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A SPECIAL DIAGNOSIS Working through the steps when you first learn your child has a special need.

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GIVE YOUR CHILD HOPE Instill a solid foundation in your child so he’ll stand firm when difficult times come his way.

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COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS! A handy timeline and useful tips for keeping you on top of the holiday season. You’re welcome!

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he great American poet Emily Dickinson wrote of hope in 1861:

“HOPE” IS THE THINGS WITH FEATHERS “Hope” is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul And sings the tune without the words And never stops - at all And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard And sore must be the storm That could abash the little Bird That kept so many warm I’ve heard it in the chillest land And on the strangest Sea Yet - never - in Extremity, It asked a crumb - of me.

Poetry is tricky, I know, but Dickinson wrote of hope as a free spirit, and yet she also depicts life’s storms raging against it. It happens. When your child is little, that hopeful bird sings a wonderful song in his soul. Children are born with hope, but the storms of life DO rage against it. As they grow, kids have to weather parental disappointment and anger, rigid schedules, rejection, changing friends, losses of pets or worse, changing schools, divorce, remarriage, puberty, the ups and downs of it all. Through all of this, that little internal songbird gets shaken. If things get too rough, that little songbird gets stops singing. When a kid loses hope, he doesn’t care what happens to himself or others around him. When this happens, his not-yet-developed brain can’t see into the future to care about what comes next. He starts to think that all days will be like this dreary one. If he doesn’t get the support he needs, things turn from bad to worse. We’ve been thinking a lot about giving kids hope in our editorial office after learning of a friend’s teen with a heroin addiction. The

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problem started with opiates, but heroin’s much cheaper on the street, and so ... hope gets lost. Who knows why kid take drugs to begin with, but once they’re addicted, they’re gone. The songbird is dead. I know it’s awful to hear, but it’s a big worry in Tennessee, and we all need to keep our eyes clear and minds focused to keep our kids safe. Raising my four kids, I’ve learned to work with powerful keys over the years that have given me good results and kept my kids wholesome, relatively speaking. The keys are: ACCEPTANCE: Unconditional love. Looking past your child’s faults and loving him for who he is. Not saying, “I love you, but ...” (fill in criticism here). Saying, “I love you” with no “but.” APPROVAL: Letting your kids know that you approve of them more than you disapprove. ENCOURAGEMENT: Saying these words: “I am so proud of you because ______. Telling them,“Good job.” Saying, “I like how you did that.” Noticing the good they do. RESPECT: Not belittling your kids. Listening. Respecting. Being there. SUPPORT: Having your child’s back. Speaking up for him when he can’t. Connecting him to friends. Being the parent guiding along in the background at all times. HIGHER POWER: My kids understand that they were created by something outside of ourselves and that’s it’s divine. We name it God. They know they can have a personal relationship with Him. That little bird of hope that perches in the soul of your little one needs to be fed and nourished all the way to adulthood. What an awesome and important task.

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ot a kid who loves lizards, snakes and other creepy crawly things? Bring him to Repticon on Saturday, Nov. 19 or Sunday, Nov. 20 at the Franklin Fieldhouse, 1850 General George Patton Drive in Franklin. Both days include live animal presentations, sessions on choosing pets and loads of reptilian creatures in one spot. Learn more about the show by following Repticon on Facebook at RepticonReptileShows.

takes place at Franklin High School on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The annual holiday gift show promises top-notch vendors (list unavailable at press time). Franklin High School is located at 810 Hillsboro Road in Franklin. Learn more by following the market on Facebook page @FHSMistletoeMarket.

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elp raise funds for High Hopes Pediatric Development Center, located in Franklin, by attending Hats Off to High Hopes on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N. in downtown Nashville. The event includes musicians and special guests, and tickets are available now for $29.50, $39.50 and $49.50. Head to ryman.com to get your seats.

wo local high schools hold big holiday fairs to raise money for their schools.

Repticon! Reptiles of all kinds will fill the Franklin Fieldhouse Nov. 19 - 20 — bring your lizard lovers on over!

QUICK BITS THE FRANKLIN CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING ON THE SQUARE takes place Thursday, Dec. 1 — it’s a fun way to ring in the holiday season with your family. Head to the square before dusk ... Hurry up and book your seats for the HOLLY TROLLEY LIGHT TOURS. Tickets are $16 (two different departure times are available for the first three weekends in December) and on sale at tmagroup.org. ... CELEBRATE READING at the Nashville Zoo this month on Saturdays, Nov. 5 and 12 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Visitors will follow a “story map” to hear a different children’s book read outloud every half hour at various stops along the zoo’s paths ... The areas largest drive-thru light and music show, THE DANCING LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS starts Friday, Nov. 4 and continues through New Year’s Day 2017. Open rain or shine, rates are $25 per non-commercial vehicle. Head to Jellystone Park, 2572 Music Vallye Drive in Nashville. Visit thedancinglightsofchristmas.com.

takes place at Centennial High School on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 20 from 12 - 4 p.m. Expect more than 195 artistans offering affordable, hand-made crafts. Entry is $4 for a one-day pass or $5 for the weekend; kids 10 and younger are free. Parking is free, too, and a shuttle service will be available. Centennial’s located at 5050 Mallory Lane in Franklin. Learn more by following the craft show on Facebook @ centennialholidaycraftshow.

30th Annual Whistlestop Weekend at Adventure Science Center, Nov. 11-13 Some kids just go crazy for trains. Whistlestop Weekend will delight your train-loving family members. Head to the Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd. in Nashville from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Cost is general admission. Learn more at adventuresci.org.

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An Evening with Mr. Dickens at The Hermitage Thursday, Nov. 10

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harles Dickens fans, take note! Here’s a unique event to put some magic in your holiday season. On Thursday, Nov. 10, Gerald Dickens you can experience a dramatic performance of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol performed by his great-grandson, Gerald Dickens. Using his own adaptation of the classic Christmas tale, Dickens plays more than 30 characters using his vocal and physical talents to bring each scene to life. The performance is from 6 - 9 p.m., and afterward, Dickens will be available for meet-and-greets and a book signing. Admission is $30 members, $35 non-members which includes hors d’oeurvres and two wine tickets. The $75 VIP pass includes premier seating in the first two rows, an unlimited wine pass and A Dickens Holiday Gift Set. The Hermitage is located at 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville. Call 615-889-2941 or visit thehermitage.com.

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Ice-skating Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton’s invited several of his figure skating friends and musical guests for a special night of family entertainment. An Evening with Scott Hamilton & Friends takes place at Bridgestone Arena at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20. Aside from showcasing amazing on-ice talent, the event raises money for the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation, a nonprofit organization working to empower cancer survivors while funding research and quality care for those battling cancer. Hamilton and fellow Olympian/World Champion skater Kristi Yamaguchi host the ice-skating cast, including favorites like Brian Boitano, Ekaterina Gordeeva, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Ryan Bradley, Jeremy Abbott, Jeffrey Buttle and others. The skaters will be moving to music from an all-star lineup including nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow, Jewel, Ben Rector, Rodney Crowell and Sara Evans. Ticket prices are $35, $50 and $75, available at 615-770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com. To learn more about the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation, visit scottcares.org.


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THE FIRST THINGS

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SHOULD DO AFTER GETTING YOUR CHILD'S DIAGNOSIS

By Meagan Ruffing

It can be overwhelming to first learn your child has a special need. Sort it out one step at a time.

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y son started occupational therapy when he was 4-years-old for sensory processing disorder (SPD). It was one floor up from where we took him that previous year for parent-child interactive therapy (PCIT). Even though it was only one floor up from where we’d spent weekly appointments learning how to interact with him in a more constructive way, we were about to approach a whole new world and a whole new way of doing things. When the elevator door opened, the first thing I saw was the autism sign. I thought we had the wrong floor. I learned to do a few things differently after that first day of receiving my son’s diagnosis.

1. Labels don’t matter to you, but they matter to me.

There has always been a huge difference between my husband and I when it comes to our son’s diagnoses. I am someone who likes to have a name. I need to have a name to what my son has so that I can research it, dissect it and take some control over it. My husband on the other hand, couldn't care less. It’s not important to him, and he’d rather spend his time “fixing” it than naming it. This could be you and your partner. If it is, identify how you each feel. It’s important to understand where the other person is coming from, even if you disagree.


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2. Don’t use the diag-

nosis as a defining moment but more of a stepping stone. Use this nugget of knowledge to take you to the next level (therapy, medication if needed, programs, support groups and so on). Now that you have a name for the behavior, use it to your advantage and squeeze the life out of it. It’s not so much about telling people my son has this or my son has that, but it is about seeking professional help so that you can set your child up for success with whatever diagnosis he has been given.

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Be careful if you decide, how you decide and when you decide to tell your child about the diagnosis. I was standing at the kitchen sink washing dishes when I decided to tell my son he had attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). We had been searching for a name for what he had for years. After several misdiagnoses we were confident that this was what he had. I debated whether or not to tell him but decided I would. I looked up from the sink to see him playing at the kitchen table and it was then that I told him he had ADHD. Our conversation lasted for just a few minutes. I kept it short and simple. He was 5 years old at the time and well into kindergarten. We’d been taking him to therapists and doctors for several years on and off, so I knew he was well aware of there being something about him

that was slightly different from his siblings. He asked a few questions like I thought he would. I answered them honestly and that was that. If this is the season of life you find yourself in, think about how you want to handle it and go from there.

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Set your child up for success in every situation and environment as much as possible. Each diagnosis comes with specific ways on how to manage it. Before my son’s diagnosis of ADHD, I would be quick to discipline him for not listening to me when I would rattle off a list of things for him to do. After his diagnosis, I am more intentional about giving him one task at a time and then telling him to come right back to me so that I can give him his next task. This setup works a million times better than what I was doing before. When you know better, you do better. I learned this technique from doing my own research on the disorder.

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Be your child’s biggest cheerleader. Sure, there are going to be days (probably lots of them) when all you want to do is curl up in a ball under the covers. But think about what it’s like for your child. Think about how difficult things must be for him. Put yourself in his shoes when kids don’t want to play with him because they think he’s weird. If you’re not the one standing up for him, who will? Your child has to know that he has at least one person in his

corner who will never stop cheering him on. That needs to be you. And he needs to know that no matter what, you will be there supporting him, loving him and helping him as best you can.

6. Set boundaries.

This one will be hard for you to put into place with loved ones and friends. Boundaries are meant to protect those we love and to keep those who have the power to hurt at a far enough distance that we can stop the situation before it ever has the ability to reach us. This might look like you setting a boundary when it comes to play dates. For a very long time, I would not allow my son to play at anyone else’s house if I wasn’t there with him. He could invite friends over to our house, but until I felt comfortable enough that a friend’s parents could confidently watch my son and not get frustrated when he wouldn’t listen or when he was super loud, I just didn’t allow it. That was an unspoken boundary for myself. I didn’t need to tell anyone else that — I only needed to set that boundary for a temporary time in our lives when the diagnosis was new and I wasn’t quite sure how it was all going to play out.

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Go to therapy. If you can, I encourage you to get therapy for yourself. Getting a diagnosis for your child can feel like a step in the right direction and it is, but it also comes with some sadness. It comes with allowing yourself to let go of the dreams you may have had for your child and envisioning new

dreams, setting new goals and being more realistic about what he can and can’t do. I went to therapy shortly after we received my son’s diagnosis and something my therapist told me really helped me. She told me it was OK to grieve. She told me it was OK to allow myself to be sad and to cry if I needed to. She told me not to feel bad about it and that everything I was feeling was completely normal in the midst of so many abnormal things. Sometimes we just need permission to come undone. Even if it’s only for an hour in your therapist’s office. Our son has received several other related diagnoses along with ADHD. It has been a long road. It has been really hard on my marriage and the dream I had of being a mom has played out so differently than I could have ever imagined. But I believe that good things can come out of hard places which is why I started a group for moms, “Overwhelmed to In Control.” It’s a safe place to come and talk about whatever it is that you’re facing in your life. It can be about a diagnosis or something completely unrelated to that. We all go through overwhelming times in our lives and this group has become a place where you can ask questions, get support and meet other moms who might be going through a similar situation. Search “Overwhelmed to In Control” on Facebook for more information. J Meagan Ruffing’s debut book, I See You, (out this fall), is the story of seeing her son through his behavioral challenges. The latter part of the book is about helping moms break down overwhelming obstacles into bite-sized pieces to make them more manageable.

