad and up to three kids). Call 218-3473 or visit indianlakeloop.com ... The TAYLOR SWIFT EDUCATION CENTER is now open at the newly expanded Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The center includes classrooms and a learning lab with built-in technology to facilitate distance learning and outreach programs. An interactive exhibit gallery is coming in March 2014. Visit countrymusichalloffame. org for more info.

The historic Ryman Auditorium hosts the 12th Annual Charlie Daniels Band & Friends concert on Monday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. Daniels — along with Justin Moore, Phil Vassar, Sawyer Brown and Rodney Atkins — performs to raise money for Christmas 4 Kids, a not-for-profit that generates money for underprivileged children in the mid state to enjoy a $150 shopping spree on anything they want at Wal-Mart in Hendersonville. Concert tickets are $32.50 and $60. Obtain yours at christmas4kids.org.

View Creative Expressions The 19th Annual Creative Expressions art exhibit is now on display through January 31, 2014. The exhibit, sponsored by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and the Nashville Mayor’s Advisory Committee, features work in a variety of media created by all ages with disabilities. The Kennedy Center’s exhibit area is located at 110 Magnolia Circle, Nashville. Hours are Mon - Fri 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. Some pieces are on display in the lower level at TPAC as well. Call 322-8240 or visit kc.vanderbilt.edu.

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dd child-like wonder to your holiday greetings this season by purchasing cards and other festive gifts through the Friends of Children’s Hospital’s 2013 Holiday Project. The fundraiser for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt features cards, tags, wrapping paper and cookie tins, all boasting original artwork designed by Children’s Hospital patients. Basic card sets with pre-printed interior greetings are $18 per 20 cards/envelopes. For an adThis “Santa on the Roof” illustration was created by ditional fee, you can have a personal greeting 11-year-old Garland Pierce as part of this year’s Holiday and signature added. You may also purchase Project supporting Friends of Children’s Hospital. cookie tins decorated by kids that are filled with Christie Cookies ($10 - $35) and bags Children’s Hospital (2000 Children’s Way, Nashof Bongo Java coffee for $10. Wrapping paper is ville), The Willow Tree (4429 Murphy Road, Nash$5, and gift tags are $8. All online orders must be ville) and Phillips Toy Mart (5207 Harding Pike, placed by Tuesday, Dec. 17 to guarantee delivery Nashville). Call 343-8660 or visit childrenshospiby Christmas Eve. Cards and gifts are also avail- tal.vanderbilt.org/holidayproject. able at three retail locations: The Friends Shop at

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Friday, Nov. 22 Country star Vince Gill lends his time and talent to present Chairish the Night with Vince Gill and Friends. The benefit supports Students Taking a Right Stand (STARS), a local organization with the mission of assisting youth throughout Middle Tennessee overcome social and emotional barriers to learning. In addition, STARS serves schools and communities by providing prevention, intervention and treatment services addressing bullying, substance abuse and violence. The evening starts off with a reception and auction of chairthemed artwork at 6 p.m. At 9 p.m., Gill takes the stage with a surprise lineup of fellow celebrities (past guests have included Sheryl Crow, Alison Krauss, Amy Grant, Keb’ Mo’ and Dierks Bentley). The evening takes place at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. Tickets for the art auction and reception are $75. Tickets including the concert are $175, and for $275 you get premium concert seating and a post-concert meet and greet with Gill. To buy tickets, call 983-6805 or visit starsnashville.org.

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y husband and I didn’t build our family in the traditional way. We decided to adopt from the foster care system. Our child was 9 years old when we brought her home for the first time. She had been abused and neglected by her biological family during her first four years of life and then bounced around foster care for five years before we found our way to her. She was frightened, angry and had no reason to believe that we were truly going to be her permanent set of parents. Becoming an instant parent to a 9-year-old child who had nearly a dozen mother figures before me and suffered through more trauma than most adults do in a whole lifetime has been hard. It has been both the most difficult and amazing experience I could imagine. Being her final mom has taught me a lot and I want to pass that knowledge on to you. Adding a child to your home is a big adjustment, regardless of if she’s an infant or a tween. Being prepared in your home is important. Here are some tips to make the transition process a bit easier.

Do Your Homework Ahead of Time Do your research, but realize that every child is different. I read stacks of books on general parenting, adoption, child mental health, attachment disorder and childhood trauma. I read every scrap of paper her caseworker sent us so carefully that I practically had it memorized. I researched her diagnoses ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder and generalized anxiety disorder) and became an expert on the medications she was prescribed. It’s important to know what to expect, especially if there’s a strong possibility that your child has special needs. Just don’t get so wrapped up in the research that you’re unable to see that every child and every situation is unique. Just because a book says your child will do XYZ does not mean your child will actually do XYZ. They might do ZYX instead.

Build a Support System Being a parent can be lonely, especially if your child has special needs. Reach out to friends and family before your child comes home. Find playgrounds or programs for families similar to yours. Introduce yourself to them and find out when they meet so you’re ready to jump in right away. If you don’t have local support available, find it on the

Internet through message boards and blogs. I’ve tapped into a huge community through blogs and Facebook groups of other parents who are raising children who struggle due to trauma and attachment issues. Having this support system of women who understand my situation has gotten me through some very stressful situations. Find out what resources are available in your community. We waited until our daughter was home to start looking for professionals, such as a pediatrician and therapist. This was a mistake. Many offices weren’t accepting new patients or had long waits. Start researching providers before your child arrives. Determine your top picks and find out the important details, such as appointment policies.

· Take care of any appointments or errands, such as dental exams, car maintenance and home repairs.

Plan to Make Time for Yourself and for Your Spouse Determine what you need to stay sane, such as a weekly pedicure or hour to workout each day. Then make a tentative schedule with your spouse or someone in your support system to make it happen. My husband spent months playing cards and watching the Disney channel with our daughter so I could get a workout in after dinner every evening. Now she’s able to entertain herself. Also, commit to making time for your spouse. My husband and I watch TV and chat after our daughter goes to bed.

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Take Time Off from Work

Our daughter was completely overwhelmed when she saw her room for the first time. There was a six month gap between being chosen as her parents and actually being allowed to bring her home. I filled that time with shopping. She had enough clothes, shoes, toys, books and accessories to make a dozen children happy. My friend Katie didn’t buy a single baby item while she was pregnant with her second child because she still had closets full of unused supplies she bought or was given during her first pregnancy four years earlier. Keep it simple. Just buy the basics. You can always buy more once you see what’s really needed, and with an older child, knowing her personality and tastes in clothes and toys is gold.

· Give your home a thorough cleaning (or hire someone to do it for you).

Our daughter moved in with us the day her school year ended. We started her in a summer day camp right away, so my husband and I could continue working. I became so exhausted after a year that I quit my job and transitioned to freelance writing from home. I wish I would have taken at least a month off from work when she came home. It would’ve given us important bonding time and allowed me to adjust to being a mother without work responsibilities looming over me. If your little one will be going to a child-care center (or school , take an additional week or two off to enjoy some time at home alone before returning to work. Our daughter has been home for more than two years now. She’s 12 now and recently started middle school. It’s still overwhelming and exhausting at times, but we’ve found our comfort zone. We’ve been committed to her since the day we were chosen to be her parents. It took time for her to believe that, but now she trusts and loves us just as much as we love her. Older child adoption is challenging, but it’s been even more rewarding for our family.

· Organize closets, drawers and cabinets. Get rid of stuff you don’t need.

Rachael Moshman is a mom, freelance writer and blogger.

· Stock your pantry with paper towels, toilet paper, toiletries, cleaning supplies and nonperishable food items.

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Do What You Can Before Your Child Comes Home You won’t have much time, energy or focus once your child arrives. Here are some tasks you can accomplish in advance:

· Make and freeze meals. This will allow you to just pop something in the oven or microwave in the busy weeks after your child comes home. Casseroles, such as lasagna or enchiladas, freeze well. Make a big patch of muffins or pancakes and freeze them in individual servings for quick breakfasts.

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harles Perrault’s classic fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood, was a cautionary story. Even with the removal of sexual overtones in modern versions of the story, Little Red Riding Hood still conveys a similar, if perhaps understated, warning. In contemporary versions of the story, “wolves” become equated with strangers, implying that children should be wary of anyone and everyone they don’t know. It’s not surprising that fear of strangers is routinely indoctrinated in children by wellmeaning parents and teachers. This is understandable in today’s world where “stranger wolves” may be sexual predators, pedophiles or kidnappers. In fact, “stranger danger” curriculum is often taught in many elementary schools.

Who are the “wolves”? Most people assume that “wolves” are always strangers. However, much more sinister wolves may be present. These wolves wear the sheep clothing of “family member” or “family friend.” According to current data compiled

“There are various kinds of wolves. There are those who are charming, quiet, polite, unassuming, complacent and sweet, who pursue young women at home and in the streets. And unfortunately, it is these gentle wolves who are the most dangerous ones of all.”

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Moral from Little Red Riding Hood by Charles Perrault

by the United States Department of Human Services, more than 90 percent of all sexual predator victims are attacked by someone they know. Lisa Dupree, a veteran social worker at the Our Kids Center in Nashville explains that strangers are not the problem. “Only 2.5 percent of sexual assaults on children are made by strangers,” she explains. Perhaps teaching children to fear strangers may not be the best way to protect them from sexual predators. The Our ids Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children and families affected by child sexual abuse by providing expert medical evaluations, crisis counseling, conducting research and promoting community awareness of the problem. The main Our Kids Center is located in Nashville. Four other satellite clinics are in Clarksville, Cookeville, Lawrenceburg and Manchester to serve families throughout Middle Tennessee. Of course, the sexual abuse of children is an unsavory subject. The tendency to place the blame on strangers is a natural response. Kenneth Lanning is a former supervisory special agent for the FBI and the author of the manual, Child Molesters: A Behavioral Analysis for Professionals Investigating the Sexual Exploitation of Children (2010). Lanning says most people are more comfortable holding a “stranger” responsible rather than a clergy member, next-door neighbor, law-enforcement officer, teacher, coach or volunteer.

Who are the victims? Sexual abuse of children encompasses assault, exploitation and abduction. There are varying estimates of how many children experience sexual abuse. The National Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway and Thrown Away Children estimates an annual rate of 4.6 per 1,000 children. There are inherent problems in correctly estimating the numbers of victims of abuse though since it often goes unreported. Victims are often ashamed to report the crime. Hollie Strand is a nationally recognized professional forensic analyst and counselor who has conducted extensive research on the behavior of sex offenders. Strand says that parents often assume that because someone is “good with kids” or appears to love their kids, their child(ren) will be safe. “Most parents are devastated to find out someone they loved and/or trusted with their child has, in fact, abused their child.” Dupree agrees and points out that most sex offender laws such as the sex offender registry aren’t as effective as many people are led to believe. “These laws do precious little to protect everyone,” she says, because they target strangers and assume that strangers are the main perpetrators. This is simply not so.” In Strand’s experience, many child sexual abuse cases could’ve been avoided if parents had been savvy to information about recognizing potential danger. Thinking of sex (please turn the page)

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offenders as wolves is a good idea, but equating them with strangers isn’t. Unfortunately, the inability to recognize sex offender “wolves” among familiar seemingly respectable people makes them especially dangerous. To educate parents and professionals about protecting children against sex offenders, Strand explains that not all “wolves” are alike and neither are all sex offenders. The ability to distinguish sex offenders according to specific characteristics is critical to crime prevention.

