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Q Why A do children get cavities? Q A David J. Snodgrass Pediatric Dentist

Cavities are caused by a combination of factors. Perhaps the most common cause is a poor diet. When a poor diet is combined with weak enamel, poor oral hygiene, and a high concentration of cavity-causing bacteria in a child’s mouth, children become much more susceptible to cavities. The best advice I can give to any parent concerning cavity prevention would be to seek professional help with your child as early as possible. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children see a pediatric dentist as early as six months of age.

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The pediatric dental office is designed strictly for early parental education. The pediatric dental staff is highly trained in this educational process and the pediatric dentist is the specialist in dentistry trained to see children. Baby teeth begin to erupt at six months of age and parents need to be educated in order to stay one step ahead of the caries-disease process.

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a mother’s STRENGTH That though the radiance which was once so bright be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower. We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind. William Wordsworth


used to love flying on planes, and then I had children. Don’t get me wrong, I’m actually an expert at air travel with kids; over countless trials, I learned how to use the barf bags in the seat pockets for puppets, how to pack my carry-on with extra pacifiers and pre-filled sippy cups, why I should not travel with tiny plastic soldiers or Matchbox cars and why I should always carry extra wipes, patience and smiles. I know moms who dose their children with Benadryl when traveling just to cut themselves a break, but that’s not me. I only give medicine to my children when something is wrong with them. I loved flying on planes before I had kids because I didn’t know the ache of a mother’s heart back then. I didn’t know that I could love so deeply it hurt or spend sleepless nights filled with worry over a child’s problem. I flew away from them today to be with my aging father on the brink of major surgery, the thought of being thousands of impossible miles up in the air without them was tough. Up there in the crystalline blue should be peaceful, but for me it is problematic and filled with “what ifs.” Any touch of turbulence turns me into a weenie. The the thought of my children being without me if they need me ... and I’m not there ... enough. Then I met Mary Beth Chapman. My mother’s heart is stronger now and I have her to thank. As you probably know, Mary Beth (please read “Giving Back” on page 30), the wife of Christian music artist Steven Curtis Chapman, lost her 5-year-old adopted daughter, Maria, in a terrible accident at the Chapman family home in Franklin only two years ago. In the time that has since passed, Mary Beth and her family have endured vast valleys of grief which she chronicles in her book. I read Choosing to SEE, because I wanted to know for myself ... who is this woman? What happened there? How can she be smiling so beautifully on the book’s cover after the ravage of the mother’s nightmare? Readers who want to know firsthand what her experience was like that terrible day back in May 2008 have much to discover here. When Mary Beth lost her little girl, her life did a 360. But after pages and pages of despair and heartache, over months and months of questions and anguish, the sun finally began to whisper its way back into her world. For Mary Beth, the antidote to her daughter’s death became her life’s mission to bring more families into adoption. To build a medical facility in China for special needs orphans. To bring hope and healing into the hearts of children who might not have had it. If it is possible to turn a child’s passing into good ... Mary Beth is doing it. On Earth, through faith in God, Mary Beth found it IS possible to honor a child’s life by giving back, and she confirms that to not do anything with what you have been given would be a greater tragedy. So flying on a plane without my children and worrying that something can happen to them while I’m not around is ... well, small fry. All of us have varying degrees of difficulty in our lives with our work, our families, our children small and grown. Time and time again in Choosing to SEE, I heard Mary Beth go over and over her relationships with her children. Her heart, in its place, as a mother, as a servant ... We can be more than we know ourselves to be — even in facing the worst scenario possible. And we can draw strength from the example that this amazing woman and mother provides.

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t’s a mother’s natural instinct to put her family’s needs before her own, but it often leaves poor Mom holding the short end of the stick, particularly when exercise, an activity crucial to her health and happiness, falls by the wayside. It’s a no-brainer that regular workouts improve our physical and mental health. But did you know that exercise has been scientifically proven to dramatically improve a person’s happiness, memory and mental function and libido, as well as how well she sleeps at night? And aren’t all these things that mothers of young children could use a little (or a whole lot) more of?

I don’t want to leave my baby in the gym nursery Unlike the toys, bouncy seats and surfaces at your house or Grandma’s, the ones at the gym are required by law to be disinfected on strict schedule. And unlike most family members and babysitters, the staff members caring for your children are CPR certified, have passed rigorous background checks and undergone hours of professional child-care training. Do “secretly sick” kids sometimes show up? Of course. But those kids are at preschool, the pediatrician’s office and the grocery store, too. You can’t avoid germs, so don’t let germophobia make you avoid the exercise that will help boost your own immune system. If you don’t want to commit to a gym membership, you can join a mom-and-me exercise class like Stroller Strides that allows your baby to stay in the stroller and with you while you work up a sweat and socialize with other mothers. Another great option is using that jogger for… well, jogging! Nothing stops a fussing kiddo like a change of scenery, so strap him in and let everyone enjoy some sunlight (Hello, vitamin D!) and fresh air with a power walk or light jog.

My child cries when I leave her Separation anxiety is torture, but it’s temporary. A few tears and a meltdown or two aren’t reasons to sacrifice your health and those amazing feelings of strength and confidence that follow a good workout. With all that anxiety and clinginess, you need a powerful stress reliever like exercise to get some “me time.” If being apart for 45 minutes isn’t an option right now, how about putting Dad in charge of baths after dinner, lacing up your sneakers and taking a long walk with a friend? Or you can use a workout DVD or Exercise TV (free TV fitness classes on demand from some cable providers) during that long afternoon nap. Pay an older neighbor lady or college student to sit in your living room during naptime while you run off to the rec center or hop on a bike and take in the gorgeous Tennessee scenery. If you’ve got a treadmill or other equipment in your house, haul it out, dust it off and use it while your little one snoozes! There are plenty of fitness classes available to fit your schedule. Early birds can go at 5:30 a.m., moms of toddlers can catch a class at 10 a.m. after the preschool drop-off and working moms can do a quick class at 4:45 or 5:30 p.m. before the dinner time madness begins. Call around to a few facilities (some are open 24 hours a day) or ask your friends how they make it work. Going to the gym or leaving your little one with someone else while you exercise outdoors doesn’t make you a bad mommy, but it will make you a healthy and happy one. Deborah Bohn is a mom and a personal trainer with a goal — family fitness. She lives with her family in Franklin.

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My 3-year-old son refuses to chew his food. We have to talk him through every bite, and sometimes that doesn’t work. Whatever he’s eating, he tries to swallow whole and usually ends up gagging or choking. Aside from going back to baby food, what can we do? Parenting would be much easier if we could be mind readers. Children may shove food in their mouths for many reasons. They may be hungry, they may like the effect of spraying food across the table as they shove too much into their mouths or they may like the attention that they get from their parents as they do yet again the thing that they told them not to do. Most children crave attention and will do anything they can to get attention even if it is negative attention. No matter what the reason, there are some things that you can do that may help. Meals should be pleasant times to sit as a family, encourage healthy eating habits and to demonstrate good table manners. Before you sit down to eat, discuss what you expect, such as eating with your fork and spoon instead of fingers, chewing your food and not eating with your mouth open. Then put only a small amount of food on his plate so that he cannot put too much in his mouth at one time. If he eats well, praise him. If he shoves it all in his mouth, carry on a conversation as if you did not notice. At least if you limit the amount, he cannot choke on it. Once he eats the food on his plate, give him a little more. Continue to praise good habits and ignore bad ones.

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ot even the Nashville flood and the massive recovery efforts could dampen the holiday spirits at Gaylord Opryland Resort, which opens back up this month with the return of it’s popular A Country Christmas extravaganza. Beginning Friday, Nov. 19, your family can start ringing in the holidays with a variety of activities including the new ICE! exhibit, featuring Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes, the Hall of Trees, Treasures for the Holidays Craft Show, Breakfast with Kris Kringle, Louise Mandrell’s Christmas Dinner Show and more. Gaylord Opryland Resort is located at 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville. Learn more at 871-6169 or Find complete details in

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local briefs private school open houses Sneak a peek into private schools this month at one of the following open houses: ABINTRA MONTESSORI SCHOOL (914 Davidson Drive, Nashville; 352-4317; Sunday, Nov. 7 from 1 - 4 p.m. ... CHRIST THE KING SCHOOL (3105 Belmont Blvd.; 292-9465; Thursday, Nov. 11 from 6 - 8 p.m. ... DAVID LIPSCOMB CAMPUS SCHOOL (PreK - 4: 4517 Granny White Pike, 966-6320; Grades 5 - 12: 3901 Granny White Pike, Nashville, 966-6409; Thursday, Nov. 4 from 5 - 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 14 from 2 - 4 p.m. for Prek - 4; Sunday, Nov. 14 from 2 - 4 p.m. for Grades 5 - 12 ... DAVIDSON ACADEMY (1414 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 860-5300; davidsonacademy. com) Tuesday, Nov. 2 from 8:15 - 10:45 a.m. ... Goodpasture Christian School (619 Due West Ave., Madison; 868-2600; Thursday, Nov. 11 at 9 a.m. ... HENDERSONVILLE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (355 Old Shackle Island Road, Hendersonville; 824-1550; Tuesday, Nov. 9 and Thursday, Nov. 11 from 9 - 11 a.m. ... ENSWORTH HIGH SCHOOL (7401 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 250-8916; Sunday, Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. ... FRANKLIN ROAD ACADEMY (4700 Franklin Road, Nashville; call 832-8845 to make a reservation; Nov. 3 and 4 for PreK, Kindergarten and Grade 1 from 9:30 - 11 a.m. ... HARPETH HALL (3801 Hobbs Road, Nashville; 297-9543; Saturday, Nov. 6 for Grades 9 - 12 at 2 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 7 for Grades 5 - 8 at 2 p.m. ... LINDEN WALDORF SCHOOL (3201 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 354-0270, ext. 31, to register; Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 9 a.m. ... NASHVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (7555 Sawyer Brown Road, Nashville; 356-5600; Sunday, Nov. 7 from 2 - 4 p.m. ... Our Savior Lutheran academy (5110 Franklin Road, Nashville; 833-1500; Nov. 11 and 16 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. ... OVERBROOK SCHOOL (4210 Harding Road, Nashville; 292-5134, ext. 257, to make a reservation; Wednesday, Nov. 17 from 9:15 - 11 a.m. ... POPE JOHN PAUL II HIGH SCHOOL (117 Caldwell Drive, Hendersonville; 822-2375; Tuesday, Nov. 9 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. ... ST. PAUL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (5035 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 269-4751; register online at Nov. 4 and 10 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. ... UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF NASHVILLE (2000 Edgehill Ave., Nashville; 327-3812; Saturday, Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. for Grades 5 - 12 and Sunday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. for Grades K - 4.

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xpectant moms can relax, center and stretch during the new Prenatal Yoga Class at The Hot Yoga House. Throughout the class, Instructor Julia Rix guides moms in a manner specifically designed for the journey of pregnancy. Open to those in all stages of pregnancy, Rix says prenatal yoga helps strengthen the uterus and pelvic muscles, improves circulation, aids in digestion, exercises the spine and increases overall comfort. You can sign up for an eight-week series that takes place every Saturday at 4:30 p.m. for $80, or $14 a pop for drop-ins. Rix also offers prenatal massages in the studio’s Meditation Room for $60 per hour by appointment. The Hot Yoga House is located at 826 Wren Road, Goodlettsville. Call 448-6694 or visit

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Roller derby is popular as ever, and now girls ages 10 - 17 can enjoy the sport by joining the new Nashville Junior Roller Derby (NJRD). Girls can join as either players or referees, and boys of the same age can train to be members of the officiating crew. NJRD’s mission is to “nurture self-confidence in young women by developing teamwork and athletic ability while encouraging individuality within a culture of sisterhood.” Registration through Dec. 31 is $20, and necessary equipment must be purchased (see Web site for requirements). Practices take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 - 7:45 p.m. at the Cleveland Community Center in East Nashville. Learn more at

Take in Nashville’s newest holiday lights display at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park (2572 Music Valley Drive, Nashville) during its inaugural Christmas Wonderland, running Nov. 5 - Jan. 2, 2011. The drive-through computerized LED light and music show can be enjoyed via your own car or by a horse-drawn carriage ride. Starting Thanksgiving night, kids can enjoy going on the Hey, Hey, Hey Ride with Yogi Bear as well as taking photos with Santa. Hours are 6 - 10 p.m. nightly with extended hours on weekends. Vehicle admission is $25 per car (vans are $40), and the carriage ride is $40 for up to six people. Proceeds benefit local charities. Get more info at

If you are a parent of a child with Down syndrome, ages 5 - 12, whose speech is hard to understand, the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center invites you to participate in its new Clear Talk Project. This research-based articulation intervention study includes three evaluations (one to see if your child is a good match, a second prior to treatment and a final one posttreatment) and one-hour therapy sessions twice a week for six months at your child’s school. There is no cost to participate, and families who complete the study will receive $50. For more information about Clear Talk Project, contact Elizabeth Gardner at 343-1725 or via e-mail at

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it figures By Cynthia Washam

adoption & talkin’ turkey Number of children adopted in the United States between 2000 and 2009 as part of National Adoption Day, held on Nov. 21:

25,000 Average age of children awaiting adoption:

8 Percent who spend more than five years waiting to be adopted:

19 Weight in pounds of the world-record stuffed turkey, recorded in London in 1989:

86 Year Harry Truman started the annual White House tradition of pardoning a turkey:

1947 Number of green-bean casseroles served on Thanksgiving:

more than 40 million Percent of people who keep and eat leftovers:

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is the season for giving, and your family can bring holiday cheer to the lives of local children who otherwise might not have a festive Christmas by participating in two toy drives.

Toys for Tots: The U.S. Marine Corps’ annual Toys for Tots is now underway. Through Friday, Dec. 10, 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 Salvation Army’s Angel Tree: You may also donate toys that will go to children in Davidson, Williamson, Sumner, Dickson, Hickman and Cheatham counties through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program taking place Nov. 6 - Dec. 4. Pick a paper angel off a tree at The Mall at Green Hills, Hickory Hollow Mall, 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 or to volunteer for the Angel Tree program, call Joshua Lippincott at 242-0411 or visit

vinny sings for stars Country star Vince Gill lends his musical talent to present the Vince Gill & Friends Concert for STARS (Students Taking a Right Stand) on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville). Proceeds from the concert will help STARS in its mission to assist young people throughout Middle Tennessee overcome tough social and emotional barriers to learning. “Tough economic times hit our youth even harder as many are ill-equipped to deal with this additional stress. Partnering with Vince on an event of this caliber stands to positively impact so many lives,” says STARS Executive Director Rodger Dinwiddie. General admission is $175; patron tickets are $275 and include premium seating and a post-concert meet and greet with Gill. For more info or to purchase tickets, call 9836805 or visit

ryman hosts christmas 4 kids The historic Ryman Auditorium hosts the 2010 Charlie Daniels Band & Friends Concert on Monday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. Daniels — along with Montgomery Gentry, Jake Owen and Sawyer Brown — perform to raise money for Christmas 4 Kids, a not-for-profit that generates money for underpriviledged children in the mid state to enjoy a $150 holiday shopping spree on anything they want at Wal-Mart in Hendersonville in addition to receiving a new Tennessee Titans starter jacket. Regular seats for the concert are $30, available through Ticketmaster (800-745-3000 or Prime seats are $60, available at

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celebrity dad

by Deborah Bohn



The witty platinum-selling country artist’s kids think he’s a dork — but he loves being a dad.


ike his song says, life is more than “alright” with Darius Rucker. A native southerner, his debut country album launched three number one hits and went platinum. Having just released a new album entitled Charleston, SC 1966, Darius says he enjoys the best of both worlds, spending his weekends on tour with Brad Paisley and his week days enjoying life with his wife Beth, daughters, Cary (15) and Dani (9), and son, Jack (5). He says, “I sing because God gave me this voice and I have a job that I love, but above all else, I was put on this earth to be a dad.”

Darius Rucker and his two daughters.

You and Brad Paisley have five children between you. How do you make time for them? One of the best parts of country music is that we only tour on the weekend. We go on the road on Thursday and come back Sunday, so we’re home three to four days a week. It’s more like a regular job.

Cary will start dating soon. How are you going to handle meeting her date at the door? I don’t own a gun, but I guarantee you when this kid comes to pick her up, every gun my friends own will be out on my table. My buddies and I will be cleaning them, and that boy will sit at that table while we clean our guns.

How is raising a boy different than a girl? Cary and Dani are pretty laid back, but Jack is rough and tumble. Boys don’t have that gene that says, “It’s gonna hurt.” When Jack was 3, he jumped off the top of my piano, hit the ground and was screaming like someone just shot him in the leg. After I calmed him down, he disappeared. I found him standing on top of the piano again. I said, “Dude, you’re on your own!”

At one point you lived in a house with your mom, two aunts, grandma and 13 cousins. Your kids have a more traditional household. What’s the difference? The biggest thing my children get is a dad, something I didn’t have. What they’re missing is that relationship with their extended family. My cousin Dale was like a brother to me. My cousins were my brothers and sisters and I’m still close to them.

What’s more difficult, Jack’s first day of kindergarten or Cary’s first day driving a car? I haven’t given her the car yet. With kindergarten you know where they’ll be for eight hours, but when a teenager drives off, you don’t know where she’s going. What is one of your funniest parenting mistakes? Jack was going to a school function and had to wear a white golf shirt. When my wife got home she pointed out the bumpy shoulders and the buttons the wrong way … it was a woman’s shirt. Man, Jack let me have it. Do your daughters think you’re cool for a being a music star or are they embarrassed by your antics? They think it’s cool to get on the bus and go on the road on the weekends. Me? They’re embarrassed by me as a whole. They think I’m a dork. What should you teach your son? It’s your job to teach him how to be a man. That was my biggest problem in my life. I never had anyone tell me how to be a man. I didn’t have anyone to show me how to treat a woman, and that’s my job now.

