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contents what’s news

23 Local Briefs

“A Country Christmas” kicks off this month, local toy drives, caroling for Fannie Battle, the 2012 Holiday Project and more.

30 Giving Back

Vince Gills sings for STARS, the annual Christmas 4 Kids benefit concert and more.

33 Family Getaway

special children

Family hiking at Fall Creek Falls in Pikeville.

35 Things We Like

Contain yourself! Useful storage devices.

48 special bits

Local happenings and offerings for children with special needs.

51 keep the holidays manageable for special needs child Ways to make this holiday season easy on your child.

THINGS •TO • DO 80

the dailies

what’s happening each day of the month

103 classes & activities ongoing fun

family life

36 pregnancy in your 20s, 30s or 40s

Learn how your age, body and emotional well-being determine what to expect when you’re expecting.

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105 on stage

the month’s theatrical offerings

106 chadderbox

art, music, dance and

39 taming toddler tantrums They’re not fun, but kids are gonna have ’em. Here’s what to do.

42 sticky situations

How to handle lying, tattling, bad habits and more.

family focus

45 pop quiz: how well do

you know your child?

With parents distracted daily amid busy family life, we offer up an all-ages look-see to evaluate your awareness of your kids.

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recall an autumn day like no other from my childhood. It was one of those cool, misty mornings after overnight showers. At 10, I liked to get up before the rest of my loud and boisterous family to go outside and see the day. Maybe I was weird (as my big sister Julie told me at that age), but I wasn’t one for morning TV. Instead, I liked being outside to see what I could see. We lived on a farm, had a barn, lots of land. Seven a.m. was late for me as a kid — the earlier, the better — and the wooden screen door snapped lightly back in it’s frame as I left the kitchen. This is what I loved: Sunlight curling through the morning haze, placing me in a kind of snowglobe with thick grass and trees. The cool air filled my lungs and nose with a scent I can only describe as green. This day would warm up like fall days do — cool in the morning, warm in the afternoon. Sore throat season, my Mom would say. Better wear your sweater. My sneakers squeaked over the wet grass, soaking my feet beneath as I examined the yard when something on the ground caught my eye. Two tiny baby birds with floppy, waxen necks — alive! I stood staring with my mouth agape. Birds born in the fall? Wonderful! I knew not to touch them, that their mother might be watching, that she would have nothing to do with them if I did. But what could she do anyway? Can mother birds lift their young back into a nest? Surely not. These were orphans from the storm and I was their guardian angel. There was only one thing to do. “You need to come home,” I crooned. “OK ... it’s OK,” I said softly. “I’m here to help you,” I sang as I carefully walked backward to the house, watching them all the way. I ran to the house, blades of wet grass clinging to my ankles, sneakers slipping on the floor as I dashed in. I’d get worms, I’d get water, I’d use an eyedropper — where can I find an eyedropper? I bounded up to the third floor landing and into the room I shared with my little sister. Wendy sat straight up fast when my scuffling woke her, long blond hair every which way. Almost as fast, she flopped back down for more sleep. Good. My shoeboxes held my treasures: rocks, Barbies, pens, buttons and other hastily stuffed-in mementos. I dumped out my rock box, flew down two sets of stairs, through the kitchen and out the screen door with a bang this time. With the edge of my long, soft T-shirt, I gently lifted the panicked birds into my lined box. Their necks were like wet noodles! Holding them in my hand, I could see and feel their beating hearts throbbing in their greasy chests. Wow. It was thrilling, mind-opening stuff for my 10-year-old brain. “It’s OK, it’s OK, it’s OK ...” I said, wanting them to feel better, to trust me, to settle. I gingerly carried the box up to my room, one breathless step at a time and tiptoed in. Breaking the silence, one of the birds chirped. She sang! Crouching down on the wooden floor, little Wendy joined me. “Oh how pretty!” Wendy cried. And she put her arms around my shoulders and hugged me. “Oh, Susie!” “Mmm hmm,” I answered softly, nodding. Our “Bird Day” would be remembered for a long time. Even now. Rescuing those baby birds gave me a golden feeling I’ll never forget. That was a gift I got that day: to want so much to help those helpless creatures. I love animals and children and I always want to help. And for the gifts I’ve been given — so many and so vast — I am truly thankful.

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in response to “proper grammar” letter Dear Editor, I was just browsing through the October 2012 issue of Nashville Parent looking for info on upcoming activities our family would enjoy when I read the “Feedback” section. There was a letter there from “anonymous caller” entitled “Thanks for the proper grammar”. The caller had praised the fact that you refer to all children as “his” and “he”. This brought up a thought to me. Why is it that with half the population of the planet being around 52 percent female and the editor of your magazine being female, why are you using the sexist and archaic “he” and “his” to refer to all children? Probably 99 percent of the people reading your magazine are women. The editor is a woman. 52 percent or more of the children are female. Why do you not instead always use “she” and “her” to refer to children? The majority really ought to be the words used. It is backward to keep using “he” and “his” for everything. Some publications alternate the use but why not just choose “she” and “her” and let the males know that means them too just as the use of “he” and “his” were always arrogantly considered to mean males and those inferior females? We’ve come a long way baby, maybe you’d like to join us? Just a thought! Terri Lynn Merritts

Dear Susan, Sure, that is fine with me. I grew up in the 1960s/1970s and at that time, no one used “she” or “her” and we were told as females that of course “mankind” and “men” meant us, too. What does that say to our daughters and to us? Using “he” and “him” is just sexist tradition. It isn’t written in stone or in blood. Females outnumber males on the planet and so we should be using the feminine. Many publications alternate, others choose the feminine due to years of sexist form and if you look at practice at Yale today, you’ll find the feminine used in many writings. Fortunately, many people are not still stuck in the olden days though others are. I just hate to see a publication read mostly by women, many with daughters, that presumes that males are superior and never uses the feminine form. Even college textbooks and some of the high school ones I’ve seen make use of the feminine. I hope you will switch over to either the feminine — the majority of the world’s population — or to a comfortable use of both. Notice how writings now use “police officer” instead of “policeman” and “fire fighter” instead of “fireman” so girls will understand that these are options for them too and reflect the fact that some people in those professions are female. What female police officer wants to be referred to as a policeman? Even members of Congress are referred to as Congressional representatives, not Congressmen. Terri Lynn Merritts

Dear Terri, Thanks for your note. So we’re stuck in the mud? LOL. Our editorial style comes from the idea that common vernacular’s NO RULES is no excuse for bad grammar. For consistency sake, we keep this up in order to avoid a mishmosh of style/gender going on. Sorry it bugs you but thanks for noticing. I’ll bring it up at our next editorial meeting! Are you OK with our running your letter in our November, issue? Thanks! Susan Day Editor in chief

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there was a typo on the cover! Dear Editor, I don’t normally complain, but this particular gripe has been on my mind for several weeks now, so I feel compelled to say something. I picked up your September, 2012 issue of Nashville Parent and was horrified to see a typo on the front cover: “build enthusiam for learning.” Where is the second “s” in enthusiaSm???! In an issue that is so focused on education and learning, it was so disappointing to see such a glaring mistake. Do you not use a spell checker of some sort? Not that I won’t pick up another issue, but can I ask that you take better care in the final product before you publish something for all to see? Thank you for listening. Karen Rowe Dear Karen, We were, of course, HORRIFIED to learn of the ridiculous error in ENTHUSIASM on the cover, and I take full responsibility. This cover was pinned up in our production office for a full week prior to going to press and not one person in our company caught it, yet I realize the buck stops with me. Chagrined and mortified doesn’t begin to describe the way we editors — and all of us — felt when this hit the streets (and on the education issue of all things). The good news, if there is any, is that in the crazy midst of the print and digital transformation — and with all of the products we love generating with an eye on excellence — it is good to have our hands reset. While I cannot guarantee that our magazines will never, ever have another typo or error, I CAN guarantee that going forward our editors will be reading everything on the cover as slowly as a beginning reader might — every single syllable. Susan Day Editor in chief


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in response to editor’s note in october issue Dear Editor, I am a mother of four (22, 17, 15 and 10) and we have always said one activity per season, per child. It sounds like you spend every minute for your children and you don’t have any time for yourself. You have to have balance for you and your children. School is hard enough for kids these days with all of the requirements and stress put on high test scores and achievements we didn’t have growing up. There’s nothing wrong with goals and having ambition, but I believe kids should be kids. Before long, they are thrown out into the adult world with pressures from every direction. I expect As as well, but if I see my children doing their best and they only get a C, it’s OK because I know (and helped) them do their best. The seasons are changing and it’s a time for enjoying this time of year, not letting it rush by you without pleasure and enjoyment for yourself. A family walk after dinner is a great way to stay connected and to slow down and enjoy the beautiful scenery around you. Sandy Humber Dear Editor, I am an avid reader of Nashville Parent magazine. I regularly read your Editor’s Note, and I also enjoy the articles you write throughout the magazine. You seem to be a wise mother, as is seen in your writing, and you have a beautiful mother’s heart. As a mother of four myself, I can relate to your dilemma. My children are 9, 5 and 3. My 9-yearolds are boy/girl twins, Marly and Seth. My boy, Seth, has Down syndrome. My other two are Max and Samuel.

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I want to encourage you as you wrestle with the issue at hand of over-scheduling. I know it is tempting to open as many doors for your children as possible, but I believe it is our job as parents to discern what doors we should close as well. This seems to be the issue at hand in this situation with your precious son. Our God-given responsibilities as mothers and fathers are to shepherd our children through these years that they are under our care. I do not know if you are a believer in the Good Shepherd or not, but I want to encourage you to seek Him. He longs for us to “cast our cares on Him” (Psalm 55:22). He delights in giving wisdom to us as we seek Him on behalf of our children. “He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.” (Isaiah 40:11) He is such a loving Father who wants us to do His will because He knows what is best for us. He sees the whole picture. Look at your goals for your family, for your son. Are all the sports activities promoting these goals? It sounds like you know in your heart what to do. “Stop all the madness and just live and breathe and take an occasional family walk after dinner.” Do it! Time with this son is shortening. Suck the marrow out your time together! Remember, his friends and sports will ebb away, family and faith are what remains! Much admiration, Lisa Boehm

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snacking on the go Do you stop for fast food or pack snacks when you’re out with the kids? “Snack while out then go home.” I’d get a snack while out from the nearest place and then go home and cook.

NIKKI WILLIAMS-NORTHERN

“Have snacks at all times.”

I carry snacks in my bag at all times so I can usually make it home to cook something without her getting cranky or frustrated. ERICA CORTNER

“You better head home!”

I’d go straight home and cook a meal to conquer their hunger. My meal would be healthier than stopping at a fast food place. TRYFABULOUS MARTIN

“Time it just right.”

It depends on how far I am from home and how many more errands I have to run. I try to time everything so it’s not around a meal time and pack some snacks and drinks in case we run a little late, but there are times when I have to resort to fast food. KATIE MASDEN LONG

“Pack a cooler when you know you’ll be gone a while.”

I usually pack a cooler with sandwiches and drinks, and carry snacks with us when I have a long day of running to do. Just stop at a park and instant picnic. The kids love it. MARIE FERGUSON

“Healthy snacks are great for on-the-go families.”

I’ve been trying to work on this because we’d usually go to the nearest fast food restaurant for Happy Meals, but lately my order is always wrong, the food is gross or the employees’ attitudes and lack of job enthusiasm has made me reconsider. Plus, my kids’ health. For the past two weeks I’ve been getting together fruits, veggies, cheese crackers and juice to take along for snacks, and we come home to cook dinner. I also keep a case of water in my trunk so the “I’m thirsty” cries from the backseat can come to a halt! I truly like it better this way. I honestly think they do to. CATHERINE HOOPER

“Distractions are key.”

Pack snacks ALWAYS, and if that fails, distract as much as possible until we get home for something healthier. MARY CAYS

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Comforting little ones when there’s a death in the family: How can you ease his sadness? “Here’s what I would say.”

I would say, “Something happened that will make us sad but the really happy part is God loves Nana SO much that he asked her to come help him be an angel and watch over all the children in heaven and earth. She was very sad to leave us but because she knew she would always be with you and be able to watch you as well she knew you would be OK and it was the best thing to do. When Nana went to heaven God was SO happy to see her she got the biggest and whitest wings an angel could get and every time you look up at the sky and see a star that shines really really bright that’s Nana saying she misses you very much and you be sure to smile back and say ‘I miss you too Nana.’” KELLY SANTOS

“Be honest.”

It’s hard going through something like this, I know. The truth is the easiest way. Just use different wording that wouldn’t be as harsh if you were telling an adult. Don’t make death sound like a bad thing. Just ensure that your loved one is safe and the children will see her again. It was time for her to go home because God called her there. Stay strong and God bless. AMANDA ASBERRY

“I need help with this, too.”

Thank you for this question, so timely. My husband lost his father unexpectedly yesterday, and I also do not know how to approach this with my kids ages 4-and-a-half and almost 3 and 1. LEILA LARSON

“Don’t hide it from him.”

Age of the child factors in heavily. Not talking about it and hiding it from the child is the worst thing one can do. Have seen it on several occasions and it has ramifications later in life. My husband and I lost both our fathers within a year while our daughter was 3 and 4. She does not remember one but does the other. We lost several people this last year and our daughter, now 7, speaks of them and tells us she is thinking of them and it is making her sad. We talk and hug and cry. Some people have a god and some don’t, so that approach is subjective but they are two different starting points. CARYN MACLEOD HATCHER

“It will come up more than once.” Tell them the truth and make it PG informational. The biggest part is that they will want you to tell them the same hows and whys at least three times a day, and their questions might continue for weeks.

“Read a book to him.”

I suggest a book. It’s a much easier way to approach children about tough topics. From a Christian perspective, the book, What Happened When Grandma Died (Concordia Publishing House; 1982) is great. You can also try I Miss You: A First Look At Death (Barron’s Educational Series; 2001). CHARITY CEREZO

“Remember happy moments.”

Reminding them that our loved ones that we’ve lost are still in our hearts can be helpful, too. That when we miss them, we can hold the memory of them close and try to remember a good or happy time we had with them and cherish that moment. Children grieve a little differently than adults, and they will take their cues from you. I recommend lots of snuggles. LYNDA HEARN CAMERON-BAYER

“They are now a star shining down on you, little one.”

We went through this a lot last year. I told them that our relatives went to be with Jesus and they are a star in the sky, and when you miss them you can look up and see the stars shining down on you. It worked for us. ELLE SMITH

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My 8-year-old daughter is 30 pounds overweight. We’ve limited junk food and TV time in hopes that outdoor activities will help her shed some excess weight, but in the last two months, there’s been hardly any change. What can we do to help her?

Obesity is a growing issue in pediatrics. Estimates show that as many as 30 percent of children are overweight. There are several factors that contribute to obesity including genetics, culture and behavior. Also keep in mind that overweight children are more likely to become overweight adults. There are several ways to battle excess weight. Limiting junk food is a great first step. Teach your child how to check the nutritional labels on foods. Pay attention not only to the number of calories but also the fat, carbohydrate and sodium content per serving. As opposed to true dieting, encourage healthy eating using lean meats and fresh fruits and vegetables with appropriate portion sizes. Your pediatrician may even recommend consulting with a nutritionist. Managing obesity also takes engaging in physical activity. It is recommended that children have vigorous activity at least five days a week. Start with 10 - 15 minutes a day and work up to 30 minutes. Walking, running, biking and swimming are great activities. Keep in mind that as your child is making healthier choices, her body is becoming healthier even if you don’t see an immediate change in weight.

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My athletic 12-year-old has recently been complaining of throbbing, stabbing pains in his chest when he runs, which generally subside within 15 - 20 minutes after he stops running. Could this be something serious, or is he simply overexerting himself?

Chest pain is a common pediatric complaint, especially during adolescence. Because chest pain has many different causes, any child complaining of chest pain needs to be evaluated. Parents should pay special attention to other symptoms that may accompany the pain. These may include dizziness, sweating, cough, difficulty breathing, changes in appetite, increased heart rate and irregular heart rhythm. Chest pain associated with activity may represent a problem with the heart, lungs or the musculoskeletal system, and should not be ignored. While the heart is usually thought of first when discussing chest pain, there are other conditions involving other body systems that can result in chest pain. Some of these include muscle strain or injury, anxiety, inflammation of the chest wall, pneumonia, anxiety and digestive problems. During your child’s evaluation, the doctor should perform a thorough history and examination and may even order more specialized tests such as an EKG, an X-ray or exercise tolerance test. Your doctor may have you keep a log of the pains and associated symptoms. Fortunately, the majority of children with complaints of chest pain do not have a serious heart problem.