Sex offender traits Although sex offenders may have diverse characteristics, it’s helpful to classify them as either “preferential” or “situational” according to the landmark study of sex offenders by Lanning. Preferential sex offenders are those who appear to prefer sex with children rather than with peerappropriate partners. Lanning says preferential sex offenders seduce children much in the same way adults seduce one another. They’re more likely to commit multiple offenses. Situational sex offenders are so named because they find themselves in a “situation” which they choose to act upon. Both preferential and situational sex offenders are dangerous, but different. Preferential offenders are perhaps a little easier to recognize because they tend to exhibit predictable long-term behaviors beginning in early adolescence with the collection of theme pornography. They like souvenirs and may have fantasies which they turn into reality, rationalizing their behavior. Preferential sex offenders may stalk their victims but seldom in a frightening “wolf” disguise; they often use the Internet to lure children. They’re dangerous because they know where to find victims in the virtual world. To naïve teenagers and children, just because you’ve not met someone in person

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doesn’t mean he or she cannot be a “BFF” (Best Friend Forever). Many offenders have been known to send recognizable photographs of themselves. Preferential offenders are often good liars, and because they’re willing to commit time and money to fulfill their sexual needs, they often become experts at the use of technology to lure victims. Preferential offenders know what they’re doing. Situational offenders, on the other hand, represent a very diverse group. The primary difference is that situational offenders may not necessarily prefer children. However, without intervention some situational sex offenders may eventually become preferential offenders. Some situational offenders are said to be “regressed,” meaning, they have low self-esteem and poor coping skills. Regressed sex offenders may fear rejection from peer-appropriate partners. Thus, they may turn to children as a sexual substitute. These offenders may even molest their own children. They coerce a child into having sex and often threaten them to keep silent. Another term used to describe situational sex offenders is “inadequate.” These offenders include those who may suffer from personality disorders or mental health issues. They may be described as social misfits. Situational offenders described as “inadequate” may become involved with children sexually (sometimes accidentally) through curiosity or from behavior learned informally. For these individuals, children provide non-threatening opportunities to explore sexuality. Such sexual contact is usually the result of impulses rather than premeditated planning. Most “inadequate” sex offenders lack the social skills to coerce a child, but that does not mean they are not dangerous. According to Lanning, low social capacity is the most significant risk factor in determining why a molester might abduct his victims. Perhaps the most dangerous “wolves” of all are those situational sex offenders labeled “morally indiscriminate.” They’re most dangerous because they’re least treatable

and least predictable. Labeled as “psychopaths” by mental health professionals, these situational sex offenders act without conscience. They are impulsive. They abuse family members, friends and co-workers. They lie, cheat and manipulate and molest children for no apparent reason. They victimize the vulnerable regardless of whether the victim is a stranger, acquaintance or a family member. “Morally indiscriminate” sex offenders will threaten, use trickery, bribery or any other means to coerce victims.

Advice for parents So how can you protect your children? Strand says, “Beware of anyone who wants to be with your children more than you do.” The best defense Dupree says, is effective communication. Make it easy for your children to talk to you. Emphasize that you won’t blame your child if he tells on dear Uncle Buddy. Dupree cautions that damage comes not from a sexual abuse incident but from not being believed or made to feel guilty. “Parents need to manage their emotions,” she says. Otherwise, children may experience unnecessary guilt that will prevent them from telling you or a trusted adult about the abuse. The wolf metaphor in Little Red Riding Hood is relevant today. The “wolves” most dangerous today are the “familiar” rather than the “gentle” wolves in Perrault’s lengthy moral. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t continue to teach children to be wary of strangers. What you need to understand is that wolves come in all varieties and so do sex offenders. Removing the cloak of invisibility depends on awareness and knowledge. Meg English is a middle/high school and college English teacher. She has written several articles on parenting and education and holds a doctorate in education. She is working on a book and owns Pronghorn Publishing with her husband, John.

Teach your children well • Tell your child that it’s not OK for anyone to touch their private parts • Tell your child it’s always OK for them to talk to you • Avoid placing responsibility on your child

Recognize a “wolf” • Be wary of anyone who wants to be with your kids more than you • Be wary of people who attempt to “isolate” kids • Monitor your child’s social media • Know your child’s acquaintances


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The death of a loved one can be especially hard on little ones. Be there for them and be ready to answer questions.

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he little boy was just 9 years old when his grandpa died. He had been there the day Grandpa collapsed in his living room. He saw the paramedics take him away. He watched with curiosity in the days that followed as the adults in his life grieved around him, not really shedding a tear himself. Several

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weeks later, when his grandpa’s ashes were buried, the family gathered for a brief ceremony. It was then that the boy held tightly to his mother, and she him, as he sobbed.

How children see death We often hear of the stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Children and adults alike may move

through some or all of these stages, but there’s no chronological order to them, and it’s not unusual for people of any age to move back and forth between them. According to Dianne Castellano, a licensed clinical social worker and grief counselor with Alive Hospice in Nashville, the way a child processes grief will depend on his age as well as his life experiences.

For example, preschoolers may see death as temporary or reversible. They’re used to seeing cartoon and video game characters die and then come to life again. Usually, between the ages of 5 and 10, children will begin to view death as a more permanent situation, but still may hold the belief that death isn’t likely to happen to themselves or anyone they know. It’s around the age


of 9 or 10 that children will start to have a more adult view of death. They come to understand it’s permanent and that everyone will die some day. This can leave a parent with children of varying ages at a loss as to how to help each one and take care of themselves in the process. They may be dealing with a 7-yearold who reverts back to being unable to sleep in his own bed as well as a teenager who becomes more withdrawn. “Sometimes the intensity of their reaction to grief and loss is mistaken for regression and just trying to get attention,” said Castellano. “The death of a loved one may concretely enable a child to more fully understand that there are real reasons to be fearful and there are things that grown ups cannot control.”

One family’s story The feeling of things spinning out of control is certainly one Anna and her 13-year-old daughter, Beth*, can relate to after the sudden death of Anna’s husband and Beth’s father. “Seven days was all it took for our lives to completely and irrevocably change,” said Anna. “We knew his condition was serious, but we didn’t realize how life threatening it was until the doctors told us one of his organs had died that Friday morning. When he left us a few hours later, we were all with him.” Although Anna said they had a brief time to say goodbye to him, young Beth experienced a roller-coaster of emotions: “I screamed at him to stay, since I hadn’t been expecting it in the slightest. That and the obvious reason that I wanted my Daddy to stay. There was no preparation … I was in shock, then I was yelling and crying and in the middle of a breakdown, a tantrum like I hadn’t had since I was 2.” When children experience grief, it can be a confusing and emotionally trying time for them. It’s important that you’re there to give support and guide them

through the process. This can be especially difficult for parents like Anna who are adjusting to the loss as well. Castellano emphasizes the need for parents to model healing for their grieving children: “Let them understand you are hurting. Cry together, laugh at some fond memories, read about the feelings and behaviors associated with grief; learn together,” she says.

Helping a grieving child Developing a network of support is important in getting through any crisis for children and adults alike. That comes in many forms: people of faith may find it in their church families; teens often feel more comfortable reaching out to peers and many non-profit organizations offer grief counseling services. Anna sought counseling for herself and Beth through Alive Hospice, where they worked closely with Castellano. Anna says she felt grief counseling was necessary for her. In 2004, when Beth was just 4 years old, Anna suffered the loss of her infant son. Back then, she leaned on her husband, but with his passing, she wanted to be sure they both had the support they needed. “I was afraid, in my own grief, I would somehow overlook her need to grieve or become dependent on her as a sole source of emotional support.” She said that grief counseling “gives us both a place to feel what we feel, and say what we need to say, without the fear of upsetting or hurting the person we’re talking to. It also gives us a chance to talk to each other about things we might not have thought important with the guided help of Dianne.” Alive Hospice offers grief counseling, as well as support groups for children several times a year, plus spring and summer grief day camps in Nashville and Murfreesboro. In the fall, they also hold a weekend retreat specifically geared for teens who’ve suffered the loss of a

loved one. Castellano adds, “We do activities that level the playing field, which encourages everyone in the family system to share stories, memories and tears.”

Healing through arts In addition to talking through feelings, counseling may also include the use of music and art therapy to help a child express grief. A child or teen may find that journaling, writing a poem or drawing a picture makes it easier to share emotions that might be hard to express. Jennifer Plume is a music therapist who works in Child Life Services at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. She says many issues can be worked out through music because, “Music is universal. It is understandable to all ages and is something that is usually present in a person’s life from a very young age.” Music and other art forms offer a “natural and nonthreatening way” for a child to cope with loss and grief.

Final thoughts Whichever path you choose for your family, be it counseling with a professional grief counselor or pastor, or just leaning on supportive friends and family members, it’s important to remember not to be afraid to seek help. One thing Anna found as she and Beth have gone through their loss together is how important it is to be honest with your child. “Crying over the loss and laughing over shared memories is all part of a healthy mourning process. The person we’ve loved and lost deserves every tear and chuckle because it shows what a precious part they played, and will continue to play, in the lives of those they’ve left behind.” * Identities withheld at their request. Karen McGrath is a freelance writer for this publication.

TIPS FOR PARENTS Speak the truth. Answer your child’s questions, even the hard ones. Give your child choices when possible. Involve them in planning rituals around saying goodbye. Talk about it. Remember the person who died and share your memories. Respect differences in grieving styles. Don’t tell them how or how long to grieve. Listen without judgment. Offer them a safe place to express feelings so they will have a sense of security.

RESOURCES Alive Hospice 327-1085 alivehospice.org Alive offers a children’s support group for kids in grades 1 - 8 who have experienced the death of a family member or friend. Alive also offers a spring and summer camp for children who are grieving.

The Dougy Center The National Center for Grieving Children and Families dougy.org Helpguide helpguide.org The Children’s Room childrensroom.org What Children Need When They Grieve: The Four Essentials: Routine, Love, Honesty, and Security (Harmony; 2004) by Julia Wilcox Rathkey

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There may be a tendency to turn inward when you learn your child has special needs, but strength and joy is found in community.

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he birth of a child should be a joyous occasion. But for parents of babies born with developmental and intellectual disabilities, the moment of joy quickly becomes one of uncertainty, grief and fear. Suddenly, the many hopes, dreams and expectations that parents had for their child are gone. Instead, such parents can be left feeling helpless and alone. But as mothers Sheila Moore and Alecia Talbott learned, sometimes it just takes one parent reaching out to another to tap into a whole new community of friends and support.

AN UNEXPECTED DIAGNOSIS While a child can be diagnosed

with a developmental or intellectual disability at any stage, many children show signs or are diagnosed at birth. That’s exactly what happened when Sheila Moore gave birth to her son and received the diagnosis that changed her world forever. Her son, Matt, was born with signs of Down syndrome, and when tests confirmed the genetic disorder, Moore and her husband were faced with a difficult new reality. “Along with feeling grief, you feel guilty for having the grief,” Moore says. “You feel guilty for feeling sad for him not being the child you thought he would be.” These complex emotions, Moore explains, were just the beginning of her uncertainty. As she wrestled with her desire to love her son unconditionally, Moore also found herself burdened with questions about

what her family’s new life would be like. “We had so many questions: What’s this going to do to our lives? How will it affect our family? What will the future look like?” Moore says. Like many parents of children born with Down syndrome, Moore feared a loss of normalcy — not only for her young son, but for herself and her family as well. Everything was suddenly unrecognizable. She felt at a complete loss, as if she had no one.

CREATING A COMMUNITY Moore wanted to find a way to reach out to other parents as they dealt with the initial blow of a similar diagnosis. “Having experienced all that myself, I know what it’s like,” Moore says. “I feel like it’s important for families to

have someone who’s walked a mile in their shoes.” So in 1995, Moore helped found the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee (DSAMT). Its goal has been “to provide accurate information about Down syndrome and peer support to families in the Middle Tennessee area.” Today, the association runs support groups and programs for children with Down syndrome as well as for mom, dads and even grandparents. To this day, Moore finds that the initial interactions with parents who reach out to the organization were among the most meaningful. She let them know that their emotions are common. She assured them “that it’s OK to kind of feel sad, but to still enjoy the baby as a baby, like any other child.” (please turn the page)

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speci nds LIKE ANY OTHER CHILD These words from a fellow parent can be the first glimpse of hope amidst an atmosphere of uncertainty and sadness. For Alecia Talbott, whose son, Ron, was also diagnosed with Down syndrome shortly after birth five years ago, Moore’s visit was the first ray of light in an otherwise bleak experience. “After Ron was born, the nursing staff and doctors were acting funny,” Talbott recalls. “They seemed to just all feel sorry for me, to the point where I didn’t know if he was going to live or die.” Then, as part of DSAMT’s First Call Program, Moore came to the hospital. She came to tell Talbott exactly what any mother who has recently given birth needs to hear. “She came into the room, looked at Ron and said, ‘He’s absolutely beautiful. Congratulations.’”