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Let’s talk tattoos. I have a Miami Dolphins tattoo and a flag with a peace sign. The next one will be my kids’ names around my arm. How will you react if your daughter comes home with a tattoo? If she came home with a tattoo right now, she may never leave the house again. Your first country album was Learn to Live and your latest is Charleston, SC 1966. Both are references to your own history. How do you teach your children to learn to live? One thing I try to instill in my kids is to enjoy life. So many people go through life unhappy, and they die unhappy. I’m so happy, and I’m so grateful. If God took me today, all I could say is, “Thank you.” I want them to be good people, do the right thing and have fun. J Deborah Bohn writes Busy Bodies for this publication in addition to celebrity profiles. She lives in Franklin with her family.


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journey since the tragic loss of her youngest child, Maria. With a passion for adoption and orphan care, and with her New York Times’ best seller, Choosing to SEE (Revell; $21.99), just out, sitting in the back of the Chapman family bus in Georgia (currently on tour with “A Night of Music and Hope with The Chapmans”), the busy mom found time for coffee and a phone call about her life’s work ... and the world parents and kids encounter today.


’ve got my coffee and I’m ready for a chat!” Mary Beth Chapman says like a good friend. With only two more chapters to savor in her book, Choosing to SEE, I feel lucky to have this amazing author’s ear. I ask her about mothering and how to live without fear that something dangerous can happen to a child ... since it happened to her ... and she’s an active listener until streams of thought come pouring forth. “My children are on loan from the creator who made them,” she says, and she tells me that she prays for her children every day that God will watch over them and keep them safe. So naturally, I wonder about the accident (Maria Sue Chapman was 5 years old when the SUV driven by her then 17-year-old brother, Will, accidentally struck her in the family driveway; she died later at Vanderbilt Medical Center). Mary Beth fully believes that “the enemy” dealt that devastating blow to her family on purpose because of their public Christianity. In the time since Maria’s death, Mary Beth has worked through her loss by honoring Maria’s life and defeating the enemy, by serving children in need of adoption through Show Hope, the organization based in The Factory at Franklin that she founded in 2001 with her husband, Christian music singer/songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman. From that was born a special needs orphan care facility in China (Maria’s Big House of Hope) and endeavors to follow God’s plan every day. “I had a plan,” she says, “and no matter what that plan was, God had a better one.” How could God’s plan include the devastation of leaving a precious child? For all mothers, just the idea of harm coming to your child brings instant anguish — death is unfathomable. Mary Beth’s book is filled with months and months of deep pain and struggle, but also enlightening days of revelations, or “crumbs” as she says. That Maria went to live in Heaven was difficult enough, but Will, the Chapman’s then teenage son, will live through his days on earth forever bearing the burden of his sister’s death. “The night of the accident,” Mary Beth says, “my attention pretty quickly turned to Will Franklin. I thought, ‘Please let me take this from him, make sure the right people are around him, love him, counsel him’.” She says Will is “my hero in this whole story,” and that today, through God’s grace, he is doing well. As the family is touring together, they remain a tightly-knit bunch that talks together every day. Mary Beth believes success in child rearing comes out of solid relationships with your children. “I think it starts when they’re little,” she says. “I’m a big advocate for you need to be a parent first and a friend second ... and that we

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have to always remember the rule that without a relationship with your child it leads to rebellion — it’s amazing to me that parents have kind of lost that today,” she says. Mary Beth continues to parent her kids through all of our contemporary temptations — technology! — even her boys now in their 20s. Once a week, Steven receives an e-mail showing him what Web sites his sons are viewing. “We have a one for all kind of thing,” Mary Beth says. “We laugh together and we cry together. Sure, we’re gonna goof up, but God knows our hearts,” she adds thoughtfully. With her truths revealed in Choosing to SEE — the title born from a small crayon flower drawing they found on Maria’s art table after her death with the word SEE written in capital letters on the back of the drawing — Mary Beth says we can choose to see God’s story or we can miss it. With her children, with her faith, with her mission to help parents adopt and to help orphans in need, Mary Beth has her eyes wide open. 


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f your child has a serious food allergy, be cautious: not all restaurant workers have the correct answers to your questions, says the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN; When dining out: • Always ask your server to tell the chef that “cross contact” (such as using the same utensils or machines) or exposure to even the tiny amounts can be dangerous

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tion. Another 752 children without autism, matched to the ASD were also studied. None of the autism outcomes was a result of prenatal or early life receipt of thimerosal-containing vaccines and immunoglobulins significantly greater among children with ASD than among children without ASD.

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More on Autism The Autism Society of Middle Tennessee is an excellent resource for families experiencing autism. The organization offers monthly workshops, too. This month, on Thursday, Nov. 18, a twohour “Autism Orientation” is available from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Register online by Tuesday, Nov. 16 at



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things to get right in your parenting by Susan Day

Want to do your best raising your kids? Start off on the right foot.


An Apple a Day

Or, in other words ... strive to bring an emphasis on good nutrition to your children. Help kids to distinguish between what’s good for them and what’s not and to understand how our bodies grow strong and healthy with a good, balanced diet and limited sweets. According to Bill and Martha Sears, authors of The Family Nutrition Book (Little Brown; $18.99), the first three years of a child’s life are a window of opportunity for forming lifelong, healthy eating habits. To get your children on the right start from the beginning, get them used to the flavor of fresh before they get hooked on canned, artificial tastes. Taste preferences are learned, the Sears’ say. While all children will be exposed to junk food and want to lick icing off their fingers, if they have a foundation for good, healthy food served in a variety of ways, when they begin sampling junk foods, chances are they won’t go overboard.


Early to Bed, Early to Rise

The importance of sleep cannot be underrated, not only for busy timechallenged parents but for children rising early for school and involved in the typical activities kids are a part of today. Research from the National Sleep Foundation shows that most kids don’t get the sleep they need. Meanwhile, the foundation reports that with just one hour less sleep at night, a child’s ability to concentrate in class falls to that of children two grade levels below. Plus lack of sleep has been linked to attention problems, dulled memory, hyperactivity and obesity. Babies need up to 15 hours of sleep a day; children ages 1 - 3 need 12 - 14 hours; ages 3 - 6 need 10 - 12 hours; ages 7 - 12 need 10 - 11 hours; age 13 - 18 need 8 - 9 hours.



Everyone needs time for play — and better still free time outdoors. In the parenting classic, Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care (Gallery; $19.99), Benjamin Spock, M.D., advocates for at least one hour outside every day, rain or shine. But in this age of helicopter parenting, kids have a tough time being left on their own. Still, there’s nothing like the benefits of unstructured play, running around, digging in the dirt and yard and just being left alone to dream and use the imagination. It’s good for kids to be on their own and with other kids, Spock says — and also good for parents to let them be without such overbearing parental supervision.


Mind Your Manners

“Please” and “thank you,” napkins in your lap and learning how to talk not only to adults but to teachers and friends in an easy way is a big part of a successful life. Parents are wise to start this early with their children. Are sit-down dinners a challenge for your hectic family? Where else are they going to learn not to chomp, slurp and chew with their mouths open? According to Emily Post’s The Guide to Good Manners for Kids (Harper Collins; $16.99), more people today are in need of good manners than ever before. Consider the art of conversation and your child: he needs to show interest, look at to whom he is speaking, pay attention, not interrupt, speak clearly … There’s a lot to getting ahead in life and a lot of it ties in to our manners. Furthermore, a recent Columbia University survey found that sitting together for regular family dinners is linked to better grades for teens. Enough said.


Limit Setting

With the era of letting kids rule coming to an end, the tables are turning — it’s OK to say “no” to your children again. Setting limits and standing firm in your parenting is a cornerstone for ensuring kids who know what’s expected of them. According to the book, Setting Limits with Your Strong-Willed Child: Eliminating Conflict by Establishing Clear, Firm, and Respectful Boundaries (Three Rivers; $15) by Robert J. Mackenzie, parents can and should empathize when children begin to buck against household rules, but should still not give in; and parents should always try to give clear, firm, messages that children can understand. Many parents and grandparents of generations past have reared children successfully. They credit limit setting with helping children to navigate through life. In fact, many experts say children actually crave limits and gravitate toward those strong enough to set them.


You can’t always get what you want

The age of everything coming easy is over as a paring down is happening across the nation. Many experts say this is actually a good thing for our children. Most kids know that money doesn’t grow on trees … but being young, many of them want what they want when they want it — and some won’t take “no” for an answer without a tantrum. In the book How to Unspoil Your Child Fast: A Speedy, Complete Guide to Contented Children and Happy Parents (Sourcebooks; $14.99) by Richard Bromfield, parents learn that children shouldn’t just be given things for no reason, and that what young children really want is to please their parents. Often a knowing glance, smile or a “well done” remark is all that they need. If you can get this right early in your parenting, chances are your child won’t have a serious case of the “gimmies” as he gets older.



A parent’s most important disciplinary rule is consistency. If you say one thing then do another, your children will be confused and eventually stop listening to you. Identify your non-negotiables, Spock says.  The more your parental authority is based on wisdom and not on power, the more your children will listen to you. J

Susan Day is a mother of four and editor-in-chief of this publication.

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So long Leave it to Beaver, hello Wonder Woman! With all of the tools at your fingertips today, mothering’s hit a golden age. Plan menus, stay in touch (phone, e-mail, chat, social networking), build and share family memories, create calendars, organize data, navigate streets, monitor Baby, teach the kids and just about anything else you can think of with all of the technology available to you now. Here’s a round-up of cool stuff you might already know about if you’re already a hi-tech mom. And if you’re not? Whatcha waiting for?

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IEPs: advocate for your child’s education by Carol Brzozowski

Don’t let your child’s learning difficulty keep him from doing his best. Individual education plans (IEPs) help to ensure he gets what he needs.


here are now more than 5 million children in the United States with disabilities. If you are the parent of one of those children, efforts to meet your child’s educational needs can be filled with pain, frustration and confusion. But there are resources available to help you understand special education law, identify your child’s needs, prepare for meetings with school staff, and develop an individual education plan (IEP) to help him in school. Here are some answers to commonly asked questions once the need for an IEP has been established (any parent can inquire about an IEP for his child).

What’s an individual education plan (IEP)? “An IEP is a plan for children who have been identified as eligible for special education,” says Lawrence Siegel, author of The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child (Nolo Press; $34.99) and director of the National Deaf Education Project. “That is, they have a qualifying level of disability that entitles them to have an individualized program tailored to meet their unique needs.” After a student is determined to be eligible under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) by an admissions and release committee (ARC), a process begins by team effort to formulate a plan specific to the educational needs of a student. The determination for eligibility is based upon physical and/or emotional evidence that has an adverse effect upon the student’s ability to learn.


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What should the major elements of an IEP be? “It should include an individualized look at the child, including his needs and how he can be served,” says Siegel. “The basic concept is that the child is entitled to a free and appropriate public education.” Appropriate is the key word, he explains, adding that the program has to include a specific development of goals and objectives, necessary related services, and how they are to be provided in the least restrictive environment (LRE).

How does a parent work with school staff to develop a meaningful IEP? Since parents are the most knowledgeable about their child, their input is extremely valuable in the team effort. Parents should endeavor to speak up if they don’t understand something or if they object to a suggestion, but should also keep in mind that the team has gathered for the benefit of the child. The parent should be the child’s best advocate, and should become knowledgeable about the law, says Siegel, advising parents to organize their records in a single binder. “Once parents have a good idea of what the child’s needs are and have looked at the assessments on their child, they should develop a program they think would be appropriate as a starting pint. Not what the school district has to offer, not what’s necessarily practical, but something to start with.”

Should parents bring an advocate or pediatrician with them to an IEP meeting? It’s not necessary unless a concern with your team members makes you feel it is. The IEP meetings are times when you, teachers, administrators and experts gather to prepare an educational plan that will alleviate your concerns and provide a better school process for your child. It can be helpful to take along an objective person who can take notes and provide input and support when needed. If you do feel an advocate is necessary in addressing an injustice or miscommunication, be sure he is familiar with IDEA. A true advocate is not caught up in seeking legal remedies to violations, but is there to “fix” the differences, Siegel says.

What should parents know before attending an IEP meeting? “Parents should know what the law says about the IEP process,” says Siegel, (see — the leading Web site about special education law and advocacy) “about assessment and about all the due process rights. The district has an affirmative duty to provide that information to the parents. The district has the responsibility to provide parents not only with an explanation of their rights, but also a list of no-cost/low-cost special ed support services.”

Who should be at the IEP meeting? “By law, the parent or the guardian and the child (if the parent feels it is appropriate) can attend,” says Siegel, adding that law also requires there to be someone who represents the district and who has the authority to make decisions, whether the child’s teacher or a regular education teacher — this group is the ARC.

How does a parent ensure that the goals for the IEP are individualized and not a fill-in-the-blanks type of school blueprint? The goals, interventions, accommodations and services written into an IEP to provide a student with specially designed instruction must be unique to the child’s educational needs and not a template of any other child with similar characteristics. The plan should contain every resource possible to ensure that

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the child will make educational progress. Siegel says an IEP is not “an absolute science” and usually needs revising from time to time, but that any adjustments must be made by the team.

Who is accountable for the IEP? “An IEP is legally binding,” says Siegel. “If a district does not follow through on what it has signed off on, it can be ordered to do so, be punished or fined money, but there’s absolutely no guarantee under the law that the child will achieve at a certain level.” If the district says your child needs speech therapy, and you feel your child needs at least two-and-a-half hours a week in a group of no more than three other children broken down into time elements of 30 minutes, unless that is specifically outlined, exact times would be subject to interpretation.

What if the school does not have the resources to provide the program? Although this doesn’t happen often, it can happen. Public school districts receive federal funding for the implementation of IDEA. To report their inability to meet the needs of a special needs student identified under IDEA could place that funding in jeopardy for all students. In that regard, school districts generally take it upon themselves to seek out all available resources in order to satisfy their commitment and compliance.

What is the best example of an IEP you’ve seen? What is the worst? “The most important things in a child’s education are the classroom setting, the related services, the methodology that will be used for that child, the strategies and the peers,” says Siegel. “These get lost in an overly technical IEP. We lose the kid. A detailed, carefully crafted, individualized IEP reflects the team’s discussion and understanding of that child’s individualized needs and is written up in a way that’s clear. The worst IEP is one in which the school is not putting down what the parents are saying, but only recording what the school wants. It’s loaded down with numbers and goals, and again the child is lost in the process.”

How do you advise parents on becoming their child’s advocate? Teachers are overworked and underpaid, says Seigel, adding that it’s important for parents to remember that most teachers try their best. He suggests that parents set up a reasonable process for reporting whether things are working. “For example, if the IEP states that a child’s teacher will send home a weekly progress report regarding certain areas, parents should ­— without becoming overbearing either for the class, the teacher or their child — visit the class on a reasonable basis.” J Carol Brzozowski is a freelance writer.

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DIABETES and your child by Chad Young

In the United States, 23.6 million people are diagnosed with diabetes, and of that number, more than 186,000 are youth and children. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), a new diagnosis occurs nationwide every 20 seconds. In Tennessee, more than 600,000 people, young and old, live with the disease, and those numbers are rising. Here’s a look at what diabetes is and what it’s like for your child to live with it.


aking my blood sugar so many times a day is the hardest thing for me about having diabetes,” says 8-year-old Jesse Jones of Clarksville. Jesse was diagnosed in May of this year with Type 1 diabetes, and his 6-year-old sister, Elizabeth, was diagnosed with Type 1 in July 2009. Elizabeth says the hardest thing for her is re-inserting the infusion set on her insulin pump every three days. Both kids are on pumps attached to their abdomens, and their mother, Regge (who is also diabetic), says both kids prick their own fingers to check their blood sugar at home and in their classroom at school every day. (please turn the page)


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Click on “Diabetes and Your Child” at to read personal journeys from the two moms interviewed in this story. You can also follow Jones’ blog about her family’s life with diabetes at http://threefortoday.

January 27 of this year is a day I will never forget. It was the day my doctor told me I have Type 2 diabetes. With no knowledge going in, I first felt fear of having to stick myself with a needle every day, losing my eyesight, going into kidney failure and winding up on dialysis or having my legs amputated. Those scary scenarios can and do happen to diabetics, but the good news is those situations are preventable. For a child diagnosed with diabetes, the management of the disease, of course, first falls on the parents, and educating their kids on how to manage their disease is of utmost importance.

What Diabetes Is

The one thing most people know about diabetes is that it’s a blood glucose (sugar) disease. It is also a disease — that if not managed correctly — will attack the body’s blood vessels. Blood sugar that is too high can attract and manifest infections in the body, and the infections feed on and grow from the elevated sugar content in the bloodstream. When you hear the stories of people going blind or losing a limb due to diabetes, it’s because the blood vessels in those areas are much smaller and if blood sugar isn’t kept under proper control, infections can take over and become threatening. There are two main kinds of diabetes — Type 1 and Type 2. Managing them is different, but the importance of controlling them are the same.

Type 1

Type 1 diabetes is formerly known as “juvenile diabetes,” because children are most typically diagnosed with Type 1. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Type 1 constitutes between 5 and 10 percent of the overall diabetic population, but it accounts for the majority of cases in children. With Type 1, the pancreas doesn’t produce insulin, the hormone necessary to convert sugars (carbohydrates/starches) into the energy needed to exist, primarily where brain function matters. In order to compensate, Type 1 diabetics either have to take a few rounds of insulin injections every day or wear an insulin pump, which is about the size of a deck of cards, attached to the body, administering a steady dose of insulin throughout the day. Type 1 diabetics who use a pump have to change it out every three days to a different location.