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ittle children are pliable, affectionate, playful and so much more — it’s impossible to describe them. Your children make your heart overflow in ways unspeakable — most of the time. Only, kids don’t stay little for long. Soon enough they challenge your authority and make choices based upon what someone besides you suggested in order to break away from you. That’s the way it

goes. But when your child’s ready to break away, will he be able to draw on a strong inner foundation that you carefully instilled so he makes good decisions? As your little one grows into a big kid, plant a solid foundation in him — a hopefulness that will carry him through. Here are ways to nurture that along. (please turn the page)

“Remember, we are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” — Stephen Covey

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Experiments have shown that children who receive encouragement and positive feedback are more likely to succeed in tasks and adapt to difficult circumstances better and more readily than other children who receive negative feedback or no encouragement. When things go awry with growing kids, the tendency is to focus on the child’s weakness and problem. But according to the book The Psychology of Hope: You Can Get There From Here by the late C.R. Snyder (Free Press), who specialized in positive psychology, parents should be less occupied with repairing damage and more occupied with their strengths in order to create resiliency.

1) TEND TO HIM REGULARLY ... LIKE A GARDEN. Like a growing garden, children need constant pruning and fertilizing and training to grow up instead of down — to reach for blue skies instead of crawling along the ground. The worst thing you can do for your child is to just ignore him and allow nature to take its course, says Snyder. Children need their parents’ smile and approval. They need to be pointed in the right direction day after day.

2) SET A GOOD EXAMPLE. Kids come to understand the hearts of their parents and are influenced by what their parents do over things their parents say. Bad examples extend to every area of your child’s life. For example: When parents fight. Some fight in front of the kids, others do it behind a bedroom door. What’s important is not the fighting, Snyder says, but how the fighting is resolved, and what you show the children. Kids are able to “read” their parents including bitterness and hate, love and understanding. If you want your child to resolve discourse lovingly, you must resolve discourse lovingly. If you criticize others, he will criticize others. If you’re careless with money, if you’re lazy and irresponsible, this is what you will form in him. Give him a sense of hopefulness by clearly being what you want him to be and he will thank you for it — probably later rather than sooner.

3) EXPRESS PLEASURE WITH HIM REGULARLY. This is a biggie. Some parents relate displeasure to their kids to great negative effect. This comes out in criticizing and somehow talking down to them, and many parents are unaware that they do it. Your child’s undesirable be-

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havior provokes your look of displeasure and then your look of displeasure provokes his bad attitude and then more bad behavior. It can be a vicious cycle. He will want to please you when he knows you find pleasure in his presence. You must become the source of his inner joy if you want him to give up on the rebellion that comes from not pleasing you enough, Snyder says. Encourage, encourage, encourage. Hug, notice, listen, be interested, be present, repeat, repeat, repeat. And smile at him.

4) ENFORCE BOUNDARIES It’s not enough to just love your kids and trust they will turn out all right, Snyder warns. Some parents avoid enforcing boundaries because it’s the path of least resistance; it’s harder to provide limits, but kids need them. If kids came into the world wise and disciplined, you could leave them to their own devices and parenting would be over. Kids simply don’t see the need for self-denial or selfrestraint; they do what feels good. You have to train character in kids, i.e., the maturity to choose the good path and to do what ought to be done even if it’s contrary to their desires. If you set boundaries — constrain children to right behaviors — in time, they will develop moral understanding.

5) SIFT HIS SOCIAL CIRCLE Simply put: a mother hen should guard her chicks against the foxes and coyotes in order to protect them. Since different parents may not share your values, you need to make sure your child hangs out with friends who are good for him, Snyder says. There are times when your kids will not understand why you say “No” to a play date and times when other parents may be offended. To protect your kids and keep them safe, you will have to teach them how to recognize good vs. questionable people.

6) MAKE HIM ACCOUNTABLE Give your child responsibility according to his ability, says Snyder. If he can walk to the laundry room, he can carry his dirty clothes there. Hold him accountable for his responsibilities until he is in fact responsible. Stay involved until he is.

Spirituality Can Provide Hope to Children When it comes to spirituality, you DO need to decide what you believe in to be able to foster spirituality in your child — a spirituality that can give him hope in any situation. In addition to your own beliefs, what kind of beliefs do you want your child to have? Introducing spirituality early on gives a child awareness that there is a higher power at work in his life — something he can draw on as he grows. “Kids are going to hear about God all over,” says Marianne Neifert, author of Dr. Mom: A Guide to Baby and Child Care (G.P. Putnam). “If you don’t put your own spin on it, with your own values, they’ll absorb someone else’s,” she adds. THINGS YOU CAN DO: • Let your child know that prayers are not just for mealtime, but that prayer is a tool for communicating with a higher power any time. •Allow your child to question your belief and the beliefs of others without telling him what he should believe. • Stress the spiritual side of holidays. • Consider joining a church community where your child can be a part of a youth group who explore spirituality together. Susan Day is editor of this publication.


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LET THE COUNTDOWN TO Don't get lost in all the to-do's of the holidays. You can master this thing!

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t's the most chaotic time of the year — isn't that how the song goes? All kidding aside, we've got strategies to help

Photos & Cards If you haven't already, book your family portrait session no later than Friday, Nov. 11 to get them back in time — don't wait until it's too late. That way, you can get them in the mail with your holiday cards (which you should also go get now while the pickin's good). While you're at it, go ahead and update your mailing list. If you have your cards and are just waiting on the pics, go ahead and add your personal message, address the envelopes and put a stamp on them — just don't seal them. That way, all you have to do is insert the photo and off they go!

you nail the season and still have time for a little merry making on the side! Ready, set, ho-ho-ho!

Shop NOW! Break out the pen and paper or use your handy List App to make a shopping list. Start with your immediate family then make one for friends and extended family. Don't overdo it. Keep the list simple. Now get started. Quick tips: • SHOP AT "OFF" TIMES when things aren't so hectic. • Heads up! Some AREA MALLS are closed for Thanksgiving — The Mall at Green Hills in Nashville, Stones River Mall in Murfreesboro and CoolSprings Galleria in Franklin (at press time RiverGate Mall in Goodlettsville and Opry Mills in Nashville will still be open, so check first). • SHOP SAFELY ONLINE: Limit yourself to "secure" sites. A secure site starts with "https://" instead of "http://." Secure sites also have a small lock icon in the lower right corner of the screen. To avoid data breaches, don't store personal data on lots of sites.

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Wrap 'Em & Hide 'Em! What are you going to do with all those gifts now? Plan a day for your children to hang out with friends or family — this is great for families because you can switch it out and watch each others' kids — and wrap all those gifts while they're gone. Be sure you've purchased two different kinds of wrapping paper for your gifts and Santa's (if you plan on wrapping the Santa gifts because some opt not to and just put them out on Christmas Eve in plain sight). But ... now what to do with the wrapped gifts? Some good hiding spots include the shower in the extra bathroom, attic, your underwear drawer, a relative or friend's house, and in the garage in totes marked as something they'd never touch. However, kids are keen to knowing where your usual hiding spots are, so avoid places like under the bed or in your closet, in the trunk of your car or even in the shed.


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ou know you love to host the best of the best, so make sure your favorite friends will make YOUR party by getting invites out early (at least by Monday, Nov. 7). Now on to the menu! Plan what you're having for your Christmas party by at least Monday, Nov. 28. Shelves will be restocked post Thanksgiving and you'll be able to find what you're looking for. Be sure to have all your food and party ware purchased at least a week before the date of your party — in case something comes up that you forgot. That way, all you have to do is make and bake! As for the decorations ... make it a little easier on yourself by having all of what you need purchased by Sunday, Nov. 27 and start to put them up then. Have all your decor completely out and ready by Friday, Dec. 2 — which is not too early and not too late!

USPS Thursday, Dec. 15: USPS Retail Ground Tuesday, Dec. 20: First-Class Mail Wednesday, Dec. 21: Priority Mail Friday, Dec. 23: Priority Mail Express FedEx Monday, Dec. 12: FedEx SmartPost Friday, Dec. 16: FedEx Ground & Home Delivery Monday, Dec. 19: FedEx Express Saver Wednesday, Dec. 21: FedEx 2Day A.M., FedEx 2Day Thursday, Dec. 22: FedEx First Overnight, FedEx Standard Overnight and FedEx Priority Overnight Friday, Dec. 23: FedEx SameDay City (standard) Sunday, Dec. 25: FedEx SameDay City (priority) and FedEx SameDay UPS Monday, Dec. 19: UPS 3 Day Select Wednesday, Dec. 21: UPS 2nd Day Air Thursday, Dec. 22: UPS Next Day Air

Flying with Baby? Maybe you'll be away from home during the holidays? If you're flying with a baby, we've got tips: • Generally, families with children younger than 2 are pre-boarded. • Most airlines — not all — allow you to bring your stroller to the door of the plane. Consider using a very compact collapsible stroller for toddlers. • Babies can cry or fuss during take off and landing because of cabin pressure hurting their ears. Feeding your baby during these times can help. • Most airlines will warm up milk for you — ask for help with this before attendants get busy with cabin service. • Choose a window seat for privacy while breastfeeding. • If you need a plug for your pump or to charge a phone, many international airlines have in-seat sockets. Check with your airline first or bring along an external charging device. • You can take more than 100 ml of milk/water on board with you in order to feed your baby (baby food and milk is exempt from the 100 ml liquid rule). • Bring along a few toys for your baby if he's wakeful and needs entertaining. Good suggestions include a soft cloth book, stacking cups, a small and quiet interactive toy, a plush animal with buckles, zippers, etc. • Diaper-bag must-haves besides the usual: change of clothes for Baby, light blanket, burp cloths, bib, pacifiers, plastic bags. • Be prepared for the small changing tables on an airplane — it gets cramped in there.

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Ages 0 - 3 FOOD TRUCK KITCHEN MEGA BLOKS megabloks.com $39.99 Ages 1 - 5 Your child can be a part of the food truck action with this 32-piece set. Kids can role play as the cook and sell their "food" to friends and family as they practice fine motor skills, self-expression and sharing.

CABBAGE PATCH KIDS (CPK) BABY SO REAL Wicked Cool Toys wickedcooltoys.com $99.99 Ages 3 and older This 14-inch CPK doll is different from the originals — the eyes are digital and they move! Built-in sensors help the doll play peek-a-boo and more. Comes with an interactive spoon and bottle. Download the app to have a baby monitor to play with, too.

PLAYTIME GIFT PACK Playgro playgro.com $79.99 Ages 0 - 24 months This set is packed with 10 infant developmental toys for endless learning opportunities. The pack makes an ideal gift set for supporting learning with vibrant colors, varied textures and delightful sounds!

LEAPSTART PRESCHOOL LeapFrog leapfrog.com/ leapstart $39.99 hardware $12.99 books Ages 2 - 4 Kids can learn ABCs, counting, problem solving, creativity and more with shapes, colors and music. Attach different books (sold separately) and they become interactive!

SUPER WINGS WORLD AIRPORT PLAYSET Auldey Toys auldeytoys.us $44.99 Ages 3 and older The popular Sprout’s show Super Wings flies into action with this huge playset — it’s 35 inches! Complete with electronic sounds, lights and more activities for kids, your little pilot will love acting out scenes from the show.

TESLA MODEL S Radio Flyer radioflyer.com $499 and up Ages 3 - 8 Your little speedster will love this sleek, new ride-on featuring an easy gear to switch between three or six miles per hour. It also has working headlights, front trunk, MP3 player and horn — and it looks so much like the real deal! The lithium ion battery offers the longest run time and fastest recharge time.

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Ages 3 & older DOC MCSTUFFINS TOY HOSPITAL CARE CART Just Play justplaytoys.com $49.99 Ages 3 and older Your child can be part of the care team with this fun cart filled with supplies for taking care of stuffed animals. Sounds, interactive features and accompanying toys make this rolling cart fun for your Doc McStuffins fan.

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WELLIE WISHERS WILLA American Girl americangirl.com $60 Ages 5 and older This 14.5-inch doll is much like the originals, but sized for younger girls. Willa comes in a fashionable outfit, headband, red wellie boots and more. There are more dolls to choose from, too. You can purchase Carrot & Hutch (sold separately; $42) so she has a friend to feed and love.