A NEW NORMAL After Talbott and her husband brought Ron home, they began to read testimonies of other parents of children with Down syndrome. They read stories of parents who said such things as: “Even if I could, I wouldn’t take it away. I’d never change anything,’” Talbott recalls. Back then, she admits to feeling this positive attitude seemed strange. Then Talbott found out about Buddy Walk, a public awareness and fundraising event for Down syndrome families, happening in her area. She saw it as a perfect way for her family to start making its way into a new community. “I just felt like this would be a good thing, it felt like fate had led me to this,” Talbott says. In just three days, the Talbotts raised $500. “It was just so overwhelming, the support we were getting,” Talbott recalls. “Being there and seeing all the people, learning about people I worked

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with who had kids with Down syndrome. All of a sudden, there was this whole new family.” Ron was only 5 weeks old when Talbott and her family participated in that first Buddy Walk. After that, Talbott began volunteering regularly with DSAMT. Sure enough, her family began to settle into a new routine. “You don’t realize it at the time, but life happens, and all of a sudden you have a new normal,” she says. “I attribute the biggest part of our adjustment to getting involved with the community.”

A NETWORK OF SUPPORT In the case of Moore and Talbott, one mother reaching out to another was the first step toward helping Talbott discover a community of support. Moore refers to their community as a “network,” in which there’s always someone to talk to, someone who has been there and will listen, and will try to help. When one family recently contacted her with concerns about a surgery their child was set to have at Vanderbilt, Moore was able to connect them to another family that had been through the same experience. These sorts of connections, she notes, make all the difference and strengthen special-needs communities. Especially as a child grows up, that network is always there to address each new concern or uncertainty. “There are different milestones that we all cross when raising kids with special needs,” Moore says. “When you get to that point when the next crisis comes up, you need someone who listens and supports, someone who’s just a year or so ahead of you.” Indeed, every member of the family has something to gain. Talbott’s daughter, Jovie, 7, looks forward to seeing her friends at community gatherings, many of them also siblings of children with Down syndrome. Talbott’s

stepson, Ed, 18, has participated in DSAMT’s “I Can Shine” program, in which volunteers work one-on-one to teach children with Down syndrome how to ride bicycles without training wheels. “When it was over he said, ‘Wow, can I do this again?’” Talbott recalls. “It was a really great experience for him.”

A FAMILY OF FRIENDS “I don’t remember what day it was when I said I wouldn’t take it away,” Talbott says, now that Ron has recently turned 5. “But that day came.” Moore’s son, Matt, is now 24. Moore is quick to note that even as her son grows into adulthood, there are still new challenges every day. The community continues to be a resource and a foundation for her family’s life. In January 2013, Moore left her position as Executive Director of DSAMT to work as the Chief Executive Officer at The Arc of Davidson County, an organization that advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. When Talbott learned that Moore’s position was opening up, she knew she had to step forward. Now, it’s Talbott who approaches and talks with new mothers as they embark on their uncertain and unexpected new futures. “I recently talked to a woman who was pregnant,” Talbott says. “I said, ‘I don’t know what it’s going to be like for you, but Ron is in school, learning to swim, he climbs the fence in our yard.’” Armed with her memories of how difficult it was when she first learned Ron’s diagnosis, Talbott tries to assure new parents that they will find a sense of normalcy down the road. “None of us know,” Talbott says. “We expect that’s part of being a parent and part of life.” Talbott can look back upon a time when her family’s future looked like an “empty hole.” Today, Talbott says she just wants

to be able to keep giving new parents the guidance they need to believe in their futures. Her aim is to encourage them to seek out a community of fellow parents, where they are sure to find a true family of friends. Elly Bookman is a writer and teacher. Her poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, Cafe Review, Off the Coast and elsewhere.

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The 16th Annual

A special thanks to all the businesses and services who help support this magazine and the parenting community in Middle Tennessee – parents in the greater Nashville area appreciate your continued efforts! Thanks also to all of the readers who participated in our 16th Annual Best of Parenting Awards.

BEST SHOPPING

AWARDS

The winners are listed in RED for each category. Finalists are listed in BLUE, in alphabetical order, under the winners.

Grocery Store

Publix

Aldi • Kroger Shopping Center/Mall

Opry Mills

Mall at Green Hills Streets of Indian Lake Furniture Store

B F Myers

Gibson • Haverty’s Toy Store

Phillips Toy Mart Target • Toys R Us Book Store

Barnes and Noble Books a Milliom Ms. B’s Used Books

BEST DESTINATIONS Day Trip

Tennessee Aquarium at Chattanooga Beech Bend Park Nashville Zoo Beach Destination

Destin/Ft. Walton/Okaloosa Island, FL Hilton Head, NC Panama City Beach Museum

Frist Center for the Arts Adventure Science Center Country Music Hall of Fame Live Performance

Maternity Shop

Nashville Children’s Theatre

Mimi Maternity Target

The Ryman Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC)

Specialty Baby

Tourist Attraction

Motherhood Maternity

Babies R Us

Country Music Hall of Fame

Lizards & Lace • Zoe & Friends

Grand Ole Opry Opry Mills Shopping

Children’s Clothing

Lizards & Lace

Children’s Place • Gymboree Consignment

Little Ones N’ Reruns Second Chances Up and Down Closet Jewelry

Jared

David McKenzie • Kay’s

Day Camp

YMCA Camp Widjiwagon Camp Crusaders / Hendersonville Christian Academy The Wave Camp/First Baptist Church Hendersonville

BEST EATS Family Restaurant

Demos’ Restaurant Casa Vieja • Cracker Barrel Best Hamburger

Red Robin

Cheeburger, Cheeburger Top Hog Best Pizza

Jet’s Pizza Brixx • Painturo’s Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt

Sweet CeCe’s

Dairy Queen • Maggie Moo’s

BEST PARTIES Kids Party Entertainer

Nashville Kids Parties (Copy Cats) Scott Tripp Spangler Entertainment Away From Home Party

Hoppity Hop

Sleep Away Camp

Monkey Joe’s • Strike and Spare

Baylor Sports Camp Horton Haven

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YMCA Camp Widjiwagan

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AWARDS BEST AUTOMOTIVE Winners listed in RED for each catergory. Honorable mentions in BLUE, in alphabetical order, under the winners. The Best of Parenting reader’s poll is conducted annually. Ballots are available online beginning July 1 at nashvilleparent.com. The winners are published in our November issue and on nashvilleparent.com.

Auto Dealer

Newton Nissan Tom Bannen Ron Hibbard Auto Service

Christian Brothers Firestone Gateway Tire

BEST EDUCATION & ENRICHMENT Childcare

The Goddard School The Academy Primrose School

APPEARANCE BESTBEST APPEARANCE Day Spa

Ms. Sue’s Day Spa Escape • Massage Envy Kid’s Haircut

Great Clips

Fantastic Sam’s Sports Clips Kid Photographer

Kristen Weigle

Reflections by Tanya Ashley Spears

Tutoring

Sylvan Learning Center Huntington Learning Center Kumon Dance Studio

Smartt Steps American Academy of Dance Dance South Gymnastics

Gymini

Parenting Resource

Sumner Parent Magazine Sumner Regional Medial Center nashvilleparent.com Bank

Fifth Third Old Hickory Credit Union Regions Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Barnes Martin Realty House Remax Choice

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OB GYN

Sumner Women’s Associates BlueGrass OB GYN Total Women’s Care Pediatrics

Ternnessee Pediatrics VIP KIDS Hendersonville Children’s Clinic VIP KIDS Gallatin Children’s Clinic Dental Care

Pediatric Dentistry Specialists Fischer Family Dentistry Indian lake Family Dental Orthodontics

Morris Orthodontics Smile Construction Dr. Mary Kay Kohen Eye Care

Green Eye Care Sumner Eye Care Visionary Eye Care Emergency Room

Magnitude 10.0 Master’s Gymnastics

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Martial Arts

Skyline Medical Center Sumner Regional Medial Center

David Deaton Karate BEST PARENTING RESOURCE

BEST FAMILY HEALTH

Rising Sun Wado Karate Center Children’s Play Program

Hoppity Hop Gymboree My Gym

Best Hospital

Sumner Regional Medial Center Hendersonville Medical Center Vanderbilt University Medical Center Best Place to Have a Baby

Music Instruction

Sumner Regional Medial Center

Hendersonville Music Center Springfield Guitar

Hendersonville Medical Center Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Music and Arts Center

Youth Sports League

Dixie Youth Baseball Gallatin Soccer League Upward Basketball & Cheer

Fitness Center

YMCA of Middle Tennessee Crossfit Gold’s Gym


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Timothy E. McNutt Sr., D.D.S.

HOLIDAY CAMPS available. Check websites for camp schedule and to register.

My Gym Brentwood (615)371-5437

330 Franklin Rd. My Brentwood(next to TJMAXX) My Gym of HENDERSONVILLE Gym of BRENTWOOD (615) 824-8002 www.mygym.com/brentwood (615) (615)824-8002 371-KIDS/5437 My Gym Hendersonville my-gym.com/hendersonville my-gym.com/brentwood 206 N. Anderson Ln. Hendersonville(next to WalMart) www.mygym.com/hendersonville

3817 Bedford Ave. Suite 120 Bedford Commons One Nashville, TN, 636215 Perfect for kids ages weeks to 13 years

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Serving the Green Hills area (626) 441-7800 for over 20 years 839 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, CA 91105 pasadena@mygym.com www.mygym.com

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HOLIDAY SHOPPING GUIDE A Special Advertising Section

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum 222 Fifth Ave. S, Nashville countrymusichalloffame.org

416-2001

Make the holiday memorable by giving a membership. Shop our museum store for unique gifts or buy them tickets to an upcoming event.

Camp Widjiwagan – Joe C. Davis Outdoor Center campwidji.org

The Children’s Playroom Drop-In Childcare By People You Trust

Holiday Party

360-2267

Fri., Dec. 13th, 6pm-9pm at the Belle Meade location Sat., Dec. 14th, 6pm-9pm at the Brentwood location

Give the gift of Camp! Give your child one giant Blob,two Wet Willie slides and a summer they’ll never forget! Overnight or day camp.

Children’s Playroom 5133 Harding Road, Nashville 330 Franklin Road, Brentwood thechildrensplayroom.com

353-4900 371-5279

Remember us for your holiday shopping child care needs. GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE

Leave your kids in good hands while you shop. Holiday Party Dec. 13 at Belle Meade location and Dec. 14 at Brentwood location.

David Deaton Karate Studios Hendersonville Brentwood Mt. Juliet

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HOLIDAY SHOPPING GUIDE

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Have a Premier Designs Jewelry Show and you’ll get to choose jewelry equal in value to 50% of your show’s total retail ($500 minimum show). That’s a lot of free jewelry for you (and even some of the jewelry lovers on your holiday gift list)!

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Band Instruments • Guitars & Amps Banjos • Ukuleles • Accessories Print Music • PIANOS ...And Much More!

Hurry for Best Selection! STORE WIDE SALE www.ShuffsMusic.com

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FROM YOUR JEWELRY LADY JOY the Jeweler Independent Distributor 1-855-200-SPARKLE joy.rice@rocketmail.com

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HOLIDAY SHOPPING GUIDE A Special Advertising Section Happy Backyards

1113 Murfreesboro Road, #370, Franklin happybackyards.com

595-5565

Incredible deals during our Black Friday sale! Check us out for great family gifts that keep everyone moving.

Mall at Green Hills

2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville themallatgreenhills.com

298-5478

Home to Middle Tennessee’s most exclusive upscale retailers.