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Type 2

The most common type of diabetes is Type 2. In this type, a couple of scenarios can be the culprit: either the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin or the body’s cells basically ignore the insulin or don’t absorb and distribute enough of it to maintain healthy blood sugar. The majority of Type 2 diabetics take some form of oral medication which helps the body distribute insulin the pancreas does create and helps to keep blood sugar levels in check. In rare cases, Type 2 patients are able to keep their sugar under control only through healthy eating and vigorous exercise, and there are some who do take insulin on occasion. While Type 1 diabetics can “juice up” (a slang term for administering insulin) a little more to compensate for a glucose reading that’s too high, the only thing Type 2 diabetics can do to bring their high sugar readings down is cardio exercise — walking, jogging, running, biking, aerobics, swimming, etc.

Getting Diabetes

Unfortunately, there is no absolute, sure-fire way to prevent the development of diabetes, particularly with Type 1 in children. “The bottom line is that there is at present no substantiated intervention that prevents or delays diabetes,” says Daniel Moore, M.D., Ph.D., in the Department of Pediatrics at the Ian Burr Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes at Vanderbilt. Moore says studies show there is increased risk of diabetes in children whose mothers experience gestational diabetes while pregnant. Genetics play a predominant role in Type 1, as well as Type 2, although for the latter, unhealthy lifestyle habits play a heavier role. In Type 1 cases, there is usually an inherited predisposition to the disease. If Johnny’s mother or father has diabetes, there’s a greater chance he will get it. In the case of kids who develop Type 2, which typically happens in kids during the ’tween and early teen years, a lot more points toward eating and activity habits. “In Type 2, obesity and inactivity are stronger factors, especially within the last 20 years,” says Moore, noting that Type 2 can be preventable or at least delayable if healthy eating habits and exercise are part of a child’s daily life. Sedentary kids who eat a lot of sugary filled junk food are more likely to wind up with Type 2 diabetes at some point in life.

Living with Diabetes

No matter what type your child is, one thing is common: The necessity of pricking a finger with a spring-loaded lancet device to draw a drop of blood needed to conduct glucose readings. I prick mine four times a day: first thing in the morning before breakfast, before and after exercise, and a couple hours after dinner. Anytime I feel strange or light headed, I’ll check then, too, to see if something is amiss with my blood sugar. Blood sugar that drops too low can be extremely dangerous. Type 1 diabetics have to check several times a day: in the morning before breakfast (after the nighttime fast), before and after each meal and before bedtime. And if there’s physical activity in the mix, then again before that takes place (it is important to know how many carbs to intake prior to any form of exercise in order to keep levels in range as physical activity reduces blood sugar). Healthy eating is a critical component of controlling either type of diabetes. Carbs are necessary, of course, to fuel the body and brain, but consume too many of them, and they become the enemy buy boosting blood sugar too high and causing weight gain. And being diabetic doesn’t mean a child can’t have a cookie or enjoy a small piece of cake once in a while, but the extra carbs have to be counted into that day’s allotment, which is different for every person depending on age, weight, etc. “We don’t restrict any foods from the kids, but we don’t let them overdo it, either,” says Jones, adding that they don’t keep a lot of junk food in the house, but if the children want something special on occasions, it’s better to let them have it than to be completely restrictive. “Carbs are carbs are carbs,” says Spring Hill mom Heidi Elbarky, who is Type 1 and whose 5-year-old son, Omar, is also. “If we’re at the grocery store and Omar wants a cookie, he can have it, but he knows it has to be deducted from what’s left of his carb budget for the rest of the day.” Little Omar checks his own blood sugar, but instead of being on a pump, he takes shots. His parents administer them (at school it is the nurse who gives them) and rotate locations between his arms, legs and backside to reduce the build up of scar tissue. The shots take place after meals, and it’s important to count carb intake when eating to know how much insulin is necessary. “We have to administer a half unit of insulin

for every 15 grams of carbs,” says Elbarky. And it doesn’t take a lot to constitute 15 grams. A small, four-ounce banana equals 15 grams, as does one slice of wheat bread and one-third cup of cooked rice or pasta. Every three months, diabetics see the doctor for a series of blood and urine tests to make sure everything’s OK. The A1C test is part of this, which provides an accurate reading of average glucose levels over a three-month period. For most diabetics, the target A1C reading is six or less.

The Positive Approach

For both moms, the power of positive thinking is vitally important for them and for their kids. “It’s important to me for Omar to feel like nothing is wrong with him,” says Elbarky. “I think he’s capable of everything, and I don’t think having diabetes should hold him back, even though he knows he has to do things a little bit differently.” “There are a lot of misconceptions about diabetes,” says Jones. “A lot of people think it’s a fat person’s disease, but both of my kids are skinny. My children are not going to grow up with missing limbs, because they are learning how to manage themselves.” The siblings will be the 2011 child ambassadors for the local ADA’s Tour de Cure ride next May. While living with diabetes at any age means doing things differently and paying strict attention

to everything you consume, there is nothing about it that should cause someone to be limited in any way. Since my diagnosis, I’ve become a lot more active, eat healthier than I ever have in my life, have dropped 46 pounds, and it’s rare these days if my blood sugar is out of the range I’m supposed to be in, between 70 - 120. Elbarky has had diabetes since she was 9, and says the thing she hated most of all back then was hearing about leg amputations. “I don’t see any reason for that if you take care of yourself,” she says. “You need to have the right resources, good doctors and the appropriate tools so you control it, not it controlling you.” 

know the signs The symptoms of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can gradually surface or they may occur suddenly. If your child exhibits any of the following, call your pediatrician immediately: • Extreme thirst • Frequent urination • Drowsiness, lethargy

Chad Young is managing editor for this publication. His last A1C was 5.4.

• Sugar in urine • Sudden vision changes

get involved Families who are touched by Type 1 diabetes in any manner can participate in the Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet at Vanderbilt, a research project whose goal is to find the causes, prevention and early treatment of the disease. Learn more at

• Increased appetite • Sudden weight loss • Fruity, wine-like odor on breath • Heavy, labored breathing • Stupor, unconsciousness Source: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International

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When your family is touched by special needs, reaching out to area support is vitally important.

associations/ organizations/resources American Cancer Society Nashville Area Chapter 1-800-227-2345 • Cancer questions answered, programs, camps for children with cancer, camps for siblings of children with cancer and support. American Diabetes Association 298-3066 • Research, information, education and advocacy for all ages. AmeriFace 888-486-1209 • Support for patients and families representing all facial differences, congenital and acquired. The Arc of Tennessee 248-5878 • Davidson County • 321-5699 • Williamson County • 790-5815 Provides direct services for persons with intellectual disabilities in the areas of advocacy, independent support, respite care and family support. Autism & Behavior Consulting Services, LLC 331-1141 • Providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy and speech therapy to Middle Tennessee clients. Austism Foundation of Tennessee 376-0034 • Offers ABA, speech and language therapy, social skills groups, IEP advocacy and pre-school readiness groups.


Autism Society of Middle Tennessee 385-207 • Workshops, orientations, annual conferences, support groups, resource referrals, phone support, educational and legislative advocacy, public awareness opportunities and training to improve the lives of everyone affected by autism. Beyond Therapy 277 Mallory Station Road, Ste. 117, Franklin 656-4656 • Offers specialized outpatient physical therapy clinic catering to the neurologic pediatric population as well as gait training on the Lokomat, a body-weight supported treadmill. Brown Center for Autism 248-5878 • In-house family counseling services, assessment and diagnostic services, social skills training and therapies including speech, therapy and occupational. Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia 200 N. Baird Lane, MTSU Box 397 Murfreesboro • 494-8880 Provides diagnostic services to K - 12 students who have been assessed by their school’s multidisciplinary team and show characteristics associated with dyslexia. Centerstone Various locations throughout Tennessee provide services to families with mental or behavioral healthcare needs.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Tennessee Chapter 4825 Trousdale Drive, Ste. 238, Nashville 255-1167 • 800-824-5061 Provides information and referral, a support group, community education and public awareness. Disability Law and Advocacy Center 800-342-1660 • Advocacy system and client assistance program ensuring individual rights through education programs, financial entitlements, healthcare, accessible housing and employment opportunities. Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee 111 N. Wilson Blvd., Nashville 386-9002 • A support group for families and friends of individuals with Down syndrome. Offers support, education and information. Summer camps and recreational activities are also available to individuals with Down syndrome. Down Syndrome Clinic at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital 2200 Children’s Way, Nashville 343-3696 • A specialty clinic providing comprehensive medical and professional services to children and adults with Down syndrome. Easter Seals Pediatric Rehabilitation Program Nashville • 292-6640 Offers summer camps and year round respite for children 6 years and older.

Epilepsy Foundation Middle & West Tennessee 2002 Richard Jones Road, Ste. C202 Nashville 269-7091 or 800-244-0768 • Free information, referral, support and community education and more. First Steps 690-3091 • Educates and cares for children with special needs and medical needs alongside their typically developing peers in inclusive environments and support for their families. Hearing Bridges Voice/TTY • 248-8828 OR Video • 290-5147 Provides after-school programs in Nashville for children ages 8 - 18 who are deaf or hard of hearing, including tutoring and life-skills training. Offers support, counseling and preventative services for the hard of hearing. Offers summer camps for children 8 - 18 who are deaf, hard of hearing and hearing. Offers classes to the community in Speechreading, American Sign Language and Baby Signs. High Hopes Preschool and Pediatric Therapy Clinic 661-5437 • Year-round preschool for ages 6 weeks - preK. Outpatient clinic has a strength-training gym, one sensory gym, private therapy rooms and an orthotic room to provide occupational, physical, speech, listening, feeding and music therapies for ages birth - 21 years. Junior League Family Resource Center . 936-2558 • Provides information to help families understand a child’s medical condition or disability. The on-site library provides books and other materials for families to checkout; the Flying Pig Children’s Library offers health-related information and resources for children and teens; provides information on community and national agencies and local support programs. Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 383-6781 • Connects parents of children with juvenile diabetes. The KidLink Network 800-726-4032 • Specialized development of IEPs for children with autism, ADD, ADHD, emotional disorders and learning disabilities. Kids on the Block of Stars 279-0058 • An educational program for grades K - 6 utilizing puppetry to teach children health and disability information. March of Dimes Tennessee Chapter • 399-3200 Support for families of premature babies. The Middle Tennessee Chapter of the UMDF (United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation) 969-1353 • Quarterly meetings for support to individuals, families and friends affected by mitochondrial disease and to promote awareness in the community.

Muscular Dystrophy Association 832-5005 • Support group for families with a neuromuscular disease. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 361-6608 • A grassroots self-help organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with mental illnesses, their families and communities. Their mission is accomplished through mutual support, education and advocacy. Prevent Blindness Tennessee 95 White Bridge Road, Ste. 312, Nashville 352-0450 • Provides education, screening and referral for people ages 3 and older with vision problems, as well as free eye exams and glasses for those in need. Project HELP 898-2458 • Early intervention for ages birth to 3 years who have disabilities or developmental delays. Prospect Child Development 444-0597 • Early intervention program for families with children ages birth to 3 years with developmental delays in the Wilson County area. Regional Intervention Program (RIP) Franklin • 849-5236 Gallatin • 451-9618 Murfreesboro • 890-4622 Nashville • 963-1177 Program for families with preschoolers who are having difficulties in behavior and/or development. Also offers parenting classes. Susan Gray School for Children Peabody College at Vanderbilt University 230 Appleton Place, Nashville 322-8200 • A nationally recognized school for children with developmental delays or who are at risk. The year round early intervention and inclusive preschool programs serve ages birth - 5 years with and without developmental disabilities. Tennessee Disability Coalition 955 Woodland St., Nashville 383-9442 • An alliance promoting full and equal participation of all persons with disabilities. Also offers Project BRAIN, a resource for families, educators and healthcare professionals who work with children with brain injuries. Tennessee Disability Pathfinder 800-640-4636 • Statewide bilingual helpline providing information and referral for all ages and disabilities. Tennessee’s Early Intervention System (TEIS) 800-852-7157 • A voluntary educational program for families with children ages birth through 2 years of age with disabilities or developmental delays.

Tennessee Traumatic Brain Injury Program Cordell Hull Bldg., Fifth Floor 425 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville 741-1230 or 800-882-0611 Support, information, referral, community education and a year-round camp for anyone who has sustained a traumatic brain injury. Tennessee School for the Blind 115 Stewarts Ferry Pike, Nashville 231-7300 • A state-run K - 12 school for the blind and visually impaired. United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee 242-4091 • Helps to advance the independence and productivity of people with all types of disabilities and provides support to caregivers. Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Medical Center East — South Tower 1215 21st Ave. S., Sixth Floor, Nashville 936-5000 • An otolaryngology, hearing and speech science center offering services to all ages who have hearing, speech, language and cognitive disorders. VSA Arts Tennessee 826-5252 • Enriching the lives of people with disabilities through the arts. Offers camps, awards programs, exhibitions, training and resources. WAVES 794-7955 • A United Way early intervention program for children from birth to age 3 with developmental delays in Williamson County.

recreation Ables Recreation Association 220-9161 • Recreation, sports and field trips for ages 4 and older with special needs. ABLE Youth 973-5372 • Focusing on independence in all activities of daily living through the introduction of wheelchair sports and recreation. Provides services for children ages 3 through high school age who either use a wheelchair daily or need one to compete in recreational and competitive sports. Angel Heart Farms 566-4976 • Therapeutic riding for children enduring chronic illnesses. Bill Rice Ranch 627 Bill Rice Ranch Road, Murfreesboro 1-800-253-RICE • Provides camp sessions for hearing impaired or deaf persons of all ages, weekend retreats and community education, including sign language classes.

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Buddy Ball Special Needs Athletic League 931-647-6333 • A non-profit organization offering sports services to ages 3 and older with special needs regardless of limitation. Buddy Break Hendersonville • 537-2508 Mt. Juliet • 758-7779 Monthly respite program for special needs families. Caden’s Kickin’ Buddies, Inc. 893-4567 • A no-cost organization allowing children and adults with special needs to participate in martial arts with the assistance of therapy. Challenged Athletes Playing Equally (CAPE) 238-7372 • A non-profit organization that provides non-competitive sports and activities for children of special needs to increase social skills and improve self-esteem. Days Journey Respite Care • 223-1020 A Smyrna respite center that provides enrichment through music, art, drama, dance and more for kids with special needs. Full Circle Therapy 545-4271• Provides hippotherapy — physical therapy on horseback — as well as suit therapy for ages 2 to adult with severe physical and sensory disabilities. My Gym 330 Franklin Road, Brentwood 371-5437 • Weekly gymnastics program for special needs children ages 8 and older. Saddle Up! 794-1150 • Recreational therapeutic horseback riding program for children ages 4 - 18 with disabilities. Southern STARRS 453-2592 • A therapeutic horseback riding organization in Lebanon. Special Olympics of Tennessee 329-1375 • Sports training and competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities. Yoga for the Special Child 828-1274 • Offers private yoga therapy with Kristen Bendheim, a certified yoga instructor, for families with children ages birth through the teen years with disabilities or developmental delays. Therapy is designed around each child’s individual needs.

Faces of Hope Children’s Therapy Center 206-1176 • A not-for-profit organization for children and families with autism and other special needs. Family Voices of Tennessee 888-643-7811 • A family-centered agency that helps children with special needs and their families. Sensory Connect Parents of children with ADD/ADHD, autism and learning disabilities can connect with other parents and professionals in health, education and behavior management. Special Kids 890-1003 • Non-profit, Christian agency providing day nursing and outpatient rehabilitation for children with special needs. STEP, Inc. (Support & Training for Exceptional Parents) 800-280-7837 • Spanish line • 800-975-2919 Provides training about special education rights to families of children with disabilities in TN. Tennessee Voices for Children 269-7751 • Support and info for families whose children have behavioral or emotional problems.

For additional 2010 - 11 Special Needs Proactive Guide resources, visit us online at and click on “Guides & Directories.” If you have a group or organization you’d like to have listed in our annual special needs directory, please email

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he Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC) facilitates discoveries and best practices that make positive differences in the lives of children with developmental disabilities and their families. Programs include Tennessee Disability Pathfinder, StudyFinder and Research Family Partners, Vanderbilt Autism Resource Line and Family Outreach Center. For information, call 322-8240 or visit

Special Needs Resources (a special advertising listing) Beacon Literacy 5016 Twin Lakes Drive, Old Hickory 847-0371 •

Individualized reading lessons for ages 6 to adult. We help with every type of literacy problem and assist students with dyslexia, autism, speech/language difficulties, developmental delays and more.

CareAll (888) 401-CARE •

CareAll offers Special Care for Special Kids. We have a fully licensed, screened staff of RNs, LPNs, CNAs and Medical Social Workers. We offer one on one care, ventilator care, wound care, tube feedings and more. We provide the best quality in-home care available.

Dyslexia Centers of Tennessee 221-3941 •

Child and adult testing for dyslexia and one-on-one or two-on-one training with therapy designed to retrain the brain to work with each child’s individual needs to improve reading levels.

Expressways To Learning — TN Franklin, Goodlettsville, Hendersonville 851-9703 •

Teaches and addresses the needs of dyslexia, autism, ADD/ADHD and gifted students. Specializes in “Learning Differences.”

Feltz Therapy Services, LLC 301 Wolverine Trail, Ste. 201, Smyrna 220-5796 •

Provides quality comprehensive pediatric occupational, physical and speech therapy through certified therapists.

Franklin Speech & Learning Center 2117 Hillsboro Road, Franklin • 591-3244 – and – South Nashville Speech & Learning Center 4731 Trousdale Drive, Ste. 12, Nashville 832-8955 •

Our centers offer speech/language/cognitive, occupational and physical therapies ... in a little house with a comfortable living room feel. We are experienced, and we care.