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Your little one might not like going to the doctor, but why? Examine the reasons and see if you can’t make it ALL BETTER.

DO YOU LIKE YOUR PEDIATRICIAN?

Trust your instincts when choosing a pediatrician for your child, and don’t select one that you aren’t 100 percent comfortable with. A good pediatrician loves kids and is naturally friendly with them. While some kids will be afraid with any physician, your child takes much of her cues from YOUR comfort level, so be responsive to the pediatrician as though he’s a wise friend.

INTRODUCE HER WITH BOOKS A great way to put your child at ease is to introduce her to big kid doctor visits through books. Try the classic, The Berenstain Bears Go to the Doctor. Keep it light and easy!

CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY

Stay away from saying things like, “Don’t be afraid” or “Big girls don’t cry.” The truth is, shots are scary and sometimes big girls DO cry. Instead, be honest and pleasant. Tell her your like the doctor and the doctor is here to help her be healthy and strong. Also tell her that you’ll be with her the whole time. NEVER promise there won’t be shots, but don’t dwell on it either if you know there will be.

COMFORT TECHNIQUES

If it’s possible, let her be near you, and if the doctor’s OK with it, let her stay on your lap. Also, let your child bring her favorite stuffed animal or a small toy. A small treat at the end of a visit is a nice touch you can offer your sweetie when it’s all done. That way she’ll have that to look forward to for other doctor visits. — susan day

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and about those shots ...

Shots DO hurt. So don’t pretend otherwise, says Howard Bennett, author of Lions Aren’t Afraid of Shots, a picture book that helps children be less anxious about getting vaccinated. Better to say something like, “It may hurt, but I’ll be here with you. And if it does hurt, the pain will only last a little while,” Bennett says.


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our family can embrace all of the holiday fun happening Nov. 16 - Jan. 1, 2013 at Gaylord Opryland’s annual “A Country Christmas” celebration. Several attractions offer something for everyone in the family. Kids will want to bundle up for the ICE! exhibit featuring Shrek the Halls, where they can enjoy colorful ice sculptures and best of all — the 20-foot ice slides. Children can also meet DreamWorks characters and hang with Gingy for gingerbread decorating fun. The Radio City Rockettes return for their high-kicking “Christmas Spectacular” show that includes a new 3D movie scene. Other highlights include Lorrie Morgan’s Enchanted Christmas Dinner & Show, carriage rides, photos with Santa, the Treasures for the Holidays craft and gift show, the Hall of Trees and more. Hours and prices vary per attraction. Call 871-6169 or visit christmasatgaylordopryland.com.

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fun, easy and classic way of giving back while putting a smile on the face of a neighbor comes by participating in Fannie Battle Caroling. Since 1916, this tradition takes place every year from Dec. 1 - 24. Go caroling door to door and collect money for Fannie Battle Day Home for Children, a local nonprofit providing affordable, high-quality child care for at-risk children. Involvement is a snap. Call Chris Barnhill at 228-6745 or email cbarnhill@fanniebattle.org and say where you’d like to carol (you may request specific streets). After receiving your caroling bags — which include song sheets, announcement envelopes and instructions — gather those in your group, don your gay apparel and warm up your pipes. It’s also a fun way for the littlest ones in your family to share a sense of doing good for others. Learn more at 228-6745 or fanniebattle.org/caroling.html.

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Learning Express Toys in Cool Springs now offers an online store and in-store resources for parents and others aiming to help their special needs kids achieve developmental goals. “One out of six children has a physical or mental developmental need,” says Owner Connie Edmonds. “Many of our toys help children with their development. We’re thrilled that we can give parents and therapists an alternative to shopping online or in a therapy toy catalog,” she adds. Check out the new online resource, Skill Building Guide for Children With Special Needs at franklin.learningexpresstoys.com/catalog. When visiting the store, receive customized suggestions from staff members eager to help you meet the needs of your special needs child. Learning Express is located at 420 Cool Spring Blvd. in Franklin. Call 771-3434 to learn more or visit franklin.learningexpresstoys.com.

Beginning Thursday, Nov. 1, treat your family to the mouth-watering confections found at the new Nothing Bundt Cakes in Franklin. The second store in Middle Tennessee from the same folks (their other one’s on White Bridge Road in Nashville), owner Shannon Harvey says several sizes are available including “Bundtinis” (two-to-three bites), “Bundlets” (“like an over-sized muffin meant to be shared!”) or larger bundts for 8 -10, 18 - 20 or 26 - 30. Nothing Bundt Cakes boasts tempting flavors (including Pecan Praline and Red Velvet with chocolate chips) with a velvety cream cheese and butter frosting; through the holidays, enjoy it over the Pumpkin Spice! Store hours are Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call 472-1653 to place orders. Visit nothingbundtcakes.com to see all the flavors and learn more.

There’s something for everyone at the Kris Kringle Kar Klassic & Holiday Craft Bazaar taking place Nov. 3 - 4 at the AgExpo Center. Car enthusiasts can mingle and gawk at the annual invitational car expo loaded with hand-picked vintage and modified cars of Middle Tennessee taking place at the same time as the crafts bazaar. The bazaar is loaded up with 150 booths featuring a vast array of unique items from home decor to jewelry. Kids can visit with Santa and take home a keepsake for $3. Enjoy concessions, shopping and more with your friends and family on Saturday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 - 4 p.m. Admission is $2. The Ag Expo Center is located at 4215 Long Lane in Franklin. Learn more at wcparksandrec.com.

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local briefs tis’ the season ... for toy drives

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our family can bring Christmas cheer to the lives of local children who might not otherwise have a festive holiday by participating in two annual toy drives this season.

TOYS FOR TOTS: The U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots is now underway and takes place through Friday, Dec. 14. You can drop off a new, unwrapped toy in a bin at all Toys R Us and Babies R Us locations in Middle Tennessee. Other local businesses also host drop-off receptacles. Find a complete list of locations at http://nashville-tn.toysfortots.org. SALVATION ARMY’S ANGEL TREE: You may also donate toys that will go to children in Davidson (specific ZIP codes only), Williamson, Sumner, Dickson, Hickman and Cheatham counties through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program from Nov. 9 - Dec. 9. Pick a paper angel off a tree at The Mall at Green Hills, RiverGate Mall or CoolSprings Galleria, then shop for the boy or girl you select and return your gifts to the Angel Tree volunteers at the malls. The Salvation Army also seeks volunteers to help at each mall location. To learn more, call 242-0411 or visit salvationarmyusa.org.

the ticker... BLue & Gray Days provide a perfect opportunity for parents to feed a child’s interest (or spark one) in the Civil War. Taking place Nov. 2 - 3, kids can enjoy watching history come to life through re-enactments, skirmishes and artisan demonstrations including everything from blacksmithing to weaving and spinning. Taking place at Carnton Plantation (1345 Carnton Lane, Franklin), hours are Fri 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for kids ages 6 - 12. Call 794-0903 to learn more.

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BIKE TOUR, ANYONE?

Did you know that Franklin Bike Tours & Rentals offers small, guide-led bicycle groups and short rentals? The company offers two tours: The Scenic Franklin Tour through the town’s historic neighborhoods or the Civil War Tour through historic destinations like Fort Granger and Rest Haven Cemetery. Bikes and helmets are provided to all guests. Costs vary and tours are scheduled to meet your needs. To learn more, call 400-3808.

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offers canoe trips down the Harpeth River for all ages. It’s a chance to see turtles, wild turkey, beavers, raccoon — and have a picnic. The company offers five different trips ranging in distance and time, and pricing is for two people per canoe with the shortest trip being oneand-a-half to three hours in length for $25. Children 12 and younger are free when riding with two paid adults. Call 400-9847 to learn more.

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA LIVE IN HD

continues its stellar 2012-2013 series this month with a limited presentation of The Tempest LIVE. (Nov. 10 and 28) and Otello (Wednesday, Nov. 14). Don’t miss the opportunity to share this high art option with your kids. The excitement of the Metropolitan Opera on the big screen includes behind-the-scenes features and up-and-close insights. The Met’s illustrious series exhibits across the country in select theaters. Catch these presentations this month at the Green Hills 16 or at Opry Mills 20 plus IMAX. Learn more and get tickets at fathomevents.com.


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dd child-like wonder to your holiday greetings this season by purchasing cards and other festive gifts through the Friends of Children’s Hospital’s 2012 Holiday Project. The fundraiser for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt features cards, tags, wrapping paper and cookie tins, all boasting original artwork designed by Children’s Hospital patients. Basic card sets with pre-printed interior greetings are $18 per 20 cards/envelopes. For an additional fee, you can have a personal greeting and signature added. Also, you can purchase cookie tins also decorated by kids that are filled with Christie Cookies ($10 - $35) and bags of Bongo Java coffee for $10. Wrapping paper is $5, and gift tags are $8. All online orders must be placed by Thursday, Dec. 20 to guarantee delivery by Christmas Eve. A few retail locations can be found at the website. Call 343-8660 or visit childrenshospital.vanderbilt.org/ holidayproject.

This “Santa” card was designed by 13-year-old Allison Rogers of Smithville, Tenn. She underwent chemotherpay, radiation and a stem cell transplant for Ewing’s sarcoma (bone cancer) at Children’s Hospital. She now shows no evidence of the disease.

private school open houses Sneak a peek into area private schools this month at one of these open houses: CHRIST THE KING SCHOOL (3105 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 292-9465; ctk.org) Sunday, Nov. 11 from 12 - 2 p.m. ... THE COVENANT SCHOOL (33 Burton Hills Blvd., Nashville; 467-2313; thecovenantschool. com) Thursday, Nov. 15 from 9:30 - 11 a.m. (call to register) ... DONELSON CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (300 Danyacrest Drive, Nashville; 883-2926; dcawildcats.org) Thursday, Nov. 15 from 6 - 8 p.m. ... FRANKLIN ROAD ACADEMY (4700 Franklin Road, Nashville; 832-8845; franklinroadacademy.com) Saturday, Nov. 10 at 9 a.m. (call to RSVP) ... HARPETH HALL (3801 Hobbs Road, Nashville; 346-0126; harpethhall. org) Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. ... GOODPASTURE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (619 Due West Ave., Madison; 868-2600, ext. 212; goodpasture.org) Monday, Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. ... LINDEN WALDORF SCHOOL (3201 Hillsboro Road, Nashville; 354-0270; lindenwaldorf.org) Nov. 7 and 14 at 9 a.m. (call to reserve a spot) ... LIPSCOMB ACADEMY (PK - 4: 4517 Granny White Pike, Nashville; 966-6320; Grades 5 - 12: 3901 Granny White Pike, Nashville; 966-6409; lipscombacademy.com) Sunday, Nov. 11 from 2 - 4 p.m. ... OUR SAVIOR LUTHERAN ACADEMY (5110 Franklin Road, Nashville; 833-1500, ext. 300; oslanashville.org) Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 9:30 - 11 a.m. ... OVERBROOK SCHOOL (4210 Harding Pike, Nashville; 292-5134; overbrook.edu) Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 9:15 a.m. ... ST. BERNARD ACADEMY (2020 24th Ave. S., Nashville; 3850440; stbernardacademy.org) Thursday, Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. ... THE WEBB SCHOOL (319 Webb Road E., Bell Buckle; 931-389-6003; thewebbschool.com) Visitors’ Day for families in Grades 5 and higher is Friday, Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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ountry music star Vince Gill lends his musical talent to present the Vince Gill & Friends concert for STARS (Students Taking a Right Stand) on Friday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville). Proceeds will help STARS in its mission to assist young people throughout Middle Tennessee overcome social and emotional barriers to learning. In addition, STARS serves schools and communities by providing prevention, intervention and treatment services addressing bullying, substance abuse and violence. Tickets are $175 which include a cocktail reception, and art and silent auctions. And additional $100 gets you preferred seating along with a meet and greet with Gill after the concert. To learn more or to purchase tickets, call 983-6805 or visit starsnashville.org.

ryman hosts miriam’s promise offers adoption services christmas 4 kids November is National Adoption Month, and for more than 25 years, Miriam’s Promise has held its mission to “ensure the well-being of children before, during and after birth, providing pregnancy, parenting and adoption services” through a faith-based mentality. Miriam’s adoption program includes domestic agency, domestic independent and international services. In addition, postadoption services include older-child adoption education, a birth parent support group and an adoptive mother support group. To learn more about Miriam’s Promise, call 292-3500 or visit miriamspromise.org.

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The historic Ryman Auditorium hosts the 11th Annual Charlie Daniels Band & Friends Concert on Monday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. Daniels — along with Phil Vassar, Thompson Square, Rodney Atkins, Carolione Kole and more — perform to raise money for Christmas 4 Kids, a not-for-profit that generates money for underprivileged children in the mid state to enjoy a $150 holiday shopping spree on anything they want at Wal-Mart in Hendersonville. Concert tickets are $32.50 and $60. Obtain yours at christmas4kids.org.

celebrate creative expressions The 18th Annual Creative Expressions art exhibit is now on display through Monday, Dec. 31. The exhibit, sponsored by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and the Nashville Mayor’s Advisory Committee, features work in a variety of media created by all ages who have any form of disability. The Kennedy Center exhibit area is located at 110 Magnolia Circle, Nashville. Hours are Mon - Fri 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Some of the art is on display at TPAC as well. Call 322-8240 or visitkc. vanderbilt.edu.


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he crisp, cooler air has children of all ages yearning to be outside. They love to play and run around. Now’s the time to enjoy a nice family hike in one of Middle Tennessee’s largest state parks, Fall Creek Falls. Just two-and-a-half hours from Nashville, this grand state park offers up more than 34 miles of hiking, a nature center and beyond. Our favorite attractions are the swinging bridges! And be sure to pack a cooler — it’s a great opportunity to have a family picnic, too.

See the waterfalls Growing up in Tennessee, I loved going to Fall Creek Falls each year. It’s something that I am very thankful that my parents did with us. It’s a nice time to hang out and enjoy each other’s company while taking in the beautiful sights and hiking together as a family. Get out and see the many natural aspects that the park has to offer like the six waterfalls including Piney Creek Falls, Cane Creek Falls, Rockhouse Falls, Fall Creek Falls, Coon Creek Falls and Cane Creek Cascades. Park at the Falls Overlook for the most famous of the falls, Fall Creek Falls. You can get a spectacular view from above, but you’ll witness so much more by taking the nearly half-mile hike down to the base of the falls. This trail is very steep, and if you take your little ones, be sure to keep hold of their hands if they are not riding in a carrier on your back. The view looking down the path can be daunting for some. For others, it just looks like fun. No matter what, tell everyone to stay on the trails and not to throw sticks or stones as they may hit hikers below. Our 6-year-old daughter, Lilliana, was so excited to be there that she wanted to run right down the path. Remember this: the hike to the base of this falls should not to be taken quickly. Take your time and enjoy the view — it’s always easier to go down than it is to come back up! The look on our children’s faces as they saw the massive flow of water towering overhead was priceless. We encountered baby squirrels that seemed very interested in our 2-year-old son, Seth and made him giggle. He tried so hard to touch them, we had to keep moving him back as the squirrels kept approaching.

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Getting a breath of fresh air is sometimes just what the family needs. Pack a picnic lunch and head out to Fall Creek Falls in Pikeville. We took our time coming back up. You can get a different approach to the ancient rock layers looming overhead. Once we reached the top, we went back to the car, grabbed the cooler and seated ourselves down for a picnic at the closest table. There are restrooms nearby, too. After lunch, we headed back to the overlook to access the more than half-mile Woodland Trail leading to the nature center and Cane Creek Falls. You can drive to the nature center, but where’s the fun in that? This trail has a few close-to-the-edge sections, so keep an eye out. Other than that, we let our two run loose. It’s a great way for them to understand what paths are for and the importance of staying on them. Even Seth knew which way the path was going. This easy trail also has one of the swinging bridges. So, grab your child’s hand and enjoy the sway with each step! For a one-day trip, these two hikes were just about all our little ones could handle, and there was a variety in difficulty and views, too.