Phillips Toy Mart

5207 Harding Road, Nashville phillipstoymart.com

352-5363

A toy store for kids of all ages. Over 20,000 items. Expert, friendly sales staff to help you with your holiday shopping. Voted #1 toy store by Nashville Parent readers.

USA Baby and Kids

1113 Murfreesboro Road, #370, Franklin usababyfranklin.com

595-5565

From cribs to teens and everything in between, you’ll find great gift ideas throughout our store. Toys, accessories, furniture, bedding and much more.

YMCA of Middle Tennessee ymcamidtn.org

Give the gift that your family will love! Visit the YMCA Welcome Center or ymcamidtn.org for more information.

What’s on Your Wish List This Year? Let the staff at Learning Express help you finish up your shopping while others are still making out lists! Our toy experts are at your service with toy suggestions, free personalizing, Birthday Boxes, free gift wrapping, & more!

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A Special Advertising Section

HOLIDAY SHOPPING GUIDE

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REACHING NEW HEIGHTS THANKS FOR VOTING US #1! For more than 16 years, campers have been strengthening confidence, forging friendships and sharpening character while making memories that will last a lifetime.

REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER 2014 OPENS IN NOVEMBER! Give your child the best that Nashville has to offer. CAMPWIDJI.ORG • 615-360-2267

OUR MISSION: A worldwide charitable fellowship united by a common loyalty to Jesus Christ for the purpose of growing in spirit, mind and body.


A Paid Advertising Directory

Your 2013 Guide to

Fall Activities and After-School Programs Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate 1911 Business Campus Drive, Murfreesboro 1820 NW Broad St., Murfreesboro bskonline.com • bushido96@aol.com Expanded listing at nashvilleparent.com

890-6755 893-6003

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

Bolton Music Therapy and Music Together® Serving All of Middle Tennessee boltonmusictherapy.com • info@boltonmusictherapy.com Expanded listing at nashvilleparent.com

715-1232

Music learning supports all learning! Achieve developmental goals through individual or group music therapy sessions. Learn to play guitar, piano, or ukulele (adapted lessons offered for children with special needs). Make music with your family in our developmentally appropriate and research-based Music Together® classes for children ages birth to 5 yrs., with or without disabilities. Come try a class for free - fall semester starts soon! Homeschool music classes and musical birthday party bookings also available.

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

353-9827

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

Deer Run Camps and Retreats 3845 Perkins Road, Thompson’s Station camps.deerrunretreat.org • registration@deerrunretreat.org Expanded listing at nashvilleparent.com

794-2918

Voted best day camp in Williamson County. Day Camps (grades K - 5) and Adventure Day Camps (grades 6 - 8). Extended care and bus transportation available from south Nashville, Murfreesboro, and Franklin. Lake activities, crazy games, BB guns, archery, crafts, climbing tower, creek wading, worship, fun songs, agegraded small group Bible study, and more. Adventure camps also include 3-D archery, outdoor education and survival skills, Leap of Faith, and paintball. Campers receive a t-shirt and DVD of their camp week. Ten miles south of Franklin, 100 wooded acres.

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

867-6900 617-7644

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

Elite Dance and Fitness 7177 Nolensville Road, Suite B-1, Nolensville elitedanceandfitness.com

776-4202

Elite Dance and Fitness features a top-notch staff of instructors who all share a unique love for the performing arts. We are a family-oriented studio that prides itself on teaching quality dance instruction in a positive and uplifting environment. Our emphasis is on teaching age-appropriate material to the recreational dancer and for competition level dancers. Elite offers Zumba six days a week and a pre-K program three days per week.

Elite Martial Arts 6940 Moores Lane, Brentwood emabrentwood.com, warriorcamp.org Expanded listing at nashvilleparent.com

661-5595

For over ten years, we have helped kids, teens, and adults become stronger, safer versions of themselves by teaching a mixed curriculum of Muay Thai kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Krav Maga in fun and age appropriate classes. In addition to our kids and adult MMA classes, we also offer Fighting Shape, a cardio-heavy, insanity-style class that incorporates kickboxing and runs from October through Thanksgiving. Call today! continued on page 56 ...

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2013 Guide to Fall Activities & After-School Programs A Paid Advertising Directory

Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 4115 Mallory Lane, Ste. 206, Franklin (Cool Springs) gbcoolsprings.com 3710B Hillsboro Pike, Nashville (Green Hills) gbgreenhills.com

628-8591 953-6349

Gracie Barra leads the world in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction. BJJ is the fastest growing martial art. Practitioners develop highly effective self-defense techniques, incorporate full body functional fitness (cardio, agility, strength conditioning, flexibility), and develop a sense of community with other practitioners. It’s the most effective martial art in the world, more mentally stimulating than chess. Ideal for all ages.

Gymboree Play & Music 4004 Hillsboro Pike, Ste. 180-R, Nashville Expanded listing at nashvilleparent.com gymboreeclasses.com • nashvilletn@gymboreeclasses.com

221-9004

At Gymboree Play & Music, you and your child will build creativity, confidence and lifelong friendships. Gymboree programs are specially designed to help young children learn and develop as they play. Our classes also help you learn about your child – how to participate in and encourage his or her development – while enjoying the simple pleasure of playing together.

Hoppity Hop Inflatables 143 New Shackle Island Road, Hendersonville 265-8020 hoppityhopinflatables.com Expanded listing at nashvilleparent.com Let your kids hop, skip and bounce! Check out our new bounces. Hoppity Hop has open bounces, Parent’s Night Out, and more. Great birthday parties, too. Check the web for more info.

Lucky Ladd Farms 4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville luckyladdfarms.com Expanded listing at nashvilleparent.com

274-3786

Over 70 activities for all ages. New Splash Zone and Bubble Blast Pool. Petting farm, pony rides, wagon rides, mega slides, and playground. Groups welcome.

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• Williamson County’s ONLY street smart self defense • Teacher-approved character education • No long term commitment necessary

THANK YOU for voting us the #1 Martial Arts School! To show our appreciation, all kids classes, teen MMA, adult cardio kickboxing and MMA will be free to guests a week of your choice in November or December! Mention this ad and get $10 off kids two day Warrior Camp November 25 & 26.

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Mobile Music Academy mobilemusicacademy.com • info@mobilemusicacademy.com 301-8589 Expanded listing at nashvilleparent.com We bring high-quality music instruction from fun, energetic, qualified teachers to you. Lessons for piano, guitar, bass, drums, voice, band and orchestral.

Mpact Sports 1647 Mallory Lane, Ste. 102, Brentwood 377-3444 mpactgymnastics.com 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.

Music Together Now at Bolton Music Therapy musictogether.com 796-6162 Bolton Music Therapy is now offering Music Together®, an early childhood music program for children ages birth to five years. Our mixed-age, inclusive classes provide a rich, active music making experience. Each family receives a songbook and two recordings each semester. Contact us to attend a free demo class! Please call for locations or visit our website.

My Gym 330 Franklin Road, Brentwood 204 N. Anderson Lane, Hendersonville my-gym.com/brentwood • my-gym.com/hendersonville Expanded listing at nashvilleparent.com

371-5437 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 non-competitive way.

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WE COULDN’T POSSIBLY BE MORE EXCITED!

MOTHER’S DAY OUT Mon-Fri: 9am-3pm

BEST DANCE SCHOOL for the 14th time in our history! age 3 to college www.anncarrollschoolofdance.com V A N D E R B I L T

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July 7–18, 2014 Saturday and summer academic programs for students in grades K–6. Single and double sessions available for summer.

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2013 Guide to Fall Activities & After-School Programs

SPORTS

A Paid Advertising Directory

Williamson

3630 Redmon St., Nashville 500 Wilson Pike Circle, Ste. 119, Brentwood nashvilleballet.com Expanded listing at nashvilleparent.com

297-2966 ext. 20

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

THANK YOU! To all of our loyal customers, we are thankful to YOU this Thanksgiving season! Thanks for being a part of our Mpact family.

Stevens Family Taekwondo 440 Rice Street, Murfreesboro 805 Commercial Court, Murfreesboro stevensfamilytkd.com • stevensfamilytkd@yahoo.com Expanded listing at nashvilleparent.com

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893-5304

Now enrolling for fall after-school program. Offering day and evening classes for children and adults. Classes include traditional taekwondo, yoga, cardio kickboxing, Krav Maga and tumbling. Home of the area’s only structured Martial Arts After School Program.

Sylvan Learning Centers 1227 Lakeview Drive, Unit 4, Franklin sylvanfranklin@gmail.com 2000 Richard Jones Road, Ste. 178, Nashville (Green Hills) sylvangreenhills@gmail.com 110 Glancy St., Ste. 211, Nashville (Rivergate) northdavidsonsylvan@gmail.com 810 Medical Center Blvd., Ste. C, Murfreesboro sylvan1014@bellsouth.net Expanded listing at nashvilleparent.com

790-8775 292-3900 860-9111 893-3542

Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of tutoring and supplemental education services to students of all ages and skill levels. Our tutors tailor individualized learning plans that build the skills, habits and attitudes students need to succeed in school and in life. Affordable tutoring instruction in math, reading, writing, study skills, homework help and test prep. Visit one of our centers or call for a free consultation.

Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth On the Vanderbilt Campus pty.vanderbilt.edu Expanded listing at nashvilleparent.com

322-8261

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

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Wado Karate Centers 2444 Morris Gentry Blvd., Antioch 406 Two Mile Pike, Goodlettsville 667 Presidents Place, Smyrna wadokaratecenters.com • taylorhayden@msn.com Expanded listing at nashvilleparent.com

399-3992 859-9473 399-3992

Holiday Special – 8 weeks for $99. 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.

Westside Gymnastics 11 Vaughns Gap Road, Nashville wacgymnastics.com

352-8533

$50 OFF REGISTRATION FEE

Kindy and gymnastics – Coed Kindy Camp (3 - 5 yrs) and Coed Gymnastics Camp (6 - 13 yrs). Holiday Camp Jan. 2 and 3. Voted Best Gymnastics program four years in a row in the Nashville Parent Best of Parenting polls!

GREEN HILLS 3710B Hillsboro Pk., Nashville gbgreenhills.com (615) 953-6349

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COOL SPRINGS 4115 Mallory Ln, Franklin gbcoolsprings.com (615) 628-8591

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76 Santa at the Malls The jolly old elf awaits at a shop spot near you.

91 Ongoing Activities Recurring opportunities for all ages.

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Schoolhouse Rock Live! The music of the animated educational shorts from the 1970s is alive and well on stage at Nashville Children’s Theatre through Sunday, Dec. 1. All ages can enjoy songs like “Conjunction Junction,” “Interjections,” Three is a Magic Number,” Interplanet Janet” and more. Find show details on page 93.

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Private School Open Houses If you are considering a private education for your child, this is the perfect opportunity to get to know many of the private schools in Middle Tennessee. You’ll find this month’s Calendar is chock-full of ads for these Open Houses. Keep on turning the pages – all the way to the page 74 – to find more.

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String City, a puppet show telling the history of country music, returns to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum for two performances on Saturday, Nov. 2. Pictured here, the Taylor Swift marionette.

Fri 1 Bank of America Pops Series: Michael McDonald

This soul singer performs Doobie Brothers classics as well as his solo hits. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $54 $138; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Cosmic Bounce Night

All ages can bounce on inflatables with cosmic glowin-the-dark lighting. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $7.95; 2551422 or bounceu.com/cities/ nashville.tn.

Shake, Rattle & Roll

Learn about percussion while playing with sand blocks. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Sat 2 23rd Annual Holiday Arts and Craft Show and 10th Annual Kris Kringle Kar Klassic

Get your holiday shopping underway with more than 140 vendors who will have items like fine art, jewelry, pet products, novelty clothing, baby goods, home decor and more. While Mom shops, Dad can enjoy the car show featuring more

than 80 classic and modified automobiles. Kids can bring their wish lists to share with Santa (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.). All ages. Williamson County Ag Expo Park, 4215 Long Lane, Franklin; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $2 adults, free ages 12 and younger; 790-5719, ext. 2010, or wcparksandrec.com.