LearningRx 4920 Thoroughbred Lane Brentwood • 507-1618 – and – 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Ste. 1584 Murfreesboro • 867-8717

LearningRx provides cognitive skills training that empowers every child to learn faster and easier. LearningRx identifies and strengthens the skills behind HOW students learn. We offer assessments and lifechanging training for students of all ages who want better listening, reading and processing skills.

Sylvan Learning 893-3564 •

Sylvan offers a choice of tutoring programs that is personalized to the academic needs of your child as well as your household schedule and budget.

Task Whiz Tutoring 656-3532 •

Affordable in-home tutoring for children, grades K - 12, all subjects. Rates start at $20 per hour for one-on-one, personalized instruction. Sunday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Tutor Doctor 308-2035 •

Students challenged with learning disabilities can improve their educational learning with elementary and middle school tutoring assistance.

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The 13th Annual

BEST OF PARENTING AWARDS 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 13th Annual Best of Parenting Awards. And the winners are ...

BEST SHOPPING Best Grocery Store Publix HONORABLE MENTIONS: Kroger, Trader Joe’s

BEST EATS Best Family Restaurant



Destin/Ft. Walton/Okaloosa Island FL

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Cracker Barrel, Red Robin

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Gulf Shores AL, Panama City FL

Best Burger

Best Museum

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

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HONORABLE MENTIONS: Adventure Science Center, Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art

Best Pizza Pie in the Sky HONORABLE MENTIONS: Jet’s, Pizza Perfect

Best Ice Cream Maggie Moo’s HONORABLE MENTIONS: Baskin Robbins, Cold Stone Creamery

BEST PARTIES Best Party Entertainer Anthony Lena, The Balloon Kid HONORABLE MENTIONS: CopyCats for Kids, Mr. Wiz

Best Away from Home Party Bounce U HONORABLE MENTIONS: Brushfire, Pump it Up

Best Day Trip Chattanooga, TN HONORABLE MENTIONS: Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, Nashville Shores

Best Live Performance Nashville Children’s Theatre HONORABLE MENTIONS: Dance Theatre of Tennessee, Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC)

Best Tourist Attraction Nashville Zoo at Grassmere HONORABLE MENTIONS: Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Best Day Camp YMCA Camp Widgjiwagan HONORABLE MENTIONS: Camp Idyllwild, Nashville Children’s Theatre

Best Sleep Away Camp YMCA Camp Widjiwagan HONORABLE MENTIONS: Camp Laney, Camp Marymount

Best Shopping Center/Mall The Mall at Green Hills HONORABLE MENTIONS: CoolSprings Galleria, Providence Marketplace

Best Furniture Store American Signature Furniture HONORABLE MENTIONS: Rooms to Go, Sprintz

Best Book Store Davis-Kidd Booksellers HONORABLE MENTIONS: Barnes & Noble, BooksA-Million

Best Toy Store Phillips Toy Mart HONORABLE MENTIONS: Learning Express, Toys R Us

Best Maternity Shop Motherhood Maternity HONORABLE MENTIONS: Mimi Maternity, Pickles and Ice Cream

Best Specialty Baby Store USA Baby and Kids HONORABLE MENTIONS: Babies R Us, The Plaid Rabbit

Best Children’s Clothing Store The Children’s Place HONORABLE MENTIONS: Baby Gap/Gap Kids, Gymboree

Best Consignment/Resale Shop Kid to Kid HONORABLE MENTIONS: Designer Finds, Once Upon a Child

Best Jewelry Store Jared Galleria of Jewelry HONORABLE MENTIONS: Brentwood Jewelry & Gifts, The Shane Co.

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Tennessee Women’s Care

The Gardner School

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Alexander Automotive, Beaman Automotive

HONORABLE MENTIONS: WOMEN Obstetrics and Gynecology, Women’s Medical Associates of Nashville

HONORABLE MENTIONS: The Academy Child Development Centers, Primrose School

Best Auto Service Firestone Complete Auto Care HONORABLE MENTIONS: Beaman Automotive

BEST APPEARANCE Best Day Spa Blue River Canyon Day Spa HONORABLE MENTIONS: A Moment’s Peace Salon and Day Spa, Escape Day Spa and Salon

Best Kids Haircut Snip-its HONORABLE MENTIONS: Great Clips, Divas and Dudes

Best Kids Photographer Ashley Segroves Photography HONORABLE MENTIONS: Ashley Spears Photography, Portrait Innovations

BEST PARENTING RESOURCE Best Parenting Resource Nashville Parent magazine HONORABLE MENTIONS: Attachment Parenting International, MOMs Club

Best Bank Regions HONORABLE MENTIONS: Bank of America, SunTrust

Best Real Estate Agency Keller Williams HONORABLE MENTIONS: Crye-Leike, The Wilson Team/Century 21

Best Place to Worship CrossPointe Church Nashville HONORABLE MENTIONS: Belmont Church of Christ, Harmony Fellowship

Best Pediatrician Old harding Pediatrics HONORABLE MENTIONS: Children’s Medical Group of Green Hills, Children’s Medical Group (Hermitage)

Best Dental Care Snodrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates HONORABLE MENTIONS: Brentwood Pediatric Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry Specialist, Dr. Timothy McNutt

Best Orthodontist A. Joel Gluck Orthodontics HONORABLE MENTIONS: Dr. Brantley Benson, Dr. Baird Faulkner

Best Eye Care Ducklo EyeCare HONORABLE MENTIONS: Family Vision Center, LensCrafters

Best Emergency Room Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt HONORABLE MENTIONS: Baptist Hospital, St. Thomas Hospital

Best Hospital Vanderbilt University Medical Center HONORABLE MENTIONS: Baptist Hospital, Centennial Medical Center

Best Place to Have a Baby

Best Tutoring Service The Learning Lab HONORABLE MENTIONS: A to Z In-Home Tutoring, Mathnasium

Best Dance Studio Nashville School of Dance (formerly Green Hills School of Dance) HONORABLE MENTIONS: Elite Dance, Nashville Dance Center

Best Gymnastics Westside Gymnastics HONORABLE MENTIONS: Let it Shine Gymnastics, TriStar Gymnastics

Best Martial Arts Unlimited Martial Arts HONORABLE MENTIONS: Elite Martial Arts, Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate

Best Children’s Play Program Monkey’s Treehouse HONORABLE MENTIONS: My Gym, YMCA Fun Company

Best Music Instruction Mobile Music Academy HONORABLE MENTIONS: Blair School of Music, The Music Playhouse

Best Youth Sports League Harpeth Youth Soccer Association HONORABLE MENTIONS: Nashville Youth Soccer Association, YMCA

Baptist Hospital HONORABLE MENTIONS: Centennial Medical Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Best Family Fitness Center YMCA HONORABLE MENTIONS: Jewish Community Center

The Best of Parenting reader’s poll is conducted annually. Ballots are available online beginning July 1 at The winners are published in our November issue and on Honorable mentions are listed in alphabetical order.

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Holiday Shopping Guide a paid advertising section Anatra Jewel

6027 Hwy 100, Nashville 352-9696 • Unique fine jewelry boutique featuring both classic and trendsetting designs from international and local artists with a warm and expert staff to assist. Open Mon. -Sat., 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Open Sundays in December. Located in Belle Meade, near the Highway 100/70 split.

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2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro 893-4207 • Enjoy complimentary carriage rides while you holiday shop every Sunday from 2 - 5 p.m., Nov. 28 Dec. 19.

Brushfire Pottery Studio

4004 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville 385-5334 • Painting with Santa! Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Take lots of pictures, enjoy cookies and milk and paint special Christmas pottery. Sun., Dec. 5. Call store for details.

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Junior League of Murfreesboro Hollyday Marketplace Rutherford County’s premier holiday shopping extravaganza. Sat., Nov. 20 at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information, please visit our website.

Junior League of Nashville ‘Tis the Season Holiday Marketplace Featuring more than 75 unique merchants from across the U.S.! The Factory at Franklin, Nov. 18 - 20.

Kid to Kid

95 Seaboard Lane, Brentwood 309-0903 Kid to Kid buys and sells gently used children’s items. We will pay you cash on the spot for your children’s apparel, toys, books and equipment items.

Mall at Green Hills

2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville 298-5478 • Home to Middle Tennessee’s most exclusive upscale retailers.

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Phillips Toy Mart

5207 Harding Road, Nashville 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.

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Above The Rim Basketball Academy

Holloway High School Gym 619 S. Highland Ave., Murfreesboro, TN 37130 390-0982 • Offering year-round after-school basketball programs for individuals and groups ages 6 - 17. We take skills to a higher level, stressing fundamentals and shaping character. Developmental program for boys and girls ages 7 - 16. All skill levels welcome. Travel basketball program also available. AAU Member. Register online for fall training sessions beginning Oct. 25.

All About Horses Riding Lessons

381 Jernigan Road, Portland, TN 37148 715-0326 • Email: Director: Shannon McBride Brand new facility coming soon! Great amenities for boarders: covered riding arena, trails, indoor wash rack and many others. Horse riding lessons and horse training slots available. Visit our website, call or email for more information.

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Ann Carroll School of Dance

1121 Harpeth Industrial Court Franklin, TN 37064 790-6468 • Email: Director: Ann Carroll Offering dance, voice and acting for children grades 1 - college. Students study ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, voice, monologue and a play. Guest teachers teach vocal and acting audition training and more.

School of Karate offers programs in traditional karate from age 3 to adult. Call now to find out how to get two months free!

Baker Performance Academy

Camp Brick

1411 Mark Allen Lane, Unit D Murfreesboro, TN 37129 867-2290 • Email: Sing, dance, act! Offering an exciting and educational way to experience the performing arts. Dance, cheer, musical theater, acting and voice classes taught by professionally-trained instructors in a safe and fun environment. Ages 2 - adult. Enroll now for our fall session and to participate in our Holiday Showcase. Private lessons available. Call or visit our website for more information.

Barfield School of Dance

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

Beacon Literacy

5016 Twin Lakes Drive, Old Hickory, TN 37138 847-0371 • Email: Providing one-on-one, individualized reading lessons for students ages 6 - adult. As America’s literacy specialists, we have the expertise to help with every type of literacy problem. We assist students with dyslexia, LD, autism, speech and language difficulties, developmental delays and more. Screening for Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome (Irlen Syndrome) is also available. Guaranteed improvement in 20 sessions!

Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate

1911 Business Campus Drive Murfreesboro, TN 37129 890-6755 –and– 1820 NW Broad St., Murfreesboro, TN 37129 893-6003 Email: Let martial arts take your kids to new heights. Bill Taylor’s Bushido

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Held at various Middle Tennessee locations A LEGO® adventure day camp offering an educational experience for girls and boys 5 -12 yrs. Your child will learn basic LEGO® building techniques that will stimulate creativity and imagination. Organized team activities centered around LEGOs are also available. Check out our fall workshop schedule on our web site.

Cheer and Dance 1 Nashville

7657 Hwy 70 S, #101, Nashville, TN 37221 969-9955 • Email: For school-age students. We offer classes in cheerleading, tumbling, private lessons and squad training. Our preschool program, Junglenasticks, offers classes in gymnastics, tumbling, cheer, creative movement and ballet/tap/tumble. Parent/child classes begin in October.

Cox Family Martial Arts

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

Creative Me Gymnastics

871 Seven Oaks Blvd., Smyrna, TN 37167 459-5512 • Email: Summer camps include games, sports, swimming and gymnastic lessons. Girls camp Jun. 21 - 25 and Jul. 19 - 23. Boys camp Jun. 28 - Jul 2 and Jul. 26 - 30. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. $160 per week. Registration begins Mar. 1 on our web site.

Deer Run Retreat and Christian Camps

3845 Perkins Road Thompson’s Station, TN 37179 794-2918 • Email: Family events, birthday parties, day and overnight camps, school or sports team retreats. Private, wooded location, 10 miles

from Franklin. Year-round day and overnight facilities. Recreation includes paintball in a wooded setting; climbing tower; high and low ropes challenge courses; lake swimming with aqua park, zipline and canoeing; sand volleyball, wiffle ball, and hiking trails. Customized retreats plus excellent service and meals.

E.T.C. Gymnastics

1137 Haley Road, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 867-6900 • Email: E.T.C. Gymnastics is dedicated to bringing a new standard of excellence in gymnastics through Him. We offer classes in gymnastics for boys and girls ages 2 years and older. We also offer cheerleading and tumbling, as well as competitive teams. Call and ask about our free trial class. We also do parties, field trips and parents’ nights out.

EBDT - Eccentrique Backbone Dance Theater

103 Confederate Drive, Ste. 1 Franklin, TN 37064 599-7003 • Email: Promoting adult dance, fitness and the performing arts for ages 2 - 70+. Small classes, economical fee, workshops and loftstyle classrooms with sprung floors. Faith-based, non-recital school. Non-mandatory in-school dance concerts to teach performance skills. Next session begins Jan. 4 and runs through Mar. 6. Schedules and more information on our website.

Expressways To Learning - TN

Franklin, Goodlettsville and Hendersonville Locations 851-9703 • Email: Director: Fulton Greer Owner: Lucy Karen Clay Expressways To Learning (ETL) teaches reading, writing and math skills. ETL offers testing with immediate same-day results for “learning differences” including dyslexia, ADD and ADHD. Also, test prep for ACT, SAT and ISEE. Since 1988, ETL has provided brain fitness for ages 5 - adult. Call today to receive special discounts for classes and initial testing.

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2010 Guide to Fall Activities and After-School Programs Firstlight Arts Academy

1710 Gen. George Patton Drive, Ste 108 Brentwood, TN 37027 202-6426 • Instruction in drawing, painting and cartooning for ages 4 - adult. Parents can take a class while their kids are in class. Ages 3 - 8 can drop in for fun and experience art. 8:30 a.m. - 12 noon., Tue. - Sat. Now open in Cool Springs.

Franklin School of Performing Arts

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

Hermitage Dance Academy

275 Jackson Meadows Drive Hermitage, TN 37076 231-7100 • Email: HDA offers the highest quality instructors along with a beautiful, spacious studio featuring video monitor viewing of all classes, computers utilized in all dance rooms and a playroom for siblings. We also offer ballroom, drama, voice and karate lessons along with our dance programs. New classes are forming now so don’t miss out on this opportunity to get in on the fastest growing studio in Nashville.

Miss Carla’s Charm School

204 Rivergate Pkwy. Goodlettsville, TN 37075 496-2100 • Individual sessions or group workshops and audition skills for TV, theater and film. For younger students, table manners and self presentation skills. Classes and workshops taught by Carla Duffy, a former Broadway and film talent agent in New York City as well as a pageant judge for many years. Before- and after-care available.

Mobile Music Academy

301-8589 • Email: We bring high-quality music instruction from fun, energetic, qualified teachers directly to you. We provide lessons throughout the day and evening for piano, guitar, bass, drums, voice, band and orchestral. Special rates available for lessons before 3 p.m. We teach ALL ages!

Mpact Sports - Camp Mpact 2010

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

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My Gym

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

Nashville Dance Center (NDC)

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

NewPoint Learning Center

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

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Peachtree Farms Eqeustrian Center

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

Rhythm and Rhymes Family Enrichment Classes

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



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2010 Guide to Fall Activities and After-School Programs Robinson Taekwondo

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

School of Dance (Green Hills, Mt. Juliet)

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

Smartt Steps

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

• Ballet • Jazz • Hip-Hop • Tumbling


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Stonywoods Art Center

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

Task Whiz Tutoring

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

Wado Karate Centers

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

Watkins College of Art and Design

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


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mickey and company rock music city sunday, nov. 7


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mon 1 Parents and Tots Preschoolers and their parents can participate in a “What’s Wild?” program. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Snack Attack! All ages can toast pumpkin seeds in the

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

tue 2 Animal Antics All ages can meet the uromastyx dragon.

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

Parents and Tots Please see Monday, Nov. 1 listing. Tuesdays for Tots: Tennessee Time Machine Preschoolers and their parents can blast through the past 50 years at the museum and choose a favorite moment for inspiration for this art project. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($15 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

wed 3 FREE Kids Concert The Zinghoppers’ Sunny Fixalot

entertains kids ages 1 - 8 with music and movement. Whole Foods, 1735 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 636-5343 or

Snack Attack! Please see Monday, Nov. 1 listing.

thu 4 SunTrust Classical Series: The Rite of Spring Baritone Thomas Hampson joins the Nashville Symphony for an evening of music featuring works by Stravinsky and Richard Danielpour. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $35 - $85; 687-6400 or

Kids can enjoy jousting fun during the Elves’ Faire at Linden Waldorf School on Saturday, Nov. 6.

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davidson county Bellevue Community Center Ongoing art classes and

Drive, Nashville; 915-1960 or

Metro Parks Cultural Arts Classes Visit nashville.