BARBIE HELLO DREAMHOUSE Mattel mattel.com $299.99 Ages 6 and older Barbie has an awesome new high-tech smart home that’s WiFi enabled complete with speech recognition — it knows more than 100 voice commands. The house reacts when a doll steps into a room, and your child can tell the house to turn on lights, play music, change modes of play and more.

COJI THE CODING ROBOT Wowwee wowwee.com $59.99 Ages 4 - 7 A great toy promoting STEM skills, Coji teaches kids programming using emoji language. Kids can play with or without the app, and the robot’s motions and sounds will entertain for a long time. Parents can program a set of commands to see Coji perform.

LARGE CITY ZOO Playmobil playmobil.com $49.99 Ages 4 - 10 The newest addition to Playmobil’s City Life collection, the zoo includes seven figures, two adult lions and one cub, two adult and four baby penguins, a peacock, fencing, cash register, wheelbarrow with meat, fish with bucket, baby stroller, mouse, postcards and lots of accessories for hours of imaginative play.

FURREAL FRIENDS TORCH MY BLAZIN’ DRAGON Hasbro hasbro.com $79.99 Ages 4 and older The latest from Furreal, this adorable baby dragon is sure to captivate your child. "Torch" makes more than 50 sounds; touch the charm on his chest to hear him roar and breathe out a colored mist replicating flames. He even “toasts” his own marshmallow treat!


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CODE-A-PILLAR Fisher-Price fisher-price.com $50 Ages 3 - 6 Arrange the Code-apillar’s segments to make him move in different paths. This toy encourages kids to develop problemsolving, planning, sequencing and critical thinking skills. The segments are easy to connect; kids can have fun figuring out how to make it reach specific targets.

IMAGINEXT DC SUPER HERO FLIGHT CITY Fisher-Price fisher-price.com $79.99 Ages 4 and older One side’s Gotham city, one side’s Metropolis, all sides are fun. The playset has four different “power pads” so super heros can take flight. It’s the perfect kind of toy to see beneath the tree on Christmas morning!

LEGO CITY FIRE ENGINE The Lego Group lego.com $49.99 Ages 5 and older Build and take apart this cool fire truck and imagine a fire-fighting adventure. The ladder rotates, and the set includes a female fire fighter and two male fighter mini-figures.

AIRHEADS Hogwild hogwildtoys.com $10.95 each Ages 6 and older Pull the rip cord on these five-inch characters for up to 50 feet of vertical take-off. Prepare for touchdown as the hovering heads descend for a landing. Eight different styles and heads can mix and match to form new crazy characters.

THE LION GUARD TRAINING LAIR PLAY SET Just Play justplayproducts.com $59.99 Ages 3 and older This play set stands more than three feet tall. It's packed with lights and sounds with 15 different interactive features that spin, lift and more to keep your child playing all day. Comes complete with Kion and Janja figures, too.

PAW PATROL ZOOMER MARSHALL Zoomer Zoomerpups.com $69 Ages 3 and older He’s a cute and interactive pup that loves to go on heroic missions. From the Paw Patrol show, Zoomer Marshall can say 150+ phrases and make sounds when you press his head — he does tricks, too!

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Ages 8 & Older SKY ROVER VOICE COMMAND MISSILE LAUNCHER Auldey Toys auldeytoys.us $44.99 Ages 8 and older Your adventurous one will love how he can control this helicopter with his own voice using simple commands. Watch it soar through the room (indoor use only) and launch the eight missiles at your child's command!

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THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE KING PIG’S CASTLE LEGO lego.com $89.99 Ages 8 - 14 Relive the movie as the Angry Birds attack King Pig’s Castle — once you build it, of course. After it's built, aim the birds at the target zones to collapse the structure! It comes with five figures, too.

MEGA TRACKS CORKSCREW CHAOS STARTER SET Lionel megatracks.lionel. com $99.99 Ages 8 and older This master set includes 20 feet of TwisTrack and 55 construction pieces to build a customized track layout. Attach a phone to the remote control to enhance your child's experience.

GEMMIES DESIGN STUDIO Tech 4 Kids tech4kids.com $24.99 Ages 8 and older Girls love making pretty baubles, and crystals are just the thing! Clip them to elastic rings and join them to completed ones to make 3-D sparkly creations. The set comes with more than 500 pieces for hours of fun.

AMERICAN GIRL SAIGE’S ART STUDIO MEGA BLOKS americangirl.megabloks.com $19.99 Ages 8 and older The American Girl fun continues with this 198-piece set. It includes a buildable art studio with artist’s easel, paint table and real fabric details; a highly detailed, fully articulated Saige mini figure; accessories and a storybook.

CRAYON FACTORY Crayola crayola.com $34.99 Ages 8 and older Don’t throw away those unused, broken crayons! Melt them into different shapes with this easy-touse crayon factory. Having fun shapes adds more life to the coloring experience because you get to color with your creations!


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BEST OF PARENTING

AWARD WINNERS The winners and finalists for the 2016 Best of Parenting Awards were voted on by our readers — thank you for participating! Many thanks to all the businesses and services who support parents and Williamson Parent! BEST EATS Best Family Restaurant Puckett’s FINALISTS: Cheddar’s Casual Cafe Chuy’s

Best Burger Five Guys Burgers & Fries FINALISTS: Burger Republic Burger Up

Best Pizza Mellow Mushroom FINALISTS: Amico’s Old Chicago

Best Ice Cream/FroYo Sweet CeCe’s FINALISTS: Bobby’s Dairy Dip Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

BEST PARTIES Best Party Entertainment Nashville Kids Parties (Copy Cats)

Best Museum Adventure Science Museum

Best Book Store Barnes & Noble

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Best Live Performance The Historic Franklin Theatre FINALISTS: Nashville Children’s Theatre TPAC

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Best Day Camp YMCA Camp Widjiwagan FINALISTS: Deer Run Camps & Retreats Williamson County Parks & Recreation

Best Sleep Away Camp Camp Marymount

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BEST DESTINATIONS Best Day Trip Chattanooga, TN

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Best Shopping Center/Mall Cool Springs Galleria

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AWARD WINNERS The winners and finalists for the 2016 Best of Parenting Awards were voted on by our readers — thank you for participating! Many thanks to all the businesses and services who support parents and Williamson Parent! BEST APPEARANCE Best Day Spa A Moment’s Peace FINALISTS: Massage Envy Woodhouse

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Best Youth Sports Program Williamson County Soccer Association FINALISTS: Lil Sports Academy Williamson County Parks & Recreation

Best Orthodontist Snodgrass-King Dental Associates FINALISTS: Kemp Orthodontics Lucas Orthodontics

Best Emergency Room Williamson Medical Center FINALISTS: Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Williamson Medical Center Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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he mega-popular Disney Junior TV show, Octonauts, is touring a live theatrical show in the United States for the first time, and it ventures into TPAC’s Jackson Hall on Sunday, Nov. 6 for one show only at 5 p.m. Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure Live! features costumed versions of the TV characters along with animated projections, and the interactive show invites young “Octo-Cadets” in the audience to sing along and participate in the action. Just like the TV show, the stage production takes kids on an underwater quest where they’ll learn fun facts about cool critters along the journey. Tickets are $29.50 - $39.50. A $128 VIP ticket includes an after-show party that includes a meet and greet with Captain Barnacles and Tweak, snacks, activities and games. Call 615-782-4040 or visit tpac.org.

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10 JURASSIC PARK IN CONCERT WITH NASHVILLE SYMPHONY Sunday, Nov. 13 Schermerhorn Symphony Center • Page 70 The U.S. premiere of Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster dinosaur flick broadcast in HD with a live symphony happens right here in Nashville! Win tickets!! See page 13.

26TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW & 13TH ANNUAL KRIS KRINGLE KAR KLASSIC

Nov. 12 - 13 Franklin Recreation Complex • Page 64 More than 140 vendors are on site for your holiday shopping fun while Dad checks out the car show. Plus, kids can share their lists with St. Nick.

OCTONAUTS LIVE!

Sunday, Nov. 6 TPAC’s Jackson Hall • Page 45 Join Captain Barnacles, Tweak and the rest of the gang for a “Deep Sea Volcano Adventure.”

WHISTLESTOP WEEKEND

Nov. 11 - 13 Adventure Science Center • Page 64 ASC’s annual kick-off to the holiday season features the All Aboard for Trains! exhibit. Check out a variety of model railroad layouts along with activities.

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OWL DAY

Saturday, Nov. 5 Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary • Page 57 Register in advance to attend this annual celebration of all-things owl including live animal presentations.


CHRISTMAS AT THE RYMAN

Nov. 30 - Dec. 22 Ryman Auditorium • Page 87 Amy Grant and hubby Vince Gill deliver nine nights of holiday tunes, including ones from Amy’s brand-new holiday album, Tennessee Christmas.

A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS

Nov. 11 - Jan. 1 Gaylord Opryland Resort • Page 74 This annual holiday extravaganza boasts tons of activities like horsedrawn carriage rides to view the 2 million lights, gingerbread house making, the ICE! exhibit featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, visits with Santa, the Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunt and much, much more!

FAMILY FESTIVAL DAY

Sunday, Nov. 6 Frist Center for the Visual Arts Page 58 Nashville Parent sponsors this free day of family fun at the Frist! Check out the new exhibits, enjoy live performances and get creative with several hands-on art making activities.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS!

Nov. 25 - Jan. 1 Cheekwood • Page 81 There are 1 million lights at this year’s event, and kids can meet live reindeer, visit Santa for pics and storytime, make s’mores at the fire pits and more.

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Tue 1 FREE Acoustic Pickin’ Party

Bring an acoustic instrument, join the circle and play along. Ages 12 and older. Centennial Black Box Theatre, 211 27th Ave. N., Nashville; 7 - 9 p.m.; 615-862-8400 or nashville.gov/parks.

Busy Bees

Learn to follow directions, participate in a group environment, improve coordination and practice good sportsmanship. Ages 3 - 5. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:45 - 11:15 a.m.; $3; 615-893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Country stars Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood return to their co-hosting duties during the 50th Annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Colbie Caillat: The Malibu Sessions Acoustic Tour

Pop sensation Colbie Caillat presents an acoustic trio performance with Justin Young and High Dive Heart. Presented without orchestra. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $39 - $69; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Crafternoon

Participate in a supervised art activity. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

FREE Dia de Muertos: A Naturally Beautiful Day (Registration Required)

This open house-style event is in honor of “Day of the Dead,” a celebration of those who have passed from the earth. All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 12 - 3 p.m.; 615-862-8539 or nashville.gov/parks.

Fairview Mommy & Me Yoga

Parents and their little ones can have fun bonding while doing gentle yoga stretches and poses. Ages 2 - 5. Fairview Recreation Complex, 2714 Fairview Blvd., Fairview; 10:45 - 11:30 a.m.; $8; 615-799-9331 or wcparksandrec.com.

Fall Foliage Hike (Registration Required) Enjoy a guided walk while taking in the fall colors. Adults. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 1 - 3 p.m.; $7; 615-370-4672 or owlshill.org.

FREE Family Gaming Night

Enjoy an evening of fun games for the whole family. All ages. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; 615-893-4131 or linebaugh.org.

FITMommy

This total body class is open to prenatal moms, postpartum moms and moms with older kids; babies and toddlers welcome. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.; $4; 615-893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Homeschool P.E.

Participate in various physical education activities. Ages 6 13. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 12 & 1 p.m.; $3; 615-893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Knee-High Naturalist: In the Spirit of Giving (Registration Required) Learn lessons from our animal friends and how to protect them and care for our planet. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; $10 adult/child pair, $7 each additional person; 615370-4672 or owlshill.org.

FREE Observatory Open House Day (Registration Required) Tour the observatory and take a peek through the solar telescope. All ages. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood; 9 a.m. 12 p.m.; 615-373-4897 or dyer.vanderbilt.edu.

Opry at the Ryman

Enjoy the Grand Ole Opry back on the stage of the mother church of country music. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; Tue & Fri 7 p.m., Sat 7 & 9:30 p.m.; $64 - $77; 615-889-3060 or ryman.com.

SPARK!