FREE Animal Encounters

Meet a resident animal and learn about its characteristics. All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 1:30 - 2 p.m.; 217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Bank of America Pops Series: Michael McDonald

This soul singer performs Doobie

Brothers classics as well as his solo hits. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $54 $138; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Cumberland Division Meet & Model Train Show

Visit dealer tables, see two operating model railroads, browse and make purchases in the hobby shop, take a self-guided tour to a large HO scale model railroad and more. All ages. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $4 adults, $1 ages 12 and younger, $10 family max, free for scouts in uniform; 244-9001 or tcry.org.

El Dia de los Muertos

Celebrate the Latin American holiday with Mexican food, music, dance, art activities and more. All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $12 adults, $5 ages 3 - 17; 3568000 or cheekwood.org.

FREE Fall Family Festival

Enjoy a magic show by Bruce Amato, face painting, games and more. All ages. Hendersonville Public Library, 140 Saundersville Road, Hendersonville; 1 - 3 p.m.; 824-0656 or hendersonvillelibrary.org.

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FREE Hike for the Homeless

Raise pledges and embark on your choice of a 2.2- or 3.1-mile hike on paved trails, followed by lunch, face painting, inflatables, hands-on activities with Frist Center staff and live music. Funds raised benefit Safe Haven Family Shelter. All ages. Edwin Warner Park picnic shelters 9 and 11, Highway 100, Nashville; 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; safehaven.org.

FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop

Ages 5 - 12 can build a tabletop ship from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Find a location near you at homedepot.com.

FREE Saturdays in the Fall: In November

Experience Cynthia Rylant’s children’s book, In November, through activities, hikes and readings throughout the day. All ages. Warner Parks Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 352-6299 or nashville.gov/ parks.

FREE Shakespeare Allowed

Participate in (or just listen to) a full reading of Twelfth Night. All ages. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville; 12 3 p.m.; nashvilleshakes.org.

FREE String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry This hour-long history of country music and Nashville’s transformation into Music City is told through a variety of marionettes and other puppets. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 and 11:30 a.m.; admission is free but donations will be accepted to benefit the Nashville Public Library as well as the Hall; 416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Sunrise Saturday Bounce

All ages can spend the morning bouncing on inflatables. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 8:30 - 10 a.m.; $7.95, $6.95 siblings; 255-

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Celebrate the Latin American holiday, El Dia de los Muertos, at Cheekwood on Saturday, Nov. 2. 1422 or bounceu.com/cities/ nashville.tn.

Wine Down Main Street

Adults can enjoy a wine-tasting event hosted by downtown merchants. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Franklin/ Williamson County. Historic Downtown Franklin on Main Street; 7 p.m.; $75 - $125; winedownmainstreet.com.

Sun 3 FREE 12:20 Concert

Enjoy music featuring the Vanderbilt University Choir. All ages. First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville; 12 p.m.; 298-9517 or fpcnashville. org.

23rd Annual Holiday Arts and Craft Show and 10th Annual Kris Kringle Kar Klassic

Get your holiday shopping underway with more than 140 vendors who will have items like

fine art, jewelry, pet products, novelty clothing, baby goods, home decor and more. While Mom shops, Dad can enjoy the car show featuring more than 80 classic and modified automobiles. Kids can bring their wish lists to share with Santa (1 - 3 p.m.). All ages. Williamson County Ag Expo Park, 4215 Long Lane, Franklin; 12 - 4 p.m.; $2 adults, free ages 12 and younger; 790-5719, ext. 2010, or wcparksandrec.com.

Mon 4 Snack Attack

Make snacks resembling acorns and fall leaves. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Tue 5 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, 1153 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin; 10 a.m.; 834-3287.

Right Choices

Kids can learn life skills through a curriculum designed to empower them to make wise decisions. Ages 8 - 18. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 4 - 6 p.m.; $2; 893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Science a la Carte

Enjoy science experiments with the center’s staff. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

She’s So Unusual Tour

Cyndi Lauper celebrates the 30th anniversary of her groundbreaking She’s So Unusual album by performing the entire record and sharing stories behind the songs. Ages 12 and older. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 7:30

p.m.; $35 - $70; 782-4040 or tpac.org.

Tuesdays for Tots: Autumn Adventures

Preschoolers and parents can turn ordinary leaves into whimsical creations. Ages 3 - 5. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 children); 3568000 or cheekwood.org.

Wed 6 47th Annual CMA Awards

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood host country music’s biggest night. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $114.50 $551; 770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

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Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 8902300 or explorethedc.org.

Thanksgiving for Kids

Make Thanksgiving crafts and snacks, then enjoy a seasonal story. Ages 3 - 5. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 9 - 9:45 a.m.; $3; 893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Wilderness Awareness Workshop

This program is required prior to camping at the Barfield Park Campground. Learn campground etiquette and Leave No Trace outdoor ethics. Ages 6 and older. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; 217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Fri 8 Aegis Sciences Classical Series: Stravinsky’s Firebird

Carrie Underwood co-hosts the 47th Annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Animal Antics

Meet the resident water turtles. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4:15 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc. org.

living a healthy lifestyle and the importance of treating themselves like queens. Ages 8 - 18. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 4 - 5 p.m.; $2; 893-7439 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

FREE Kid’s Hour

Mare Wakefield performs music for ages 10 and younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 550-5660.

FREE Open House Day

Meet astronomers, tour the facility and get acquainted with the telescopes. Ages 6 and older. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood; 1 - 4 p.m.; dyer.vanderbilt.edu.

Petals & Lace

This girls-only program teaches young ladies the benefits of

Thu 7 Aegis Sciences Classical Series: Stravinsky’s Firebird

Pianist Gabriela Montero joins the Nashville Symphony for an evening of music by Stravinksy, Dvorak, Mendelssohn and Schurmann. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $27 $138; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Crafternoon

Get creative and make fall button branches. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Dancing with the Nashville Stars

This benefit for Feed America First features local personalities competing on the dance floor, including Kelly Sutton, Jennifer Kraus, Brad Hopkins and more. All ages. The Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; 6 - 9 p.m.; $75; feedamericafirst. com.

Nature Nuts

Kids of all ages can participate in a nature-themed program. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St.,

Pianist Gabriela Montero joins the Nashville Symphony for an evening of music by Stravinksy, Dvorak, Mendelssohn and Schurmann. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $27 $138; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Big Kid Night

This adults-only event features cold brew and food prior to a performance of Schoolhouse Rock Live! Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; 5:30 p.m.; $30; 252-4675 or nashvillechildrenstheatre.org.

Blue and Gray Days

Experience Civil War soldier life through re-enactors, period vendors, music and more. All ages. The event also takes place at the Carnton Plantation (1345 Carnton Lane, Franklin). The Carter House, 1140 Columbia Avenue, Franklin; 1 - 5 p.m.; $5 (does not include house tour); 791-1861 or battleoffranklintrust.org.

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Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles hosts this holiday concert taping for TV that includes fellow artists Sheryl Crow, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, Michael W. Smith and more. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25 - $100; 770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

Cosmic Bounce Night

All ages can bounce on inflatables with cosmic glowin-the-dark lighting. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $7.95; 2551422 or bounceu.com/cities/ nashville.tn.

Fall Festival of Magic

Enjoy slight-of-hand wonders with a presentation by The Middle Tennessee Magic Club. All ages. Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro; 7 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 11 and younger; 904-2787 or boroarts.org.

Garlands and Glitter Fashion Show

Discover holiday fashions by Belk, and enjoy dinner and live entertainment. Proceeds benefit Children Are People, Inc. All ages. Bluegrass Yacht and Country Club, 550 Johnny Cash Pkwy., Hendersonville; 6 - 10 p.m.; $40 general admission, $50 runway seating; 989-1407 or hendersonvilleholidayfest.org.

Let Freedom Ring: A Veterans Day Celebration

Act of Congress joins the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra for an evening of patriotic music. All ages. First United Methodist Church, 265 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 7:30 p.m.; $10 - $40; 898-1862 or murfreesborosymphony.com.

Shake, Rattle & Roll

Learn about percussion while playing a guiro, a LatinAmerican instrument. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

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11 and younger; 904-2787 or boroarts.org.

Aegis Sciences Classical Series: Stravinsky’s Firebird

Murder Mystery Excursion Train

Pianist Gabriela Montero joins the Nashville Symphony for an evening of music by Stravinksy, Dvorak, Mendelssohn and Schurmann. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $27 $138; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

FREE Animal Encounters

Meet a resident animal and learn about its characteristics. All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 1:30 - 2 p.m.; 217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Blue and Gray Days

Experience Civil War soldier life through re-enactors, period vendors, music and more. All ages. The event also takes place at the Carnton Plantation (1345 Carnton Lane, Franklin). The Carter House, 1140 Columbia Avenue, Franklin; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $5 (does not include house tour); 791-1861 or battleoffranklintrust.org.

Campfire Circle

Embark on a hike to the campground and enjoy campfire activities like treats, songs, skits and more. All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 5:30 p.m.; $3; 217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Elves’ Faire

Families can enjoy Waldorf-inspired crafts as well as archery, an artisan market, a climbing wall, face painting, food trucks, puppet shows, a magical garden and more. All ages. Linden Waldorf School, 3201 Hillsboro Road, Brentwood; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $5 ages 5 and older, free ages 4 and younger; lindenwaldorf.org.

Fall Festival of Magic

Have a hoot during the Owl Day Celebration at Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary on Saturday, Nov. 9.

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Enjoy slight-of-hand wonders with a presentation by The Middle Tennessee Magic Club. All ages. Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro; 7 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages

Ride the rails to Watertown and enjoy a murder mystery along the way. All ages. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 9 a.m.; $21 - $75; 244-9001 or tcry. org.

Owl Day Celebration

Celebrate wise old owls with activities including live owl programs with the chance to meet resident ones, hikes, owl pellet dissection, and arts and crafts. All ages. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 1 - 4 p.m.; $7; 370-4672 or owlshill.org.

FREE Second Saturday at Fiddler’s Grove

Families can travel back in time and learn how people communicated in the olden days by touring a print shop, telephone museum and radio building, then enjoy live music in the evening. All ages. Fiddler’s Grove, 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon; 4 - 9 p.m.; 443-2626 or fiddlersgrove.org.

Sunrise Saturday Bounce

All ages can spend the morning bouncing on inflatables. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 8:30 - 10 a.m.; $7.95, $6.95 siblings; 2551422 or bounceu.com/cities/ nashville.tn.

Sun 10 FREE 12:20 Concert

Greg Thomas, tenor, and Alex Vorhaus, treble, present “Abraham and Isaac” by Benjamin Britten. All ages. First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville; 12 p.m.; 298-9517 or fpcnashville.org.

Titans Football

Cheer for the Tennessee Titans when they challenge the Jacksonville Jaguars. All ages. LP Field, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 12 p.m.; $36 - $295; 5654200 or titansonline.com. (please turn the page)


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Call for a tour today! Toddler (18 months) - 8th Grade www.montessoriacad.org 6021 Cloverland Drive Brentwood, Tennessee 37027 p (615) 833-3610 f (615) 833-3680 ParentHalfPage13_Layout 1 10/2/13 2:39 PM Page 1

Our mission is to promote academic excellence in a caring, nurturing environment.

Accredited by SACS & AMS

Montgomery Bell Academy is a school where boys are taught the value of leadership and character; are equipped with the fundamental tools to succeed in the classroom and beyond; develop an appreciation for the effort required to achieve excellence; and form friendships that last a lifetime. Facts & Figures: • 24 AP National Scholars, 13 National Merit Semifinalists in 2013 • 100 boys per year participate in school-funded international exchanges and programs on six continents

Building Boys into Better Men

• 15 varsity sports competing at the highest level • 2013 Science Olympiad & Math Counts State Champions • Nationally-recognized Art, Music, and Theater programs • 7 to 1 student-teacher ratio, Average Class Size: 14 • 23% of students receive need-based financial aid • 100% of graduates are college-bound • 24 Advanced Placement Courses offered

Montgomery Bell Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, sex, or age, in its employment practices or in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and financial aid programs, athletic programs, or other school-administered programs.