Make it an All-nighter Camping is a great way to make sure you have had your chance to take in all that Fall Creek Falls has to offer. It’s only $20 per night (base rate, subject to change) for primitive camping. When you camp, you can be sure to take your time and visit each of the grand falls that are within this gigantic park. You can hike a couple trails in one day, rest up and take on a few more the next. If you decide not to camp in a tent, you can stay overnight in the Group Lodge, Park Inn, rustic cabins (which share bathhouses) or one of the regular cabins. Camping is a family favorite for us. I have some of the most wonderful memories camping with my family and making new friends with other campers. So, why not start making those memories with your own children? They may not like staying in a tent at first, but the idea of sleeping outside is exciting — not to mention a great learning experience. Your children are sure to thank you for it. Kiera Ashford is managing editor for this publication and mother of two, ages 6 and 2.

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Lay-n-go RACHAEL RAY’S CASSEROLE CARRIER thecontainerstore.com • $27.99 Hey, Mom, are you a casserole queen? Heading to a holiday potluck? You’ll want to keep your baked dish warm and secure with this awesome casserole carrier designed by Rachael Ray. The insulated interior — it holds your 9” by 13” dish — keeps your eats warm, and there’s an exterior zippered pocket for utensils and napkins. — cy

by Lay-n-Go, layngo.com Lay-n-Go: $64.95 • Lay-n-Go Lite: $24.95 For a quick toy pickup, keep your child’s toys in this drawstring bag that lays flat for play time. This five-foot activity mat has four mesh pockets within and one Velcroed on the outside plus a nylon shoulder strap. To clean up, just pull the string and close all the toys up within the bag. For on-thego, choose the Lite, an 18-inch activity mat that transforms into a carry-all bag, too. — ka

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by snap ‘n stack thecontainerstore.com • $24.99 This two-tiered carrier lets you transport your homemade cupcakes to school easily. It features two removeable recessed trays and locking latches. Now you have no reason not to bake ’em yourself! — sd

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Pregnancy at 20, 30 or 40 By Sandra Gordon

Bodies change, gravity tugs and then there’s the good, old biological clock. Is there a best age for having a baby? Does it even matter?

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hether you’re in your 20s (and loving your young life), in your 30s (more established in your career), or in your 40s (settled and mature), every age can be a good time to have a baby. Yet every stage poses its own set of physical and emotional pros and cons that can influence everything from how smooth your pregnancy goes, to the impact a new baby will have on your relationship. There’s no “right time” to have a baby — but there are simple steps you can take to stay happy and healthy at every age.

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Your Body Now: “Young patients are more likely to be healthy. They

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tend to have fewer medical problems and consequently take fewer medications,” says Brad Chesney, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., board certified OB/GYN at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic. “They are also, generally, more physically fit.” Your body is primed to handle the demands of carrying a baby at a younger age. You’re at the lowest risk for pregnancy complications such as gestational diabetes, chronic hypertension and pre-eclampsia. You’re also less likely to have a baby with Down syndrome or spina bifida. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, the risk of having a child with Down syndrome is 1 in 1,300 for a 25-year-old woman; at age 35, the risk increases to 1 in 365; at 45, the risk increases to 1 in 30. In your 20s, once your baby is born, caring for and keeping up with him should be relatively easy for you. Having a baby in your 20s has advantages. For instance, Elizabeth Oldfield, M.D., of Tennessee Women’s Care in Nashville, offers these reasons: • Fertility — improved quality of eggs means there’s a 20 - 25 percent chance of conceiving each month.


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• Less of a chance for miscarriage and chromosomal abnormalities. • Fewer chronic medical problems such as hypertension, diabetes or heart disease. • Less of a chance of gynecological issues such as fibroids, blocked fallopian tubes and endometriosis. • Fewer pregnancy complications such as hypertension, gestational diabetes, pre-term labor, placental problems, intrauterine growth retardation and stillbirth. • Less of a chance for you to have a C-section. • You may be more physically fit and able to cope with the physical demands of pregnancy.

Your Mind Now: Your young, starting a career and many of your pals don’t have kids. • You’re faced with how to juggle work and family before you’ve had time to get established. Do you forge ahead and try to do both or delay your career and/or education? • A new baby can be stressful on a new marriage. Given that, be sure to spend time as a couple sans baby by getting a babysitter occasionally or leaving your baby with relatives so you can maintain your identity as a couple. • “Emotional maturity varies greatly from person to person,” says Chesney. “Stability in your relationship with your spouse is a good indicator that you are ready to take that next step.”

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Your Body Now: You’re at higher risk of developing certain complications. But the majority of healthy women still have uneventful pregnancies at this age. Here are the facts: • “Newer data in recent years shows healthy women postpone childbearing for career advancement,” says Oldfield. “Age 25 - 35 may be ideal but age 35 - 45 is not a contradiction especially in healthy, motivated women who receive optimum medical care before and during their pregnancy. In women older than 35, it is recommended to consult a physician prior to conceiving and also if you are unsuccessful in conceiving after six months of trying.” • Your risk of gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia is higher now, as are the chances of having a baby with Down syndrome or other chromosomal abnormalities. “Women older than 35 are at increased risk for pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, pre-term labor and other maternal complications of pregnancy,” says Chesney. “The fetus is statistically more likely to have an abnormal number of chromosomes (Down syndrome).” • “Fertility also begins to decline in your mid to late 30s. In general it is ‘easier’ for your body to release an egg at 25 then it is at 35,” says Chesney. “Every woman has a certain number of eggs to start with. These are either released or die out in the process of follicular recruitment each month. Some will ‘run out’ sooner than others, and it’s impossible to calculate or predict that for the individual patient.” • “Fertility decreases gradually after age 32 and more rapidly after age 37,” says Oldfield. “One-third of women age 35 - 40 have fertility issues.” • If you used fertility treatments, you’re more likely to have multiples than women who conceived naturally. • You’re also more likely to have a C-section.

Your Mind Now: Many women in their 30s feel more psychologically ready for motherhood. Consider this: • If it’s your first baby, you’ve had time for yourself and your marriage, and you’ve accomplished some professional goals. This may give you peace of mind if you want to take a break to spend time with your baby. • You’re likely to know other pregnant women, so finding a support system shouldn’t be a problem. • Your marriage: If it’s on solid footing, you are more confident in yourself and in your relationship.

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Your Body Now: Having a baby in your 40s is common these days, and the majority of older mothers have normal pregnancies. Still, the risk of complications rises after age 40. • Oldfield says that after 40 the odds of conceiving are less than 5 percent each month and that half of women older than 40 have fertility issues. • If you’re having multiples, there’s an increased chance of delivering preterm or low-birth-weight babies. • Your risk of chromosomal abnormalities continues to go up. (At 40, your chance of having a baby with Down syndrome is 1 in 106; at 45, it’s 1 in 30.) • “The main risk for pregnancy after age 40 is for fetal chromosome abnormalities such as Down syndrome,” says Alison Mullaly, M.D., OB/GYN at Vanderbilt Franklin Women’s Center. “Studies also show that women who are pregnant after age 40 have a higher risk of gestational diabetes, hypertension and C-section delivery.” • The good news? If you’re physically fit, eat well, and don’t have preexisting health conditions such as diabetes or hypertension, your overall risk of other pregnancy complications isn’t markedly higher than that of a woman in her 20s or 30s.

Your Mind Now: You’re definitely prepared for a baby at this point in your life, whether it’s your second, third or fourth, particularly if you married late or if you’ve gone through years of fertility treatments. Here are some things you can expect. • The self-confidence and perspective you’ve picked up in your life may make you more patient in dealing with a demanding newborn. • You might have higher expectations of yourself than someone in her 20s or 30s since you’ve waited so long and perhaps invested so much to get pregnant. If you yearn for a nap or a break, don’t hesitate to get help. A few hours to yourself here and there can do wonders to refresh your batteries and make you more up for the demands of taking care of a little one. Also, try not to feel guilty for going back to work, missing your old, pre-baby life or not having loads of fun every day. • “You’re possibly more stable in a relationship, career and financially,” says Oldfield. “You may also be more emotionally mature and possess better parenting skills.” • It’s likely you won’t have as many friends with small children at this age, so don’t hesitate to make friends with younger moms. “Pregnancy can be great at any age,” says Mullaly. “It’s more important to lead a healthy lifestyle with a normal weight, healthy eating habits and regular exercise.” J Sandra Gordon is a freelance writer.

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don’t hold your breath! taming tantrums in toddlers & kids By Lyn Mettler Meltdowns and more — kids are gonna have ’em, even older ones. Keep your cool: here’s what to do and when to do it.

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our sweet child is screaming. Perfect strangers have their eyes on you. Your face gets so red hot that you’re sure you might be on fire. You want to run away, abandon your loving parental duties — but no! You must take charge and handle the moment gracefully ... but how? Should you bolt from wherever you are and head home? Should you — gasp! — spank your child in public? When your child’s first public display of overt disobedience occurs, be ready. You can’t avoid it, so prepare for the moment when your little darling turns into a little demon. It is inevitable. Your child will most likely throw a tantrum. But, why? “Between the ages of 1 and 3, children typically are able to understand more than they can communicate with their words,” says Marcy Webb, LPC-MSHP, Ed.D., a clinical therapist in the Mental & Behavioral Health Services Department of Mercy Children’s Clinic in Franklin. “Toddlers throw tantrums when their emotions overwhelm their ability to communicate or cope with what they are feeling. When little ones are hungry, tired or uncomfortable they have fewer reserves to maintain a pleasant mood, and they may also have difficulty letting you know what they need. Frustration builds and a meltdown is the result.” (please turn the page)

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don’ t hold your breath! taming tantrums in toddlers & kids TYPES OF TANTRUMS

“All toddlers throw tantrums,” says Matthew L. Perkins, M.D., FAAP, FACP, of Tennessee Medicine and Pediatrics in Smyrna. “In fact, tantrums are an important part of the developmental stage which helps lead a child to increased independence,” he adds. “In order to understand your toddler’s tantrum, put yourself in his place. A toddler has opinions, desires and fears just like we do — he just lacks the verbal skills to express his frustrations. Be aware, however, that tantrums come in two main types: frustration tantrums and manipulative tantrums.” Perkins suggests these tips on handling both types: Frustration tantrums: Identify the trigger. Try to help out with the trigger or offer a distraction or alternative, use soothing body language and speech to lower the toddler’s frustration level and plan ahead — take toys with you to the supermarket, a snack with you while at the doctor’s office, and try to shop and run other errands when you are both rested. Don’t take it personally. Manipulative tantrums: Ignore the behavior, walk away, use verbal cues and body language that show your toddler that you don’t engage in tantrums and don’t cater to the root cause of the tantrum, and never throw a tantrum yourself.

Children are also known to hold their breath during a tantrum. “Breath holding spells are common in toddlers. When a toddler gets frustrated or overwhelmed he may literally hold his breath as a response to this frustration,” says Mark Krakauer, M.D., FAAP, of Saint Thomas Medical Group in Nashville. “This can be very disturbing to witness for a parent, watching as the child holds his breath, possibly turning blue and ultimately passing out. Fortunately, these spells are harmless. If the child does progress to passing out he will simply resume breathing normally once he loses consciousness. A parent can best deal with this by not overreacting to the child. If the child doesn’t get any ‘mileage’ out the episode, then the behavior goes away.”

An ounce of prevention

The best way to handle bad behavior, of course, is to avoid it. This may seem impossible when parenting a toddler, but with a few tricks up your sleeve, you may be able to head it off at least some of the time. One of the best ways to prevent bad behavior is to pay attention to your little one. Before you head to the supermarket, consider a few things: Is your toddler hungry or tired? Is he having a bad day? Is he feeling sick? It’s probably best to delay your trip if the answer to any of these questions is yes. Otherwise, you’re just setting yourself up for trouble. “As any parent of a toddler knows, children will have meltdowns. Meltdowns, or tantrums, are not totally preventable, but the best way to avoid them is to create an environment of consistency and structure,” says Krakauer. “It is possible to be consistent and structured without simply being overly strict.” He recommends that parents “choose their battles.” If your child knows your rules, and you stick to them, then the child is less likely to meltdown, he adds. “A common problem arises when there are inconsistencies among caregivers. If there are different rules from different caregivers, then it can be upsetting to the child if he doesn’t get his way, in part because he doesn’t know what to expect,” says Krakauer. “Consensus among caregivers can help reduce this.” Krakauer also says that consistency is important. “No” means “no.” If you give in to the child’s demands after you say no, then that further

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reinforces the whining and demanding behaviors because they resulted in the reward. “This also undermines the parent and next time the child will not take ‘no’ for an answer,” says Krakauer. He adds that another way to extinguish tantrums is to ignore them. Behaviors that get rewarded, even negatively, tend to persist. If the tantrum goes ignored by the parent, then the child has less to gain from repeating that behavior. Webb agrees, “If a toddler learns that he gets a treat for misbehaving, then he is more likely to fall apart when he doesn’t get his way. Do not reward your child by giving in to the tantrum.”

Tackling tantrums

If you’ve pulled out everything in your arsenal to no avail and your little one is still headed into a full-blown tantrum, stay calm! The best solution for handling a tantrum is to pick up your child and take him out of the situation. “When a child is throwing a tantrum, often the best thing to do is ignore him by talkingto your spouse or another child,” says M. Catherine Dundon, M.D., a pediatrician with Goodlettsville Pediatrics. “The moment your child is quiet for five seconds, turn and start talking and interacting with him. He will learn when he acts out, you turn away and when he behaves you turn toward him. This is a powerful method of discipline as young children want to be looked at 24/7,” she adds. “Scolding and yelling at an overwhelmed, tantrumming toddler is not likely to do anything but make the tantrum worse,” says Webb. “Toddlers need parents to teach them how to calm down when experiencing strong emotions or frustration. That is why time-out can be an effective way to intervene.” “Everyone will feel anxious, nervous or uncomfortable in certain situations — our children are no different,” says Perkins. “The problem for the child is his inability to recognize it for what it is and to be able to find ways to overcome his anxieties long enough for the situation to pass. When the anxiety becomes too much, whether it is due to crowds, noises, strangers, using a public toilet, etc., the child melts down with tears, hyperventilating, vomiting, fainting and even breath holding.” Helping your child to keep his composure, while acknowledging his feelings, can help avoid unpleasant situations, adds Perkins, and he suggests these tips: • Try to relate to your child on his level. • Empathize with what is making him upset and speak directly with him about it. Sharing that you, too, get nervous in the same situation can often defuse a child’s fears. • Offer distractions to help him remain calm. A cell phone game can go a long way. So can a pair of cheap sunglasses. “Parents should try to understand the reason behind the tantrum,” says Webb. “Does the child need a nap, a snack or a diaper change? If the goal of the tantrum is to get attention, then it may be best to ignore the crying and fussing, as long as the child isn’t going to hurt himself. Most tantrums last around five minutes.” Webb also suggests that you check with your pediatrician if your child has tantrums that last more than 30 minutes, are destructive or cause injury to themselves or others to determine if your child’s tantrums have any other contributing factors. For now, if you’re stuck in the role of frustrated parent, hang in there. With a little planning and a few deep breaths, both you and your child may come out of the situation a little wiser. J Lyn Mettler is a freelance writer and mother of one.


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From “iffy” table manners to tattle tales and more, nip your child’s behavior issues in the bud — just in time for giving thanks! Ignoring Adults

TATTLE TALES

Scenario: Your child refuses to greet or acknowledge other adults.

Scenario: Your 6-year-old is constantly telling on other kids and it’s embarrassing. He’s a good child, but he doesn’t seem to know how to handle things himself.

SOLUTION: While personality plays a role in how comfortable your kids are in expressing themselves to adults, parents need to stress exercising eye contact while speaking, proper etiquette dictates. Even if you have an introvert, basic courtesy in safe situations is still expected. Parents can role play with their kids, demonstrating proper responses in introductions and in other scenarios. Start early in including young children in conversations with adults, but keep it brief and as your kids grow, practice, practice, practice. According to Roxine Blomstrom, owner of Manners Matter School of Protocol in Franklin, the components of a proper greeting include standing, smiling, making eye contact and introducing yourself with a firm handshake. Your kids will “get there” by your modeling the correct way.