Preschoolers and parents can hear stories and enjoy related activities. Ages 3 - 5. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; $1 plus $8 gate

admission; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

FREE Spring Hill Books-A-Million Storytime

Story readings and activities. Ages 3 - 5. Books-A-Million, 1040 Crossings Blvd., Spring Hill; 10:30 a.m.; 931-4860113 or booksamillion.com.

Spring Hill Wiggles and Giggles

Enjoy organized games and play time. Ages 3 - 6. Longview Recreation Center, 2909 Commonwealth Drive, Spring Hill; 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.; $2; wcparksandrec. com.

FREE Sumner Barnes & Noble Storytime

Stories and related activities. All ages. Barnes & Noble, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 11 a.m.; 615-264-0183 or bn.com.

Tuesdays for Tots

Stop by the studio in the Learning Center to craft an original artwork. Ages 3 - 5. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with gate admission ($16 adults, $9 ages 3 -17); 615-356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

Water Polo

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

Youth Yoga

Learn yoga poses and techniques. Ages 7 - 12. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville; 4:30 - 5:45 p.m.; $4; 615786-0200, ext. 2418, or wcparksandrec.com.

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Wed 2 50th Annual CMA Awards

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley return to their hosting duties during country music’s biggest night with top nominees including Eric Church, Maren Morris and Chris Stapleton. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $80 - $551; 615-770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

Animal Antics

Meet one of the center’s resident animals. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Archery Homeschool Day (Registration Required)

This class includes archery instruction with all equipment provided and a game at the end. Parents can participate, too. Ages 7 and older. Music City Archery, 5011 Walkup Road, Pegram; 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.; $15; 615-566-5187 or musiccityarchery.com.

Fairview Wiggles and Giggles

Enjoy organized games and play time. Ages 3 - 6. Fairview Recreation Complex, 2714 Fairview Blvd., Fairview; 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.; $2; wcparksandrec.com.

Homeschool Creativity Class

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

KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Registration Required)

This parent/tot class focuses on playing with others, gross motor skills and having fun. Ages 1 - 3. Patterson Park

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Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.; $3; 615-893-7439 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Registration Required)

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

FREE Kids’ Hour

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

Knee-High Naturalist: In the Spirit of Giving (Registration Required) Learn lessons from our animal friends and how to protect them and care for our planet. Ages 3 - 5 with a parent. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; $10 adult/child pair, $7 each additional person; 615370-4672 or owlshill.org.

Music City Roots

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

Noises Off

Nashville Rep presents this theatrical comedy that’s a play within a play. Ages 14 and older. TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Through Nov. 5: Wed - Thu 6:30 p.m., Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2:30 & 7:30 p.m.; $47.50 - $52.50; 615-782-4040 or nashvillerep.org.

Tales and Trails (Registration Required) Listen to a story followed by a hike on the trails. Ages 4 - 7 with a parent. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 10:30 a.m.; $3; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Tumbleweeds (Registration Required) Learn tumbling basics. Ages 3 - 5. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:15 - 11 a.m.; $3; 615-895-5040 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Wild Things (Registration Required) This nature-themed program includes songs, crafts, hikes and other activities. Ages 1 - 4 with a parent. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 9:30 a.m.; $3; 615-2173017 or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

Thu 3 An Evening with STS9 A night of instrumental rock and electronic music. All ages. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville; 9 p.m.; $32.50; 615-782-4040 or tpac.org.

FREE Brentwood Christmas Crawl

Sixteen shops in Brentwood offer special promotions and refreshments to kick off your holiday shopping season. A few of the stores include Copper Penny, Hot Pink, Plaid Rabbit, Boconi, The Snooty Fox and Spruce. All ages. Plaid Rabbit, 330 Franklin Road, Brentwood; Thu - Fri 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 615-830-4969 or facebook.com/brentwoodchri stmascrawl/?fref=ts.

Busy Bees

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Cowboy Junkies

A night of alternative country/ blues/folk rock music. All ages. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $40 - $50; 615-3241010 or citywinery.com.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Lipscomb Theatre presents this musical that tells the classic story of a young woman in a provincial town and the young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. All ages. Collins Alumni Auditorium, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville; Through Nov. 6: Thu 9:30 a.m., Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $17 adults, $5 students; 615-966-7075 or lipscomb.edu.

Failure: A Love Story

Actors Bridge presents this macabre fable tracing the Fail Sisters’ triumphs and tribulations while celebrating the courage to love bravely in spite of loss. Ages 12 and older. Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Ave., Nashville; Through Nov. 5: 7 p.m.; $25 in advance, $30 at the door; actorsbridge.org.

FREE Fairview LEGO Club

Come to the library for an afternoon of LEGO building (blocks provided). All ages. Fairview Library, 2240 Fairview Blvd., Fairview; 4 5:30 p.m.; 615-799-0235 or wcpltn.org/fairview_ public_library.

Franklin Mommy & Me Yoga

Parents and their little ones can have fun bonding while doing gentle yoga stretches and poses. Ages 2 - 5. Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 10:45 - 11:30 a.m.; $8 adults, $4 children; 615790-5719 or wcparksandrec. com.

FREE It Looks Like Play (Registration Required) This program features lots of sensory activities for hands-on

learning. Ages 9 months - 4 years. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 10 a.m.; 615371-0090, ext. 8380, or brentwood-tn.org/library.

FREE Monkey Around (Registration Required) Have fun learning about monkeys through various activities. Ages 3 - 5. Rosenwald Community Center, 565 Mason Tucker Drive, Smyrna; 9 a.m.; 615-4599773 or townofsmyrna.org.

Nature Nuts

Explore the mysteries of the Murfree Spring wetland through this guided activity. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Noises Off

See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Owl Prowl (Registration Required) Enjoy a meal in the pavilion then head to the woods for a lesson in naked eye astronomy and calling in wild owls. Ages 9 and older. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 6 - 9 p.m.; $20; 615-370-4672 or owlshill. org.

FREE Parnassus Storytime

Enjoy an afternoon snack and a story. All ages. Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 3:30 p.m.; 615-953-2243 or parnassusbooks.net.

Plaid Tidings

The Forever Plaid boys are back with a night of music featuring Christmas standards in a theatrical setting. All ages. Hendersonville Performing Arts Company, 260 West Main St., Hendersonville; Through Dec. 11: Thu - Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $18 adults, $15 students; 615-826-6037 or hpactn. com.


things to do Playing Doctor

This stage comedy centers around a man whose parents think he’s a doctor, so when they come for a visit he has to recruit the help of his friends to help perpetuate the facade. Ages 12 and older. Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Through Nov. 13: Thu - Sat 6 p.m., Sun 12 p.m.; $50 adults, $30 ages 18 and younger; 615-646-9977 or dinnertheatre.com.

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SPOTLIGHT:

Santa Claus at the Malls

H

ead to your local mall with the kids to meet St. Nick and have a holiday portrait made. Photo package prices vary by location.

THE AVENUE MURFREESBORO 2615 Medical Center Pkwy. Murfreesboro 615-893-4207 theavenuemurfreesboro.com Dec. 10 - 11

Enjoy a visit with Santa with professional photos by Statum Photography. Hours are Sat 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sun 2 - 4 p.m.

COOLSPRINGS GALLERIA 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin 615-771-2128 coolspringsgalleria.com Nov. 5 - Dec. 24

Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks from 1 - 2 p.m. & 5 - 6 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break 3 - 3:30 p.m.). Santa’s arrival on Saturday, Nov. 4 is a PJ Party from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

THE MALL AT GREEN HILLS 2126 Abbott Martin Road Nashville 615-298-5478 shopgreenhills.com Nov. 12 - Dec. 24

Hours are Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks from 1 - 2 p.m. and 5 - 6 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break from 3 - 4 p.m.). St. Nick’s arrival parade is from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 12.

OPRY MILLS 433 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville 615-514-1000 oprymills.com

Nov. 5 - Dec. 16: Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks 1 - 2 p.m. & 5:15 - 6 p.m.), Sun

12 - 6 p.m. (break 2 - 3 p.m.); Dec. 17 - 23: Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks 1 - 2 p.m., 5:15 - 6 p.m.), Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (break 2 - 3 p.m.); Dec. 24: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. (break 1 - 2 p.m.)

RIVERGATE MALL 1000 RiverGate Pkwy. Goodlettsville 615-859-3458 rivergate-mall.com Nov. 13 - Dec. 24

Hours are Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (check website for break times). Santa’s arrival parade is Saturday, Nov. 12 from 12 - 3 p.m.

STONES RIVER MALL 1720 Old Fort Pkwy. Murfreesboro 615-896-4486 stonesrivermall.com Nov. 12 - Dec. 24

Nov. 12 - Dec. 15: Mon - Sat 12 - 8 p.m. (break 3 - 4 p.m.), Sun 12 - 6 p.m. (break 2:30 - 3 p.m.). Dec. 16 - 23: daily 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. (breaks 12 - 1 p.m. & 4 - 5 p.m.). Dec. 24: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (break 1 - 2 p.m.).

STREETS OF INDIAN LAKE 300 Indian Lake Blvd. Hendersonville 615-822-7627 streetsofindianlake.com Nov. 25 - Dec. 22

Nov. 25 - Dec. 18: Fri - Sat 1 - 4 p.m. & 5 - 7 p.m., Sun 1 - 4 p.m.; Dec. 20 - 22: 2 - 4 p.m. & 5 - 7 p.m.

Cheer for the MTSU Blue Raiders when they challenge N. Alabama. All ages. Murphy Center, 2650 Middle Tennessee Blvd., Murfreesboro; 7:30 p.m.; $13; goblueraiders.com.

Red, White and Tuna

This third installment of the Tuna trilogy takes audiences through a satirical ride through the hearts and minds of the polyester-clad citizens of Texas’ third smallest town during the Fourth of July. Ages 10 and older. Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Through Nov. 27: Thu - Sat 6 p.m., Sun 12 p.m.; $50 adults, $30 ages 18 and younger; 615-6469977 or dinnertheatre.com.

13 and older. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 - 5 p.m.; 615371-0090 or brentwood-tn. org/library.

The Art of Still Life (Registration Required) Rachael McCampbell teaches this six-week series focusing on composition, color mixing, light and shadow, shape, volume, color and mood. The class takes place Thursdays through Dec. 15 (no class on Nov. 24). Adults. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $280; 615370-4672 or owlshill.org.

The Battle of Franklin: A Tale of a House Divided Studio Tenn’s original production explores the struggles between father and son, master and slave, and North and South during the Civil War era in Franklin. Ages 10 and older. Jamison Hall at The Factory, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin; Through Nov. 13: Thu - Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 & 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $35 - $85; 615-5418200 or studiotenn.com.

Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!

Walk the greenway with your child and stroller, then stay for playtime at the castle. Parents with kids ages birth to 5 years. Old Fort Park, 1025 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 9 a.m.; 615-893-2141 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Host Peter Sagal leads NPR’s popular Peabody Awardwinning quiz show featuring a panel of comedians, humorists, celebrity guests and journalists. All ages. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $37.50 - $127.50; 615782-4040 or tpac.org.

Stuff Happens

Water Polo

FREE StrollerCoasters

The Circle Players present David Hare’s play about the events leading up to the 2003 Iraq war. Ages 12 and older. Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville; Through Nov. 13: Thu - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 3 p.m.; $15; 615-332-7529 or circleplayers.net.

FREE Teen Anime Club Watch anime, make crafts and enjoy snacks. Ages

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Youth Volleyball Class

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

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Fri 4

The exhibit runs through Jan. 16, 2017. All ages. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; $12 adults, free ages 18 and younger; 615-244-3340 or fristcenter. org.

Aegis Sciences Classical Series: Mozart & Tchaikovsky Pianist Inon Barntan joins the Nashville Symphony for a night of music. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $22 $143; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Garland and Glitter Fashion Show

Discover holiday fashions by Dillard’s, and enjoy dinner and live entertainment. Proceeds benefit Gallatin Shalom Zone. All ages. Bluegrass Yacht and Country Club, 550 Johnny Cash Pkwy., Hendersonville; 6 - 10 p.m.; $55 - $65; holidayfesttn.org.

An Evening with Friends

A night of live entertainment, dinner by the Loveless Café, an auction and more benefiting the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Adults. Loveless Barn, 8400 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 7 - 11 p.m.; $75; childrenshospital.vanderbilt. org/guide.php?mid=10521.