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Ezell-Harding CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Now enrolling for First Grade 2014.

By eighth grade our students will have:

Written and illustrated more than thirty text books • Splashed in the rain, slid in the snow or basked in the sun – daily • Explored ancient lands, distant galaxies and the depths of the Earth • Practiced mental math to the rhythm of jumping ropes • Tended a garden, built a shelter and slept under the stars • Played an instrument (or two) for eight years • Encountered saints and scoundrels in mythology, history and literature • Read in Spanish, spoken Sanskrit and recited in Hebrew • Sculpted a tetrahedron • Competed in a Greek Pentathlon • Sung madrigals and acted in eight plays • Whittled wood and knitted socks • Marched with Romans, dreamed with inventors — and much, much more.

Take hold of your child’s future. Join us for Open House open to Elementary, Middle and High School students. Sunday, November 10, 2pm • Thursday, December 12, 9am Sunday, January 26, 2pm • Thursday, March 20, 9am www.ezellharding.com

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free fun for kids in santa’s wonderland nov. 9 - dec. 24

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ass Pro Shop offers holiday hoopla this season with the return of Santa’s Wonderland. More than 3,500 square feet of space heralds child-like Christmas cheer with several free activities every day for all ages to enjoy. Mingle with elves, write (and mail) letters to St. Nick, participate in holiday craft activities, take aim in the Red Ryder Laser Arcade and the soft gun range, drive slot cars, decorate cookies and have a complimentary photo snapped on Santa’s lap. Most activities occur during the store’s operating hours (Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.), while others — like craft activities — take place on specific days of the week throughout the season. Free photos with Santa take place Mon - Fri 3 - 8 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m. Bass Pro Shop is located at 323 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville. Call 514-5200 or visit basspro.com/santa and click on the local store for a complete schedule of events.

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FREE La Leche League of Portland

Head to the kitchen and make a cornucopia treat. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

FREE Veterans Day Parade

Enjoy a parade honoring our local service men and women, complete with floats, antique cars, local military groups, area high school marching bands and more. All ages. Downtown Nashville, Broadway, Nashville; 11 a.m.; 883-8185.

New and expectant moms interested in breastfeeding can get information and support. La Leche League, 301 Portland Blvd., Portland; 10 a.m.; 323-7158 or facebook.com/ lllofportland.

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New and expectant moms can get support and answers about breastfeeding. Crossway Baptist Church, 4194 Shelbyville Hwy., Murfreesboro; 6 - 8 p.m.; 931308-9817. (please turn the page)

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Santa at the Malls

The Avenue Murfreesboro 2615 Medical Center Pkwy. Murfreesboro 893-4207 shoptheavenue.com Info was not available at press time.

Cool Springs Galleria 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin 771-2050 coolspringsgalleria.com Nov. 9 - Dec. 24

Santa’s arrival on Saturday, Nov. 9 is at 10 a.m. with special guests the Radio City Rockettes. Hours are Mon - 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.). Pet photos take place Nov. 19 and 26 and Dec. 3 from 6 - 9 p.m.

The Mall at Green Hills 2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville 298-5478 themallatgreenhills.com Nov. 9 - Dec. 24

Santa’s arrival on Saturday, Nov. 9 is at 9 a.m. and includes a live performance by The Zinghoppers. Season

hours are Mon - 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 - 4 p.m.). Pet photos are Sunday, Nov. 17 from 6 - 8 p.m. An ASL-certified signing Santa will be available on Thursday, Nov. 21 from 2 - 9 p.m. for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Providence Marketplace 401 S. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet 773-2298 shopprovidencemarketplace.com Saturday, Dec. 7 from 1 - 5 p.m.

Professional photos are $5, and kids can also enjoy storytime with Mrs. Claus, carolers and carriage rides.

RiverGate Mall 1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville 859-3458 • rivergate-mall.com Nov. 9 - Dec. 24

Santa’s arrival takes place at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9. Kids are encouraged to wear pajamas to receive a free pillow case (while supplies last). Hours: Mon - 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 - 4 p.m.). Pet Nights with Santa take place every Tuesday from Nov. 12 - Dec. 17 from 6 - 9 p.m.

Stones River Mall 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro 896-4486 stonesrivermall.com Nov. 16 - Dec. 24

Santa’s arrival at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 includes breakfast in the Food Court, balloon art and other activities. Tickets are $5, and proceeds benefit the Beasley Animal Foundation. Santa’s regular hours are Mon - Thu 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sun 12 - 6 p.m. Pet photos with Santa (dogs and cats only) take place Dec. 2 and 9 from 6 - 8 p.m.

Streets of Indian Lake 300 Indian Lake Blvd. Hendersonville 822-7627 streetsofindianlake.com

Nov. 29 - Dec. 22 Hours: Wed - Sat 2 - 4 p.m. and 5 - 7 p.m., Sun 2 - 4 p.m.

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Justin Timberlake comes to Bridgestone Arena on Friday, Nov. 15. Science a la Carte

FREE Kid’s Hour

Enjoy science experiments with the center’s staff. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Dennis Scott performs music for children ages 10 and younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 550-5660 or dennisscott.net.

Tuesdays for Tots: Music City Craft

Thu 14

Preschoolers and parents can decorate a paper guitar with found object stamping techniques. Ages 3 - 5. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 children); 3568000 or cheekwood.org.

Wed 13 Animal Antics

Meet the resident chinchilla. All ages. Discovery Center, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4:15 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

FREE A World of Possibilities Career Fair

Williamson County Schools eighth-grade students only — public, private or homeschool — can attend this fair to learn about a variety of career opportunities. Williamson County Ag Expo Park, 4215 Long Lane, Franklin; 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; 472-4071 or wcs.edu/ career_tech/career_fair.htm.

Bank of America Pops Series: A Tribute to Patsy Cline Mandy Barnett joins the Nashville Symphony to perform

the songs of a late country legend. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $44 $138; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Crafternoon

Get creative and make fall button branches. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Nature Nuts

Participate in a “terrific turkeys” program. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Thanksgiving for Kids

Make Thanksgiving crafts and snacks, then enjoy a seasonal story. Ages 3 - 5. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 9 - 9:45 a.m.; $3; 893-7439.

Titans Football

Cheer for the Tennessee Titans when they challenge the Indianapolis Colts. All ages. LP Field, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 7:25 p.m.; $36 - $295; 565-4200 or titansonline.com.

Fri 15 15th Annual Fall Harvest Hayride

Listen to live music while toasting marshmallows around the campfire, then embark on an old-fashioned hayride along the greenway. All ages. General Bragg Trailhead, 1540 W. College St., Murfreesboro; 5:30 - 8 p.m.; $2 ages 3 and older; 893-2141 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

Bank of America Pops Series: A Tribute to Patsy Cline Mandy Barnett joins the Nashville Symphony to perform

the songs of a late country legend. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $44 $138; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Christmas Village

Approximately 270 merchants show and sell their holiday arts and crafts including toys, clothing, pottery and collectibles. All ages. Tennessee State Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Ave., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; $10 adults, free ages 9 and younger; 256-2726 or christmasvillage.org.

Cosmic Bounce Night

All ages can bounce on inflatables with cosmic glowin-the-dark lighting. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $7.95; 2551422 or bounceu.com/cities/ nashville.tn.

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View model trains of all shapes and sizes during Whistlestop Weekend at Adventure Science Center, Nov. 15 - 17. Justin Timberlake

Pop star Justin Timberlake brings his 20/20 Experience World Tour to Music City. Ages 12 and older. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $49.50 - $179.50; 770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

Nashville International Auto Show Get an up-close look at the newest cars, crossovers, trucks, alternative fuel vehicles and more. All ages. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; $8 adults, $5 ages 7 - 12, free ages 6 and younger; nashville-autoshow. com.

Shake, Rattle & Roll

Learn about percussion while playing with a shekere, a West African instrument made from a gourd. All ages. Discovery

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

Whistlestop Weekend

Explore numerous train layouts in a variety of scales; some displays have interactive components. All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $13 adults, $11 ages 2 12; 862-5160 or adventuresci. com.

697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 1:30 - 2 p.m.; 217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Bank of America Pops Series: A Tribute to Patsy Cline Mandy Barnett joins the Nashville Symphony to perform the songs of a late country legend. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $44 $138; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Christmas Village

Sat 16 FREE Animal Encounters

Meet a resident animal and learn about its characteristics. All ages. The Wilderness Station,

Approximately 270 merchants show and sell their holiday arts and crafts including toys, clothing, pottery and collectibles. Tennessee State Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Ave., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $10 adults, free ages 9 and younger; 256-2726 or christmasvillage.org.

Family Campout

All ages can have fun pitching a tent and spending the night in the park. Various activities are on tap, and dinner and breakfast are included. Tents, ground cloths, sleeping pads and backpacks are available by request. All potential campers must have taken the Wilderness Awareness Workshop in order to attend. Barfield Crescent Park, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 4:30 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger; 217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Hats Off to High Hopes

Songwriters Tim Rushlow, Tim Nichols and Mark D. Sanders perform during this event that also includes dinner, cocktails and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit High Hopes’ pedi-

atric therapy and preschool programs. Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, 700 Cool Springs Blvd., Franklin; 6 p.m.; $150; 661-5437 or highhopesforkids. org.

Junior League of Murfreesboro’s 2013 Hollyday Marketplace

More than 100 vendors have items for sale including gifts, art, home decor and more. Proceeds benefit local charities and community partners. All ages. Embassy Suites Hotel, 1200 Conference Center Blvd., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $5 in advance, $7 at the door; jlmonline.org.

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Nashville International Auto Show Get an up-close look at the newest cars, crossovers, trucks, alternative fuel vehicles and more. All ages. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; $8 adults, $5 ages 7 - 12, free ages 6 and younger; nashville-autoshow. com.

Predators Hockey Root

for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Chicago Blackhawks. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $33 - $400; 770-7800 or nashvillepredators.com.

FREE Saturdays in the Fall: Winter Bird Kickoff

Learn more about the resident winter birds that call the park home, take a walk to the bird blind and make a feeder to take home. All ages. Warner Parks Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 352-6299.

Sunrise Saturday Bounce

All ages can spend the morning bouncing on inflatables. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 8:30 - 10 a.m.; $7.95, $6.95 siblings; 2551422 or bounceu.com/cities/ nashville.tn.

The Ann & Monroe Carell Family Trust Pied Piper Series: Peter and the Wolf

The Nashville Symphony and puppeteers from Nashville Library’s Wishing Chair Productions present this classic children’s tale. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 11 a.m.; $14 - $23; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Whistlestop Weekend

Explore train layouts in a variety of scales; some displays have interactive components. All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $13 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12; 862-5160 or adventuresci.com.

Mandy Barnett sings the songs of Patsy Cline backed by the Nashville Symphony at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nov. 14 - 16.

Sun 17 FREE Artful Tales: Whoosh!

Listen to a story about a boy who uses his fascination with the sounds made by everyday items to create and share works of art, then head upstairs to the art studio for hands-on activities. All ages. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 2 - 3 p.m.; 244-3340 or fristcenter.org.

Christmas Village

Approximately 270 merchants show and sell their holiday arts and crafts including toys, clothing, pottery and collectibles. Tennessee State Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Ave., Nashville; 12 - 6 p.m.; $10 adults, free ages 9 and younger; 256-2726 or christmasvillage.org.

Fairy Land

Construct a fairy house for woodland friends. All ages. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 1 - 4 p.m.; $7; 370-4672 or owlshill.org.

FREE Family Festival Day

Explore what it means to be an American during this day of discovery and creativity including art exhibits, hands-on activities, live music and other programs. All ages. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 1 - 5:30 p.m.; 2443340 or fristcenter.org.

Music with a Mission

The Nashville Symphony, Restless Heart, Amy Grant, Peter Noone and Tracy Lawrence share the stage to raise awareness and funds for Nashville Rescue Mission. All ages.

Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $32 - $115; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Nashville International Auto Show Get an up-close look at the newest cars, crossovers, trucks, alternative fuel vehicles and more. All ages. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $8 adults, $5 ages 7 - 12, free ages 6 and younger; nashville-autoshow. com.

Whistlestop Weekend

Explore train layouts in a variety of scales; some displays have interactive components. All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $13 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12; 862-5160 or adventuresci.com.

Mon 18 Snack Attack

Make homemade donuts and cider. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

WWE Raw

Watch John Cena, Alberto Del Rio, Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, CM Punk and other WWE superstars take to the ring. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 6:30 p.m.; $18.20 - $99.50; 7702000 or bridgestonearena.com.

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Tue 19 Beaver’s Moon Owl Prowl

Enjoy an al fresco dinner in the pavilion while learning about Tennessee owls, then follow guides along the trail. Ages 9 and older. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 5 - 8 p.m.; $20 in advance, $35 at the gate; 370-4672 or owlshill.org.

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, 1153 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin; 6:15 p.m.; 834-3287.

Right Choices

Kids can learn life skills through a curriculum designed to empower them to make wise decisions. Ages 8 - 18. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 4 - 6 p.m.; $2; 893-7439.

Science a la Carte

Enjoy science experiments with the center’s staff. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Tuesdays for Tots: Outstanding Owls

Preschoolers and parents can celebrate barred and screech owls that call Cheekwood home by visiting the studio to create a piece of owl art. Ages 3 - 5. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 children); 3568000 or cheekwood.org.

Wed 20 Animal Antics

Meet Otus the screech owl. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4:15 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

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A Nashville Symphony volunteer reads to local children prior to a Pied Piper Series concert. See Peter and the Wolf on Saturday, Nov. 16. Arrive one hour early so the kids can participate in a variety of activities like instrument exploration, games, crafts, stories and more. FREE Kid’s Hour

Local children’s entertainer Ginger Sands performs an interactive music program for kids ages 10 and younger this morning in the Community Room. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 5505660 or gingersands.com.

Petals & Lace

This girls-only program teaches young ladies the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle and the importance of treating themselves like queens. Ages 8 - 18. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 4 - 5 p.m.; $2; 893-7439 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

Thu 21 Aegis Sciences Classical Series: Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony

Guest violinist Cho-Liang Lin joins the Nashville Symphony for an evening of music by Beethoven and Joan Tower. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $23 - $138; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Crafternoon

Create a cereal box turkey. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Lunch and Lecture: Winter Wonders — Cold Weather Interest in the Garden Learn how to create a winter garden and what landscapes are attractive year round. All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 12 - 1 p.m.; $15 members, $25 non-members; 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

Nature Nuts

Participate in a “dragon-twigs” program. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Thanksgiving for Kids

Make Thanksgiving crafts and snacks, then enjoy a seasonal

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Shake, Rattle & Roll

Learn about percussion while playing cornucopia shakers. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc. org.

FREE Wilson Living Holiday Expo

Several vendors will be on hand to help you start your holiday shopping along with live entertainment. All ages. The Mill, 300 North Maple St., Lebanon; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; wilsonlivingexpo.com.

Sat 23 FREE 20th Annual Stones River Craft Artists Studio Tour

A local boy visits with Santa Claus during Holidays at Cheekwood. This year’s event runs Nov. 29 - 31. It’s always wonderful to see the array of decorated trees, and weekends feature fun family activities like cookie decorating, photos with St. Nick and visits with two of his reindeer, live music and seasonal art projects in the studio. Find the full schedule at cheekwood.org. Chair-ish the Night with Vince Gill and Friends

Country star Vince Gill and special guests perform to raise money for STARS (Students Taking a Right Stand). The event also includes a chair-themed art silent auction. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 6 - 10 p.m.; $75 for art auction and reception only, $175 includes the concert; 983-6805 or starsnashville.org.

Cosmic Bounce Night

All ages can bounce on inflatables with cosmic glowin-the-dark lighting. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $7.95; 2551422 or bounceu.com/cities/ nashville.tn.

George Jones Tribute Concert

This memorial show in honor of George Jones features George Strait, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Josh Turner, Alan Jackson and more. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $25.75 - $65; 770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

FREE Light Up the Night Holiday Celebration

Enjoy carolers, a visit from Santa and the flipping of the switch to light the Christmas tree and decorations. All ages. The Streets of Indian Lake Shopping Center, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 5 - 6 p.m.; streetsofindianlake.com.

Several craft artists’ studios in Murfreesboro are open to the public to view their art displays, showcasing iron, stained glass, weaving, prints, woodwork, fine jewelry, sculpture and more. All ages. Various locations in Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; artstudiotour.org.

Aegis Sciences Classical Series: Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony

Guest violinist Cho-Liang Lin joins the Nashville Symphony for an evening of music by Beethoven and Joan Tower. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $23 - $138; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

FREE Animal Encounters

Meet a resident animal and learn about its characteristics. All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 1:30 - 2 p.m.; 217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Bird Club

Take a stroll searching for fall migrants and resident birds of Tennessee. All ages. Old Fort Park Pavilion 3, 1025 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; 217-3017 or murfreesborotn. gov/parks.

FREE Breakfast with Santa

Enjoy a Chick-fil-A breakfast with St. Nick along with entertainment including a balloon artist. All ages. CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 8:30 p.m.; 771-2050 or coolspringsgalleria.com.

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Centennial Holiday Show

FREE 20th Annual Stones River Craft Artists Studio Tour

More than 170 arts and crafts vendors sell their hand-crafted merchandise during this popular annual event. All ages. Centennial High School, 5050 Mallory Lane, Franklin; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $4 ages 11 and older, free ages 10 and younger; centennialholidayshow.com.

Several craft artists’ studios in Murfreesboro are open to the public to view their art displays, showcasing iron, stained glass, weaving, prints, woodwork, fine jewelry, sculpture and more. All ages. Various locations in Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; artstudiotour.org.

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Centennial Holiday Show

This show features holiday music along with state-of-the-art multimedia effects. All ages. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $30 $70; 782-4040 or tpac.org.

Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the New York Rangers. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $33 - $400; 770-7800 or nashvillepredators.com.

FREE St. Jude Give Thanks Walk

Raise pledges and awareness for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by participating in a walk. Music, crafts and other activities are on tap. All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 9 a.m.; givethanswalk.org.

Sunrise Saturday Bounce

All ages can spend the morning bouncing on inflatables. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 8:30 - 10 a.m.; $7.95, $6.95 siblings; 2551422 or bounceu.com/cities/ nashville.tn.

FREE Wilson Living Holiday Expo

Several vendors will be on hand to help you start your holiday shopping along with live en-

More than 170 arts and crafts vendors sell their hand-crafted merchandise during this popular annual event. All ages. Centennial High School, 5050 Mallory Lane, Franklin; 12 - 4 p.m.; $4 ages 11 and older, free ages 10 and younger; centennialholidayshow.com.

FREE Choral Concert

Enjoy an afternoon of music featuring the choirs from Montgomery Bell Academy and Harpeth Hall. All ages. First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville; 4 p.m.; 298-9517 or fpcnashville.org.

Hanukkah Festival

Celebrate and learn about this Jewish holiday through carnival games, traditional food and more. All ages. Gordon Jewish Community Center, 801 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville; 3 p.m.; $3 - $25; 356-7170 or nashvillejcc.org.

Rob Zombie and Korn

Enjoy an evening of hard rock music with Rob Zombie and Korn with special guest Scar the Martyr. Ages 14 and older. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $39.15 - $49.50; 770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

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FREE Storytime

Staff from the Goodlettsville Public Library read Thanksgivingthemed stories to kids. Meet at the kids play area. All ages. RiverGate Mall, 1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; 10:30 a.m.; 859-3458 or rivergatemall.com.

Tuesdays for Tots: THANKSgiving

Preschoolers and parents can create a Thanksgiving masterpiece in the studio. Ages 3 - 5. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 children); 3568000 or cheekwood.org.

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Fri 29 Shake, Rattle & Roll

Explore improvisation while learning about percussion. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

The Story Tour

This Christmas celebration concert features Christian artists Matthew West, Casting Crowns, Steven Curtis Chapman and more. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $19.80 - $48.25; 770-2000 or bridgestonearena. com.

Animal Antics

Meet the resident milk snake. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4:15 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc. org.

Kids can meet Santa aboard the North Pole Excursion Train on Saturday, Nov. 30.

Mon 25 Christmas 4 Kids Concert

The Charlie Daniels Band along with Justin Moore, Phil Vassar, Sawyer Brown and Rodney Atkins, perform to raise money for Christmas 4 Kids, a local charity that serves underprivileged children during the holidays. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $32.50 - $60; christmas4kids. org.

Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Phoenix Coyotes. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $33 - $400; 770-7800 or nashvillepredators.com.

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Snack Attack

Make a Thanksgiving turkey treat. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Tue 26 Paramore

This band from Franklin performs an evening of rock music. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $29.50 - $45.50; 7702000 or bridgestonearena.com.

Science a la Carte

Enjoy science experiments with the center’s staff. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

FREE Kid’s Hour

Music and movement fun for kids with family entertainer Rachel Sumner this morning in the Community Room. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 5505660 or rachelsumner.com.

Thu 28 Happy Thanksgiving! 14th Annual Turkey Trot and Kids Fun Run

Start the holiday off with exercise during this race benefiting Graceworks Ministries. All ages. D1 Sports, 7115 South Springs Drive, Franklin; 8 a.m.; $35 for the 5K, $9 kids fun run (9 and younger); turkeytrotfranklin.com.

Predators Hockey

Root for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Edmonton Oilers. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $33 - $400;

boro; 1:30 - 2 p.m.; 217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Hendersonville Tree Lighting

Join Mayor Scott Foster for the annual tree lighting celebration that includes refreshments and activities. All ages. Memorial Park, 151 E. Main St., Hendersonville; 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.; hendersonvilleholidayfest.org.

North Pole Excursion Train

Kids of all ages can enjoy a train ride with Santa and his elves. Bring letters to mail to the North Pole at the Santa Post Office during the layover in Watertown. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 8:30 a.m.; $21 $75; 244-9001 or tcry.org.

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Sat 30 FREE Animal Encounters

Meet a resident animal and learn about its characteristics. All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfrees-

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Philadelphia Flyers. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $33 - $400; 770-7800 or nashvillepredators.com.

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Zip Line Adventure allows 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; $54 adults, $42 ages 17 and younger (family discounts available); to make reservations, call 297-2250 or visit adventureworks.com.

davidson county Bellevue Community Center

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

BounceU Bounce on

inflatables at 2990 Sidco Drive; 255-1422; bounceu. com. Open play times are Tue - Fri 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 3 - 6 p.m., Sat 8:30 - 10 a.m. Cost is $6.95 ($5.95 siblings); cosmic glow-in-the-dark bounces are Mon 3 - 6 p.m. and Fri 6:30 p.m. Cost is $8 ($7 siblings).

Centennial Sportsplex

Fitness, ice skating, swimming and more at 222 25th Ave. N., Nashville; times and prices vary; 862-8480 or nashville. org/sportsplex.

FREE Fairytales Storytime

Stories and crafts every Saturday at 11 a.m. at Fairytales Bookstore and More, 114-B S. 11th St., Nashville; 915-1960 or fairytalesbookstore.com.

Mon - Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $9 Mon Thu, $10 Fri - Sun (ages 2 and younger are $5.50); 915-0561 or monkeyjoes.com.

• Busy Bees: Ages 3 - 5 can learn to follow directions, improve coordination and practice good sportsmanship every Tue and Thu; 10:45 11:15 a.m.; $3

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 funandenergy.com.

The Music Class This early

• Homeschool P.E.: Ages 5 - 15 can participate in physical activities Tue and Thu; 1 - 2 p.m.; $3; call to register

Hoppity Hop Inflatable Play Center Kids can bounce on

childhood music program for ages 6 and younger is located at 5511 Edmondson Pike, Ste., 10, Nashville; 777-9314 or themusicclass.com/nashville.