BAD TABLE MANNERS Scenario: Your 6-year-old shows terrible table manners like chewing with his mouth open and wiping his mouth on his sleeve! SOLUTION: According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), by the time a child reaches 6 years of age, he should be able to hold his utensils properly like an adult, but parents need to model good manners at the dining table for kids to pick it up. Top manners to teach your kids in a pinch before Thanksgiving’s here include placing a napkin in the lap as soon as you’re seated; requesting a dish to be passed by saying, “Please pass the bread;” passing dishes counterclockwise when someone requests a dish; chewing with the mouth closed; eating in small bites; speaking politely about the food being served; saying thank you; not playing with food; and asking to be excused at the end of the meal. In the long run, if you want your child to enjoy learning manners, see Southern Grace in Murfreesboro (southerngrace.com).

SOLUTION: Resist an “automatic rescue” with a tattler in conflict, says Robbie Hutchens, a licensed marriage and family therapist with Signet House in Smyrna. Remembering that teaching is at least 70 percent of parenting, Hutchens says, teach your child the difference between a serious infraction (such as hurting someone) and a minor one (like taking an extra cookie). Next, teach him to work things out on his own and let him know that he’s perfectly capable of managing small infractions by himself. Be patient with him as he tries to figure out his awareness of situations.

GROSS HABITS Scenario: It never seems to fail ... as much as you try to “catch him being good,” he’s picking his nose again! SOLUTION: Yes, it’s yucky to see your child’s finger go from his nose to his mouth, so you have to teach him why it’s not such a good idea. For one thing, the mucous membranes lining his nose are a prime entry point for infections. For preschoolers and other young ages, explain that nose picking spreads germs. Show him where the tissues are and carry them yourself. Other gross habits include coughing and sneezing without covering: Teach your child to sneeze and cough in the crook of his elbow (just like YOU do it!); scab-picking: Teach your child that if they pick, they can get infected and possibly scar. Cover cuts with a bandage; nail-biting: According to the Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt’s website (childrenshospital.vanderbilt.org), 45 - 60 percent of kids will chew on their nails! Like most habits though, nail biting will disappear as kids outgrow the urge to do it. Tell your child you don’t like it, but also suggest that he wiggles his fingers for 30 seconds before biting. This may help him to stop.

TAKING WITHOUT ASKING Scenario: Your 3-year-old has a reputation for not borrowing but just taking things from others at his preschool. SOLUTION: When children are this young they don’t know the difference between right and wrong, but by age 6 he will have developed a conscience, says Ruth Peters, Ph.D., author of the audiobook, The Successful Child. While he may think “what’s mine is mine and what’s YOURS is mine, too,” at his tender age, he does need reminding that the opposite is true. He can also be lead by his hand to return items that he has taken from others. He may not like it, but look for teachable moments to help him understand the difference between his things and other people’s things.

LYING Scenario: Your 8-year-old has been caught in a lie again. You thought you were past this with him. What to do? SOLUTION: Kids begin telling fibs around age 3, says Michele Borba, author of Building Moral Intelligence: The Seven Essential Virtues that Teach Kids to Do the Right Thing (JosseyBass). The sad fact is that parents are often the ones who teach kids to lie in the first place: “Tell Aunt Mildred how much you loved her squash casserole!” Meanwhile, kids (and adults) tell lies to protect themselves and to avoid disappointing others. But there’s another reason too: “The biggest reason why kids won’t admit wrongdoing is because they wish someone else did,” says Borba. So when your child tells you a whopper, ask him, “Do you wish that had happened?” When he comes clean, give him a smile and a hug for telling the truth, then teach him how he can make the situation right again. And also tell him that honesty is ALWAYS the best policy. — compiled by Kiera Ashford, Susan Day and Chad Young

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POP QUIZ!

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You’re so distracted by your busy family life! Let’s do a quick check-in to see if you’ve got everything under control. YOUNGER STUFF 1. Do you know your child’s favorite toy or activity?

YES NO I THINK IT’S:

2. Favorite TV show?

YES NO I THINK IT’S:

3. Favorite meal?

YES NO I THINK IT’S:

4. Favorite snack?

YES NO I THINK IT’S:

5. Favorite movie?

YES NO I THINK IT’S:

6. Favorite teacher?

YES NO I THINK IT’S:

7. Favorite color?

YES NO I THINK IT’S:

8. Favorite book?

YES NO I THINK IT’S:

9. Favorite subject?

YES NO I THINK IT’S:

10. Favorite store?

YES NO I THINK IT’S:

11. Favorite holiday?

THANKSGIVING CHRISTMAS EASTER

12. Does your child play nicely when you’re not around?

YES NO I THINK IT’S:

GULP: Research from the University of Tennessee suggests that parents’ perceptions of their children turn out to be wrong much of the time. (please turn the page)

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POP QUIZ!

how well do you really know your child? 13. Is your child an introvert or an extrovert?

OUTGOING INTROVERT DON’T KNOW

14. Do you know the name of your child’s best friend?

YES DOESN’T HAVE ONE NO I THINK IT’S:

15. Do you know the parents of your child’s friends?

YES NO

OLDER KID STUFF 16. Do you know your child’s Facebook username and password?

YES NO DOESN’T APPLY

17. Are you friends with your child on Facebook?

YES NO DOESN’T APPLY

18. Do you know your child’s mobile phone unlock code?

YES NO DOESN’T APPLY

19. Does your child keep a diary?

YES NO DON’T KNOW

22. Can you name your child’s top three priorities?

1: 2: 3:

23. Do you know what your child feels he does best?

YES NO I THINK IT’S:

24. Do you know what your child feels he is NOT good at?

YES NO I THINK IT’S:

25. Do you know your child’s best quality?

YES NO I THINK IT’S:

26. Who influences your child’s values the most?

YOU HIS FRIENDS OTHER

27. What kind of games does your child enjoy playing most?

COMPETITIVE COOPERATIVE DON’T KNOW

28. What is your child’s biggest fear? 29. What does your child worry about the most?

20. Is your child “going” with someone?

30. If your child could change one thing about YOU, what would it be?

21. Do you eat a meal

31. When is your child happiest?

Susan Day is editor of this publication and mother of four kids ages 18, 16, 14 and 10.

YES NO DON’T KNOW

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special bits local happenings and news for parents with children of special needs Edison School

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new school recently opened in Hendersonville serving students in Sumner, Wilson and northeastern Davidson counties who are not typical learners. The Edison School caters to children in grades 3 - 6 with dyslexia, languagebased learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, autism, Asperger’s syndrome, nonverbal learning disabilities and reading differences. “A child with a learning disability has difficulties learning under any and all conditions; a child with a learning difference learns effectively under conditions that take into consideration his learning modality,” says Bill Hovenden, president of The Edison School Board of Directors and headmaster at Sumner Academy. The school is located at 724 E. Main St., Hendersonville. Learn more at 431-5637 or theedisonschool.org.

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TN Virtual Academy Webinar

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ometimes parents feel that their special needs child doesn’t fit into the traditional classroom setting, or that they want a smaller learning environment without the costs or other social concerns that can surround a learning difference. Tennessee Virtual Academy (TNVA) serves kids in grades K - 8 as an alternative, allowing students to socialize with each other through the virtual online academy as well as on field trips. On December 4, STEP (Support and Training for Exceptional Parents) hosts a webinar on TNVA from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. to share information about the free, online public school. Randy Bretza, local development manager for TNVA, is guest presenter for the webinar and he’ll share what’s available to students through the online academy and how it works. Bretza will also open the session up for questions. The TNVA is open for enrollment to any Tennessee beginning in March and running through July. Participants can submit questions before and during the webinar to be addressed during the presentation. To participate, visit tnstep.org/news/#70.


TOP SPECIAL NEEDS LINKS IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE STEP

(Support and Training for Exceptional Parents) tnstep.org • 463-2310 Works to guide parents through the challenges they face with their child’s disability as they move through education and the community. STEP Nashville is located at 955 Woodland Street.

The Tennessee Disability Coalition

tndisability.org • 383-9442 The coalition is an alliance of organizations and individuals who have joined to promote the full and equal participation of men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life. They work together to advocate for public policy that ensures self-determination, independence, empowerment and inclusion for people with disabilities in areas such as accessibility, education, health care, housing and voting rights.

Tennessee Disability Pathfinder

kc.vanderbilt.edu/pathfinder 1-800-640-4636 This free, statewide clearinghouse of disability-related resources and services for people with disabilities, their family members, service providers and advocates is a joint project of the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Vanderbilt University Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.

Tennessee Voices for Children

tnvoices.org • 800-670-9882 Works as advocates for the emotional and behavioral well-being of children and their families. Provides advocacy, training, support, referral, prevention and early intervention services.

special needs Bullying & Special Needs

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o you have a child with a disability who is experiencing bullying in school? Call the Disability Law & Advocacy Center of Tennessee at 800-342-1660. Also, plan on attending “The Puck Stops Here,” a free legal clinic that addresses bullying in school taking place Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Journey Church in Lebanon. The clinic offers training and legal consultation for parents and students and is sponsored in part by the Nashville Predators Foundation. Lunch is provided for all registered attendees and a visit from Gnash is expected. Journey Church is located at 212 Leeville Pike. For more information and to register, visit dlactn.org.

Sky High Sports offers special nights

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ky High Sports indoor trampoline park is now available to children with special needs on the first Tuesday each month from 3 - 6 p.m. During this time, music is turned off, attendance is limited and other usual distractions are dialed down taking into consideration children with sensory issues. Cost is $5 per jumper with a parent or therapist free of charge. Sky High is located at 5270 Harding Place, Nashville. Call 366-4252 or visit nas. jumpskyhigh.com.

Second Annual Special Kids Race is open for registration

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ast year’s inaugural Special Kids Race was a huge success and sold out fast. Registration is already open for the Second Annual Special Kids Race and is only open to 3,000 participants this year. “We are extremely excited about the overwhelming support from the community and our sponsors,” says Charlie Apigian, race director at Special Kids. “We have a few additions that will add excitement to the course as well as continuing to make this race a unique and special event.” This year, Beckett Nelson (pictured) is the face of the Special Kids Race. According to Special Kids, he began receiving physical, occupational and speech therapies and nursing services after suffering a brain injury at 6 months old. Despite medical skepticism from physicians, Beckett started sitting up on his own, crawling and even taking his first steps. Now at age 3, he is a testament to the therapies that Special Kids provides. Special Kids is a Christian non-profit organization located in Murfreesboro that provides therapeutic rehabilitation and professional nursing services to children with special needs. The race takes place Saturday, March 23, 2013 and includes a One Mile Family Fun Run, a 5K and a 15K. Registration is $15 $35 per person depending on chosen race. Register online at specialkidsrace.org. For more information on Special Kids, call 893-4892 or visit specialkidstn.com.

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special needs

keep the holidays

manageable for your special needs child By Krystyann Krywko, Ed.D.

The hustle and bustle of the holidays can be overwhelming for children with special needs, but there are steps you can take to make it easier on them.

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keep the holidays manageable for your special needs child

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olidays provide your family with a break from the ordinary, time spent with extended family and friends, and also a chance to reinforce traditions. However, jammed schedules and unpredictable routines, mixed with the sights and sounds of the holidays can add up to a season full of stress for your child with special needs. “The change in routine is the biggest difficulty we have during the holidays,” says Sharla Jordan, mother of six boys (four with special needs) and author of Autism: Understanding the Puzzle (Lulu. com, 2011). “The unfamiliarity and excitement can lead to some difficult moments so we try to prepare our boys as best we can.” The following tips can help make your holiday season run a little smoother.

set the stage

It’s all about being prepared. Whether you purchase tickets for a special holiday show, visit a friend’s place of worship or have a holiday meal at a relative’s, making a detailed itinerary of the day will be a step toward helping your child be more comfortable. Evon Lee, Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics, psychology and psychiatry at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center says, “If your child can understand spoken explanations, you can describe the special things you will be doing and the people you will be seeing. If your child has challenges with language, visual supports may be helpful.” Lee suggests pictures of the places you may go and people you will be visiting.

don’t be shy

Ask your host what activities are planned for the children, and whether there is a quiet space your child can go when he is overwhelmed (or a place he can run around if he needs to blow off steam). Tell your mother-in-law that your daughter does not like to be hugged and not to take it personally. Let your friend know that you might need to leave in the middle of the service. “Briefly describing your child’s special needs — for example, dietary restrictions or space needed for diaper changes — will give your host the opportunity to prepare appropriately,” says Lee. “A phone conversation may also provide you with helpful information, which will increase your own comfort level as you plan to attend an event.”

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holiday traveling

Traveling during the holidays can add an additional layer of complexity. Prepare your child as best as you can for the trip. Some children respond well to maps and photos so they are better able to see exactly where they are going. Talk about the steps that are involved in boarding an airplane. Again, the more you can prepare your child the smoother the transition will be. “Take with you a backpack filled with your child’s favorite toys or comforting items, and pack snacks to take along,” says Becky Sellers, COTA/L, with Special Kids in Murfreesboro. Also, when traveling with your child be aware of troubleshooting issues. Bring the name of doctors, specialists, prescription numbers, extra medication and hearing aid/cochlear implant batteries – just in case.

what do you really want to celebrate?

Sometimes the best way to help your child deal with holiday stress is to prioritize what’s important. Ask your child what he enjoys most about the holidays and what parts are difficult for him to handle. “Last year we decided to simplify our Christmas celebration and it made a huge difference,” says Jordan. “We devised a plan to not rush the morning, each son had his own space and we organized the presents the night before to lessen the anxiety of waiting for another gift to open. We stayed home the rest of the day. We only did the things that were the most important to us. It is amazing how fast we can cram so much meaningless stuff into our celebrating.”

do you hear what I hear?

Extra noise in an enclosed space can be overwhelming. “Holiday celebrations often have lots of people talking, background music, flashing lights and decorations,” says audiologist Brad Ingrao. “This extra stimulus can be exhausting for a child to sift through in order to communicate.” If you are celebrating at home, designate your child’s bedroom as a safe “noise-free” place where he can retreat. If you are out at a friend’s or relative’s home (or a restaurant) ask if there is a quiet spot that your child can go to if necessary. Even a short break from listening and extra stimulus can help her make it through the celebration.

be realistic

As you approach the holiday season, the most important thing to keep in mind is to keep your expectations realistic. Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, author of Raising Your Spirited Child (William Morrow Paperbacks, 2006), suggests that when you sit down to make your plans for the holiday season, to write out your wish list and then cut it in half. Many parents sabotage themselves from the start thinking that they can do it all. Lighten up on the things you think you need to do, and focus more on the things that you and your family want to do to add meaning to your holiday. Sellers says don’t put too many demands on you or your family: “Choose a few special things during the holiday season, but be sure to plan for some down time between events.” J Krystyann Krywko, Ed.D., is a writer and education researcher who specializes in hearing loss and the impact it has on children and families.

special needs tips Holidays are often filled with visits to new places. Keep these questions in mind to help your child adjust. Where will your child sit at the meal? The “kid’s table” can be a noisy place. If your child is sensitive to noise and extra stimulus try to find another place for him to eat. Religious services. Is accessibility an issue? Is there preferred seating for wheelchairs? What about a child with hearing loss? Is there extra amplification? Take a time-out. Find the time and place to have your child rest prior to intensive events, such as a large family dinner or trip to a holiday show. Stake it out. If possible, visit the home or venue prior to the celebration; this way your child will feel more comfortable on the big day.


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The 15th Annual

A special thanks to all the businesses and services who help support this magazine and the parenting community in Middle Tennessee – parents in the greater Nashville area appreciate your continued efforts! Thanks also to all of the readers who participated in our 15th Annual Best of Parenting Awards.