Harriet the Spy Andre the Illusionist performs during the Fall Festival of Magic at Murfreesboro’s Center for the Arts, Nov. 4 - 5.

Blue and Gray Days

Experience Civil War soldier life through re-enactors, period vendors, music and more. The event also takes place at The Carter House (1140 Columbia Ave., Franklin). All ages. Carnton Plantation, 1345 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin; Fri 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $6 (house tours are $15 adults, $8 ages 6 - 12); 615-7940903 or battleoffranklintrust. com.

FREE Brentwood Christmas Crawl

See Thursday, Nov. 3.

FREE Brilliant Sky Storytime

A morning of stories and sing-along fun. All ages. Brilliant Sky, 2002 Richard Jones Road, Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; 615-800-7754 or nashvilletoystore.com.

FREE Budding Naturalists: The Awe of Autumn Leaves (Registration Required) Head out to the trails to take a look at the fall leaves. Ages 3 - 5. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 10 - 11 a.m.;

615-352-6299 or nashville. gov/parks.

FREE Campfire Picnic (Registration Required) Bring a picnic supper to enjoy with campfire songs, games and s’mores. All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 5:30 - 7 p.m.; 615-3526299 or nashville.gov/parks.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

A stage version of the story of an eccentric inventor and his kids who restore an old race car from a scrap heap only to discover its magical properties. All ages. The Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Hwy., Woodbury; Through Nov. 19: Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $15 adults, $13 students; 615-563-2787 or artscenterofcc.com.

FREE Christmas Downtown Open House

Get a start on your holiday shopping at local retailers with extended hours in the evening. All ages. Downtown

Murfreesboro, 120 S. Maple St., Murfreesboro; 6 - 9 p.m.; 615-217-2109.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

See Thursday, Nov. 3.

Failure: A Love Story See Thursday, Nov. 3.

Fall Festival of Magic

Six of the regions best magicians present an evening of wonder and entertainment. The Middle Tennessee Magic Club hosts the event featuring Andrew the Illusionist, Mongo the Magnificent and more. All ages. Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro; 7 p.m.; $10; 615-904-2787 or boroarts. org.

Frist Exhibit Opening

Samurai: The Way of the Warrior features objects from the Museo Stibbert, a museum devoted to arms and armor in Florence, Italy. This Japanese collection is one of the largest and most important outside of Japan. More than 90 objects are on display that showcase the life of Samurai warriors.

Perform Murfreesboro presents a stage adaptation of Harriet M. Welch, the willful only child of well-to-do socialites who is also a spy who observes her friends and neighbors and writes about them in her notebook. All ages. The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 & 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $7.50 adults, $6 ages 4 - 17; 615-867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Registration Required) See Wednsday

FREE Lego Mania (Registration Required) Unleash your creativity by building different themes from the non-fiction collection. Ages 6 - 12. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4:30 - 6 p.m.; 615-371-0090 or brentwoodtn.org/library.

Marc Broussard

A night of fun, blues, pop and rock music. All ages. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $30 - $38; 615-324-1010 or citywinery.com.

Meet the Astronomer (Registration Required) Award-winning astrophysicist Jedidah Isler will be on site to talk to kids and adults about her current research focusing on using simultaneous infrared, optical and gammaray observations to better understand the physics of blazar jets. Ages 8 and older. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood; 7 p.m.; $6.27; dyer.vanderbilt. edu.

FREE Murfreesoboro Books-A-Million Preschool Storytime

Staff from Linebaugh Library present a story and puppet show. Ages 3 - 5. Books-AMillion, 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; 615995-7112 or booksamillion. com.

FREE Music in the Vines

Bring a picnic and enjoy live outdoor jazz music by local bands. All ages. Arrington Vineyards, 6211 Patton Road, Arrington; Through Nov. 20: Fri - Sat 4 - 8 p.m., Sun 2 6 p.m.; 615-395-0102 or arringtonvineyards.com.

Noises Off

See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Opry at the Ryman See Tuesday Nov. 1.

Pet Shop Boys: The SUPER Tour

A night of techno-pop music. All ages. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $35 - $75; 615782-4040 or tpac.org.

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things to do FREE PJ Party with Santa

Kids can wear their PJs and get a free pillowcase (while supplies last) and enjoy an evening of entertainment including music, games, treats, stories and more to welcome Santa to the mall. All ages. CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 6 - 7:30 p.m.; 615-7712128 or coolspringsgalleria. com.

Playing Doctor

See Thursday, Nov. 3.

Red, White and Tuna

See Thursday, Nov. 3.

other fine food and beverage creators. Proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee, Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee, W.O. Smith School and Barefoot Republic Camp. Adults. Rocketown, 601 Fourth Ave. S., Nashville; 7 - 9 p.m.; $70 - $100; tasteofnashville. com.

around the globe, food and live music. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee. Adults. Main St., 419 Main St., Franklin; 7 - 10 p.m.; $75 - $200 ($35 designated drivers); winedownmainstreet. com.

The Battle of Franklin: A Tale of a House Divided

Lots of activities including artisan vendors, archery, a climbing wall, craft and candle-making projects, face painting and henna, puppet shows, storytelling, live music and dance performances, a tea garden and more. All ages. Linden Waldorf School, 3201 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $5 ages 5 and older, free ages 4 and younger (most activities are $2 - $4); 615354-0270 or lindenwaldorf. org.

See Thursday, Nov. 3.

Toddler Time with Thomas (Registration Required)

This multi-media entertainment event feature live music of Nelson’s high songs performed by his twin sons, Matthew and Gunnar. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $40 - $50; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

Enjoy playtime while learning to follow directions and working together to accomplish simple goals while focusing on body part recognition and cognitive skill development. Ages 5 and younger. Sports*Com, 120 DeJarnette Lane, Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; $3; 615-895-5040 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Science a la Cart

World of Friendship

Ricky Nelson Remembered

Participate in science experiments. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

SibShop Kick-Off (Registration Required) This inaugural SibShop program is a celebration of the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. The evening includes dinner and activities. Ages 8 - 13. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $10; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Stuff Happens

See Thursday, Nov. 3.

Taste of Nashville

The Phoenix Club of Nashville hosts the longest-running food festival that celebrates local restaurants, bars, brewers, distillers, dessert makers and

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Support Sister Cities of Nashville during this festive outing that includes international food and libations, music and a silent auction. Adults. Nashville City Center, 511 Union St., Nashville; 6 - 9 p.m.; $75; scnashville.org.

Sat 5 FREE 12th Annual Hike for the Homeless

Raise pledges and embark on your choice of a 2.2- or 3.1-mile hike on paved trails, followed by lunch, face painting, inflatables, live music and more. Proceeds benefit the Safe Haven Family Shelter. All ages. Edwin Warner Park Shelters 9 & 11, 50 Vaughn Road, Nashville; 9 a.m.; 615-256-8195 or hike4homeless.com.

16th Annual Wine Down Main Street

This premier wine tasting event features selections from

20th Annual Elves’ Faire

7 Bridges: The Ultimate Eagles Experience

An evening of Eagles music by a tribute band. All ages. Capitol Theatre, 110 W. Main St., Lebanon; 7 p.m.; $20; 615-784-4014 or capitoltheatretn.com.

Aces for Animals

This volleyball tournament for adults and juniors supports The Gentle Barn, a nonprofit sanctuary for severely abused animals. All ages. Two Rivers Middle School, 2991 McGavock Pike, Nashville; 10 a.m.; $35; grasshoppervolleyball.com.

Aegis Sciences Classical Series: Mozart & Tchaikovsky

See Friday, Nov. 4.

FREE Animal Encounters

Meet a resident education animal that calls Tennessee home. All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 1:30 - 2 p.m.; 615-2173017 or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

Bacon and Beer Classic

Enjoy more than 50 baconinfused dishes, 80 craft beers to sample, interactive games, music, contests and more. Proceeds benefit local charities. Ages 21 and older. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 1 - 4 p.m.; $59 - $99; baconandbeerclassic.com.

FREE Bird-Friendly Coffee Social

Learn about the park, wildlife, bird habitats and the coffee connection, and embark on a morning trail walk. All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 8 - 10 a.m.; 615862-8539 or nashville.gov/ parks.

Blue and Gray Days See Friday, Nov. 4.

FREE Book Talk

Kimberly Bryant-Palmer discusses her book, Mr. Zip and the Capital Z, and illustrator Jerry Palmer shows his work. Ages 8 - 12. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 2 p.m.; 615-893-4131 or linebaugh.org.

FREE Brentwood Barnes & Noble Storytime

Stories and related activities. All ages. Barnes & Noble, 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood; 11 a.m.; 615377-9979 or bn.com.

FREE Brentwood Christmas Crawl

See Thursday, Nov. 3.

Celebrate Reading

Follow a story map to hear a different children’s book read every half hour at various stops. All ages. Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $16 adults, $11 ages 2 - 12; 615-833-1534 or nashvillezoo.org.

Charis Challenge 5K Participate in a 5K or onemile walk/run. Proceeds

benefit Charis Health Center, which provides services to the medically uninsured in Wilson County. All ages. Charlie Daniels Park, 1075 Charlie Daniels Pkwy., Mt. Juliet; 7 a.m.; $25 - $35 adults, $15 - $25 kids; active.com.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

See Friday, Nov. 4.

FREE Crafty Nashville Fall Arts & Crafts Market

More than 75 local artisans and crafters are on site along with kids’ activities like balloon art, face painting, arts and crafts activities and more. There will also be music, lawn/interactive games, food trucks and a shoe drive for Soles4Souls. All ages. Track One, 1211 Fourth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; craftynashville.com.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

See Thursday, Nov. 3.

Failure: A Love Story See Thursday, Nov. 3.

Fall Festival of Magic See Friday, Nov. 4.

FREE Family Day

A day of games, crafts, inflatables, hay rides, pony rides, music, food trucks and more. All ages. The Park at Harlinsdale Farm, 239 Franklin Road, Franklin; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 615-7942103 or franklintn.gov/ familyday.

FREE First Saturday Art Crawl

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

Harriet the Spy See Friday, Nov. 4.


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Chad’s Winter Wonderland in Lebanon.

FREE Home Depot Kids’ Workshop (Registration Required) Build a Veteran’s Day toy helicopter with turning blades, then decorate it with paint and stickers. Ages 5 - 12. Home Depot (visit website for all locations); 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; homedepot.com.

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he magic of the holiday season’s much brighter at these tried-and-true outings you can enjoy with your little ones this year.

CHAD’S WINTER WONDERLAND 791 Old Laguardo Road Lebanon 615-449-0099 chadswinterwonderland.com Nov. 25 - Dec. 31 More than 2 million lights on eight acres illuminate the drive-through trail plus more than 350 pieces of scenery including Frosty’s house and Santa’s barn. Sun - Thu 6 - 10 p.m., Fri - Sat 6 - 11 p.m.; $15 per vehicle; limos and passenger buses/vans are $20.

THE DANCING LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS Jellystone Park 2572 Music Valley Drive Nashville 615-889-4225 thedancinglightsofchristmas. com Nov. 4 - Jan. 1 Hundreds of thousands of LED lights dance to holiday tunes you listen to on your car radio with new displays this year. You can make a pit stop at Santa’s Village featuring more activities for additional small fees like train rides, the bungee jump, inflatables, petting zoo and a new mobile zip line (Fri - Sat only). Jellystone Park, 2572 Music Valley Drive, Nashville; daily 5 - 10 p.m.; $25 per non-commercial vehicle.

FRANKLIN’S HOLLY TROLLEY Franklin Transit Authority 708 Columbia Ave., Franklin 615-920-4956 tmagroup.org Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18 This popular light tour through William-

son County via the festive trolley sells out fast and tickets are on sale now. Two tours each night at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 per person.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS CARRIAGE TOURS 2800 Blair Blvd., Nashville hwen.org Dec. 3 - 4

The Hillsboro-West End Neighborhood Association presents this horse-drawn carriage tour in which guests can view vintage homes sporting light displays. Enjoy hot cider, refreshments and music. Tours start every 30 minutes from 5 8:30 p.m. Sat, 4:30 - 8 p.m. Sun. Tickets are $23 per person. Advance ticket purchase required.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS! AT CHEEKWOOD 1200 Forrest Park Drive Nashville 615-356-8000 cheekwood.org This year boasts more lights than 2015 — 1 million of ‘em adorn the grounds and gardens, creating an illuminated wonderland. There’s other activities as well like carolers, live reindeer, Santa visits and s’mores. Tue - Sun 5 - 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 ages 3 17 (members get a $5 discount).