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

Plantation Station Stories and crafts for ages 1 - 4 with

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

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

FREE Davis-Kidd Booksellers Storytime for all ages

FREE Pottery Barn Kids Preschoolers can participate

takes place every Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat at 10 a.m. Every Wed at 3 is Game Demo and Craft Demo takes place every Fri at 4 p.m. The store is located at 2121 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville; 385-2645 or

FREE Fairytales Storytime Stories and crafts Mon - Fri

at 3:30 p.m. and Sat at 10:30 a.m. Fairytales, 1603 Riverside

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

FREE Radnor Lake Natural Area Nature programs at

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

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

FREE Books-A-Million Preschool storytime for ages 2 - 7 is every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 995-7112. Patterson Park Community Center 521 Mercury Blvd.,

Murfreesboro; 893-7439. Ongoing programs are: • FREE 4-H with Mr. Shirley: Ages 8 - 12 can enjoy programs in science, engineering and technology on the second and third Wednesday each month; 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. • Wee Play: Ages 6 months - 2 years can enjoy stories, crafts and more every Monday; 10 - 10:45 a.m.; $3

the dailies fri 5 Big Kid Night Adults can enjoy happy hour hosted by Yazoo Brewing Company, snacks and a performance of Seussical. Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; 5:30 p.m. happy hour, 6:30 p.m. show; $25; 252-4675 or Celebrate Reading Ages 3 and older can join zoo staff and

other characters for a storytime activity in the amphitheater. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road; 10:30 a.m.; free with gate admission ($14 adults, $9 ages 3 - 12); 833-1534 or

FREE Kids Concert The Zinghoppers’ Sunny Fixalot

entertains kids ages 1 - 8 with music and movement. Whole Foods, 4021 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 9:30 a.m.; 636-5343 or

A Night at the Museum Historic characters from Dickson’s

early days help the museum “come alive” tonight. Clement Railroad Hotel Museum, 100 Frank Clement Place, Dickson; 7 - 9 p.m.; $5 ages 15 and older, free ages 14 and younger; 446-0500 or

SunTrust Classical Series: The Rite of Spring Please

see Thursday, Nov. 4 listing.

FREE Storytelling Event Storyteller Magda shares tales

with all ages. Fairytales Bookstore, 1603 Riverside Drive, Nashville; 3:30 p.m.; 915-1960 or

FREE Williamson County Youth Orchestra Bring the family out to enjoy a strings concert. Clearview Baptist Church, 537 Franklin Road, Franklin; 6:30 p.m.; 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 and Fairview Boys & Girls Club. Main Street in Downtown Franklin; 7 - 10 p.m.; $85;

14th Annual Elves’ Faire All ages can have fun with activities like archery, jousting, making beeswax candles, creating wands, puppet shows, roving music, dance performances and handcrafted gift shopping and more. Linden Waldorf School, 3201 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $5 adults, $3 children; 354-0270 or 20th Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar & 7th Annual Kris Kringle Kar Klassic Get your holiday shopping underway

with more than 150 vendors will be at the bazaar with items like fine art, jewelry, pet products, novelty clothing, baby goods, home décor items and more. While Mom tackles her shopping list, Dad can enjoy the car show, featuring more than 70 classic and modified automobiles. The kids can bring their wish lists to share with Santa and his elves. Williamson County AgExpo Center, 4215 Long Lane, Franklin. Hours are Sat 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun 12 - 4 p.m. (Santa hours are Sat 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sun 1 - 3 p.m.; keepsake photos are $3); $2 ages 13 and older, free ages 12 and younger; 790-5719, ext. 10 or

Expressways To Learning How was your child’s report card?

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FREE Author Signing Children’s author Kelly Pulley reads from and signs 10 Unusual Things About Lulu McDunn. DavisKidd Booksellers, 2121 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m.; 385-2645 or FREE Barkaroo Celebrate your family’s pooch by bringing

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FREE Annie Auditions Ages 6 and older can audition for Annie with the Bethlehem Players. Bethlehem United Methodist church, 2419 Bethlehem Loop Road, Franklin; Sat auditions are for girls ages 6 - 15 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun auditions are for adults from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.; request a five-minute audition appointment at

him out to the park for a day of canine fun featuring vendors with dog-related products and services, demonstrations, representatives from dog clubs and more. Enter contests including owner-dog look-a-like, best dressed, best trick, and Mr. and Mrs. Barkaroo. For a $10 suggested donation, you can also participate in the Dog-Gone Walk-a-Thon to raise money to benefit the park. Murfreesboro Bark Park, 1540 W. College St.; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 890-5333 or

Belk Fall Charity Sale For a $5 donation, shoppers will

gain access to the sale from 6 - 10 a.m. where they can get discounts between 20 - 70 percent off items throughout the store. Proceeds benefit local charities. Visit

FREE Belle Meade UMC Bizarre Bazaar This arts and crafts fair showcases local and Mid-South artist with items including oil and acrylic paintings, pottery, woodworking, furniture, jewelry, children’s clothing, gifts, bath and body productions, food and more. Belle Meade United Methodist Church, 121 Davidson Road, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 352-6210 or bellemeadeumc. org. (please turn the page)





For this year’s holiday season, load up your family, friends, and every ounce of glee you can muster and spend the evening Caroling for Kids! Call Fannie Battle Day Home for Children at 615.228.6745. Say you want to organize a CAROLING GROUP, and we'll reserve your street and provide your caroling materials!

Give everyone a reason to feel great, including the kids who will be helped by the money you raise for Fannie Battle Day Home for Children!

December 1st - 24th Sponsored by:

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FREE Calico Critter Activities All ages can participate in activities featuring Calico Critters. HobbyTown USA, 536-J N. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 890-6777. Cumberland Division Meet & Model Train Show All ages can view operating model railroads with digital command controls and sound-equipped locomotives, shop dealer tables and more. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $4 adults, $1 ages 11 and younger (family cap is $10), free for Boy and Girl Scouts in uniform; 2449001 or FREE Kids Concert The Zinghoppers’ Sunny Fixalot entertains kids ages 1 - 8 with music and movement. Hermitage Branch Library, 3700 James Kay Lane, Hermitage; 2 p.m.; 6365343 or FREE Lego Family Fun Day All ages can spend the

afternoon having fun with Lego building blocks. Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 2121 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville; 12 - 2 p.m.; 385-2645 or

FREE MJCA Shopping Extravaganza Get a jump start on your holiday shopping with more than 50 vendors selling home décor, pottery, candles, handbags, baby items, baskets, food and more. The event also includes a silent auction and kids’ games and inflatables during the morning hours. Mt. Juliet Christian Academy, 735 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 758-2427 or Saturday AM: Litter Bugs Families can make art from recyclables. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($15 adults, $8 ages 6 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or FREE Nolensville Veterans Day Parade Local veteran will be honored during this parade that begins on Oldham Street and ends at the ball park on Nolensville Park Road; 11 a.m.; 776-3633 FREE Shakespeare Allowed! All ages can participate in (or

just listen to) a reading of Measure for Measure. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St.; 1 - 4 p.m.;

FREE Step Out Walk to Fight Diabetes All ages can garner pledges and walk to raise money for the American Diabetes Association. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 8 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. walk; 298-3066 or stepout.diabetes. org. Strides for SIDS This 5K run/walk benefits Tiny Handprints and the CJ Foundation for SIDS. Gateway Island and Trail, Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro; 8 a.m.; $25 adults, $5 ages 12 and younger; 332-2737 or

Bring your family dog to the Murfreesboro Bark Park on Saturday, Nov. 6 for the Barkaroo festival.

classes & activities, cont’d Sports*Com 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 895-5040.

Ongoing programs are: • Toddler Time with Thomas: Ages 5 and younger can participate in motor-skill development activities every Friday; 10 - 11 a.m.; $3 • Water Polo: Ages 13 and older play water polo every Tuesday; 7 - 8:45 p.m.; $3 adults, $2 youth • Youth Volleyball: Ages 11 - 18 of all levels can play every Thursday; 4:30 - 6 p.m.; $3

FREE Strollercoasters Parents with kids 5 and younger can enjoy a stroller power walk at a different location in Murfreesboro every Thursday at 10 a.m.; 890-5333.

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FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related

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 Tot Time Ages 5 and younger can enjoy a social hour

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

activities for all ages every Mon and Sat at 11 a.m. at 300 Indian Lakes Blvd., Hendersonville; 264-0183 or

and gym play every Thursday from 10 - 11 a.m. at the Delmas Long Community Center, 200 Memorial Drive, Goodlettsville; 851-2253 or

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; 377-9979 or

FREE Taekwondo for Preschoolers Ages 3 - 5 can

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

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

Preschool through Middle School

Admissions Open House Sunday, November 7, 2010 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. 615-352-4317

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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 chockfull of ads for these Open Houses. Keep on turning the pages – all the way to the page 89! – to find more.

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The Mid-South’s PREMIERE Overnight Camp Bolivar, TN

Excellence in Christian Education Prekindergarten through Sixth Grade

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Call 731.659.2880 or visit for a 2011 Summer Camp Brochure

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For November events requiring advance registration, turn to page 100. SunTrust Classical Series: The Rite of Spring Please

see Thursday, Nov. 4 listing.

FREE Super Saturday! All ages can play on the kids’ activity table, participate in craft projects and enjoy cookies and lemonade. Parent-Teacher Stores: 2214 Bandywood Drive, Nashville (292-3533); 203 Williamson Square, Franklin (599-3477); 131 John Rice Blvd., Murfreesboro (895-6131); and 780 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville (859-3007);

sun 7 20th Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar & 7th Annual Kris Kringle Kar Klassic Please see Saturday, Nov. 6 listing. FREE Annie Auditions Please see Saturday, Nov. 6 listing.

mon 8 FREE A Gathering of Angels Benefit Concert Ages 8 and older can enjoy this kick-off to the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Season with performances by Ty Herndon, Jimmy Wayne, Big Show, Restless Heart and more. Christ Church, 15354 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville; 7 p.m.; 242-0411 or

post comedy theatre kicks off family field trip series

Parents and Tots Preschoolers and their parents can learn

about critters that live in trees. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Snack Attack! All ages can make quesadillas in the kitchen.

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

tue 9 Animal Antics All ages can meet the geckos. Discovery

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

FREE Fancy Nancy Event Fancy Nancy Illustrator Robin

Tuesdays for Tots: Creative Critters Preschoolers and their parents can work with recycled materials to create unique, mixed media critters. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

wed 10 44th Annual CMA Music Awards Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood host country music’s biggest night. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $112.50 - $576.25; 7702000 or

Preiss Glasser hosts a special storytime event. Barnes & Noble, 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 7 p.m.; 377-9979 or

Snack Attack! Please see Monday, Nov. 8 listing.

Parents and Tots Please see Monday, Nov. 8 listing.

FREE Wacky Wednesday Katie Peachy leads kids of all

ages in a “Kids in the Kitchen” program. Smyrna Public Library, 400 Enon Springs Road W.; 3:30 p.m.; 459-4884.

saturday, nov. 13


he 2010 - 2011 Family Field Trip series at TPAC begins this month with POST Comedy Theatre, a one-man show featuring Robert Post, who specializes in rapid-fire character changes. This mime, juggler and comedian uses his various talents to manipulate everyday objects to the point they seem to come alive. The show takes place at 2 p.m. in TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville. Pre-show activities in the lobby begin at 1 p.m. Tickets are $14 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12. Call 782-4040 or visit familyfieldtrip.

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

Adventureworks The Eco-Zip Line Adventure allows

Christmas Wonderland A drive-through holiday lights

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

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

and music display runs Nov. 5 - Jan. 2, 2011. Beginning Thanksgiving night, photos with Santa and Yogi Bear’s Hey Ride are available. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, 2572 Music Valley Drive, Nashville; daily 6 - 10 p.m. $25 per car ($40 per van); horse-drawn carriage rides are $40 for up to six people;

FREE Family Bike Ride Enjoy an hour-long bike ride

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

Avenue North and Union Avenue; Wed - Mon 8 p.m. through Tuesday, Nov. 30; $15 adults, $8 ages 7 - 11, free ages 6 and younger; for reservations, call 884-3999 or visit

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

Nashville Ghost Tours Learn the historical, haunted

heritage of Music City. Tour begins at the corner of Sixth

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from local restaurants, live music, giveaways and more. Jaguar Porsche Audi Showroom, 2350 Franklin Pike, Nashville; 6 - 9 p.m.; $60 in advance, $70 at the door; 343-4000 or

FREE American Girl Club All ages can learn about Felicity and find out what life was like during the colonial time period. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 7 p.m.; 895-8580 or

Bank of America Pops Series: Jewel Please see Thursday, Nov. 11 listing.

Books on the Bayou This fundraiser for Books From Birth

of Middle Tennessee includes live music, a silent auction, food, dancing and more. Loveless Barn, 8400 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 7 10 p.m.; $90;

Celebrate Reading Ages 3 and older can join zoo staff and

other characters for a storytime activity in the amphitheater. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road; 10:30 a.m.; $14 adults, $9 ages 3 - 12; 833-1534 or

Christmas Village More than 250 merchants show and sell

their holiday arts and crafts. Tennessee State Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Ave., Nashville; Fri 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 12 - 6 p.m.; $8 advance/$10 at the gate ages 10 and older, free ages 9 and younger; 256-2726 or

View all kinds of model train layouts and displays during the annual Whistlestop Weekend at Adventure Science Center, Nov. 12 - 14.

FREE Dyer Open House Day Explore the observatory, learn about astronomy and peek through the giant telescope. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 373-4897 or

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FREE Eagleville Fall Festival All ages can have family fun

Bank of America Pops Series: Jewel Pop singer/

songwriter Jewel performs her hits backed by the Nashville Symphony. Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $40 - $100; 6876400 or

Creation Station All ages cam make pumpkin seed mosaic

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

Titans Football Root for the Tennessee Titans when they take on the Washington Redskins. LP Field, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 12 p.m.; $51.29 - $91.29; 800-745-3000 or

FREE Veterans Day Parade Enjoy a parade honoring our

local service men and women. Parade route is Broadway at the interstate to Third Avenue, Nashville; 11 a.m.; 883-8185.

Vince Gill & Friends for STARS Take in an evening of country music with Vince Gill and special surprise guests. Proceeds benefit Students Taking a Right Stand (STARS). Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 6:30 p.m. reception, 8 p.m. concert; $175 regular tickets, $275 patron tickets (includes premium seating and a post-concert meet and greet with Gill); 983-6805 or

fri 12 FREE 17th Annual Stones River Craft Artists Studio Tour Twenty five craft artists’ studios in Murfreesboro will be

open to the public to view their art displays showcasing wares in forged iron, stained glass, weaving, prints, woodwork, fine jewelry, sculpture and more. Hour are Fri 1 - 7 p.m., Sat - Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. For a list of studios, visit

2010 d’Vine Selections Wine Tasting This fundraising event for Ronald McDonald House Charities features more than 100 wines to sample along with a variety of hors d’ouvres

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Jumper’s Playhouse Inflatable fun at 6600 New Nashville

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

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

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

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

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Kids Party Jumps Kids can bounce on inflatables at 134 New Shackle Island Road, Hendersonville; Mon - Fri 10 a.m. 5 p.m.; $5; 826-8010. Laser Adventure Laser tag, aeroball and a rock-climbing wall at 511 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; Mon - Thu by reservation only, Fri 3:30 - 10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun 12 - 9 p.m.; prices vary by activity; 859-7753 or

with face painting, inflatables, bake sales and more. Eagleville School Gym, 500 Hwy. 99, Eagleville; 5 - 8 p.m.; some activities require tickets; 274-6336.

FREE Game Night Stop by the café for an evening of board games, featuring the new Settlers of Catan game. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; 8958580 or FREE Mafia Moms Storytime Moms can bring their

preschoolers for stories and sing-alongs, while visiting with other moms. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; 895-8580 or

Whistlestop Weekend Train enthusiasts of all ages can view

numerous layouts from tiny models to large-scale replicas. Local train club members and collectors are on-hand to answer questions and share their knowledge. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; Fri - Sat 10 a.m., Sun 12:30 - 5:30 p.m.; $12 adults, $9 ages 3 - 12, free ages 2 and younger; 8625160 or (“The Dailies” continue on page 84)

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

williamson county Bowie Park and Nature Center Nature programs and

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

Private School Open Houses College Prep. There are no shortcuts. In a global economy and uncertain job market, students must be given the tools to think well and adapt quickly. That’s why we’ve blended a rigorous core curriculum with teachers who encourage students to excel, helping them not only score highly on tests for college, but giving them the confidence they need for life beyond.

JPII. Because A Great Education Is Forever. 117 Caldwell Drive • Hendersonville, TN 37075 615-822-2375 (P) • 615-822-6226 (F) • •

PLACEMENT EXAM Placement Exam Dates: November 13,DATES December 11, January 29 Placement Exams are held on the following Saturdays from 8:30 AM–12 PM: Coffee with the Headmaster: November 8, 8:30 - 10:00am October 24, 2009 • November 14, 2009 • December 12, 2009 • January 23, 2010 (Make Up Exam) Open House: November 9, 6:00 - 8:30pm JPII offers bus routes to Lebanon, Hermitage, Gallatin, Bellevue/West End, Joelton and Clarksville.

We believe that education at its best

should transcend the intellect and engage the whole person; that each student is wonderfully unique and blessed with God-given talents; and that every child is full of possibility, just as he or she is seen leaving home each morning.

OPEN HO U S E E V E N T S Pre-K, Kindergarten & Grade 1 November 3 & 4 Grades 5-12 December 4 • January 29 PLEASE CALL THE ADMISSION OFFICE FOR RESERVATIONS


It’s Fall in Middle Tennessee

and that means 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 chockfull of ads for these Open Houses. Keep on turning the pages – all the way to the page 89! – to find more.

4700 Franklin Road • Nashville, Tennessee 37220 • 615-832-8845 •

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See Seussical at Nashville Children’s Theatre during Grand Day on Sunday, Nov. 14.

sat 13 FREE 17th Annual Stones River Craft Artists Studio Tour Please see Friday, Nov. 12 listing. FREE Author Signing Children’s author Marianne Bouldin reads and signs Tale of Bambu Mouse. Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 2121 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m.; 385-2645 or

Bank of America Pops Series: Jewel Please see Thurs-

day, Nov. 11 listing.

FREE Christmas Craft Fair Shop for handmade crafts

and special gifts for the holidays. Carroll Oakland Elementary School, 4664 Hunters Point Pike, Lebanon; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 4498449 or

Christmas Village Please see Friday, Nov. 12 listing.