BEST SHOPPING BEST GROCERY STORE

Publix

Kroger • Whole Foods BEST SHOPPING MALL

Cool Springs Galleria Mall at Green Hills • Opry Mills BEST FURNITURE STORE

Sprintz

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AWARDS

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

BEST DESTINATIONS BEST DAY TRIP

Tennessee Aquarium/ Chattanooga Cheekwood Botanical Gardens • Nashville Children’s Theatre BEST BEACH

BEST EATS BEST FAMILY RESTAURANT

Chuy’s Mexican Restaurant

BEST BOOKSTORE

Destin/Ft.Walton/Okaloosa Island, FL

Books a Million • Parnassus

Orange Beach, AL • Panama City Beach, FL

BEST HAMBURGER

BEST MUSEUM

5 Guys Burger and Fries • The Pharmacy

Cheekwood Botanical Gardens • Frist Center for the Arts

BEST PIZZA

BEST LIVE PERFORMANCE

Mellow Mushroom • Pie in the Sky

The Grand Ole Opry • Nashville Children’s Theatre

BEST ICE CREAM/FRO YO

BEST TOURIST ATTRACTION

Baskin-Robbins • Menchie’s

Barnes and Noble BEST TOY STORE

Phillips Toy Mart Learning Express • Toys R Us BEST MATERNITY STORE

Pickles and Ice Cream Motherhood Maternity • Pea in the Pod BEST SPECIALTY BABY

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Little Cottage • Plaid Rabbit BEST CHILDREN’S CLOTHING STORE

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Crazy 8 • Gymboree BEST CONSIGNMENT/RETAIL Kid to Kid Once Upon a Child • Plato’s Closet BEST JEWELRY STORE

Genesis Diamond

Brentwood Jewelry • Service Jewelry and Repair

Adventure Science Center

TPAC

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Deer Run Retreat and Camp Camp Idyllwild • YMCA Camp Widjiwagan BEST SLEEP AWAY CAMP

YMCA Camp Widjiwagan Deer Run Retreat and Camp • Horton Haven Christian Camp

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

BEST AUTO DEALER

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Beaman Automotive • CarMax BEST AUTO SERVICE

Christian Brothers

Darrell Waltrip • Moody’s

BEST CHILDCARE CENTER

The Academy Child Development Center The Gardner School • The Goddard School BEST TUTORING

Sylvan Learning Center BEST DAY SPA

Woodhouse

A Moment’s Peace • Escape Day Spa and Salon BEST KID’S HAIRCUT

Diva’s and Dudes Great Clips • Snip its

BEST KID PHOTOGRAPHER

Shannon Jenkins

Andrea Farmer • Lauren Gill

Kumon • The Tutoring Club BEST DANCE STUDIO

Elite Dance

Ann Carroll School of Dance• Franklin School of Performing Arts BEST GYMNASTIC INSTRUCTION

Let It Shine

Mpact Gymnastics • Summit Sports BEST MARTIAL ARTS INSTRUCTION

BEST PARENTING RESOURCE

BEST OB GYN

Franklin Women’s Center Tennessee Women’s Care • Women’s Group of Franklin BEST PEDIATRICIAN

BEST EDUCATION & ENRICHMENT

APPEARANCE BESTBEST APPEARANCE

BEST FAMILY HEALTH

Mpact Martial Arts Family First Martial Arts • Robinson Taekwondo

Pediatric Associates of Franklin Brentwood Pediatrics • Harpeth Pediatrics BEST DENTAL CARE

Brentwood Pediatric Dentistry Farrow Pediatric Dentistry • Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental BEST ORTHODONTIST

Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Kemp Orthodontist • Lucas Orthodontist BEST EYE CARE

Family Vision Care/Dr. Daxx Dunn Cool Springs Eye Care • Primary Eye Care BEST EMERGENCY ROOM

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MAKING OUR COMMUNITY THE “BEST OF” YMCA OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE Thank you for voting for the Y! We work hard every day to provide you with a top-notch experience, so that together we can make our entire community “Best of” youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Learn more at ymcamidtn.org.

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Abacus Math Club

845 Bell Rd., Ste. 115, Antioch 656-3532 7105 Peach Ct., Ste. 107, Brentwood abacusmathclub.com • inga@taskwhiz.com Discover your child’s math potential through a unique, fun learning tool – the abacus. Children learn to do math operations on an abacus and then in their own minds ... without a calculator! Strong and struggling math students have fun doing math through hands-on activities and games. They will develop mental math skills and right brain thinking. Classes Sun. - Thu. for ages 5 - 15. see our expanded listing online at nashvilleparent.com

ACT Too Players

230 Franklin Road, Ste. 809B, Franklin 294-0667 acttooplayers.com • info@acttooplayers.com We strive to provide students the opportunity to learn and grow not only as a performer but also as an individual in a fun, exciting, and musical environment. Classes for all ages (3 - 18). Fall semester begins in September with performances in January. Fall semester classes: musical theater (Grease, Legally Blonde), forensic prep, acting classes (Anne of Green Gables), private voice/piano, improv, Little Act Too Players (ages 3.5 - 6 yrs.), and dance classes (tap, jazz, hip-hop and musical theater dance styles). see our expanded listing online at nashvilleparent.com

1121 Harpeth Industrial Court, Franklin 790-6468 anncarrollschoolofdance.com • di@anncarrollschoolofdance.com Offering dance, voice and acting for children grade 1 - college. Students study ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, voice, monologue and a play. Guest teachers teach vocal and acting audition training and more. see our expanded listing online at nashvilleparent.com

Barfield School of Dance

2298 Barfield Road, Murfreesboro 896-3118 barfieldschoolofdance.com • mail@barfieldschoolofdance.com We offer dance instruction in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, hip-hop, Irish, creative dance 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. see our expanded listing online at nashvilleparent.com

Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate

1911 Business Campus Drive, Murfreesboro 890-6755 1820 NW Broad St., Murfreesboro 893-6003 bskonline.com • bushido96@aol.com Let martial arts take your kids to new heights! Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate offers programs in traditional karate from age 3 - adult. Call now to find out how to get one month free with uniform. see our expanded listing online at nashvilleparent.com

Bolton Music Therapy

Serving All of Middle Tennessee 715-1232 boltonmusictherapy@gmail.com Offering individual and group music therapy services, regular and adaptive guitar and piano lessons, parent-child music classes and musical birthday parties. Drumming classes designed to improve communication and leisure skills for children with developmental disabilities starting soon in Murfreesboro and Franklin. Our mission is to use music to look beyond limitations and discover the ability of each child. see our expanded listing online at nashvilleparent.com

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art

1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville 353-9827 cheekwood.org Make learning fun at Cheekwood! Cheekwood offers a variety of classes in art, horticulture, pottery and more. Classes offered year-round for all ages. If you would like a complete listing of youth and adult classes, call 353-9827. Only at Cheekwood.

871 Seven Oaks Blvd., Smyrna 459-5512 cmegym.com • cmegym@aol.com Creative Me offers a variety of programs in gymnastics, fitness and cheerleading for ages 18 mos. - 18 yrs. Our goal is to bring out the champion in every child in a fun environment that builds self-esteem and character. We encourage and reward trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Now enrolling for fall classes. Also offering birthday parties and kids’ night out.

Dance Theatre of Tennessee

2710 Old Lebanon Road, Ste. 15, Nashville 391-5500 dancetheatretn.org • dance@dancetheatretn.org The Academy at Dance Theatre of Tennessee offers an exceptional, caring approach to training that seeks to enrich its students with the joy of dance while allowing them optimal performance opportunities. Students are offered the very best instruction by world class professionals. Programs are provided in both recreational and pre-professional dance and offer a wide variety of choices ranging from classical ballet to hip-hop to adult classes.

The Dancer’s School

2159 N. Thompson Lane C-5, Murfreesboro 907-1155 thedancersschool.com • thedancersschool@live.com Fall classes begin Aug. 13. Wee School begins Sep. 4. Email or call to request registration information. Ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, contemporary. Ages 3 - adult. Disciplined, fun classes. 40 year tradition of stellar service. see our expanded listing online at nashvilleparent.com

Deer Run Christian Camps

3845 Perkins Road, Thompson’s Station 794-2918 camps.deerrunretreat.org • registration@deerrunretreat.org Grades K - 5 and Adventure Day Camps grades 6 - 8. On 100 wooded acres just south of Franklin. Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., extended care available. Bus service from six locations. Aqua park, kayaks, zip line, kickball, BB guns, archery, crafts, climbing tower, creek wading, worship, interactive Bible study. Adventure Camps include 3-D archery, Leap of Faith, paintball, tree climbing with ropes and harnesses, outdoor education and survival skills. Campers receive a t-shirt and DVD of their week. see our expanded listing online at nashvilleparent.com

E.T.C. Gymnastics

1137 Haley Road, Murfreesboro 867-6900 1932 Almaville Road, Smyrna 617-7644 etcgymnastics.com • coachken@etcgymnastics.com 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 Dance and Arts Center - Eccentrique Backbone Dance Theatre

103 Confederate Drive, Ste. 1, Franklin 599-7003 ebdtdanceandarts.ning.com • ebdtdance@ureach.com Promoting adult dance, fitness and the performing arts for ages 2 - 70+. Small classes, economical fee, workshops and loft-style classrooms with sprung floors. Faith-based, non-recital school.

Elite Dance and Fitness

7177 Nolensville Road, Ste. B-1, Nolensville 776 - 4202 elitedanceandfitness.com Voted one of the top three studio’s in Nashville! Classes in tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, acrobatics and musical theater for ages 2 - 18. Adult fitness program: Zumba, piloxing and bootcamp six days a week, morning and evening classes. Summer camps, competitive dance team, performance troupe, birthday parties. First class free! see our expanded listing online at nashvilleparent.com

Firstlight Arts Academy

1710 Gen. George Patton Dr., Ste 108, Brentwood 202-6426 firstlightaa.org Art Instruction for enthusiastic kids, teens and adults. Our 3-dimensional art learning method, developed by Dennas Davis, takes a long-term nurturing approach; guiding artists from beginners through advanced, building skills and knowledge, so they can pursue their dreams with confidence. We don’t teach style, but try to help each student find their own form of expression. The instructors work with each student individually in small classes of 10 or less. continued on page 67 ...

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Huntington Learning Center

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Mobile Music Academy

mobilemusicacademy.com • info@mobilemusicacademy.com 301-8589 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.

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1885 Gen. George Patton Drive, Brentwood 377-9606 franklinschoolofperformingarts.com FSPA offers dance, drama and movement education for ages 3 and older. Featuring the highest caliber faculty for acting, classical ballet, creative movement, modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop and break dancing for boys, girls and teens. Classes designed and scheduled to support all levels of interest. See our class schedule and registration information on our website.

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The Music Class

Nipper’s Corner, West Meade, Franklin 777-9314 themusicclass.com/nashville • info@themusicclass.com Fun filled classes of singing, dancing, movement and instrument play. Parents learn how to enrich their child’s music environment, increase music potential and understand music development. Ages birth - 5 yrs.

Music Together Now at Bolton Music Therapy

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

My Gym

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

Nashville Children’s Theatre

25 Middleton St., Nashville 254-9103 nashvillechildrenstheatre.org Founded in 1931, NCT is the country’s oldest professional theater for youth and was ranked as one of the top five children’s theaters by Time magazine. NCT presents age-appropriate plays from the classics to contemporary. Saturday and Summer drama workshops are offered for children of various ages. For a complete listing of the 2012-2013 season or for more information about drama workshops, visit our website or call the theater.

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Pro Music Academy

2801 Bransford Ave., Nashville 615-200-0604 promusicacademy.com Pro Music Academy is a one-of-a-kind music school that offers a unique learning experience in guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and vocals for ages 5 and up. All teachers are professional musicians with significant experience playing with the biggest bands and recording artists in the business, such as Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Ben Folds, Toby Mac, Casting Crowns, Kenny Chesney, Sheryl Crow, and many more – over 30 instructors in all! Right now we are offering 40% off all lesson packages but only for a limited time. Please call or visit our website for more information.

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The most favorable time to learn music is from birth to four years. Help your young child achieve his or her full musical potential with an innovative, developmental music and movement program. Parent and child classes are playful and creative and each family receives the acclaimed CDs and song books. Winter classes start Nov. 26. Call for information and to schedule a free class observation.

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Sylvan Learning Centers

1227 Lakeview Drive, Unit 4, Franklin 790-8775 sylvanfranklin@gmail.com 2000 Richard Jones Road, Ste. 178, Nashville (Green Hills) 292-3900 sylvangreenhills@gmail.com 110 Glancy St., Ste. 211, Nashville (Rivergate) 860-9111 northdavidsonsylvan@gmail.com 810 Medical Center Blvd., Ste. C, Murfreesboro 893-3542 sylvan1014@bellsouth.net Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of tutoring and supplemental education services to students of all ages and skill levels. Our tutors tailor individualized learning plans that build the skills, habits and attitudes students need to succeed in school and in life. Affordable tutoring instruction in math, reading, writing, study skills, homework help and test prep. Visit one of our centers or call for a free consultation. see our expanded listing online at nashvilleparent.com

Task Whiz Tutoring

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

Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth 615•777•9314 www.themusicclass.com/nashville Nipper’s Corner • West Meade • Franklin

pty.vanderbilt.edu 322-8261 We believe that all children are entitled to an appropriate education. We believe that providing acceleration as well as challenging, inquiry-based educational opportunities, best serve the intellectual needs of gifted children; that being able to work alongside true academic peers provides a sense of community and belonging that helps to meed the social and emotional needs of gifted children; and that crafting authentic creative learning experiences best allows gifted students to develop their full capacities as thinkers, as problemsolvers and as compassionate people.

Wado Karate Centers

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

Westside Gymnastics

11 Vaughns Gap Road, Nashville wacgymnastics.com • gymnastics@wactn.com Please visit our events page on our website.

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p.m. (12 - 2 p.m. on Nov. 24), kids can decorate cookies, hear holiday stories (a holiday magic show on Dec. 15), participate in holiday art projects and visit with Santa ... and two of his trusted reindeer! Activities are included with gate admission ($12 adults, $5 ages 3 - 17). Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. Call 356-8000 or visit cheekwood.org.

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thu 1 46th Annual CMA Awards Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood host country music’s biggest night. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $114.50 - $551; 770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

FREE Corn Hole and Coffee All ages can learn the game of cornhole. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St, Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; 890-0355 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks. Dynamite Dinosours Ages 3 - 4 can participate in dinosaur-

inspired crafts, activities, games and songs. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 9 - 9:45 a.m.; $3; 893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Hats off to High Hopes Amy Grant headlines this fundraising event also featuring comedian Henry Cho and Chicago tribute band Make Me Smile. The event includes dinner, cocktails and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit High Hopes’ pediatric therapy and preschool programs. For an additional $50, guests can mix and mingle with Grant at Patrons’ Hour from 6 - 7 p.m. Liberty Hall at The Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; 6:30 p.m.; $150; 522-5616 or highhopesnash.org.

Nature Nuts All ages can learn about owl pellets. Discovery

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

Pioneer Kids Ages 9 - 15 can learn lessons in local history, storytelling, old-time music, clogging, crafts, games and more. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S Front St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 - 5 p.m.; $5; 867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks. Pre-K & Play Ages 3 - 6 can bounce on inflatables while you

have time to run errands. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Dr, Nashville; 9 11:30 a.m.; $16 ($10 siblings); bounceu.com/cities/nashville.tn.

FREE StrollerCoasters Parents with children ages 5 and

younger can have fun during a stroller exercise program followed by kids’ activities. Old Fort Park, 1025 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 9 - 10:30 a.m.; 893-2141 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

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Carrie Underwood co-hosts the 46th Annual CMA Awards on Thursday, Nov. 1 at Bridgestone Arena.

fri 2 Autumn in the Oaks All ages can explore the science, nature, history and art of fall through a self-guided experience. Bring a sack lunch and blankets to enjoy a picnic afterward. Oaklands Historic House Museum, 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $5; 893-0022 or oaklandmuseum.org.

Guest conductor Jun Markl and guest violinist Stefan Jackiw join the Nashville Symphony for an evening of music featuring works by Messiaen, Korngold and Berlioz. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $39 - $109; 6876400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Blue and Gray Days Experience Civil War soldier life through

Thursday Crafternoon All ages can make tin can pencil holders. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3 - 4:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

with cosmic glow-in-the-dark lighting. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $7.95; 255-1422 or bounceu. com/cities/nashville.tn.