NASHVILLE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS TOUR 2416 Music Valley Drive Nashville 800-987-9852 vacationsmadeeasy.com Dec. 1 - 31 This bus tour takes you to neighbor-

hoods to see twinkling lights. Tours depart at 6:30 p.m. (no tours Christmas Eve or Christmas Day). $34 ages 12 and older, $24 ages 6 - 11, free ages 2 and younger.

OPRYLAND’S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS 2800 Opryland Drive Nashville 615-889-1000 christmastatgaylordopryland. com Nov. 11 - Jan. 1 More than 2 million lights illuminate the grounds and inside of the Opryland Hotel during its “A Country Christmas” celebration. New additions this year feature custom Music City designs. Admission is free. Sun - Thu 4 - 11 p.m., Fri - Sat 4 p.m. - midnight.

TWINKLING TENNESSEE LIGHTS TOUR 615-833-5555 graylinetn.com Dec. 1 - 23, 26 - 30

This outing includes a guided tour of the Lotz House in Franklin, complete with hot cider and cookies. Plus, you’ll enjoy a ride through the town square along with a trip to one of the most decorated neighborhoods sparkling with millions of lights. Daily 6:30 - 9 p.m. Tickets are $39.

Olde Worlde Theatre presents this theatrical production for kids in which the iconic character of the Mother Goose realm embarks on a journey through the country of Eggland where a diabolical chef and his assistant have special plans for Humpty. All ages. Belcourt Theatre, 2102 Belcourt Ave., Nashville; 10 a.m.; $10 adults, $8 ages 12 and younger; 615-3000374 or belcourt.org.

Judy Collins

A night of folk music by a legend performing songs from her 50-album body of work. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $50 - $60; 615-5382076 or franklintheatre.com.

Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook

The world’s funniest kindergartner is back with a new stage adventure that explores a “finders keepers, losers weepers” theme. All ages. Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton St., Nashville; Through Dec. 4: Sat - Sun 2 p.m., plus Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m.; $20 adults, $15 children; 615-252-4675 or nashvillect.org.

FREE Kidsville at the Parthenon

Explore and compare the parts of Greek and Shakespearean plays, then make a feelings mask like the ones used by the Greeks. Ages 12 and younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m.; conservancyonline.com/ about/kidsville. (please turn the page)

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things to do FREE Meditation Through Art (Registration Required) The Holistic Moms Network hosts this therapeutic outing where participants can enjoy adult coloring, knitting, yoga and other relaxing activities. All ages. Richland Park Library, 4711 Charlotte Ave., Nashville; 1:30 p.m.; facebook.com/events/ 1117430891628845.

FREE Mount Juliet Elementary Fall Festival

More than 60 local vendors, silent and live auctions, food, games, inflatables, train rides, human hamster ball and more. All ages. Mount Juliet Elementary, 2521 W.Division St., Mt. Juliet; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; mountjulietelement. wixsite.com/mje-pto.

FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble Storytime

Stories and activities. All ages. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; 615895-8580 or bn.com.

FREE Music in the Vines

See Friday, Nov. 4.

Noises Off

FREE Parnassus Saturday Storytime

Enjoy songs, giggles and stories. All ages. Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; 615-953-2243 or parnassusbooks.net.

FREE Photography Along Our Greenways (Registration Required) Photographer Richard Barrow leads this program where you’ll learn about which greenways are best for different types of photography such as landscapes, flowers, sunrise, sunset and wildlife. All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 10 - 11 a.m.; 615-862-8539 or nashville. gov/parks.

Pumpkin Destruction Festival

Join Farmer Jeff for a day of destroying pumpkins, including shooting them from cannons, dropping them from 60 feet in the air, blowing them up and more. All ages. Honeysuckle Hill Farm, 1765 Martins Chapel Church Road, Springfield; 11 a.m.; $13.95 ages 3 and older; 615-3827593 or honeysucklehillfarm. com.

Raiders Football

Cheer for the MTSU Blue Raiders when they challenge University of Texas San Antonio. All ages. Floyd Stadium, 1500 Greenland Drive, Murfreesboro; 1:30 p.m.; $18 - $24; goblueraiders.com.

Playing Doctor

Red, White and Tuna

See Thursday, Nov. 3.

See Thursday, Nov. 3.

Predators Hockey

FREE Shakespeare Allowed

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Carolina Hurricanes. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $165; 615-7707800 or nashvillepredators. com.

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

FREE Spring Hill Books-A-Million Storytime

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

FREE Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes Set a fundraising goal and choose a 1.5- or 5K-course to support the American Diabetes Association. All ages. Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 8:30 a.m.; 615-298-3066 or stepout.diabetes.org.

Stuff Happens

See Thursday, Nov. 3.

FREE Sumner Barnes & Noble Storytime

Stories and related activities. All ages. Barnes & Noble, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 11 a.m.; 615-264-0183 or bn.com.

FREE Sumner County Artists & Artisans Studio Tour

Visit 14 studios to see the work of 35 local artists showing and selling their work during this self-guided tour. All ages. Monthaven & Other Studios, 1017 Antebellum Circle, Hendersonville; Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1 - 5 p.m.; sumnercountystudiotour. com.

The Battle of Franklin: A Tale of a House Divided See Thursday, Nov. 3.

See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Opry at the Ryman

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Owl Day 2016 (Registration Required) Meet the non-releasable program owls while hearing informative talks on each species, then hike through owl territory, make owl pins and decorations, dissect owl pellets and more. All ages. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 1 - 4 p.m.; $10 adult/child pair, $7 each additional person, $20 family max; 615-370-4672 or owlshill.org.

FREE The Mistletoe Market

This gift show features local merchants selling clothes, home decor, jewelry, accessories, food and more. All ages. Franklin High School, 810 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 615-300-7935 or facebook. com/fhsmistletoemarket.

FREE To Bee Keep or Not to Bee Keep (Registration Required) Meet and discuss the skill of beekeeping with experienced, local keepers, and learn if honeybee keeping is right for you. Ages 18 and older. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 1 - 2:30 p.m.; 615-862-8539 or nashville. gov/parks.

FREE Toys for Tats

Bring a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots and have a tattoo removed — up to nine square inches, one removal treatment. All ages. RiverGate Mall, 1000 Rivergate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; 615-859-3458 or rivergate-mall.com.

Troop 135 Country Breakfast & Silent Auction

Support local Boy Scout Troop 135 by participating in this event where you’ll enjoy an old-fashioned breakfast and can bid on silent auction items. Proceeds help provide monthly activities for the troop’s 90 scouts like campouts, hiking trips, merit badge classes and more. All ages. First Presbyterian Church, 101 Legends Club Lane, Franklin; 7 a.m. 10:30 a.m.; $8; 615-5337038.

Turkey Run

Steve Kraski and Cori Anne Laemmel star in Nashville Rep’s Noises Off, continuing through Saturday, Nov. 5 at TPAC’s Johnson Theater. Photo by Shane Burkeen.

Participate in a 10K run, 5K walk/run or one-mile fun run from the Civic Center through Triple Creek Park and down the greenway. All ages. Gallatin Civic Center, 210 Albert Gallatin Ave., Gallatin; 7:15 a.m.; $25 - $40; active.com. (please turn the page)

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things to do Viva la Diva Run

Fifty Forward hosts this cross-generational 5K/10K celebrating and supporting health, wellness and safety programs for girls and women. All ages. Nissan N. America, 1 Nissan Way, Franklin; 8 a.m.; $35 - $55; vivaladivarun.org.

Wetland Walk

Enjoy a guided stroll through the Murfree Spring Wetland area. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2:30 p.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

FREE Wilderness Walk

Meet at the Patti King O’Connor Pavilion for a stroller-friendly nature walk, fish release by TWRA, wildlife demonstrations, children’s crafts, lunch and more. All ages. Sharp Springs Park, 311 Jefferson Pike, Smyrna; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 615-4599773 or townofsmyrna.org.

FREE Family Festival Day

Celebrate the cultural and historical aspects of the exhibit Samurai: The Way of the Warrior. The gallery experience includes sensory stations, art-making studio activities, puppetry by Wishing Chair productions and performances by the Matsuriza Taiko Drummers. All ages. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 1 - 5:30 p.m.; 615-244-3340 or fristcenter. org.

FREE Good Makers Market

Start your holiday shopping with lots of market vendors, including DreamWeave, Dumpling Designs, Light Shine Candles, Thistle Farms, Strings for Hope and others. All ages. Nashville Entrepreneur Center, 41 Peabody St., Nashville; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; goodmakersmarket.com.

Harriet the Spy

Sun 6

See Friday, Nov. 4.

FREE BMX Racing

See Saturday, Nov. 5.

Experience the thrill of BMX while watching racers compete on a bicycle motocross track. All ages. Music City BMX, 2901 Bell Road, Nashville; 2 p.m.; 615-361-5533 or facebook. com/musiccitybmx.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

See Friday, Nov. 4.

Conor Oberst

A night of indie rock/folk music with special guest Mark Kozelek. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $29.50 - $35; 615-8893060 or ryman.com.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

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FREE Make Letterpress Art

Get creative by making prints while exploring old-school letterpress art making. All ages. Hatch Show Print, 224 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 12, 1 & 2 p.m.; 615-401-2000 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

FREE Music in the Vines

See Friday, Nov. 4.

Octonauts Live!

The wildly popular Octonauts bring their live stage show to the United States for the first time. Little kids can enjoy interactive fun during the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure. All ages. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 5 p.m.; $29.50 - $39.50 ($128 VIP includes after-show meet and greet); 615-7824040 or tpac.org.

Playing Doctor

See Thursday, Nov. 3.

Red, White and Tuna

See Thursday, Nov. 3.

FREE Second Annual Kosher Hot Chicken Festival

Enjoy kosher hot chicken plates from Boltons Spicy Chicken & Fish and Slow Burn, and you can also purchase tasting tickets for a hot chicken competition. There will also be live music and children’s activities, and you can also check out the center’s open house to learn about all it has to offer. All ages. Gordon Jewish Community Center, 801 Percy Warner Blvd., Nashville; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 615-2390102 or nashvillekosherhotchickenfestival.com.

Stuff Happens

See Thursday, Nov. 3.

FREE Sumner County Artists & Artisans Studio Tour See Saturday, Nov. 5.

The Battle of Franklin: A Tale of a House Divided See Thursday, Nov. 3.

The Music of Whitney Houston

Broadway-blessed Rashidra Scott joins the Nashville Symphony and a full band for a night of pop music, including hits like “How Will I Know,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” “Greatest Love of All,” “I Will Always Love You” and more. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $22 - $74; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

FREE Yoga in the Lounge

Complimentary yoga for every fitness level. All ages. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 615-324-1010 or citywinery. com.

Mon 7 After-school Art!

Learn about art in a handson learning environment while creating with a variety of mediums. First graders and higher. Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 4 - 5 p.m.; $3; murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman: An Evening of YES Music & More The definitive members of the pioneering rock group YES, reunite after a 25-year hiatus. Presented without orchestra. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $59 - $129; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Early Explorers

Visit the preschool area for breakfast, see a planetarium show, then enjoy a storytime activity. Ages 3 - 5. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 5 and younger; discounted admission applies to arrivals prior to 9:45 a.m., regular rates apply thereafter; 615-862-5160 or adventuresci.org.

Elle King

A night of blues rock/ alternative country music. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $30 - $35; 615-8893060 or ryman.com.

FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble Storytime

See Saturday, Nov. 5.

Nolensville Wiggles and Giggles

Enjoy organized games and play time. Ages 3 - 6. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville; 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.; $2; 615786-0200, ext. 2410, or wcparksandrec.com.

FREE Organ Concert

Craig Cramer presents an evening of music. All ages. First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; 615-383-1815 or music.fpcnashville.org.

FREE Self-Defense for Kids (Registration Required)

Kids will learn self-defense, fitness, confidence, mindfulness and sound moral character. Ages 6 - 12. Harvest Martial Arts, 595 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 5 p.m.; 615-224-3851 or harvestmartialarts.com.

Snack Attack!