FREE Ivy & Bean Party All ages can learn how to have fun with hanging spoons from their faces, making their own fingernails, dancing till they drop, stuffing straws in their mouths and making their own potions. Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 2121 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville; 2 p.m.; 385-2645 or Kids Concert The Zinghoppers’ Conductor Jack entertains

kids ages 1 - 8 with a dance party. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; $12 adults, $9 youth; 862-5160 or

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outings, cont’d Glow Galaxy Weekly open play times feature inflatables,

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

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

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

Peek-a-boo Playtown Open play hours are Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m. at 3252

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Aspen Grove Road, Franklin; $7 per child; 771-8099 or

Pump It Up Play Time Pop-in playtime Tue, Wed and Fri

from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. for preschoolers, Tue 6 - 7:30 p.m. and Thu 1 - 3 p.m. for ages 2 - 12. Pump It Up, 7104 Crossroads Blvd., Ste. 128, Brentwood; $7 per child; 373-7867.

sites davidson county Adventure Science Center Hands-on science activities. Also home to the Sudekum Planetarium. 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 12:30 5:30 p.m. (the planetarium is open from 6 - 9 p.m. on the second Saturday each month for after-hours showings);

$12 adults, $9 ages 3 - 12; free for ages 2 and younger; Planetarium tickets are $4 members, $6 non-members on top of museum admission (laser shows are $2 more); 862-5160 or • Garden of Gizmos is on display through Sunday, Dec. 5 • One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure is showing in the planetarium through Sunday, Dec. 5

Belle Meade Plantation Early 1800s house and stud farm at 5025 Harding Road, Nashville; Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (final tour at 4 p.m.); $16 adults, $10 ages 13 - 18, $8 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; 356-0501 or • Victorian Christmas: Home for the Holidays is on display Nov. 5 - Dec. 31



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Open House November 7, 2-4 pm

University School of Nashville Admissions Open House Saturday, November 20 Fifth grade–Twelfth grade 10:00 a.m. Sunday, November 21 Kindergarten–Fourth grade 2:00 p.m.

University School of Nashville 2000 Edgehill Avenue Nashville, Tennessee 37212 327-3812 financial aid available

Why Nashville Christian? Our Mission is to demonstrate Christ’s love through education, service and worship. Our Vision is to help students realize and pursue their full potential spiritually, intellectually, physically, and socially— while learning to be secure in the knowledge of God.

7555 Sawyer Brown Road, Nashville, TN 37221/615-356-5600

Our Savior Lutheran Academy











Building Faith | Instilling Knowledge | Equipping Leaders


OPEN HOUSE Nov. 11 10am – noon Nov. 16 10am – noon

Our Savior Lutheran Academy provides an Excellent Christian Education for Tomorrow’s Leaders. Preschool 3-5 yr olds

Elementary K-5th grades

Middle Schools 6th-8th grades

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here comes santa claus ... to a mall near you! Belk at The Avenue Murfreesboro 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro 893-4207 • Santa arrives Tuesday, Nov. 23 from 6 - 8 p.m. Hours thereafter with a few variations are Mon - Fri 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sat - Sun 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Check Web site for changes in hours in December. Cool Springs Galleria 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin 771-2128 • Nov. 13 - Dec. 24 Hours: Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks from 1 - 2 p.m. and 5 - 6 p.m.), Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks from 1- 2 p.m. and 5 - 6 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break from 3 - 3:30 p.m.) Santa’s arrival on Nov. 13 features the Radio City Rockettes at 10 a.m. with activities from KidsDance. Hickory Hollow Mall 5252 Hickory Hollow Pkwy., Antioch 731-3500 • Nov. 13 - Dec. 24 Hours: Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks from 1 - 2 p.m. and 5 - 6 p.m.), Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks from 1- 2 p.m. and 5 6 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break from 3 - 3:30 p.m.) The Mall at Green Hills 2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville 298-5478 Nov. 20 - Dec. 24 Hours are Mon - Sat 11 a.m. 8 p.m., Sun 12 - 6 p.m.

Providence Marketplace 401 S. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet 773-2298 • Dec. 4 - 5. Hours: 12 - 5 p.m. RiverGate Mall 1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville 859-3456 • Nov. 13 - Dec. 24 Hours: Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks from 1 - 2 p.m. and 5 - 6 p.m.), Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks from 1- 2 p.m. and 5 - 6 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break from 3 - 3:30 p.m.) Santa’s arrival at 10 a.m. on Nov. 13 includes Bearemy from Build-A-Bear Workshop who kicks things off with storytime and a Santa Bear giveaway. Stones River Mall 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro 896-4486 • Nov. 20 - Dec. 24 Hours: Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. (with breaks from 1 - 2 p.m. and 5 - 6 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.). Pet photos (dogs and cats only) take place Mondays, Nov. 29 Dec. 20, from 6 - 8 p.m. Santa arrives in the morning on Saturday, Nov. 20 for a breakfast event at Chick-fil-A that also includes North Pole activities and prize drawings. Tickets are $5 adults, $10 children; they go on sale the first week of November. Streets of Indian Lake 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville 822-7627 • Nov. 26 - Dec. 23. Hours are Mon, Wed, Thu and Sun 2 - 4 p.m., Fri - Sat 5 - 7 p.m. The Rockettes usher in Santa’s arrival at Cool Springs Galleria on Saturrday, Nov. 13.

sites, cont’d Belmont Mansion Tour the summer home of Joseph and Adelicia Acklen, built in 1853, at 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun 1 - 4 p.m.; $8 adults, $3 ages 6 - 12; 460-5459 or Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art 200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; Tue and Sat 9:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m., Wed - Fri 9:30 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $8 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger (hours admission beginning Tuesday, Nov. 9 return to Tue - Sat 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger, $30 family cap); 356-8000 or • Cheekwood Collects: The First 50 Years exhibit is on display through Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011

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• Chihuly at Cheekwood is on display through Sunday, Nov. 7 (Chihuly Nights take place Wed - Fri, with a Saturday night added on Nov. 6; experience the exhibit at night when it’s illuminated) • The Matilda Geddings Gray Collection of Fabergé exhibit is on display through 2012 • Season of Celebration is on display Nov. 26 - Jan. 2 • Temporary Contemporary: Mel Ziegler is on display through Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011 • Video Installation Galleries: The Way We Move is on display through Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011 • William Edmondson: The Hand and the Spirit is on display through Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011

FREE Cooter’s Place Memorabilia representing Dukes

of Hazzard at 2613 McGavock Pike, Nashville; Mon - Thu 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fri - Sat 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; 872-8358 or

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

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

Private School Open Houses

Come visit!

Ongoing tours available for all grade levels. Call 250-8916 to schedule. Ensworth High School Open House: Sunday, November 7 at 2pm Red Gables Campus, Grades P1–8: 211 Ensworth Ave. • Devon Farm Campus, Grades 9–12: 7401 Hwy. 100 • • Financial Aid Available

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See VeggieTales Live! at World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro on Thursday, Nov. 18. FREE Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo Area humane societies, animal shelters and pet adoption agencies bring their animals ready for adoption, with vendors providing information and promotional items. Nashville Zoo Giraffe Parking Lot, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; does not include museum inside the zoo’s gates; 833-1534 or Murder Mystery Excursion Train Ride the rails to Watertown and enjoy a murder mystery along the way. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 8:30 a.m. boarding, 9 a.m. departure; $40 - $70; 244-9001 or

FREE Music Together Leslie Garbis leads children in a

morning of musical fun. Fairytales Bookstore, 1603 Riverside Drive, Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; 915-1960 or fairytalesbookstore. com.

FREE National Gaming Day All ages can test their skills at video games and traditional board games. Smyrna Public Library, 400 Enon Springs Road W.; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 459-4884 or

FREE National Neighborhood Toy Store Day All ages

can have fun with a day of games, prizes and activities. HobbyTown USA, 536-J N. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 890-6777.

Pet Photos with Santa All ages can bring their favorite furry friend for photos with the jolly elf. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; price varies depending on package; 890-0355 or FREE PET U-a-palooza All ages can enjoy a music-filled afternoon about kindness and compassion toward animals featuring musical performers Sherrie Austin, Jeremy McComb, Eric Stuart and Jamie O’Neal with the Act Too Players Pet U Singers. The Factory Commons Area, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; 2 - 4 p.m.; 791-0827 or Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when

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

Saturday AM: Portrait Possibilities Families can learn how to draw faces and use various materials to create selfportraits. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, $5 ages 6 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or Whistlestop Weekend Please see Friday, Nov. 12 listing.

sun 14 12th Annual Grand Day All ages can enjoy the Patron Tea Party, a performance of Seussical and a pay-as-you-go carnival after the show. Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; 12:30 p.m. tea party, 2 p.m. show; $47 adults, $22 children (show only tickets are $17 adults, $12 children); 252-4675 or FREE 17th Annual Stones River Craft Artists Studio Tour Please see Friday, Nov. 12 listing. Christmas Village Please see Friday, Nov. 12 listing.

sites, cont’d Frist Center for the Visual Arts Local to international art, plus hands-on fun in ArtQuest at 919 Broadway, Nashville; Mon - Wed and Sat 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thu - Fri 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; $10 adults, free ages 18 and younger; 244-3340 or Ongoing: • Chihuly at the Frist is on display through Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011 • George Rickey’s Three Red Lines is on display through Sunday, Dec. 27 • FREE Music in the Grand Lobby every Thu 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. and every Fri 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

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• Young Tennessee Artists: 2010 Statewide Advanced Placement Studio Art is on display through Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Hermitage Home of President Andrew Jackson. 4580

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

Lane Motor Museum More than 150 unique cars and

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

Nashville Zoo Animals from around the world at 3777

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

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

Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

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

FREE Tennessee State Museum Explore the history of Tennessee at 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Sat 10 a.m. 5 p.m.; Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; 741-2692 or

Private School Open Houses

FREE Military Appreciation Day All

military veterans and active military personnel along with their immediate families receive free admission. A special kid’s fun zone features inflatables, games and activities. Visitors must show their military ID, veteran organization ID, discharge papers or other official identification. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 833-1534 or

Sunday Series of Fun All ages can get

a head start on making holiday presents and decorations. Old Fort Park Pavilion 3, 1025 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; admission is a bag of non-perishable food; 893-2141.

Whistlestop Weekend Please see Friday, Nov. 12 listing.

mon 15 FREE Christian High School Choral Festival Choral ensembles from several

Christian high schools perform an evening of music. Lipscomb University’s Collins Alumni Auditorium, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville; 7 p.m.; 966-5929 or

Parents and Tots Preschoolers and their

parents can participate in a program titled, “What Can This Be?” Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Snack Attack! All ages can create sweet potato dip. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Special Needs Night Special needs children of all ages can enjoy a special open playtime. Peek-a-boo Playtown, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Ste. A120A, Hendersonville (822-7099), and 3252 Aspen Grove Road, Ste. 9, Franklin (771-8099); $3 ($5 siblings);

Overbrook School is a private, Catholic pre-k through 8th grade co-ed school founded by the Dominican sisters in 1936. After-care & financial aid available.

Open House prospective parents Open House forNov. 17 for prospective parents Oct. 20 or Nov. 17 R.S.V.P. at or 615.292.5134, ext. 257 R.S.V.P. at or 615.292.5134, ext. 257

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tue 16 Animal Antics All ages can meet the ball python. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or FREE Edna S. Thomas Lecture Series Nationally acclaimed author Christine Carter shares science-based parenting advice for raising kids in a successful manner. University School of Nashville, 2000 Edgehill Ave., Nashville; 7 p.m.; 321-4939

FREE La Leche League of Williamson County Expectant mothers can learn more

about breastfeeding and the services provided by La Leche League. Grace Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1154 Lewisberg Pike, Franklin; 6:15 p.m.; 834-3287. (please turn the page)

Open House Dates: November 4, & 10 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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Parents and Tots Please see Monday, Nov. 15 listing. Tuesdays for Tots: Bird Balls Preschoolers and their parents can make a craft project to attract birds to their backyards. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

wed 17 Snack Attack! Please see Monday, Nov. 15 listing.

thu 18 Creation Station All ages can create a Thanksgiving tree.

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

FREE Nashville Double Reed Ensemble All ages can

VeggieTales Live! Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber and their veggie friends present a live stage show featuring the silliest Silly Song Countdown ever. World Outreach Church, 1921 New Salem Road, Murfreesboro; 2 and 7 p.m.; $15 general admission, $25 gold circle (includes meet and greet); 896-4515 or itickets. com. We’re giving away four family four-packs of tickets. To enter, log on to and click on “Giveaways.”

FREE World of Possibilities Career Fair

Eighth-grade students in Williamson County Schools, private schools and homeschoolers can attend this fair to learn about a variety of career opportunities. Williamson County Agricultural Expo Park, 4215 Long Lane, Franklin; 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; 472-4607 or

fri 19 Celebrate Reading Ages 3 and older can join

zoo staff and other characters for a storytime activity in the amphitheater. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Road; 10:30 a.m.; free with gate admission ($14 adults, $9 ages 3 - 12); 833-1534 or

SunTrust Classical Series: Beethoven & Schubert

FREE Family Square Dance Instruction

’Tis the Season Holiday Marketplace This three-day shopping event, hosted by the Junior League of Nashville, features 80 merchants from across the country, including home décor, food, clothing, toys, jewelry and more. The Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Road; Thu 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $8; 269-9393 or

outings, cont’d Travellers Rest Judge John Overton’s 1799 plantation at 636 Farrell Pkwy., Nashville; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun 1 - 4 p.m.; $10 adults, $3 ages 6 - 12; 832-8197 or

rutherford county FREE Cannonsburgh Village A re-creation of Rutherford County’s historic village at 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; Tue - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; self-guided tours are free, guided tours are $2.50 adults, $1.50 ages 6 - 12; 890-0355. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring Hands-on

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

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

FREE MTSU Mineral, Gem and Fossil Museum

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

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FREE Wilson Living Holiday Expo

Several vendors will be on hand to help you start your holiday shopping, enjoy live entertainment and prize drawings, and kids can visit and take pictures with Santa. The Mill at Lebanon, 300 N. Maple St.; Fri 12 - 9 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. 6 p.m.;

sat 20 FREE ALEX Arts & Crafts Day

take in an evening of music performed on a combination of oboes, English horns, bassoons and contra-bassoons. Lipscomb University’s Ward Hall, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville; 8 p.m.; 966-5929 or Experience a night of classical music with works by Beethoven, Schubert and Debussy. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville; Thu 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 8 p.m.; $35 - $85; 6876400 or

SunTrust Classical Series: Beethoven & Schubert Please see

All ages can learn the art of square dancing. Spring Creek Farm, 5023 Carters Creek Pike, Franklin; 6:30 p.m.; 595-0353.

FREE Foxtrot Fall Festival All ages can

enjoy inflatables, a cake walk, silent auction, chili cook off and more. Blackfox Elementary School, 1753 S. Rutherford Blvd., Murfreesboro; 5 - 8:30 p.m.; 893-6395.

All ages can create a centerpiece for their Thanksgiving table. HobbyTown USA, 536-J N. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 890-6777.

FREE Belle Meade Book Club

Students in grades 2 - 12 can participate in age-specific book discussions with a Native American Theme. Belle Meade Plantation, 5025 Harding Road, Nashville; 3 - 4 p.m.; 356-0501, ext. 48, or

All ages can meet the resident ferret during the Animal Antics program at the Discovery Center on Tuesday, Nov. 23.