FREE Trinity Christmas City The grounds of Trinity Music

of local artists while the Art League explains the artwork. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 890-0355 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

City and the mansion once owned by country music star Conway Twitty are decorated for the holidays with more than one million lights through Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. Studio and home tours take place Tue - Sat 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Sun 3 p.m.; property remains open until 10 p.m. each night for light tours; additional activities take place Fri - Sat from 5 - 9 p.m. between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Trinity Music City, 1 Music Village Blvd., Hendersonville; 826-9191 or trinitychristmascity.com.

re-enactors, period vendors, music and more. The Carter House, 1140 Columbia Ave., Franklin; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $5; carnton.org.

Cosmic Bounce Night All ages can bounce on inflatables

FREE First Friday Art Show All ages can can view the work

FREE First Friday Art Show All ages can see work by local artists, and the Art League will be open to explain their work and teachings. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 890-0355 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks. SunTrust Classical Series: The Power of Imagination

Guest conductor Jun Markl and guest violinist Stefan Jackiw join the Nashville Symphony for an evening of music featuring works by Messiaen, Korngold and Berlioz. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $39 - $109; 6876400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

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Toddler Time with Thomas Ages 5 and younger can

learn cognitive skills in a playful environment. Sports*Com, 120 DeJarnette Lane, Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; $3; 907-2251 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Wine Down Main Street Adults can enjoy a wine-tasting

event hosted by downtown merchants. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Franklin/Williamson County. Historic Downtown Franklin; 7 p.m.; $75; winedownmainstreet.com.

sat 3 22nd Annual Holiday Arts and Craft Show and Ninth Annual Kris Kringle Kar Klassic Get your holiday shopping

underway with more than 150 vendors who will have items like fine art, jewelry, pet products, novelty clothing, baby goods, home decor and more. While Mom shops, Dad can enjoy the car show, featuring more than 80 classic and modified automobiles. Kids can bring their wish lists to share with Santa and his elves. Williamson County Ag Expo Park, 4215 Long Lane, Franklin; 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $2 adults, free ages 12 and younger; 790-5719, ext. 10, or wcparksandrec.com.

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animal time with representatives from Walden’s Puddle. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 10:30 a.m.; 452-1722 or gallatinlibrary.org.

FREE Animal Encounters All ages can meet a resident education animal that calls Tennessee home. The Wilderness Station, 697 Barfield Crescent Rd, Murfreesboro; 1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.; 217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.


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FREE Shakespeare Allowed All ages can participate in (or just listen to) a reading of King John. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St, Nashville; 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.; nashvilleshakes.org. Sunrise Saturday Bounce All ages can spend the morning bouncing on inflatables. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 8:30 - 10 a.m.; $7.95; 255-1422 or bounceu.com/cities/nashville. tn. SunTrust Classical Series: The Power of Imagination

Guest conductor Jun Markl and guest violinist Stefan Jackiw join the Nashville Symphony for an evening of music featuring works by Messiaen, Korngold and Berlioz. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $39 - $109; 6876400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

FREE Super Saturday All ages can play on the kids’ activity table and participate in craft activities. 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); 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; 292-3533 or parent-teacherstoreusa.com. The Zinghoppers This popular preschool band takes the

stage with the entire cast of characters for the first time in Middle Tennessee. The Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.; $8; franklintheatre.com.

Amy Grant sings for High Hopes on Thursday, Nov. 1 at The Factory at Franklin. Blue and Gray Days Experience Civil War soldier life through

re-enactors, period vendors, music and more. The Carter House, 1140 Columbia Ave., Franklin; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $5; carnton.org.

FREE Cloth Diaper Swap/Trade Families can sell or

FREE Family Fun Day All ages can meet characters from ICE! featuring DreamWorks’ Shrek the Halls at Gaylord Opryland Resort, along with balloon animals and face painting. RiverGate Mall, 1000 Rivergate Pkwy., Goodlettsville;12 - 4 p.m.; 859-3458 or rivergate-mall.com.

trade their gently used cloth diapers and accessories and meet cloth diapering experts. River Park, 1100 Knox Valley Drive, Brentwood; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; differentdiapers.com/diaper-swaps-great-cloth-diaper-change-2012.html.

inaugural holiday event. Presbyterian Day School, 172 W. Main St., Hendersonville; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 824-3004.

CMA Country Christmas Martina McBride, Little Big Town,

FREE Home Depot Kids Workshop Children ages 5 - 12

Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bently and other country artists come together for an evening of holiday music being taped for TV. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $50 $100; 770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

Cookin’ to Build Families can choose a hand-painted bowl

and enjoy soups, chili and stews, listen to live music by the Flea Market Hustlers and more. Proceeds benefit Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity. Murfreesboro Civic Plaza, 111 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $15; 890-5877, ext. 6, or rchfh. org.

FREE Corn Hole and Coffee All ages can learn the game of cornhole. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; 890-0355 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Cumberland Division Meet & Model Train Show All ages can visit dealer tables, see two operating model railroads, browse and make purchases in the hobby shop, take a self-guided tour to a large HO scale model railroad and more. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $4 adults, $1 ages 11 and younger, $10 family max, free for scouts in uniform; 244-9001 or tcry.org.

FREE Holiday Marketplace Shop for seasonal fare at this

can make turkey napkin holders. Find a location near you at the website. Home Depot, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; homedepot.com.

Wounded Warrior Project 8K Run All ages can participate in this 8K run that raises money for the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit serving wounded soldiers. Battle Ground Academy, 336 Ernest Rice Lane, Franklin; 8:15 a.m.; $35 adults, $15 military, $15 1K fun run (ages 12 and younger), plus a minimum $99 in pledges; woundedwarriorproject.org.

sun 4 22nd Annual Holiday Arts and Craft Show and Ninth Annual Kris Kringle Kar Klassic Get your holiday shopping

underway with more than 150 vendors who will have items like fine art, jewelry, pet products, novelty clothing, baby goods, home decor and more. While Mom shops, Dad can enjoy the car show, featuring more than 80 classic and modified automobiles. Kids can bring their wish lists to share with Santa and his elves. Williamson County Ag Expo Park, 4215 Long Lane, Franklin; 12 - 4 p.m.; $2 adults, free ages 12 and younger; 790-5719, ext. 10, or wcparksandrec.com.

Main Event Enjoy music by The Wannabeatles, participate in an auction and dine on an English feast. Gordon Jewish Community Center, 801 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville; 6:30 p.m.; $99; 356-7170 or nashvillejcc.org.

Titans Football All ages can cheer for the Tennessee Titans

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FREE Pre-Holiday Arts and Crafts Show Families can

peruse a variety of local craft booths and purchase holiday items. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Punkin’ Chunkin’ All ages can bring their Halloween pump-

kins (or purchase one on site) and hurl them in the air using a catapult (no painted pumpkins). Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 1 - 3 p.m.; $5 per person/$5 per pumpkin (or bring your own); 370-4672 or owlshill.org.

when they challenge the Chicago Bears. LP Field, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 12 p.m.; $35 - $287; 565-4200 or titansonline.com.

FREE Anne Frank Middle schoolers and older can enjoy this Nashville Ballet production based on the book, Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl. Columbia Community College, 1665 Hampshire Pike, Columbia; 6 p.m.; 297-2966 or nashvilleballet.com. Gilberto Gil This seven-time Grammy-winning Brazilian songwriter blends samba, bossa nova, rock and pop. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $29 $74; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

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The Franklin Theatre hosts The Zinghoppers — the first kids’ concert in the venue — on Saturday, Nov. 3. Parents & Tots Preschoolers and parents can learn about the nighttime hunting habits of owls. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. Snack Attack All ages can make spumoni cupcakes. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

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ant mothers can learn more about breastfeeding and the services provided by La Leche League. Grace Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1153 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin; 10 a.m.; 834-3287.

Parents & Tots Preschoolers and parents can learn about the nighttime hunting habits of owls. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. Tuesdays for Tots: Wilderness Walk Preschoolers and

parents can create a wilderness walk journal and participate in a scavenger hunt in the garden. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $12 adults, $5 children; 3568000 or cheekwood.org.

wed 7 Animal Antics All ages can meet Cheerio the rabbit. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. FREE Open House Day All ages can tour the observatory

and meet astronomers. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 373-4897 or dyer.vanderbilt.edu.

Parents & Tots Preschoolers and parents can learn about the

nighttime hunting habits of owls. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

thu 8 Bank of America Pops Series: Disney in Concert

The Nashville Symphony performs songs from Disney movies like Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King and more along with movie clips and Disney characters on stage. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $44 - 129 adults, $15 ages 17 and younger; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

FREE Corn Hole and Coffee All ages can learn the game of cornhole. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; 890-0355 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Dynamite Dinosours Ages 3 - 4 can participate in dinosaurinspired crafts, activities, games and songs. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 9 - 9:45 a.m.; $3; 893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks. Nature Nuts All ages can embark on a fall color hike. Discov-

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

Pioneer Kids Ages 9 - 15 can learn lessons in local history,

storytelling, old-time music, clogging, crafts, games and more. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 - 5 p.m.; $5 per week; 867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Pre-K & Play Ages 3 - 6 can bounce on inflatables while you have time to run errands. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Dr, Nashville; 9 11:30 a.m.; $16 ($10 siblings); bounceu.com/cities/nashville.tn. Star Wars to Rachmaninoff: The Music of Film The Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra performs music from Star Wars, Disney and other films as well as a work by Rachmaninoff. First United Methodist Church, 265 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 7:30 p.m.; $10 - $40; 898-1862 or murfreesborosymphony.com. FREE StrollerCoasters Parents with children ages 5 and

younger can have fun during a stroller exercise program followed by kids’ activities. Old Fort Park, 1025 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 9 - 10:30 a.m.; 893-2141 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Thursday Crafternoon All ages can make tin can pencil holders. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3 - 4:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. (please turn the page)

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Kids can meet Cheerio, the resident rabbit, at the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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Toddler Time with Thomas Ages 5 and younger can

learn cognitive skills in a playful environment. Sports*Com, 120 DeJarnette Lane, Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; $3; 907-2251 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Christmas Village More than 230 merchants show and sell their holiday arts and crafts. Tennesssee State Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Ave., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $10 ages 10 and older, free ages 9 and younger; 256-2726 or christmasvillage.org.

Whistlestop Weekend All ages can explore numerous model

FREE Corn Hole and Coffee All ages can learn the game of

Big Kid Night Ages 21 and older can enjoy drinks, food and a performance of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; 5:30 p.m.; $25; 252-4675 or nashvillechildrenstheatre.org.

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Elves’ Faire All ages can have fun with a variety of activities like face painting, archery, a climbing wall, beeswax candle making, storytellers, a puppet show and more. Linden Waldorf School, 3201 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $5, free ages 2 and younger; 354-0270 or lindenwaldorf.org/elvesfaire.

FREE Adoption Storytime All ages can participate in an

Christmas Village More than 230 merchants show and sell

adoption-themed storytime in honor of National Adoption Month. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 10:30 a.m.; 4521722 or gallatinlibrary.org.

FREE Family Day All ages can spend a day at the farm with

Bank of America Pops Series: Disney in Concert

The Nashville Symphony performs songs from Disney movies like Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King and more along with movie clips and Disney characters on stage. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $44 - 129 adults, $15 ages 17 and younger; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

their holiday arts and crafts. Tennesssee State Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Ave., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; $10 ages 10 and older, free ages 9 and younger; 256-2726 or christmasvillage.org.

Cosmic Bounce Night All ages can bounce on inflatables

with cosmic glow-in-the-dark lighting. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $7.95; 255-1422 or bounceu. com/cities/nashville.tn.

Nashville International Auto Show Get an up-close look at

the newest cars, crossovers, trucks, alternative fuel vehicles and more. Nashville Convention Center, 601 Commerce St, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; $8 adults, $5 ages 7 - 12, free ages 6 and younger; nashville-autoshow.com.

train layouts created by area enthusiasts. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $12 adults, $10 ages 2 - 12; 862-5160 or adventuresci.com.

FREE Animal Encounters All ages can meet a resident education animal that calls Tennessee home. The Wilderness Station, 697 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 1:30 - 2 p.m.; 217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks. Bank of America Pops Series: Disney in Concert

The Nashville Symphony performs songs from Disney movies like Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King and more along with movie clips and Disney characters on stage. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $44 - 129 adults, $15 ages 17 and younger; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

cornhole. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; 890-0355 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

hayrides, a petting zoo, games, fishing, children’s music, food and more. The Park at Harlinsdale Farm, 239 Franklin Road, Franklin; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 550-6947 or franklintn.gov/parks.

FREE Family Program: The Look of Bakersfield Ages 5 - 15 can explore the sparkly stage wear and instruments featured in The Bakersfield Sound exhibit. After exploring the exhibit, participants can create a design for their own handkerchief or paper guitar using fabric swatches, rhinestones, glitter, sequins, ribbons and fringe. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 5th Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m.; 416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

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Private School Open Houses Montgomery Bell Academy is a school where boys are taught the value of leadership and character; are equipped with the fundamental tools to succeed in the classroom and beyond; develop an appreciation for the effort required to achieve excellence; and form friendships that last a lifetime. MBA is home to: • 21 National Merit Semifinalists from the Class of 2013 • 2012 Science Olympiad & MathCounts State Champions • 2011-12 State Champions in Swimming, Rifle, & Tennis

Building Boys into Better Men

• grants that send more than 100 students per year to immersion programs in the United States and abroad • active community service that includes soup kitchen, peer tutoring, Race for the Cure, and Time to Rise • an average class size of 14 and a 7:1 student-teacher ratio • 25 Advanced Placement offerings • international exchanges and programs to Great Britain, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Colombia, and China

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

• $1.75 million in need-based financial aid

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

to Watertown and enjoy a murder mystery play along the way. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; $21 - $75; 244-9001 or tcry.org.

Nashville International Auto Show Get an up-close look at

the newest cars, crossovers, trucks, alternative fuel vehicles and

more. Nashville Convention Center, 601 Commerce St, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; $8 adults, $5 ages 7 - 12, free ages 6 and younger; nashville-autoshow.com.

and dancers. Parade begins on Oldham Road, turns right on Dortch Lane, left onto Stonebrook Boulevard to Nolensville Road through town onto Nolensville Park Road; 11 a.m.; 776-3633 or nolensvillevets@comcast.net.

Owl Day Celebration All ages can celebrate wise old owls with activities including live owl programs with the chance to meet resident ones, hikes, owl pellet dissection, and arts and crafts. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 1 - 4 p.m.; $7 in advance, $10 at the gate; 370-4672 or owlshill.org. Sunrise Saturday Bounce All ages can spend the morning

bouncing on inflatables. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 8:30 - 10 a.m.; $7.95; 255-1422 or bounceu.com/cities/nashville. tn.

Whistlestop Weekend All ages can explore numerous model train layouts created by area enthusiasts. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $12 adults, $10 ages 2 - 12; 862-5160 or adventuresci.com. FREE Wonderland Village All ages can browse and shop a variety of gift and craft vendors, feast on concessions and participate in the kids’ craft area. Grace Church of the Nazarene, 2620 Pennington Bend Road, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 889-7462 or gracenaz.com/pages/wonderlandvillage.

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Kids can work on a country costume project during the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Family Day: The Look of Bakersfield program on Saturday, Nov. 10.

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Christmas Village More than 230 merchants show and sell

Knee High Naturalist: Turkey Time Ages 3 - 5 with a parent can learn about the wild turkeys that live on the property. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; $10 per adult/child couple in advance, $15 at the gate; 370-4672 or owlshill.org.

their holiday arts and crafts. Tennesssee State Fairgrounds, 625 Smith Ave., Nashville; 12 - 6 p.m.; $10 ages 10 and older, free ages 9 and younger; 256-2726 or christmasvillage.org.

Family Day Families can enjoy live entertainment, an indoor carnival, an interactive sports arena and more. Curb Event Center, 2002 Belmont Blvd, Nashville; 1 - 4 p.m.; $15; nashvillefamilyday.com/familyday/. Nashville International Auto Show Get an up-close look at the newest cars, crossovers, trucks, alternative fuel vehicles and more. Nashville Convention Center, 601 Commerce St., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $8 adults, $5 ages 7 - 12, free ages 6 and younger; nashville-autoshow.com. FREE Veterans Day Parade Enjoy a parade honoring our

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

Whistlestop Weekend All ages can explore numerous model train layouts created by area enthusiasts. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd, Nashville; 12:30 - 5:30 p.m.; $12 adults, $10 ages 2 - 12; 862-5160 or adventuresci.com.