Prepare tasty snacks in the kitchen. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 4 p.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

SPARK!

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Stevie Nicks

Music icon Stevie Nicks brings her 24 Karat Gold Tour to Music City with special guest the Pretenders. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $39.50 - $150; 615-7702000 or bridgestonearena. com.

Tumbleweeds (Registration Required) Learn tumbling basics. Ages 3 - 5. Sports*Com, 2310 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10:15 - 11 a.m.; $3; 615-895-5040 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Tue 8 FREE Acoustic Pickin’ Party

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Busy Bees

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Crafternoon

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.


things to do FREE Sumner Barnes & Noble Storytime See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Tuesdays for Tots See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Water Polo

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

FREE Who Picked This Book? Club: Bohemian Gospel Discuss the 13th century tale of a bold and unusual girl on a quest to uncover her past and define her destiny. Ages 14 and older. Lipscomb University’s Beaman Library, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville; 3:30 p.m.; lipscomb.edu.

Youth Yoga

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Wed 9 Animal Antics

See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Archery Homeschool Day (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Fairview Wiggles and Giggles See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Homeschool Creativity Class

See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

A local girl chows down on a s’more during the Fall Harvest Hayride at the General Bragg Trailhead in Murfreesboro. This year’s outing is on Thursday, Nov. 10. Fairview Mommy & Me Yoga See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

FREE Family Gaming Night

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

FITMommy

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Homeschool P.E.

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Opry at the Ryman See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Ottowa Senators. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $165; 615-7707800 or nashvillepredators. com.

FREE School’s Out: Let’s Go Out (Registration Required) Hike, collect leaves and create crafts. All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900

Davidson St., Nashville; 2 3 p.m.; 615-862-8539 or nashville.gov/parks.

SPARK!

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

FREE Spring Hill Books-A-Million Storytime

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Spring Hill Wiggles and Giggles

JOHNNYSWIM

A night of folk, soul, blues and pop music with special guest Jonny P. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $30; 615-889-3060 or ryman.com.

KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Registration Required)

See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

FREE Kids’ Hour

Multi-instrumentalist Jacob Johnson entertains kids. Ages 10 and younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 615-550-5660 or wholefoodsmarket.com.

Music City Roots

See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Tales and Trails (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Thankful Turkeys! (Registration Required) Create an interactive centerpiece for your family’s Thanksgiving celebration. Ages 6 - 8. Little Art House, 1317 16th Ave. S., Nashville; 4:30 - 5:45 p.m.; $25; 615-933-9644 or littlearthousenashville.com.

Tumbleweeds (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Wild Things (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Thu 10 16th Annual BSA Extravaganza

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

Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook

See Saturday, Nov. 5.

KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

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things to do 18th Annual Fall Harvest Hayride

Listen to live music as you toast marshmallows and eat s’mores around the campfire, plus enjoy an old-fashioned hayride along the greenway. All ages. General Bragg Trailhead, 1540 W. College St., Murfreesboro; 5:30 - 8 p.m.; $2 ages 3 and older; 615-893-2141 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

FREE A World of Possibilities Career Fair

Williamson County Schools eighth grade students only — public, private or homeschool — can attend this fair to learn about a variety of career opportunities. Williamson County Ag Expo Park, 4215 Long Lane, Franklin; 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; 615-4724063 or wcs.edu/careerexploration-day.

An Evening of Music for Sight

Mark Collie, The Burrito Brothers and the Cumberland River Band perform a night of music benefiting the Middle Tennessee Lions Sight Service. All ages. Capitol Theatre, 110 W. Main St., Lebanon; 7 p.m.; $35 - $50; 615784-4014 or capitoltheatretn. com.

An Evening with Mr. Dickens

Charles Dickens’ great grandson, Gerald Dickens,

presents a dramatic performance of A Christmas Carol by playing more than 30 characters using his vocal and physical talents to bring each scene to life. A book signing and meet-andgreet follow, and your ticket includes two wine tickets and hors d’oeuvres. All ages. The Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; 6 - 9 p.m.; $35 - $75; 615-889-2941 or thehermitage.com.

Busy Bees

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Failure: A Love Story Actors Bridge See Thursday, Nov. 3.

FirstBank Pops Series: The Nashville Songbook with Mandy Barnett

The star of Always ... Patsy Cline joins the Nashville Symphony for a night of pop and country songs that made Nashville famous. She’ll perform hits by Cline, Brenda Lee, Tammy Wynette, Eddy Arnold, Elvis Presley and others. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Sym-phony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $22 - $133; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony. org.

Franklin Mommy & Me Yoga

See Thursday, Nov. 3.

Ingrid Michaelson

A night of folk/pop music with special guest AJR. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $30 - $40; 615-8893060 or ryman.com.

Country superstar Keith Urban brings his ripCORD World Tour to Bridgestone Arena on Friday, Dec. 11.

FREE Nashville’s Nutcracker Storytime

Kids can enjoy an introduction to Nashville Ballet’s version of the traditional story on a short trip through the Land of Sweets with a character from the performance. Ages 3 - 6. South Cheatham Public Library, 358 N. Main St., Kingston Springs; 10:30 a.m.; 615-297-2966 or nashvilleballet.com.

Nature Nuts

See Thursday, Nov. 3.

FREE Parnassus Storytime

See Thursday, Nov. 3.

FREE Perform Murfreesboro Dance Class

Focus on choreography and skills to pick up dance routines. Ages 7 and older. The Washington Theatre at Patterson Park, 521 Mercury Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6 p.m.; free with Perform Murfreesboro membership ($25/year); 615-867-7244 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Plaid Tidings

See Thursday, Nov. 3.

Playing Doctor

See Thursday, Nov. 3.

Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the St. Louis Blues. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $165; 615-770-7800 or nashvillepredators.com.

Red, White and Tuna See Thursday, Nov. 3.

FREE StrollerCoasters

See Thursday, Nov. 3.

Stuff Happens

See Thursday, Nov. 3.

Water Polo

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Youth Volleyball Class See Thursday, Nov. 3.

Fri 11 A Lie of the Mind

Act 1 presents this Sam Shepard play set in Montana. The story alternates between two families after a severe incident of spousal abuse leaves all their lives altered until the final collision at an isolated cabin. Ages 12 and older. Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Ave., Nashville; Through Nov. 26: Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30; $15; act1online.com.

FREE Brilliant Sky Storytime

See Friday, Nov. 4.

Catfish Moon

Three men explore friendship and the past on a fishing peer during an overnight camping trip. Ages 10 and older. Murfreesboro Little Theatre, 702 Ewing Blvd., Murfreesboro; Through Nov. 20: Fri - Sat 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $10 adults, $7 students; 615-893-9825 or mltarts.com.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

See Friday, Nov. 4.

Christmas Village

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

The Battle of Franklin: A Tale of a House Divided See Thursday, Nov. 3.

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things to do Red, White and Tuna See Thursday, Nov. 3.

Science a la Cart See Friday, Nov. 4.

Stuff Happens

See Thursday, Nov. 3.

Telescope Night (Registration Required) The telescopes will be open for viewing, and astronomers will answer questions and provide information about the various exhibits found in the observatory. All ages. Dyer Observatory, 1000 Oman Drive, Brentwood; 7 p.m.; $6.27; 615-373-4897 or dyer.vanderbilt.edu.

The Battle of Franklin: A Tale of a House Divided See Thursday, Nov. 3.

Children can meet Santa during the 26th Annual Holiday Craft Show & 13th Annual Kris Kringle Kar Klassic at the Franklin Recreation Complex, Nov. 12 - 13. Family Ranch Weekend (Registration Required)

Ride horses and learn how to care for them, build campfires, eat s’mores and enjoy other activities. Ages 7 and older. YMCA Camp Widjiwagan, 3088 Smith Springs Road, Nashville; check-in is 5 p.m. Friday; checkout is 12 p.m. Sunday; $175; 615-3602267 or campwidji.org.

FirstBank Pops Series: The Nashville Songbook with Mandy Barnett See Thursday, Nov. 10.

FoCo

Nashville-based dance company New Dialect presents an evening of contemporary dance working by award-winning choreographers from China, Israel and Nashville. All ages. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Fri Sat 8 p.m.; $15 - $55; 615782-4040 or tpac.org.

Glory Denied

Nashville Opera presents this story (sung in English) of America’s longest held prisoner of war who returns to a country he no longer recognizes and a family who barely recognizes him. All ages. Noah Liff Center, 3622 Redmon St., Nashville; Fri - Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $26 - $70; 615-782-4040 or nashvilleopera.org.

FREE Hill Forest Hike (Registration Required) Explore the hilltops and hollows of an undisturbed forest. Ages 8 and older. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 1 - 3 p.m.; 615-352-6299 or nashville.gov/parks.

Keith Urban

A night of country music with Urban’s ripCORD World Tour with special guests Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $29.50 -

$62.50; 615-770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Registration Required)

See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Let Freedom Ring: A Salute to Our Veterans Brian Russell conducts the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra (MSO) for a night of American music featuring guest performances by Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess and MSO Founder Laurence Harvin. All ages. First United Methodist Church, 265 W. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro; 7 p.m.; $10 - $40; 615-898-1862 or murfreesborosymphony. com.

Light Up the Night

The C.U.R.E.S. Society hosts this evening that includes dinner, drinks live music, cornhole, a bonfire and a “pong” tournament benefiting the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Ambassadors through the T.J. Martell Foundation. Adults. The event takes place at a private home located at 1358 Page Road, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $40; tjmartell.org.

FREE Music in the Vines

See Friday, Nov. 4.

Opry at the Ryman See Friday, Nov. 4.

Playing Doctor

See Thursday, Nov. 3.

Raiders Basketball

Cheer for the MTSU Blue Raiders when they challenge Millgan College. All ages. Murphy Center, 2650 Middle Tennessee Blvd., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; $13; goblueraiders.com.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

This holiday comedy is about a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant who are faced with casting the most awful kids in history. All ages. Encore Theatre Company, 6978 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet; Through Nov. 20: Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $15; 615598-8950 or encore-theatrecompany.org.

The Dixie Swim Club

Five southern women set aside a long weekend every August to meet at the same beach cottage on N. Carolina’s Outer Banks to recharge their friendships. Ages 10 and older. Center for the Arts, 110 W. College St., Murfreesboro; Through Nov. 20: Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 2 p.m.; $15 adults, $13 students, $11 children; 615904-2787 or boroarts.org.

Toddler Time with Thomas (Registration Required) See Friday, Nov. 4.

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things to do Whistlestop Weekend

The All Aboard for Trains! exhibit kicks off the holiday season at the science center. Kids can have fun exploring this model train extravaganza featuring several models of different shapes and sizes. All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 - 12; 615-8625160 or adventuresci.org/ whistlestop.

Sat 12 26th Annual Holiday Craft Show & 13th Annual Kris Kringle Kar Klassic

Shop at more than 140 booths featuring handmade items while the car show has 80 showcase autos. Santa visits children on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Sunday from 1 - 3 p.m. All ages. Williamson County Ag Expo Park, 4215 Long Lane, Franklin; Sat 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun 12 - 4 p.m.; $2 adults, free ages 12 and younger; wcparksandrec.com.

A Lie of the Mind See Friday, Nov. 11.

FREE American Girl Book Club

Girls can have fun discussing American Girl Kit Kittredge. Ages 8 - 12. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 2 p.m.; 615-893-4131 or linebaugh. org.

FREE Animal Encounters

See Saturday, Nov. 5.

FREE Body Works (Registration Required) This mat class focuses on lengthening, stretching and strengthening the body. Ages 18 and older. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 10 11 a.m.; 615-862-8539 or nashville.gov/parks.

Breakfast & PJ Party with Santa (Registration Required) Wear your favorite PJs for Santa’s arrival that includes a pancake breakfast, complimentary game play, face painting, balloon art and a collectible teddy bear. Proceeds benefit the Beesley Animal Foundation. All ages. Chuck E. Cheese at Stones River Mall, 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 8 - 10 a.m.; $5; 615-896-4486 or stonesrivermall.com.

FREE Brentwood Barnes & Noble Storytime

See Saturday, Nov. 5.

Campfire Circle

Embark on a guided nature hike and arrive at the glowing fire for tasty treats, songs, skits and more. All ages. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 5:30 p.m.; $3; 615-2173017 or murfreesborotn.gov/ parks.