Oaklands Museum Historic plantation home from the 1800s at 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro; Tue - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun 1 - 4 p.m.; $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger; 893-0022 or

FREE Monthaven A Greek Revival plantation house at

Sam Davis Home Historic home dedicated to the

Lane, Hendersonville; daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $5 adults, $3 ages 6 - 12; 824-0502 or

Tennessee Civil War hero at 1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun 1 - 4 p.m.; $8.50 adults, $3 ages 6 - 12; 459-2341 or • A House in Mourning is on exhibit through Sunday, Nov. 21 • The Sam Davis Home Decorated for Christmas is on display Nov. 29 - Jan. 3, 2011

FREE Stones River National Battlefield The

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

sumner county Cragfont This historic, late Georgian period home is located

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

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

1154 W. Main St., Hendersonville; Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 822-0789.

Rock Castle Early 1800s historic house at 139 Rock Castle

williamson county Carnton Plantation This home was a field hospital during the Civil War at 1345 Carnton Lane, Franklin; Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; $12 adults, $10 seniors; $5 ages 6 12, free ages 5 and younger; 794-0903 or Carter House A Battle of Franklin museum at 1140

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

Rippavilla Plantation 5700 Main St., Spring Hill; Thu - Fri 3 - 10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun 12 - 6 p.m.; $7 adults, $5 ages 6 - 12; 931-486-9037 or

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

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0. Blue and Gray Days This event features Civil War re-enactors, artisans, musicians, crafters and more. Historic Carnton Plantation, 1345 Carnton Lane, Franklin; Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; free with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger); 794-0903 or FREE Bringing Stories to Life The Junior Service League of Gallatin hosts this storytime event for ages 10 and younger featuring a reading of A Plump and Perky Turkey, crafts and snacks. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 10:30 a.m.; 452-1722. Centennial Holiday Show More than 170 arts and crafts

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

FREE Sumner Women’s Marketplace Enjoy a day of shopping and pampering especially for women. The market includes makeup, jewelry, accessories, children’s items, baked goods, spray tanning, gifts, crafts, giveaways and more. Ocana Community Center, 2349 Long Hollow Pike, Gallatin; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; SunTrust Classical Series: Beethoven & Schubert Please see Thursday, Nov. 18 listing.

vendors sell their hand-crafted merchandise during this popular annual event. Proceeds benefit student programs at the school. Centennial High School, 5050 Mallory Lane, Franklin; Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 12 - 4 p.m.; $3 ages 10 and older, free ages 9 and younger (two-day passes are $5), parking is $1;

Tea and a Tour Holiday Bazaar Ages 4 and older can tour the antebellum style house, enjoy refreshments and shop at an indoor holiday bazaar. The Woman’s Club of Nashville, 3206 Hillsboro Road, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $12 ages 13 and older, $6 ages 12 and younger; 298-1475 or

FREE Holiday Book Drive Donate a book for Toys for Tots

FREE Third Annual Book Signing Extravaganza Local

and enjoy story readings and craft activities. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; 895-8580 or

children’s authors will read and sign their books. Fairytales Bookstore, 1603 Riverside Drive, Nashville; 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 915-1960 or

Junior League of Murfreesboro’s 2010 Hollyday Marketplace More than 100 vendors will sell items including gifts,

FREE Wilson Living Holiday Expo Please see Friday,

art, home décor and more. Proceeds benefit local charities and community partners. Embassy Suites Hotel, 1200 Conference Center Blvd., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $5 in advance, $7 at the door;

Saturday AM: A Family Affair All ages can visit the studio to learn about the Cheek family while making their own family-inspired art project. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park

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sun 21

Centennial Holiday Show Please see Saturday, Nov. 20. Titans Football Cheer for the Tennessee Titans when they challenge the Washington Redskins. LP Field, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; $49 - $83; 800-745-3000 or

mon 22 Christmas 4 Kids Concert Charlie Daniels headlines a holiday concert with guests Montgomery Gentry, Jake Own and Sawyer Brown to raise money for Christmas 4 Kids, a nonprofit that provides local under-served children with holiday shopping sprees. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $60; Parents and Tots Preschoolers and their parents can enjoy

a “Gobble, Gobble!” program. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

FREE Rachel Sumner Children’s entertainer Rachel

Sumner teaches preschoolers a little Spanish and dance to “La Mariposa,” “Bath Time Tango” and “Flamingo.” Richland Public Library, 4711 Charlotte Pike, Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; 862-5870 or

Snack Attack! All ages can make wraps. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

Blue and Gray Days Please see Saturday, Nov. 20 listing. (please turn the page)

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celebrate the season with country flair


he Radio City Rockettes (pictured above) return to Gaylord Opryland Resort to kick-off the return of this holiday season’s A Country Christmas celebration. Several fun activities are waiting for your family to enjoy. Here are the big ones:

Breakfast with Kris Kringle Sat - Sun, Nov. 20 - Dec. 19; Dec. 24 - 25 7 - 11 a.m. $24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 3 - 11, free ages 2 and younger

ICE! featuring Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town Nov. 19 - Jan. 2, 2011 Times vary daily $24 adults, $15 ages 4 - 11

Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes Nov. 19 - Dec. 24 Times vary daily $35 - $84

Hall of Trees Nov. 19 - Dec. 20 Times vary daily $24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 3 - 11, free ages 2 and younger

Louise Mandrell’s “The Gift” Christmas Dinner Show Nov. 26 - Dec. 24 Times vary daily; advance tickets required $70 adults, $38 ages 4 - 11

Rockabilly Christmas Nov. 19 - Dec. 24 Wed - Sun at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Free

A Country Christmas also offers more fun things to do, including Photos with Santa, Gingerbread Corner, the Holiday Kids Train, Carriage Rides and the outdoor holiday lights. For more information and tickets, call 871-6169 or visit

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Whistlestop Weekend

Friday thru Sunday, Nov. 12 — 14 Make tracks to this annual tradition when the science center is overtaken by miles of model trains. From the tiniest engines to large-scale locomotives, there’s something for every train enthusiast to enjoy! The 2010-11 TPAC Family Field Trip Season also includes:

The FROg Bride

POST Comedy Theater

DaviD gONzaLEz

DECEmBER 11, 2010


NOvEmBER 13, 2010

Before the PEOPLE Came

Best enjoyed by ages 7 and up. “Post merits a place on anybody’s all-star team of the goofily gifted.” – The New York Times

amuN Ra ThEaTRE

aPRiL 2, 2011

Performance in which hopefully NOThiNg haPPENS

*Lap tickets are unavailable for Performance in which Hopefully Nothing Happens.


maY 7, 2011

Through November 12: See all four shows for ONLY $44 with a season package ! / familyfieldtrip 615-782-6560 • TPAC Box Office

(Downtown or at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in The Mall at Green Hills) Groups of 10 or more call 615-782-4060

TPAC’s Polk Theater

1:00 p.m. lobby activities • 2:00 p.m. Saturday matinee performances Title Sponsor:

Media Sponsor:


Step into this fanciful garden full of mechanical flowers, plants and creatures that are as mesmerizing and fun as they are educational. With 19 hands-on experiences, this exhibit entertains and engages children and adults alike.

Through Dec. 5

TPAC Family Field Trips are funded in part by:

Hotel Sponsors: Doubletree Hotel Downtown Nashville and Homewood Suites by Hilton - Nashville Downtown

Please inquire about free lap tickets for children 23 months and younger when making your purchase.* If you have specific questions about content or age appropriateness, please call 615-782-4000 before purchasing your tickets. POST Comedy Theater photo by Eric Albrecht

This exhibit is supported, in part, by Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation. A Garden of Gizmos is created by Clifford Wagner Science Interactives, Inc.

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For Tickets Visit or Call 782-4040

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tue 23 Animal Antics All ages can meet the ferrets. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or Parents and Tots Please see Monday, Nov. 22 listing. FREE Santa’s Pajama Party All ages can join KidsDance

as they welcome Santa to Belk, complete with games, contests, prizes, dance music and more. Belk at The Avenue Murfreesboro, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy.; 5:30 - 7 p.m.; 893-4207 or

Tuesdays for Tots: THANKSgiving Preschoolers and their

parents can visit the studio to make a Thanksgiving masterpiece. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

wed 24 FREE Kids Concert The Zinghoppers’ Sunny Fixalot

entertains kids ages 1 - 8 with music and movement. Watkins Park Branch Library, 612 17th Ave. N., Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; 636-5343 or

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the St. Louis Blues. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $28.34 - $237.24; 770-7825 or FREE Rachel Sumner Award-winning children’s entertainer Rachel Sumner entertains preschoolers with music and movement. Whole Foods, 1735 Galleria Blvd., Cool Springs; 9:30 a.m.; 778-1910 or

Snack Attack! Please see Monday, Nov. 22 listing.

thu 25 Happy Thanksgiving!

fri 26 FREE Meet Franklin Franklin the Turtle visits to share stories and pose for pictures. Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 2121 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m.; 385-2645 or

FREE Meet ICE! Characters All ages can meet Kris

Kringle and Topper the Penguin from Gaylord Opryland’s ICE! exhibit, Santa Claus is Coming to Town. The Avenue Murfreesboro, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy.; 10 - 11 a.m.; 893-4207 or

Nashville International Auto Show View hundreds of new automotive models from major domestic and import manufacturers, including green vehicles and futuristic concept cars. Nashville Convention Center, 601 Commerce St.; Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $8 adults, $4 ages 7 - 12, free ages 6 and younger; FREE Pajama Party All ages can wear their PJs, enjoy cook-

ies and milk, sing lullabies and read bedtime stories. Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 2121 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville; 7 p.m.; 385-2645 or (please turn the page)

Local kids can decorate cookies during Cheekwood’s Season of Celebration, running Nov. 26 - Jan. 2, 2011

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Season of Celebration Cheekwood’s annual holiday exhibit opens today and continues through Sunday, Jan. 2, featuring a display of themed Christmas trees depicting different Christmas carols along with a variety of holiday activities. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; Tue - Sat 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger; 356-8000 or

sat 27 FREE Author Signing Local author Amy Parker reads and signs her book, A Christmas Prayer. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; 895-8580 or Keys to Music City Ben Folds joins the Nashville Symphony

for a fundraising concert for the orchestra and two local volunteer firefighting organizations. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $50 - $175; 687-6400 or

Predators Hockey Cheer for the Nashville Predators when

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

Saturday AM: ’Tis the Season Families can view deco-

rated trees, participate in children’s activities and make holiday decorations. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, $5 ages 6 17, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or

sun 28 FREE Carriage Ride All ages can enjoy a complimentary

carriage ride beginning at Central Park area. The Avenue Murfreesboro, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy.; 2 - 5 p.m.; 893-4207 or

Nashville International Auto Show Please see Friday,

Nov. 26 listing.

Nashville International Auto Show Please see Friday,

mon 29

North Pole Excursion Train All ages can ride the North

Parents and Tots Preschoolers and their parents can partici-

Nov. 26 listing.

Pole Express to Watertown and back while visiting with Santa and his elves. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 8:30 a.m. boarding, 9 a.m. departure; $40 - $70; 244-9001 or

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tue 30 Animal Antics All ages can meet the hedgehog. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or FREE Lighting of the Green Kick off the Christmas season

FREE Meet Franklin Franklin the Turtle visits to share stories and pose for pictures. Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 2121 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m.; 385-2645 or

Snack Attack! All ages can heat up spiced hot dark chocolate. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

pate in a “Deep Blue Sea” program. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or

with hot chocolate and cookies, live music and photos with Santa. Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena Mall, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville; 4:30 p.m. festivities begin, 5:30 p.m. concert starts; 966-5929 or

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

FREE Town of Smyrna Christmas Tree Lighting The Smyrna High School Jazz Band will perform a variety of Christmas songs prior to the lighting, and kids can visit with Santa and enjoy drinks and cookies. Smyrna Town Centre, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy.; 6 p.m.; 459-9553 or Tuesdays for Tots: Season of Celebration Preschoolers and their parents can view the decorations and Christmas trees, then stop by the studio to make a holiday decoration. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($10 adults, free ages 5 and younger); 356-8000 or (please turn to page 98)

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by Chad Young

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bravo to bravo!


hen it comes to seeking an outlet for your kids to get involved with a truly unique and outstanding experience being on stage and learning about the glorious art of musical theater, you don’t have to hope for the sun to come out tomorrow like little orphan Annie, because it’s already shining bright, beautiful and bold here in Middle Tennessee, thanks to the Bravo Creative Arts Center. Since its inception in 2006, Bravo has produced 19 productions, comprising 36 separate casts in a total of 82 performances with 1,380 cast members ranging in age from 7 - 18. This non-profit organization is dedicated to instilling — and providing — Bravo Creative Arts Center’s two casts for its recent production of Annie, representing 104 kids! At top, the “green” cast, below is the “blue” cast. a love of musical theater in children. Bravo offers a wide range of classes and workshops to young people all throughout the year, but its musical theater specialty is out of this world. As a rule, as a professional reviewer/critic, I purposefully don’t critique shows whose casts contain mostly children. That just isn’t appropriate, of course. But because I steadfastly believe in the importance of engaging kids in the theatrical arts, I went to see Bravo’s recent production of Annie, to see for myself what its theater shows are like. And WOW! Every kid in our community who has an interest in the stage needs to plug-in with Bravo. The production was outstanding, to say the least. Bravo doesn’t do the abbreviated, “junior” versions of shows. It produces the whole shebang — full-scale versions with magnificent set designs and costumes! Bravo’s co-founders, Lissa McHugh and Lori Terlikosky, who also serve as the company’s “directors, costumers and janitor” (according to McHugh), are the only adults involved in the productions they mount. The kids in the cast and crew handle the rest of it, and with Annie as the example, those kids do it all extremely well! What’s cool about Bravo’s musical theater program is that it gives young thespian enthusiasts the chance to involve themselves in all aspects of theater, whether it’s in the spotlight on stage or running sound or lights, stage managing, choreographing musical numbers, etc. And some of the kids pull double duty by taking care of back-stage tasks in between their time on stage. McHugh says it best: “We want kids to have an opportunity to tap into their gifts and use them!” BRAVO to that! What’s even cooler is the fact that the organization creates separate casts when there is an overwhelming amount of kid interest, as was the case with Annie, so all children who have the desire to get involved get to be a part of the show. If your kids express an interest in being on stage, I strongly urge you to get on Bravo’s e-blast list by sending an e-mail to info@bravocreativeartscenter. com. It’s certainly a tremendous opportunity that your kids won’t find anywhere else in town! Learn more about Bravo at

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take in some theater with your family this month! Alice in Wonderland Jr. (Nov. 18 - 19; All ages) Bradley Academy Musical Theatre at The Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 7 p.m.; $6 ages 5 and older, free ages 4 and younger; 895-2672 or

The Hallelujah Girls (Nov. 19 - Dec. 11; Ages 12 and older) Towne Centre Theatre, 136 Fierson St., Brentwood; Thu - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $20 adults, $16 students; 221-1174 or

FREE Amahl and the Night Visitors (Sunday, Nov. 21;

Hansel and Gretel (Nov. 5 - 7; All ages) Nashville Opera at Noah Liff Opera Center, 3622 Redmon St., Nashville; Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; 832-5242 or

Ages 5 and older) FPC Youth Choir at First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Road, Nashville; 2 p.m.; 298-9517 or fpcnashville. org.

A Bear in the Burbs (Nov. 6, 7, 13 and 14; All ages) Boiler

Room Theatre, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; 2 p.m.; $10 adults, $8 children; 794-7744 or

Blue Man Group (Nov. 16 - 21; Ages 9 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.; $27.50 - $58; 782-4040 or Christmas Belles (Nov. 27 - Dec. 21; Ages 10 and older) Boiler Room Theatre, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; Tue 8 p.m., Thu 8 p.m. (Dec. 9 and 16 only), Fri - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. (Dec. 5, 12 and 19 only); $25 adults, $23 students, $19 ages 11 and younger; Tuesday tickets are two for $25, all tickets on Thursdays are $15; 794-7744 or A Christmas Story (Nov. 20 - Dec. 18; Ages 9 and older) Tennessee Repertory Theatre at TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Thu 6:30 p.m., Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; $42.50; 782-4040 or Cinderella (Nov. 19 - Dec. 18; All ages) Wishing Chair Productions Nashville Public Library’s Children’s Theater, 615 Church St., Nashville; Fri - Sat 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.; 8625800 or

Cyrano de Bergerac (continues through Saturday, Nov. 13; Ages 13 and older) Act 1 Players at the Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Ave., Nashville; Wed - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $12 students; 726-2281 or

It’s a Wonderful Wife (continues through Saturday, Nov. 13; Ages 12 and older) Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Tue - Sat 6 p.m. doors open for dinner, 8 p.m. show begins; $50 adults, $35 ages 13 - 18, $25 ages 12 and younger; 646-9977 or Julius Caesar (Nov. 12 - 21; Ages 13 and older) Murfreesboro

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

FREE The Merry Wives of Windsor (Friday, Nov. 12; Ages 10 and older) Vanderbilt Opera Theatre at Ingram Hall, 2400 Blakemore Ave., Nashville; 8 p.m.; 322-7651 or blair.vanderbilt. edu. Post Comedy Theatre (Saturday, Nov. 13; All ages) Please

see pull-out on page 81.

Ragtime the Musical (Nov. 11 - 14; Ages 10 and older) Lipscomb University Willard Collins Alumni Auditorium, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $5 students; 966-7075 or Rear Widow (continues through Saturday, Nov. 13; Ages 10 and

older) Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Tue - Sat 6 p.m. doors open for dinner, 8 p.m. show begins; $50 adults, $35 ages 13 - 18, $25 ages 12 and younger; 646-9977 or

Seussical (Nov. 2 - Dec. 19; All ages) Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 pm., most Sat and Sun at 2 p.m. (additional 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. performances take place Saturday, Nov. 20 and 27); $17 adults, $12 children; 252-4675 or Six Degrees of Separation (Nov. 19 - Dec. 5; Ages 12 and older) Street Theatre Company, 1933 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville; Fri - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 5 p.m.; $15 adults, $13 students;

Snow White (Saturday, Nov. 6; All ages) Olde Worlde Theatre Co. at Belcourt Theater, 2102 Belcourt Ave., Nashville; 10 a.m.; $7; 300-0374 or We’re giving away three pairs of tickets. To enter, log on to and click on “Giveaways.”

Squabbles (continues through Saturday, Nov. 13; Ages 12 and older) Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Tue - Sat 6 p.m. doors open for dinner, 8 p.m. show begins; $50 adults, $35 ages 13 - 18, $25 ages 12 and younger; 646-9977 or A Tuna Christmas (Nov. 30 - Dec. 5; Ages 12 and older)

TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 and 8 p.m., Sun 1 and 6:30 p.m.; $25 - $50; 782-4040 or

Wait Until Dark (Nov. 5 - 21; Ages 10 and older) Encore Theatre Company, 6978 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $10 students; 598-8950 or Wait Until Dark (contines through Saturday, Nov. 6; Ages 10 and older) Pull-Tight Theatre, 112 Second Ave. S., Franklin; Fri Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $16 adults, $12 students; 791-5007 or The Wizard of Oz (Nov. 5 - 20; Ages 5 and older) Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $12 adults, $10 students; 800-235-9073 or

Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show (Sunday, Nov. 7; All ages) Please see page 75.

Footloose (Nov. 4 - 21; Ages 14 and older) Out Front on Main, 1511 E. Main St., Murfreesboro; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 students; 713-1757 or

The Blue Man Group comes to TPAC Nov. 16 - 21.

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parent PLANNER Advance Registration required for these events !

Unless otherwise noted, registration is ongoing until programs are full.