FREE Radnor Lake Natural Area Nature programs at

1160 Otter Creek Road, Nashville. See complete schedule at radnorlake.org 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 bn.com.

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.

BounceU Bounce on

inflatables at 1222 Park Ave., Murfreesboro; 893-8386 or bounceu.com. Call for open bounce and preschool play date times.

Jumper’s Playhouse Inflatable

fun at 6600 New Nashville Hwy., Smyrna; 220-7575 or jumpersplayhouse.com. Call for open bounce and toddler storytime information.

A variety of classes for ages birth - 5 years include playtime, music, art, fitness and more at 4004 Hillsboro Pike, Ste. 180, Nashville; 221-9004 or gymboreeclasses.com.

Parents & Tots Ages 3 - 5 with a parent can participate in educational programs every Mon - Wed at 9 a.m. at the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; $6; 890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

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Patterson Park Community Center 521 Mercury Blvd.,

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

Monkey Joe’s This inflatable

play center is located at 1580 Gallatin Pike N., Madison;

Murfreesboro; 893-7439. Ongoing programs:

• A, B, C, 1, 2, 3 ... Let’s Go: Ages 2 - 5 can learn letters and numbers every Tue and Thu; 10 - 10:45 a.m.; $3

• Homeschool Swim Technique Training: Ages 5 - 18 can learn swimming techniques every Tue and Thu; 1 - 2 p.m.; $3 • Terrific Twos: Ages 24 - 36 months with a parent can enjoy songs, finger plays, art projects and more every Wednesday; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $3

Sports*Com 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 8955040. Ongoing programs:

• Toddler Time with Thomas: Ages 5 and younger can participate in activities that develop cognitive skills every Friday; 10 a.m.; $3 • Tumbleweeds: Ages 3 - 5 can learn basic tumbling skills Mon and Wed; 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.; $3; call to register • Water Polo: Ages 13 and older can play every Tuesday; 7 - 8:45 p.m.; $3 adults, $2 youth • Youth Volleyball: Ages 9 15 can learn volleyball skills every Thursday; 4:30 - 6 p.m.; $3

sumner county 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 bn.com.

FREE Delmas Long Community Center Tot time

for ages 5 and younger features social activities and gym play every Thursday from 10 - 11 a.m. at 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville; 851-2255 or goodlettsvilleparks.com.

Drakes Creek Activity Center Laser Adventure, mini

inflatable structures at 143 New Shackle Island Road, Ste. 6-9, Hendersonville; Tue - Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 1 - 7 p.m.; call or check website for open play times; $6 ages 1 - 3, $8 ages 4 and older; 265-8020 or hoppityhopinflatableplaycenter. com.

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 laseradventure. net. My Gym Pay-to-play, open

gym and Saturday morning classes take place at 206 N. Anderson Lane, Hendersonville; call 824-8002 or visit my-gym. com/hendersonville.

williamson county FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related

activities for all ages every Mon and Sat at 11 a.m. at 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 3779979 or bn.com.

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.

FREE Family Trivia Night

Families can compete in trivia games for a chance to win a $25 gift card every Friday at 6 p.m. at Goofballs Family Fun, 1113 Murfreesboro Road, Ste. 360, Franklin; 861-3668 or letsgetgoofy.com.

Franklin on Foot The “I Spy

Downtown Franklin” scavenger hunt is every Tue and Fri at 9 a.m. on Franklin’s Public Square; $9; 400-3808 or franklinonfoot.com.

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 3704386, opt. 2.

FREE Lifeway Christian Store Ages 2 - 8 can enjoy

stories and songs every Friday at 10 a.m. at 1725 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 771-9050.

Monkey Joe’s This inflatable

play center is located at 1648 Westgate Circle, Brentwood; Mon - Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $9 Mon Thu, $10 Fri - Sun (ages 2 and younger are $6); 377-5900 of monkeyjoes.com.

Monkey’s Treehouse An indoor play center located at 91 Seaboard Lane, Brentwood; open play times are Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $7 ages 1 - 8; 9427911 or themonkeystreehouse. com. 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 my-gym. com/brentwood. Pump It Up Play Time Open jump times are Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. for preschoolers, Thu 5 - 8 p.m. and Fri 1 - 4 p.m. ages 12 and younger, and all school holidays 1 - 4 p.m. ages 12 and younger. Pump It Up, 7104 Crossroads Blvd., Ste. 128, Brentwood; $7 per child; 373-7867. Shipwrecked Playhouse

An indoor play area for ages 1 - 9, featuring a 30-foot wooden pirate ship at 99 Seaboard Lane, Cool Springs. Open play hours are Mon - Fri 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sat 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Admission is $7. Call 866-9358 or visit shipwreckedplayhouse.com.

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Jamie Farmer, Samuel Whited, David Compton and Andy Kanies star in Tennessee Rep’s A Christmas Story, Nov. 29 - Dec. 22. Aida (continues through

Sunday, Nov. 3; Ages 10 and older) Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $11 - $15; 904-2787 or boroarts.org.

Casper (continues Saturdays, Nov. 2 and 9; All ages) Olde Worlde Theatre at The Belcourt, 2102 Belcourt Ave., Nashville; 10 a.m.; $8; 300-0374 or oldeworldetheatre.com. Charlotte’s Web (Nov. 29 -

Dec. 15; All ages) Lakewood Theatre Company, 2211 Old Hickory Blvd., Old Hickory; Fri Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $14 adults, $10 students; 8470934 or lakewoodtheatre.com.

A Christmas Carol (Nov.

28 - Dec. 15; All ages) Hendersonville Performing Arts Company, 260 W. Main St., Ste. 204, Hendersonville; Thu Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $15 adults, $10 students; 826-6037 or hpactn.com.

A Christmas Story (Nov. 29 - Dec. 22) 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.; $47.50; 7824040 or tennesseerep.org.

Comfort and Joy (Nov. 29 Dec. 14; Ages 12 and older) Encore Theatre Company, 6978 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet; Thu Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $10 ages 11 and younger; 598-8950 or encoretheatre-company.org. Into the Woods (continues through Sunday, Nov. 3; Ages 9 and older) Studio Tenn at The Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; Thu - Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 and 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $47.50 - $67.50; 538-2076 or studiotenn.com. James and the Giant Peach

(Nov. 16 and 23; All ages) The Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury; 2 p.m.; $8; 5632487 or artcsenterofcc.com.

Jersey Boys (continues through

Sunday, Nov. 3; Ages 10 and older) TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 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.; $15 - $65; 782-4040 or tpac.org.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Nov. 8 - 23; Ages 8 and older) The Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury; Fri - Sat 7:30, Sun 2 p.m.; $15 adults,

$13 students; 563-2487 or artcsenterofcc.com.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (Nov.

8 - 10; Ages 12 and older) Nashville Opera at the Noah Liff Center, 3622 Redmon St., Nashville; Fri - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $35; 782-4040 or nashvilleopera.org.

Menopause the Musical

(Nov. 22 - 23; Ages 12 and older) TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 and 8 p.m.; 7824040 or tpac.org.

Nunsense 2: The Second Coming (continues through

Saturday, Nov. 9; Ages 12 and older) Towne Centre Theatre, 136 Frierson St., Brentwood; Thu - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $20 adults, $16 students; 221-1174 or townecentretheatre.com.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Nov. 15 - 24;

Ages 12 and older) Circle Players at Lipscomb University’s Shamblin Theater, 3901 Granny White Pike, Nashville; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 3 p.m.; $18 adults, $15 students; 332-7529 or circleplayers.net.

The Producers (continues

through Saturday, Nov. 16; Ages 14 and older) Boiler

Room Theatre, 230 Franklin Road, Bldg. 6, Franklin; Tue 8 p.m., Thu - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $27 adults, $21 ages 12 and younger (Tuesdays are $13.50, Thursdays are $17, Sundays are $2 off) 794-7744 or boilerroomtheatre.com.

Sanders Family Christmas

(Nov. 21 - Dec. 31; Ages 8 and older) Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Thu - Sat 6 - 7:30 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show, Sun 12 - 1:30 p.m. lunch, 2 p.m. show; $60 adults, $40 ages 13 - 18, $30 ages 12 and younger; 646-9977 or dinnertheatre.com.

Schoolhouse Rock Live!

(continues through Sunday, Dec. 1; All ages) Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; Sat Sun 2 p.m.; $20 adults, $14 ages 2 - 17; 252-4675 or nashvillechildrenstheatre.org.

Seniors of the Sahara

(continues through Sunday, Nov. 17; Ages 12 and older) Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Thu - Sat 6 - 7:30 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show, Sun 12 - 1:30 p.m. lunch, 2 p.m. show; $60 adults, $40 ages 13 - 18, $30 ages 12 and younger; 6469977 or dinnertheatre.com.

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(Nov. 29 - Dec. 31; Ages 8 and older) Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Thu - Sat 6 - 7:30 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show, Sun 12 - 1:30 p.m. lunch, 2 p.m. show; $60 adults, $40 ages 13 - 18, $30 ages 12 and younger; 646-9977 or dinnertheatre.com.

Spamalot (Nov. 1 - 17;

Ages 10 and older) Street Theatre Company, 1933 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville; Fri - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 5 p.m.; $18 adults, $16 students; 554-7414 or streettheatrecompany.org.

Woman in Black (Nov. 1 - 9; Ages 12 and older) Encore Theatre Company, 6978 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet; Thu Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $10 ages 11 and younger; 598-8950 or encoretheatre-company.org.

We Will Rock You (Nov. 12 17; Ages 10 and older) TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 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.; $15 - $60; 782-4040 or tpac. org.

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Gus O’Brien Local 9-year-old Gus O’Brien is in the midst of his first professional stage debut in Studio Tenn’s Into the Woods (continuing through Sunday, Nov. 3 — see pages 93 for show details). He’s been involved with theater via The Theater Bug in Nashville since he was 5. We caught up with the Lockeland Elementary School fourth grader for a little inquiry. 1. What do you like most about participating in live theater? Being on stage is so much fun. It’s a place where you can express yourself. 2. How did you get involved with Into the Woods? Cori [Laemmel, artistic director of The Theater Bug] told the students about it and that Studio Tenn was looking for a young actor to be the

narrator. I went to the audition and am so excited to be in the show! 3. What’s it like to be working with Studio Tenn? It’s amazing! Everyone’s so nice, and I’m learning a lot from Matt [Logan, Studio Tenn’s artistic director]. It’s very fun! 4. The narrator’s a big role. How did you manage to learn all those lines? It’s a challenge, but all it takes is a lot of practice. 5. What is your favorite part of Into the Woods? I have to say the transitioning of the characters. It’s amazing to be in the show, and it’s an amazing feeling to be able to tell the story.

D 6. Do you have a favorite character in the show? Yes! Jack, because he’s very emotional with what he does. 7. Do you think kids your age will like the show? Oh, yes, I think kids my age will like it. I think kids 12 and older will understand it more, but I think everyone will enjoy it. 8. Have you ever seen a Broadway show before? Yes, I got to see Mary Poppins in

New York and it was awesome! It was a big production. 9. Do you want to be in more shows? Definitely. I would love that to happen. I love to do acting, and when I’m 14 I want to be a pop star. 10. Would you encourage your friends to get involved in theater? Oh yeah, it’s a great thing and I think everyone should try it. It’s a great way to express yourself.

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Children with an acting ambition can receive professional instruction at The Theater Bug, a company whose mission is to inspire young people to create community and build confidence through educational experiences. “We are a performance-based company designed for all ages, but typically 6 - 18,� says Cori Laemmel, artistic director. The company mounts two large productions annually along with smaller cabarets and concerts throughout the year. Private training and coaching is also available. The Theater Bug is located at 2618 Gallatin Pike, Nashville. Call 423-4626 or visit thetheaterbug.org.

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There was so much to see at Wizard World’s Nashville Comic Con like this Batmobile.

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David, Fhonda, Montana, Trey and Shawn

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