Parent Interest Series Parents can participate in a book

discussion of Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv, which covers environment- and nature-based education. Child care is included. Spring Hollow Early Learning Center, 4207 Arno Road, Franklin; 3:30 - 5 p.m.; $5 per family; 794-9343 or springhollowschool.com.

Parents & Tots Preschoolers and parents can enjoy an armadillo chili puppet show. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. Snack Attack All ages can make chow mein noodle cookies.

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

tue 13 Knee High Naturalist: Turkey Time Ages 3 - 5 with a parent can learn about the wild turkeys that live on the property. Owl’s

Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; $10 per adult/child couple in advance, $15 at the gate; 370-4672 or owlshill.org.

FREE La Leche League of Rutherford County Get sup-

port and answers about breastfeeding. Crossway Baptist Church, 4194 Shelbyville Hwy., Murfreesboro; 6 - 8 p.m.; 931-308-9817.

Parents & Tots Preschoolers and parents can enjoy an armadillo chili puppet show. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. Tuesdays for Tots: Playful Patterns Preschoolers and parents can hunt for patterns around the grounds followed by an art activity. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Dr., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $12 adults, $5 children; 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

wed 14 Animal Antics All ages can meet Panzer the land turtle. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. Little Labs: Winter Wonderland Ages 3 - 5 can participate in age-appropriate lab activities, crafts, movement activities and storytime, all related to the world of winter. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 11 a.m.; $9 members, $15 non-members; 862-5160 or adventuresci.com. (please turn the page)

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Model trains galore fill the Adventure Science Center during Whistlestop Weekend, Nov. 9 - 11.

Parents & Tots Preschoolers and parents can enjoy an

armadillo chili puppet show. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

thu 15 FREE A World of Possibilities Career Fair Williamson

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

FREE Corn Hole and Coffee All ages can learn the game of

cornhole. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; 890-0355 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Dynamite Dinosours Ages 3 - 4 can participate in dinosaurinspired crafts, activities, games and songs. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 9 - 9:45 a.m.; $3; 893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks. Nature Nuts All ages can learn about turkeys. Discovery Cen-

ter at Murfree Spring, 502 SE Broad St, Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

Pioneer Kids Ages 9 - 15 can learn lessons in local history,

storytelling, old-time music, clogging, crafts, games and more. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 - 5 p.m.; $5 per week; 867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Pre-K & Play Ages 3 - 6 can bounce on inflatables while you have time to run errands. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 9 - 11:30 a.m.; $16 ($10 siblings); bounceu.com. FREE Science Cafe All ages can explore current issues in science and technology during this casual discussion group about the role genetics plays in personal politics. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 7 - 8 p.m.; 862-5160 or adventuresci.com.

FREE StrollerCoasters Parents with children ages 5 and

younger can have fun during a stroller exercise program followed by kids’ activities. Old Fort Park, 1025 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 9 - 10:30 a.m.; 893-2141 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

SunTrust Classical Series: Fairy Tales and Fate Guest

conductor Hans Graf and guest pianist Ingrid Fliter join the Nashville Symphony for an evening of music featuring Ravel’s “Mother Goose,” bringing fairy tales to life. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $39 - $109; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Thursday Crafternoon All ages can make snowman CD

magnets. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3 - 4:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

To Kill a Mockingbird All ages can enjoy the 50th anniversary of this classic film on the big screen tonight only. There is also a screening at Opry Mills 21 (570 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville). Regal Green Hills 16, 3815 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $12.50; regmovies.com.

fri 16 FREE 19th Annual Stones River Craft Artists Studio Tour Several craft artists’ studios in Murfreesboro will be open

to the public to view their art displays showcasing iron, stained glass, weaving, prints, woodwork, fine jewelry, sculpture and more. Various locations in Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; artstudiotour.org.

Chair-ish The Night with Vince Gill & Friends Country star Vince Gill and special guests perform to raise money for STARS (Students Taking a Right Stand). The event also includes an art and silent auction. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 5th Ave. S., Nashville; 6 - 10 p.m.; $125; 983-6805 or starsnashville.org. Cosmic Bounce Night All ages can bounce on inflatables

with cosmic glow-in-the-dark lighting. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $7.95; 255-1422 or bounceu. com/cities/nashville.tn. (please turn the page)

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Street Theatre Company presents Miss Saigon in Concert, Nov. 14 - 18. Please see “On Stage,” page 105, for details. FREE Star Party All ages can join local astronomers to view the moon, Saturn, star clusters and more through telescopes. Bowie Nature Park, Bowie Lake Road, Fairview; 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.; 401-5092 or adventuresci.com. SunTrust Classical Series: Fairy Tales and Fate Guest

conductor Hans Graf and guest pianist Ingrid Fliter join the Nashville Symphony for an evening of music featuring Ravel’s “Mother Goose,” bringing fairy tales to life. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $39 - $109; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Toddler Time with Thomas Ages 5 and younger can learn

cognitive skills in a playful environment. Sports*Com, 120 DeJarnette Lane, Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; $3; 907-2251.

sat 17 FREE 19th Annual Stones River Craft Artists Studio Tour Several craft artists’ studios in Murfreesboro will be open

to the public to view their art displays showcasing forged iron, stained glass, weaving, prints, woodwork, fine jewelry, sculpture and more. Various locations in Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; artstudiotour.org.

FREE Animal Encounters All ages can meet a resident

education animal that calls Tennessee home. The Wilderness Station, 697 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 1:30 - 2 p.m.; 217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

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FREE Bird Club All ages can learn about different birds and their behavior. Old Fort Park Pavilion 3, 1025 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; 217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks. Breakfast with Santa All ages can dine with the jolly elf. Additional seatings are at 8:30 and 9 a.m. Chick-fil-A at CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 8 a.m.; Free kid’s meal with adult purchase; 771-2050 or coolspringsgalleria.com. FREE Bringing Stories to Life The Junior Service League

of Gallatin presents this storytime event featuring a Thanksgiving story and related craft. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 10:30 a.m.; 452-1722 or gallatinlibrary.org.

Centennial Holiday Show More than 170 arts and crafts

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

FREE Community Child Safety Fair Davidson County

families can load up on child safety info including animal safety, neighborhood safety, fire safety, poison control, child ID and more. Norman Binkley Elementary School, 4700 W. Longdale Drive, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 366-6588.

FREE Corn Hole and Coffee All ages can learn the game of cornhole. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; 890-0355 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE GFWC Woman’s Club Mistletoe Marketplace Get a jump start on your Christmas purchases at this upscale holiday shopping event. Merrol Hyde Magnet School, 128 Township Drive, Hendersonville; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; 264-8388 or hendersonvilleholidayfest.org. Grand Day See a performance of You’re a Good Man, Charlie

Brown, then enjoy carnival games and rides. Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; 11 a.m.; $40 all-access pass (available only in advance), show-only tickets are $19 adults, $12 kids, carnival tickets are $1 each; 252-4675 or nashvillechildrenstheatre.org.

Heartfelt Harmony All ages can enjoy a concert by Metro Nashville Chorus, performing a variety of songs in barbershop style. Lipscomb University’s Collins Auditorium, 3801 Granny White Pike, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $15 adults, $10 students; 777-7464 or metronashvillechorus.org. In the Artist’s Studio All ages can join a local artist to create a work of art. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. Junior League of Murfreesboro’s 2012 Hollyday Marketplace More than 100 vendors will sell items including gifts,

art, home decor 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; jlmonline.org. (please turn the page)


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Little Labs: Winter Wonderland Ages 3 - 5 can participate

in age-appropriate lab activities, crafts, movement activities and storytime, all related to the world of winter. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 11 a.m.; $9 members, $15 non-members; 862-5160 or adventuresci.com.

FREE Star Party All ages can join local astronomers to view the moon, Saturn, star clusters and more through telescopes. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.; 401-5092 or adventuresci.com.

Sunrise Saturday Bounce All ages can spend the morning

bouncing on inflatables. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 8:30 - 10 a.m.; $7.95; 255-1422 or bounceu.com/cities/nashville. tn.

SunTrust Classical Series: Fairy Tales and Fate Guest

conductor Hans Graf and guest pianist Ingrid Fliter join the Nashville Symphony for an evening of music featuring Ravel’s “Mother Goose,” bringing fairy tales to life. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $39 - $109; 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Wilson Living Holiday Expo Several vendors will be on

hand to help you start your holiday shopping, along with live entertainment, prize drawings and visits with Santa. The Mill, 300 N. Maple St., Lebanon; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $8; wilsonlivingexpo.com.

sun 18 FREE 19th Annual Stones River Craft Artists Studio Tour Several 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. Various ocations in Murfreesboro; 12 - 5 p.m.; artstudiotour.org.

FREE Artful Tales: The Legend of Walter Weirdbeard Ages 3 and older can listen to a pirate story and then create finger puppets using bold colors and cartoonish design. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 2 - 3 p.m.; 744-3253 or fristcenter.org.

Centennial Holiday Show More than 170 arts and crafts

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

Wilson Living Holiday Expo Several vendors will be on

hand to help you start your holiday shopping, along with live entertainment, prize drawings and visits with Santa. The Mill, 300 N. Maple St., Lebanon; 12 - 6 p.m.; $8; wilsonlivingexpo.com.

mon 19 Christmas 4 Kids Concert Charlie Daniels Band with

special guests Phil Vassar, Thompson Square, Rodney Atkins, Caroline Kole and others perform during this Christmas 4 Kids fundraiser. Ryman Auditorium, 116 5th Ave. N., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $32.50 - $60; christmas4kids.org.

Parents & Tots Preschoolers and parents can participate in a

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

Snack Attack All ages can make banana tortilla roll-ups.

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

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sat 24 FREE Animal Encounters All ages can meet a resident education animal that calls Tennessee home. The Wilderness Station, 697 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro; 1:30 - 2 p.m.; 217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

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Tuesdays for Tots: THANKSgiving Preschoolers and

In the Artist’s Studio All ages can join local artist Chantel Preston to paint catapults. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 SE Broad St, Murfreesboro; 2 - 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

ant mothers can learn more about breastfeeding and the services provided by La Leche League. Grace Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1153 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin; 6:15 p.m.; 834-3287.

parents can stop by the studio to make a Thanksgiving work of art. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $12 adults, $5 children; 356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

wed 21 Animal Antics All ages can meet the

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

thu 22 13th Annual Turkey Trot and Kids Fun Run Start

the holiday off with exercise during this race benefiting Graceworks Ministries. D1 Sports, 7115 S Springs Drive, Franklin; 8 a.m.; $35 ages 16 and older, $30 ages 7 - 15, $10 ages 6 and younger (fun run); graceworksministries.net.

FREE Corn Hole and Coffee All ages can learn the game of cornhole. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; 890-0355.

Pioneer Kids Ages 9 - 15 can learn lessons in local history, storytelling, old-time music, clogging, crafts, games and more. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S Front St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 - 5 p.m.; $5 per week; 867-7244.

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cornhole. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; 890-0355 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE Lego Play Time Ages 3 and older can have fun build-

ing with Legos. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E Main St., Gallatin; 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 452-1722 or gallatinlibrary.org.

North Pole Express Excursion Train Kids of all

ages can enjoy a train ride with Santa and his elves. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.; $21 - $75; 244-9001 or tcry.org.

Santa Saturday Families can visit Santa, meet live reindeer, enjoy holiday storytelling, decorate cookies and participate in seasonal art projects. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 12 - 2 p.m.; $12 adults, $5 ages 3 - 17; 356-8000 or cheekwood.org. Sunrise Saturday Bounce

All ages can spend the morning bouncing on inflatables. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 8:30 - 10 a.m.; $7.95; 255-1422 or bounceu.com/cities/nashville.tn.

Cosmic Bounce Night All ages

can bounce on inflatables with cosmic glow-in-the-dark lighting. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.; $7.95; 255-1422 or bounceu.com/cities/nashville.tn.

Toddler Time with Thomas Ages 5 and younger can learn cognitive skills in a playful environment. Sports*Com, 120 Dejarnette Lane, Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; $3; 907-2251 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

See You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown during Grand Day at Nashville Children’s Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 17.

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sun 25 FREE Hendersonville Christmas Tree Lighting All ages

can celebrate the forthcoming Christmas holiday during the city’s holiday tree lighting event. Memorial Park, 149 E. Main St., Hendersonville; 5 - 7 p.m.; 822-8585 or hendersonvilleholidayfest.org.

Wiz Khalifa Enjoy an evening of rap music starring Wiz Khalifa with special guests Juicy J, Chevy Woods, Lola Monroe, Berner and Tuki Carter. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $33.35 - $43.85; 770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

mon 26 Parents & Tots Preschoolers and parents can participate in a “wild about water” program. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. Snack Attack All ages can make Australian Anzac biscuits.

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. Tue 27

Parents & Tots Preschoolers and parents can participate in a “wild about water” program. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. FREE Tuesdays for Tots: ‘Tis the Season Preschoolers and parents can view an array of decorated trees, participate in kid-friendly activities and stop by the studio to create a holiday decoration. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $12 adults, $5 children; 356-8000 or cheekwood. org.

wed 28 Animal Antics All ages can meet Ellie the chinchilla. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org. FREE Commodore Santa Vandy fans can meet the Com-

modore Santa, have a picture made and take home a black and gold pom pom (while supplies last). CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 6 - 9 p.m.; 771-2050 or coolspringsgalleria.com.

Full Moon Owling, Howling and Prowling Ages 9 and

older can enjoy an outdoor dinner while listening for calls from great horned owls on the hillside, then take a guided hike on the trails to call for barred and screech owls. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road S., Brentwood; 5 p.m.; $20 in advance, $30 at the gate; 370-4672 or owlshill.org.

Parents & Tots Preschoolers and parents can participate in a “wild about water” program. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

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santa at the malls! The Avenue Murfreesboro 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro 893-4207 shoptheavenue.com Hours: Thursday, Dec. 4 from 3 - 7 p.m. at Maggie Moo’s; Thursday, Dec. 11 from 3 - 7 p.m. at The Cookie Store; Thursday, Dec. 18 from 3 - 7 p.m. at Sweet CeCe’s. Cool Springs Galleria 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin 771-2050 coolspringsgalleria.com Nov. 10 - Dec. 24 Santa’s arrival on Saturday, Nov. 10 is at 9:30 a.m. with special guests the Radio City Rockettes. Hours are Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (see website for break times). Pet Nights with Santa are Nov. 20 - 27 from 6 - 9 p.m. The Mall at Green Hills 2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville 298-5478 themallatgreenhills.com Nov. 10 - Dec. 24 Hours: Through Wednesday, Nov. 21, Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 12 - 6 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 23 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 24 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 25 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Nov. 26 - Dec. 1 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 2 11 a.m. - 7

p.m.; Dec. 3 - 8 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 9 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Dec. 10 - 14 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 15 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 16 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Dec. 17 - 21 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 22 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 23 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 24 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Santa arrives at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10 with a live performance of Nashville’s Nutcracker featuring the Nashville Ballet and a meet and greet with the princess fairies. Pet photos with Santa take place Sunday, Nov. 11 from 6:30 8:30 p.m. Providence Marketplace 401 S. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet 773-2298 shopprovidencemarketplace.com Saturday, Dec. 8 from 1 - 5 p.m. Professional photos are $5, and kids can also enjoy storytime with Mrs. Claus, carolers and carriage rides. RiverGate Mall 1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville 859-3458 rivergate-mall.com Nov. 10 - Dec. 24 Santa’s arrival takes place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. Hours: Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.,

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Owling, Howling and Prowling for ages 9 and older takes placee at Owl’s Hill Nature Center on Wednesday, Nov. 28. FREE Vols Santa UT fans of all ages can get a photo made

with the Vols Santa and leave with a free orange and white pom pom (while supplies last). RiverGate Mall, 1000 Rivergate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; 6 - 9 p.m.; 859-3458 or rivergate-mall.com.

thu 29 FREE Corn Hole and Coffee All ages can learn the game of cornhole. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; 890-0355 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks. Dynamite Dinosours Ages 3 - 4 can participate in dinosaur-

inspired crafts, activities, games and songs. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 9 - 9:45 a.m.; $3; 893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Nature Nuts All ages can learn about camouflage in nature. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

Pioneer Kids Ages 9 - 15 can learn lessons in local history, storytelling, old-time music, clogging, crafts, games and more. Cannonsburgh Village, 312 S. Front St., Murfreesboro; 3:30 - 5 p.m.; $5 per week; 867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks. SunTrust Classical Series: All That Classical Jazz

Guest conductor Bramwell Tovey and guest pianist Terrence Wilson join the Nashville Symphony for an evening of music by George Gershwin, Walton and Tovey. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $39 - $109; 6876400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Thursday Crafternoon All ages can make a fabric letter wall hanging. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 3 - 4:30 p.m.; $6; 890-2300 or discoverycenteronline.org.

fri 30 Carter House Candlelight Tour of Homes All ages can

discover the heritage and sense of feel of a Civil War era Christmas. The Carter House, 1140 Columbia Ave., Franklin; 6 - 9:30 p.m.; $25 in advance, $30 at the door; 794-0903 or carnton.org.