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

Cheekwood 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 353-6978 or

Bounce U Nashville 2990 Sidco Drive; 255-1422 or

College Grove Community Center 8607 Horton Hwy., College Grove; 790-5719, ext. 20, or

• Little Labs Nov. 2, 6, 16 and 20. Ages 3 - 5 and a parent. “Bird Beak Buffet” takes place Nov. 2 and 6; enjoy “Connect the Stars” Nov. 16 and 20. 11 a.m. $8 members, $13 nonmembers

• Election Day Camp Tuesday, Nov. 2. Ages 3 - 12 (must be potty trained). Bouncing, arts and crafts, games and more. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. $40 ($25 siblings) • Election Day Open Bounces Tuesday, Nov. 2. All ages. Burn off energy with bouncing fun. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 3 - 5 p.m. $6.95 ($5.95 siblings) • Thanksgiving Break Camp Nov. 24 and 26. Ages 3 - 12 (must be potty trained). Enjoy the days off school with inflatables, games and more. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. $40 ($25 siblings) • Thanksgiving Break Open Bounces Nov. 24 and 26. All ages. Enjoy bouncing activities. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 3 - 5 p.m. $6.95 ($5.95 siblings)

Brentwood Barnes & Noble 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 377-9979 or • FREE American Girl Club Friday, Nov. 19. Registration deadline is Thursday, Nov. 18. All ages. This month’s featured girl is Kristen. 7 p.m.

Brentwood Library 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 371-0090, ext. 851

• FREE Movie Matinee Saturday, Nov. 13. All ages. Watch a screening of The Best Years of our Lives starring Myrna Loy and Hoagy Carmichael. 1 p.m.

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

• After School Fun Clay Ornaments Thursday, Nov. 4. Ages 6 and older. Create ornaments out of wet clay. 3:30 - 5 p.m. $18 • Mommy & Me Clay Angel Class Tuesday, Nov. 9. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Create an angel out of wet clay. 10 - 11 a.m. $18 • Storytime Friday, Nov. 5. All ages. Listen to ’Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving, then paint a handprint turkey plate. 10 - 11 a.m. $12

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

• Breakfast with Santa Saturday, Nov. 13. Registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 5. All ages. Feast with St. Nick and get a photo with him. 8 and 9:30 a.m. $10 ages 6 and older, free ages 5 and younger • Fall Candlelight Tours Nov. 12 and 19. All ages. Explore the historic buildings while hearing the stories behind them as told by a costumed guide. 7 and 8 p.m. $2.50

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• Breakfast with Santa Saturday, Nov. 27. All ages. Enjoy a pancake breakfast catered by Pfunky Griddle, storytelling, arts and crafts, photos with Santa and more. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. $25 adults, $15 ages 12 and younger

• Basic Manga Drawing Thursdays, Nov. 4 - 18. Ages 8 and older. This beginner’s course covers the basics of drawing Manga characters in the traditional “big eyed” style of Japanese cartooning. 6 - 7:30 p.m. $25 • Deb’z Doodlez Tuesdays, Nov. 9 and 16. All ages (must be able to sit for an hour and a half). Create a practice drawing and build it into a work of art. 6 - 7:30 p.m. $25

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

• FREE After-School Recreation Mon - Fri. Grades 5 - 8. Enjoy a variety of recreational activities. 3 - 6 p.m. • FREE Children’s Karate Seminar Saturday, Nov. 13. Registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 12. Ages 5 - 12. Learn basic self-defense through karate techniques and situational examples. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. • Give Thanks Friday, Nov. 19. Registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 12. Ages 3 - 5. This Thanksgiving party includes craft-making activities and treats. 10 a.m. $5 • Junior Sports Camps Nov. 9, 16, 23 and 30. Registration deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 2. Ages 4 and 5. Try out a different sport each week, including tee ball, basketball, soccer, and track and field. 10 - 11 a.m. $10 • FREE Make It and Take It Nov. 9 and 23. All ages. On Nov. 9, create a “thankful tree”; on Nov. 23, make a Thanksgiving note holder. 4 p.m.

Dyer Observatory 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood; 373-4897 or

• Stellar Night Tuesday, Nov. 16. Ages 12 and older. Listen to a discussion of “The Sloan Digital Sky Survey: What it Has Taught us About our Solar System and What the Future Survey Will Do.” 7 p.m. $5 per person, $10 per family

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

• American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training Saturday, Nov. 20. Ages 11 - 15. Learn to become good babysitters. 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (bring a sack lunch). $45. Call 585-9055 to register • Customized Picture Frames Thursday, Nov. 4. Ages 12 and older. Transform old picture frames into creative, unique pieces. 4 - 5 p.m.; $10 • Gobble Get Away Wednesday, Nov. 24. Registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 19. Ages 6 - 12. Kids can have fun at Goofballs in Franklin, lunch at Cici’s Pizza and games at the rec center. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. $15

• Guitar Lessons Thursdays, Nov. 4, 18 and Dec. 2, 9. All ages. Bring a guitar and tuner and learn how to play. Classes are in one-hour increments from 5 - 9 p.m. $80 • Thanksgiving Ceramics Thursday, Nov. 18. Ages 3 - 12. Paint and decorate a ceramic piece for the Thanksgiving holiday. 5 - 5:45 p.m. ages 3 - 6, 6 - 6:45 p.m. ages 7 - 12. $4

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

• FREE Buddy Break Friday, Nov. 12. Ages 5 - 16 with special needs. Parents of special needs kids can drop their children off for fun and recreation while they enjoy some respite time. 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

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

• Basic Manga Drawing Nov. 9 and 16. Ages 8 and older. This beginner’s course covers the basics of drawing Manga characters in the traditional “big eyed” style of Japanese cartooning. 6 - 7:30 p.m. $25 • Children’s Holiday Drawing/Painting Workshop Saturday, Nov. 13. Ages 7 and older. Create a poinsettia painting for the holidays. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. $20 • Guitar Lessons Monday, Nov. 1 (ages 9 - 11), Monday, Nov. 8 (ages 11 - 13), Monday, Nov. 15 (ages 13 - 15). Learn to play the guitar with step-by-step instructions covering the foundations of all styles of playing. 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. $80 • FREE Keeping Our Kids Healthy Storytime Saturdays, Nov. 6 - 20. Ages 3 - 8. Learn about healthy living while reading books about nutrition, staying active and making good choices. 11 - 11:30 a.m. • Piano Lessons Fridays, Nov. 5 - 19. Ages 4 and older. Learn to play the piano through private lessons. Choose a 30-minute session between 2 - 7 p.m. $86.50 • Sticky Fingers Preschool Club Mondays, Nov. 1 - 22, Tuesdays and Thursday, Nov. 2 - 23, Wednesdays, Nov. 3 - 17 or Fridays, Nov. 5 - 19. Ages 3 - 6. Enjoy a variety of crafting experiences that enhance fine motor and development skills. Mon 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Tue and Thu 8:45 - 10:15 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Wed 8:45 - 10:15 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Fri 9 10:30 a.m. $24 Mon, $36 Tue and Thu, $18 Wed, $18 Fri

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

• FREE Frist Center Kids Club: Light, Line and Landscape Saturday, Nov. 13. Ages 5 - 10. Inspired by Birth of Impressionism, participants will explore the beauty of Impressionist landscapes and use printmaking techniques to create their own panoramic masterpieces. 10:30 a.m., 1 or 3 p.m.

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

• Sculpty Snowman Thursday, Nov. 18. Ages 8 and older. Use a molding compound to create a snowman decoration for the winter holidays. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. $5

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

• FREE Buddy Break Friday, Nov. 19. Ages 2 - 16 with special needs. Parents of special needs kids can drop their children off for fun and recreation while they enjoy some respite time. 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

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

• FREE The Nature Circle Every Monday. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Enjoy stories with a nature theme and hands-on craft activities. 10 a.m. November’s themes are: • Nov. 1: Having a Hoot with Owls • Nov. 8: Deer in the Woods • Nov. 15: Very Valuable Vultures • Nov. 22: Terrific Turkeys • Nov. 29: Animals Hibernating

Enjoy Breakfast with Santa events on Nov. 13 at Cannonsburgh Village and Nov. 27 at Cheekwood.

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

• Adventures in Sewing Saturdays, Nov. 6 - 20. Ages 9 12. Learn sewing machine basics like sewing straight lines, curved lines, button holes, zippers and more. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. $48 • Australian Art Nov. 2 and 9. Ages 10 and older. Explore non-conventional ways to create art while painting an Australian/Aboriginal piece of work. 6 - 8:30 p.m. $40 • Balancing a Family Circus Wednesdays, Nov. 3 - 24. Ages 4 - 6 with a parent. An introduction to tumbling skills, balance, coordination and gymnastics. 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.; $58 • Beginner’s Origami Nov. 1, 6, 20 or 29. Ages 9 and older. Learn how to make a flat piece of paper into a traditional and modern form of art. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. $10 plus up to a $10 supply fee, depending on chosen project • Deb’z Doodlez Thursdays, Nov. 4 and 18. All ages. Transform a drawing into a work of art. 6 - 7:30 p.m. $45 • Glass Beaded Mirror Nov. 16 and 23. Ages 10 and older. Make a glass beaded mirror. 6 - 8:30 p.m. $45 • FREE Healthy Snack Time Saturdays, Nov. 6 - 20. All ages. Learn about healthy snacks and good nutrition. 10 - 10:45 a.m. • Introduction to Manga Drawing Nov. 2 and 4. Ages 8 and older. This beginner’s course covers the basics of drawing Manga characters in the traditional “big eyed” style of Japanese cartooning. 4 - 5:30 p.m. $25 • Longview Martial Arts Mondays, Nov. 1 - 22. Ages 8 and older. This program combines judo and karate in an exercise program that builds confidence and self-esteem. 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. $40 • Longview Self-Defense Mondays, Nov. 1 - 22. Ages 8 and older. Learn the basics of self-defense through martial arts skills and their practical applications. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. $40 • Manga Drawing Nov. 16 and 18. Ages 8 and older. This intermediate course covers body proportion, facial expression, clothing and costumes in the traditional “big eyed” style of Japanese cartooning. 4 - 5:30 p.m. $25 • Movin’ with Mamacita Mondays, Nov. 1 - 22. Ages 2 - 6 with a parent. Workout to Latin flair dances while your tot shakes maracas, bells and drums while bouncing along. 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. $58 • Polynesian Dancing Wednesdays, Nov. 3 - 24. Ages 5 - 12. Learn to dance like the island natives of Hawaii, Samoa, New Zealand and Tahiti. 5:15 - 6 p.m. $40 • Signin’ with WeMEe Mondays, Nov. 1 - 22. Ages 5 - 24 months with a parent. Build stronger

communications skills with professionally developed sign language techniques. 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. $58 • Sticky Fingers Preschool Club Mondays, Nov. 1 - 15 or Wednesdays, Nov. 3 - 17. Ages 3 - 6. Participate in a variety of crafting experiences to enhance fine motor and development skills. 8:30 - 10 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. $18 • FREE Wii Fit Demonstration Saturdays, Nov. 13 and 20. All ages. Explore and learn about Wii Fit and how it can make fitness fun at your home. 9 - 9:45 a.m.

Moss-Wright Park 745 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; 851-2253 or

• Open-Fire Cooking Workshop (at Mansker’s Station) Saturday, Nov. 6. All ages (limited to six participants). Step into a 1700s outdoor “kitchen” and learn to prepare a full meal over an open fire. 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. $10

Nashville Zoo 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville; 833-1534 or

• Art with Animals Nov. 13 and 20. Ages 6 and older. Use live animals as models while learning professional techniques for different mediums of art. Nov. 13 is “Macaws & Acrylics,” Nov. 20 is “Skinks & Watercolors.” 10 - 11:30 a.m. $25 members, $40 non-members • Backstage Pass: Anteater Barn Saturday, Nov. 6. Registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 5 at 12 p.m. Ages 5 and older with a parent. Join zoo staff on a behind-thescenes tour of the anteater barn where you can learn about animal care, behavior and conservation. 9:30 - 11 a.m. Members: $25 per person (limit two children per adult); Nonmembers: $50 per person • Home School Afternoons Nov. 11 - 12. Registration deadline is Monday, Nov. 8. Ages 4 and older. Learn about animals that live in Tennessee and how we can coexist with them. 1 - 4:15 p.m. $3 members, $10 non-members (students and adults), $3 observing siblings

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

• Owling, Prowling and Howling Thursday, Nov. 18. Ages 9 and older. Enjoy an al fresco dinner in the pavilion and learn about Tennessee owls during a guided walk on the woodland trails. 5 - 7:30 p.m. $20 in advance/$30 at the gate

Patterson Park Community Center 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 893-7439 or

• A, B, C, 1, 2, 3 ... Let’s Go Every Tue and Thu. Ages 2 - 5. Sing songs, play games, hear stories and do crafts. 10 10:45 a.m. $3 • Busy Bees Every Tue and Thu. Ages 3 - 5. This class focuses on following directions, participating in a group environment, improving coordination and practicing good sportsmanship. 10:45 - 11:15 a.m. $3 • Homeschool P.E. Mon - Thu. Students in grades 1 - 9. Participate in physical education activities. 1 - 2 p.m. $3

Pottery Barn Kids at The Mall at Green Hills 2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville; 385-2567 or

• FREE Decorating Class Saturday, Nov. 13. Parents. Learn tips and tricks about decorating for the holidays with your kids. 10 a.m. • FREE Doll Tea Party Saturday, Nov. 6. All ages. Girls can bring their favorite doll or bear for refreshments, crafts and stories. 11 a.m. • FREE Lego Duplo Workshop Nov. 20 - 21. Ages 3 - 5. Play with Lego Duplo building blocks on activity tables. Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m.

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

The Wilderness Station 697 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 217-3017 or • FREE Animal Encounters Every Saturday (no program Nov. 6). All ages. Meet a new resident animal each week and learn about the critters who call Tennessee home. 1:30 - 2 p.m. • Campfire Circle Saturday, Nov. 20. All ages. Settle in around the campfire for songs, snacks and skits. 5:30 p.m. $3 • Family Campout Saturday, Nov. 13. All ages. Camp overnight in the backcountry and enjoy a variety of games and activities. Campers must complete the Wilderness Awareness Workshop prior to camping. 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. check-in. $10 adults, $5 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger • Growing Up Wild Every Wednesday. Ages 3 - 6 with a parent. Nature activities to engage children’s interest in the natural world. 10:30 a.m. $3 • Wild Things Every Wednesday. Ages 1 - 4 with a parent. Toddlers and preschoolers can enjoy programs to spark a love for the wilderness. 9:30 a.m. $3

All ages can embark on the Owl Prowl at Shelby Bottoms Nature Center on Thursday, Nov. 18. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 862-8539 or nashville. gov/parks

• FREE Fall Star Party Saturday, Nov. 13. All ages. Enjoy naked eye astronomy as well as views from binoculars and various sizes of telescope. 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. • FREE For the Love of Spiders Saturday, Nov. 13. All ages. Learn about arachnids. 10 - 11 a.m. • FREE Going Nuts! Friday, Nov. 12. Ages 3 - 5. Search for the many types of nuts that squirrels, chipmunks, turkey, deer and more eat during the fall and winter seasons. 10 - 11 a.m. • FREE Goodness Gracious Great Gourds of Fall Saturday, Nov. 20. All ages. Learn about gourds, including the roles they have served in history and culture, then decorate one to take home. 2 - 3 p.m. • FREE Owl Prowl Thursday, Nov. 18. All ages. Enjoy an evening hike in search of owls. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. • FREE Sidewalk Chalk Fun! Saturday, Nov. 6. All ages. Create nature drawings with chalk and play games. 10 - 11 a.m. • FREE Stories by the River Friday, Nov. 19. Ages 8 and younger. Join a naturalist for nature stories followed by craft activities. 10 - 11 a.m. • FREE Sunset Harvest Potluck Friday, Nov. 5. All ages. Bring a dish you have created with fresh and local produce to share, learn about Nashville-area farmers’ markets and community gardening, and more. 5 - 6 p.m.

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

• Homeschool P.E. Mondays and Wednesdays through Dec. 15. Ages 13 - 17. Learn fundamentals of weight lifting

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and designing a personal cardiovascular program. 1 - 1:45 p.m. $3 • Tumbleweeds Mon and Wed. Ages 3 - 5. Learn the basic techniques of tumbling while improving balance, coordination and overall fitness. 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. $3

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

• FREE The Fall Harvest Friday, Nov. 5. Ages 3 - 5. Learn about the forest’s fall harvest and how animals prepare for winter. 10 - 11 a.m. or 1 - 2 p.m. • FREE Full Moon Hike and Soup Supper Friday, Nov. 19. All ages. Enjoy a brisk hike followed by a warm bowl of soup. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. • FREE Indian Mound Hike Saturday, Nov. 20. Ages 8 and older. This walking tour of Mound Bottoms includes history about the ancient Mississippian period and the people who inhabited it. 1 - 4 p.m. • FREE Navigating with Map & Compass Saturday, Nov. 13. Ages 8 and older. Learn how to use a compass while navigating three courses. 1 - 3 p.m. • FREE Searching for Seeds Saturday, Nov. 13. All ages. Walk the Old Roadway looking for hickory nuts, walnuts and other fruits of fall. 10 - 11:30 a.m. • FREE Turkey Tail Mushrooms Saturday, Nov. 6. Ages 6 - 12. Embark on a hike searching for mushrooms like turkey tails, tree ears, dinner plates and dead man’s fingers. 10 - 11 a.m. • FREE Twilight for Toddlers Wednesday, Nov. 10. Ages 3 5. Hike and listen for owls, observe stars and discover more nature themes at night. 5 - 6 p.m.

Send us Your Events! Deadline for the December Calendar is Friday, Nov. 5! All events must be submitted in writing. Submit event info to: 615-256-2114 (FAX) Please include the following info: Event Name • Date • Time Venue (with street address and ZIP) Age-appropriateness Brief description of event/activities Admission fee • Is advance registration required? • Contact info for publishing

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