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Cosmic Bounce Night All ages can bounce on inflatables

with cosmic glow-in-the-dark lighting. BounceU, 2990 Sidco Drive, Nashville; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $7.95; 255-1422 or bounceu. com/cities/nashville.tn.

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moonlit hike through the park. Beaman Park Nature Center, Old Hickory Blvd., Ashland City; 6 - 8 p.m.; 862-8580 or nashville. gov/parks.

Guest conductor Bramwell Tovey and guest pianist Terrence Wilson join the Nashville Symphony for an evening of music by George Gershwin, Walton and Tovey. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $39 - $109; 6876400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Toddler Time with Thomas Ages 5 and younger can

learn cognitive skills in a playful environment. Sports*Com, 120 DeJarnette Lane, Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; $3; 907-2251 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

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CLASSES & ACTIVITIES cheatham county Adventureworks The Eco-Zip Line Adventure allows

participants to glide through the forest on nine zip lines. Guides point out native trees, plants and wildlife during the hour-and-ahalf tour at 1300 Narrows Road, Kingston Springs; $54 adults, $42 ages 17 and younger (family discounts available); to make reservations, call 297-2250 or visit adventureworks.com.

davidson county Bellevue Community Center Ongoing art and recreation take place at 656 Colice Jeanne Road, Nashville; 862-8435. BounceU Bounce on inflatables at 2990 Sidco Drive; 255-

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

Centennial Sportsplex Fitness, ice skating, swimming and

more at 222 25th Ave. N., Nashville; times and prices vary; 8628480 or nashville.org/sportsplex.

FREE Fairytales Storytime Stories and crafts every

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

FREE Family Bike Ride Enjoy an hour-long bike ride

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

FREE Books-A-Million Preschool storytime is every Tue and Sat at 10:30 a.m. at 1040 Crossings Blvd., Spring Hill; 931486-0113.

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

Bowie Park and Nature Center Nature programs and

Patterson Park Community Center 521 Mercury Blvd.,

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

Murfreesboro; 893-7439. Ongoing programs: • After School at Patterson Park: Ages 8 - 18 can participate in a variety of educational activities Mon - Fri; 4 - 6 p.m.; $2 • Family and Consumer Science: Ages 8 - 12 can learn about agriculture and natural resources every Thursday; 4 p.m.; $2 • Hip-Hop Aerobics: Ages 8 - 12 can incorporate fitness into dance routines every Monday; 4 p.m.; $2 • Homework Help: Ages 8 - 12 can get assistance with their academics Mon - Thu; 3 - 3:50 p.m.; $2 • Right Choices: Ages 8 - 18 can learn life skills every Tuesday; 4 - 6 p.m.; $2

Sports*Com 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 895-5040. Ongoing programs: • Water Polo: Ages 13 and older can play every Tuesday; 7 8:45 p.m.; $3 adults, $2 youth • Youth Volleyball Class: Ages 8 - 15 can learn volleyball skills every Thursday; 4:30 - 6 p.m.; $3

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

Franklin on Foot Kids can participate in the “I Spy

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

Glow Galaxy Weekly open play times feature inflatables,

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

Inside Out Several indoor play structures mimic an outdoor

environment at 615 Baker’s Bridge Road, Franklin; open play hours are Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m.; $9 (pre-walkers are free with paying sibling), $5 pre-walkers without sibling, free for parents; 778-8733 or insideoutplaypark.com.

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FREE Lifeway Christian Store Ages 2 - 8 can enjoy stories and songs every Friday at 10 a.m. at 1725 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 771-9050.

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Monkey Joe’s This inflatable play center is located at 1580 Gallatin Pike N., Madison; Mon - Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $9 Mon - Thu, $10 Fri Sun (ages 2 and younger are $5.50); 915-0561 or monkeyjoes. com.

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

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

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Monkey’s Treehouse An indoor play center located at

8074 Hwy. 100, Nashville; open play times are Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $7 ages 1 - 8; 646-5002 or themonkeystreehouse.com.

The Music Class This early childhood music program for

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

Nashville Ghost Tours All ages can embark on a walking tour of downtown Nashville’s haunted history. Tour begins at the corner of Sixth Avenue North and Union Avenue across from the Hermitage Hotel; daily 7:45 p.m.; $15 adults, $8 ages 7 - 11, free ages 6 and younger; 884-3999 or nashvilleghosttours.com. FREE Pottery Barn Kids Preschoolers can participate

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

FREE Radnor Lake Natural Area Nature programs at

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

rutherford county FREE Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related

bicycle tours take place every Saturday at 11 a.m. at 3501 Old Nashville Hwy., Murfreesboro; 893-9501 or nps.gov/stri.

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

Delmas Long Community Center 200 Memorial Drive,

Goodlettsville; 851-2255 or goodlettsvilleparks.com. Ongoing programs: • FREE Crafts for Tots: Ages 5 and younger can participate in a variety of craft activities every Tuesday at 10 a.m. • FREE Tot Time: Ages 5 and younger can enjoy social time and gym play every Thursday from 10 - 11 a.m.

Monkey’s Treehouse An indoor play center located at 91

Seaboard Lane, Brentwood; open play times are Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $7 ages 1 - 8; 942-7911 or themonkeystreehouse.com.

My Gym Brentwood For pay-to-play, open gym and

Saturday morning class times and fees at 330 Franklin Road, call 371-5437 or visit my-gym.com/brentwood.

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

Drakes Creek Activity Center Laser Adventure, mini golf,

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.

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

batting cages, game room and more at 130 Cherokee Road N., Hendersonville; Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sat - Sun 10 a.m. 11 p.m.; 822-0232 or funandenergy.com.

on inflatable structures at 143 New Shackle Island Road, Ste. 6-9, Hendersonville; Tue - Thu 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 1 - 7 p.m.; call or check website for open play times; $5 ages 1 - 3, $8 ages 4 and older; 265-8020 or hoppityhopinflatableplaycenter.com.

Laser Adventure Laser tag, aeroball and a rock-climbing wall at 511 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; Mon - Thu by reservation only, Fri 3:30 - 10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun 12 - 9 p.m.; prices vary; 859-7753 or laseradventure.net.

My Gym Pay-to-play, open gym and Saturday morning classes take place at 206 N. Anderson Lane, Hendersonville; call 8248002 or visit my-gym.com/hendersonville.

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The cast of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. The show runs at TPAC Nov. 13 - 18. A Christmas Carol (Dec. 7 - 16; Ages 8 and older) Lamplighter’s Theatre, 14119 Old Nashville Hwy., Smyrna; Fri Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 4:30 p.m.; $10 adults, $8 students, $5 ages 4 - 12; 852-8499 or lamplighterstheatre.com.

505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 and 8 p.m., Sun 1 and 6:30 p.m.; $15 - $60; 782-4040 or tpac.org.

A Christmas Carol, the Musical (Nov. 29 - Dec. 16; All

Theatre, 112 Second Ave. S., Franklin; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $16 adults, $12 students; 791-5007 or pull-tight.com.

ages) The Larry Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike, Nashville; Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $22 - $27 adults, $13 - $18 children; thelarryketontheatre.org.

The Bop She Bops: Merry Christmas, Baby (Nov.

23 - Dec. 31; Ages 8 and older) Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Thu - Sat 6 - 7:30 p.m. buffet (8 p.m. show), Sun 12 - 1:30 p.m. buffet (2 p.m. show); $60 adults, $45 ages 13 - 18, $35 ages 12 and younger; 646-9977 or dinnertheatre.com.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Nov. 9 - 18; Ages 12 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 mltarts.com.

A Chorus Line (Nov. 2 - 18; Ages 12 and older) Center for

the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro; Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 and 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $15 adults, $13 students, $11 ages 12 and younger; 904-2787 or boroarts.org.

A Christmas Story (Nov. 29 - Dec. 22; All ages) 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.; $45 (Nov. 29 - 30 are preview nights with $20 tickets); 782-4040 or tpac.org.

Deathtrap (continues through Saturday, Nov. 10; Ages 12 and

older) Encore Theatre Company, 6978 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet; Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $10 ages 11 and younger; 598-8950 or encore-theatre-company.org.

The Difficulty of Crossing a Field (Nov. 9 - 11; All ages)

The Nashville Opera featuring the Alias Chamber Ensemble at The Noah Liff Opera Center, 3622 Redmon St., Nashville; Fri Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $35 - $50; 782-4040 or nashvilleopera. org.

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Nov. 13 - 18; Ages 8 and

older) HCA/TriStar Broadway Series at TPAC’s Jackson Hall,

It’s a Wonderful Life (Nov. 30 - Dec. 15; All ages) Pull-Tight

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (continues through Saturday, Nov. 3; Ages 14 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.; $45; 782-4040 or tpac.org. Glad Tidings (Nov. 15 - Dec. 31; Ages 8 and older) Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Thu - Sat 6 7:30 p.m. buffet (8 p.m. show), Sun 12 - 1:30 p.m. buffet (2 p.m. show); $60 adults, $45 ages 13 - 18, $35 ages 12 and younger; 646-9977 or dinnertheatre.com. Just a Little Christmas (Nov. 30 - Dec. 2; All ages) The

Sunshine Players at The Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $7.50 adults, $6 youth; 867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Miracle on 34th Street (Nov. 29 - Dec. 6; All ages) Steeple Players, 260 W. Main St., Hendersonville; Thu - Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $15; 826-6037 or steepleplayers.org. Miss Saigon in Concert (Nov. 14 - 18; Ages 10 and older) Street Theatre Company, 1933 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville; Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 and 8 p.m., Sun 5 p.m.; $18 adults, $16 students; 554-7414 or streettheatrecompany.org.

A Year with Frog and Toad (Nov. 30 - Dec. 22; All ages) Boiler Room Theatre, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 4, 7, 8, 11, 15, 18, 20 - 22 at 8 p.m., Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.; $27 adults, $25 students, $21 ages 11 and younger (Tuesdays are two-for-one nights, Thursdays are $17 all tickets, Sundays are $2 off); 794-7744 or boilerroomtheatre.com. Peter Pan (Nov. 2 - 17; All ages) The Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $12 adults, $10 students; 563-2787 or artscenterofcc.com.

Peter Pan (Nov. 30 - Dec. 16; All ages) Lakewood Theatre

Company, 2211 Old Hickory Blvd., Old Hickory; Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $14 adults, $10 students; 847-0934 or lakewoodtheatre.com.

Rumpelstiltskin (continues Saturdays through Nov. 10; All ages) Olde Worlde Theatre at The Belcourt Theatre, 2102 Belcourt Ave., Nashville; 10 a.m.; $8; 300-0374 or oldeworldetheatre.com. Scrooge the Musical (Nov. 30 - Dec. 22; Ages 10 and older) Towne Centre Theatre, 136 Frierson St., Brentwood; Thu - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $20 adults, $16 students; 221-1174 or townecentretheatre.com.

Spreading it Around (continues through Sunday, Nov. 11;

Ages 10 and older) Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Thu - Sat 6 - 7:30 p.m. buffet (8 p.m. show), Sun 12 - 1:30 p.m. buffet (2 p.m. show); $60 adults, $45 ages 13 18, $35 ages 12 and younger; 646-9977 or dinnertheatre.com.

Sweet Charity (Nov. 1 - 17; Ages 12 and older) The Larry Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike, Nashville; Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $22 - $27 adults, $13 - $18 children; thelarryketontheatre.org. Twelve Angry Men (continues through Sunday, Nov. 4; Ages 12 and older) Studio Tenn at historic Williamson County Courthouse, 135 Fourth Ave. S., Franklin; Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $47.50 - $57.50; franklintheatre.com. A Year with Frog and Toad (Nov. 24 - Dec. 22; All ages) Boiler Room Theatre, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; Nov. 24, 27, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m., Nov. 25, Dec. 1 - 2, 8, 15 - 16 and 22 at 2 p.m.; $27 adults, $25 students, $21 ages 11 and younger (Tuesdays are two-for-one nights, Thursdays are $17 all tickets, Sundays are $2 off); 794-7744 or boilerroomtheatre.com. You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Nov. 1 - Dec. 23;

Ages 5 and older) Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; Opening night on Thursday, Nov. 1 is at 6:30 p.m., remaining shows are Sat - Sun 2 p.m. (no show on Sunday, Nov. 4); see website for additional performances during special events); $19 adults, $12 ages 2 - 17; 252-4675 or nashvillechildrenstheatre.org. (please turn the page)

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he Nashville Symphony’s Bank of America Pops Series is always a treat, but this month’s installment is the most family friendly yet. “Disney in Concert” takes place Nov. 8 - 10 in the Laura Turner Concert Hall wth conductor Kelly Corcoran (whom kids will recognize from the Pied Piper Series) leading the symphony with music from some of Disney’s best-loved movies, including The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Mary Poppins and more. Movie clips will be shown during the concert and live vocalists will be on stage. In addition, due to the kid-friendly nature of this performance, the symphony offers — for the first time ever — a special children’s ticket for $15, ages 17 and younger (adult tickets are $44 - $129). Show times are Thu 7 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 and 8 p.m. During the Saturday matinee only, children can dress as their favorite Disney character and receive a special gift. The Schermerhorn Symphony Center is located at 1 Symphony Place, Nashville. Get tickets at 687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

all-new white christmas The magic of the holiday season fills TPAC this month with Irving Berlin’s White Christmas on the Jackson Hall Stage Nov. 13 - 18. This brand new production promises warm and cozy memories. “Snuggling into Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season,” says Kathleen O’Brien, TPAC’s president and CEO. “This new production, unlike previous versions seen at TPAC, is a closer adaptation of the classic film, one of America’s treasured entertainment traditions.” Show times are Tue - Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 and 8 p.m., Sun 1 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 - $60, available at 782-4040 or tpac.org.

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art exhibit nutcrackin’ benefits kids with dance theatre Before the Grammy Nominations Concert comes to town next month, you and your kids can take in an array of music-inspired paintings by renowned artist Peter Max, known as an “Official Artist of the Grammies.” A collection of his paintings — including a first showing of two Taylor Swift pieces — will be on display and available for purchase at the Rymer Gallery (233 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville) from Nov. 9 - 18. Max will make special appearances Nov. 17 from 6 - 9 p.m. and Nov. 18 from 1 - 4 p.m. (RSVPs required), and the opening event on Nov. 9 is from 6 - 8 p.m. A portion of art sales will benefit the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Gallery hours are Tue - Sat 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Learn more at 752-6030 or therymergallery.com.

Dance Theatre of Tennessee brings the Land of the Sweets to life with its touring production of The Nutcracker. The show is playing in five different Middle Tennessee Counties this month and next, including Rutherford Nov. 19 - 20 at 7 p.m. at Lamplighter’s Theatre Company as well as Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. at MTSU’s Tucker Theater. Davidson County performances take place Nov. 23 - 24 at the Ensworth High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. each day. Shows also take place in December in Dekalb, Dickson and Montgomery counties. Tickets online are $20 adults, $15 children; all tickets are $5 more at the door. Learn more at dancetheatretn.org or buy tickets in advance at ticketsnashville.com.


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