Catfish Moon

See Friday, Nov. 11.

Celebrate Reading See Saturday, Nov. 12.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

See Friday, Nov. 4.

Trains, trains and more trains are the stars of Whistlestop Weekend at Adventure Science Center, Nov. 11 - 13. It’s the center’s official kick-off of the holiday season. FREE Fall Colors Hike (Registration Required) Enjoy a hike in nature taking in the colors of trees like oaks, maples and others. All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 2 - 3:30 p.m.; 615-862-8539 or nashville. gov/parks.

Fall Leaf Animal Collages

FREE Cloth Diapering 101

Look at leaves, their colors, shapes and patterns along with different tree species while making a framed artwork. Ages 8 and older. The Wilderness Station, 697 Veterans Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 2 p.m.; $5; 615-217-3017 or murfreesborotn.gov/parks.

Fall Back Bolt

FirstBank Pops Series: The Nashville Songbook with Mandy Barnett

Christmas Village See Friday, Nov. 11.

Learn the basics of cloth diapering. All ages. USA Baby & Kids, 1113 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin; 10:30 a.m.; 615-595-5565.

The Sumner Teen Center hosts this race with five-mile, 5K and one-mile courses. The race benefits the center and Sumner County High Schools. All ages. Douglass Clark House, 2115 Long Hollow Pike, Gallatin; 7:45 a.m.; $20; 615-530-8248 or sumnerteencenter.org.

See Thursday, Nov. 10.

FoCo

See Friday, Nov. 11.

Girls Riders Org

Girls can bring their skateboard, helmet and pads for a morning of skating fun,

and participants are asked to bring a canned food item for Graceworks Ministries. All ages. Brentwood YMCA Skate Park, 8207 Concord Road, Brentwood; 9 - 11 a.m.; $5; 678-634-2263 or samatha.degrasse@gmail. com.

Glory Denied

See Friday, Nov. 11.

FREE Hike Day (Registration Required) Embark on a guided hike that includes moderate hill climbs across two to three miles. All ages. Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, 545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood; 1 - 3 p.m.; 615-370-4672 or owlshill. org.

FREE Hodge House Homecoming (Registration Required) View pictures and hear stories of the families who grew up on the land that’s now Warner Parks. All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 1 - 3 p.m.; 615-352-6299 or nashville. gov/parks.

FREE Hodge Housecleaning (Registration Required) Help with landscaping, cleaning and maintenance work at the park’s Hodge House. All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 1 - 3 p.m.; 615-352-6299 or nashville. gov/parks.

FREE Holiday Tinsel & Treasures

Several retail merchants offer holiday shopping opportunities before Black Friday. All ages. Downtown Gallatin, 118 West Main St., Gallatin; Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m.; 615452-4000 or gallatintn.org.

FREE Home for the Holidays Craft Fair

Shopping with a variety of vendors. You can also enjoy music, food and goody bags, and Santa will be there. Proceeds benefit Friends of the Park. All ages. Mt. Juliet Community Center, 1100 Charlie Daniels Pkwy., Mt. Juliet; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 615335-0384 or cityofmtjuliet. org/parkevents.cfm. (please turn the page)

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things to do FREE Santa’s Arrival Parade at Green Hills

St. Nick makes his debut at the mall complete with a festive parade, milk and cookies, and holiday card and craft-making activities for kids. All ages. The Mall at Green Hills (Panera Bread entrance), 2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville; 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.; 615-2985478 or shopgreenhills.com.

FREE Santa’s Arrival Parade at RiverGate

Enjoy the festivities of Santa’s Arrival Parade at RiverGate Mall in Goodlettsville on Saturday, Nov. 12. Humpty Dumpty’s Halloween Adventure See Saturday, Nov. 12.

Jack Ingram

FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble Storytime See Saturday, Nov. 5.

A night of country/rock music. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $32 - $42; 615-5382076 or franklintheatre.com.

FREE Music in the Vines

Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook

Kids can enjoy an introduction to Nashville Ballet’s version of the traditional story on a short trip through the Land of Sweets with a character from the performance. Ages 3 - 6. Williamson County Public Library, 1314 Columbia Ave., Franklin; 10:30 a.m.; 615297-2966 or nashvilleballet. com.

See Saturday, Nov.5.

FREE Kidsville at the Parthenon

Hear the story of the iconic Shakespeare Folio exhibit in the iconic Parthenon building, then create your own folio book. Ages 12 and younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m.; conservancyonline.com/ about/kidsville.

Lynn Beal Big Band

A night of swing music. All ages. The Larry Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike, Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $12 in advance, $15 at the door; 615-883-8375 or thelarrykeetontheatre.org.

See Friday, Nov. 4.

FREE Nashville’s Nutcracker Storytime

Opry at the Ryman See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

FREE Parnassus Saturday Storytime See Saturday, Nov. 5.

Playing Doctor

See Thursday, Nov. 3.

FREE Portland Harvest Craft Show and Sale

A variety of arts and crafts, a children’s crafting area with face painting, prize drawings and more. All ages. Richland Gym, 303 Portland Blvd., Portland; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 615-325-6464 or cityofportlandtn.gov/portlandharvest-craft-show--sale.

Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Anaheim Ducks. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $165; 615-770-7800 or nashvillepredators.com.

Radney Foster

A night of country/Americana music. All ages. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $28 - $38; 615324-1010 or citywinery.com.

Red, White and Tuna See Thursday, Nov. 3.

Join Star Wars characters and special guests during a parade welcoming Santa Claus. Other activities include face painting, a balloon artist, inflatables, a magic show, character meet and greets and more. All ages. RiverGate Mall, 1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; 12 - 3 p.m.; 615-859-3458 or rivergatemall.com.

Second Saturday

Stuff Happens

See Thursday, Nov. 3.

FREE Sumner Barnes & Noble Storytime See Saturday, Nov. 5.

FREE Tennessee MG Walk

Set a fundraising goal and walk in support of the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America. All ages. Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Pkwy., Nashville; 10 a.m.; mgwalk.org/ tennessee.

The Battle of Franklin: A Tale of a House Divided See Thursday, Nov. 3.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

See Friday, Nov. 11.

The Dixie Swim Club See Friday, Nov. 11.

Explore the Nashville skies during a live show (“Skies Over Nashville”), immerse yourself in a full-dome feature (“The Longest Night: A Winter’s Tale”) or rock out to a laser light show (“She Blinded Me with Lasers” and “Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon”). All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 7 - 11 p.m.; $4 members, $8 non-members per show; 615862-5160 or adventuresci. org/saturday.

The Fray

Simmons Bank Run for the Kids 5K

FREE Youth Magic Group

This 5K raises money for the Goodlettsville Fire Department and to purchase Christmas gifts for underprivileged kids in the community. All ages. Moss-Wright Park, 745 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville; 7 a.m.; $30; active.com.

A night of rock music with special guest American Authors. All ages. War Memorial Auditorium, 301 6th Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $67 - $125 (a digital copy of the Greatest Hits album is included); 615-7824040 or tpac.org.

Wetland Walk

See Saturday, Nov. 5.

Whistlestop Weekend See Friday, Nov. 11.

Explore the world of magic and learn an illusion or two. Ages 8 - 12. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 9:30 a.m.; 615-893-4131 or linebaugh. org.

FREE Spring Hill Books-A-Million Storytime

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Sun 13 19th Annual Hats Off to High Hopes

This benefit concert raises awareness and funds for High Hopes Development Center. The concert features Matthew Ramsey and Trevor Rosen of Old Domion along with Tim Nichols, Matt Jenkins, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $29.50 $49.50; 615-889-3060 or ryman.com.

FREE Music in the Vines

See Friday, Nov. 4.

Playing Doctor

See Thursday, Nov. 3.

Red, White and Tuna

See Sunday, Nov. 6.

Catfish Moon

See Friday, Nov. 11.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

See Friday, Nov. 4.

Christmas Village See Friday, Nov. 11.

Glory Denied

See Friday, Nov. 11.

FREE Holiday Tinsel & Treasures See Saturday, Nov. 12.

Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook

Opry at the Ryman

FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble Storytime

Raiders Basketball

See Monday, Nov. 7.

Nolensville Wiggles and Giggles

Stuff Happens

FREE BMX Racing

Early Explorers

Space Jam

A Lie of the Mind See Friday, Nov. 11.

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

See Saturday, Nov. 5.

See Saturday, Nov. 12.

See Thursday, Nov. 3.

The Battle of Franklin: A Tale of a House Divided See Thursday, Nov. 3.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever See Friday, Nov. 11.

The Dixie Swim Club See Friday, Nov. 11.

Titans Football

Cheer for the Tennessee Titans when they challenge the Green Bay Packers. All ages. Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way, Nashville; 12 p.m.; $45 - $285; 615-565-4200 or titansonline.com.

Whistlestop Weekend

See Monday, Nov. 7.

FREE Self-Defense for Kids (Registration Required) See Monday, Nov. 7.

Snack Attack!

See Monday, Nov. 7.

SPARK!

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

FREE Spring Hill Books-A-Million Storytime

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Tumbleweeds (Registration Required)

See Monday, Nov. 7.

FREE Acoustic Pickin’ Party

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

FREE Autumn Moonlight Hike (Registration Required) Embark on a moonlight hike through the bottoms. All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 8 - 9 p.m.; 615862-8539 or nashville.gov/ parks.

Busy Bees

Mon 14

Crafternoon

FREE Adoption 101 (Registration Required)

Fairview Mommy & Me Yoga

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

FREE Family Gaming Night

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

FITMommy

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Spring Hill Wiggles and Giggles See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

FREE Sumner Barnes & Noble Storytime See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

The Book of Mormon This

Music, stories and special guests celebrating a “Christcentered community.” All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 7:30 p.m.; $50 - $2,000; 615-5382076 or franklintheatre.com.

Tuesdays for Tots See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Vandy vs Belmont

The Vanderbilt Commodores challenge the Belmont Bruins on the basketball court. All ages. Memorial Gym, 2601 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $55; 615-322-4653 or vucommodores.com.

Experience Jurassic Park in Concert for the first time EVER in the U.S. with our own Nashville Symphony on Sunday, Nov. 13!

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Jurassic Park in Concert

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Cheer for the MTSU Blue Raiders when they challenge Murray State. All ages. Murphy Center, 2650 Middle Tennessee Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6:30 p.m.; $13; goblueraiders.com.

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

See Friday, Nov. 11.

Learn about the process for domestic, interstate and international adoptions. Adults. Heaven Sent Children, 2604 Merchants Walk, Murfreesboro; 6 - 8 p.m.; 615-898-0803 or heavensentchildren.com.

The Rabbit Room Live

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

SPARK!

See Saturday, Nov. 5.

Experience the U.S. premiere of Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster dinosaur movie in HD while the Nashville Symphony performs John Williams’ score live. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $34 $84; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Homeschool P.E.

See Monday, Nov. 7.

See Thursday, Nov. 3.

In honor of its 20th anniversary, see the Looney Tunes characters and NBA stars like Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan together back on the big screen. Rated PG. All ages. Regal Green Hills Cinema, 3815 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville, and Regal Opry Mills, 433 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville; 2 & 7 p.m.; $13.66; fathomevents. com.

26th Annual Holiday Craft Show & 13th Annual Kris Kringle Kar Klassic

After-school Art!

Tony Award-winning musical is an outrageous comedy following the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries sent halfway across the world to spread the good word. Contains explicit language. Ages 16 and older. TPAC’s Jackson Hall, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Tue - Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 & 8 p.m., Sun 1 & 6:30 p.m.; $45 - $130; 615-782-4040 or tpac.org.


STORYTIMES DAVIDSON

All Davidson County libraries can be accessed online at nashvillepubliclibrary.org. Bellevue Public Library 720 Baugh Road, Nashville 615-862-5854

• Family Fun Time: Mon 6:30 p.m.; Ages 3 - 5 • Mother Goose Moments: Mon 10:15 a.m.; Ages 0 - 2 • Preschool Storytime: Wed 10:15 & 11:15 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5

Bordeaux Public Library 4000 Clarksville Pike, Nashville 615-862-5856

• Preschool Storytime: Tue 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5 • Twilight Storytime: Tue 6 p.m.; All ages

Donelson Public Library 2315 Lebanon Road, Donelson 615-862-5859

• Preschool Storytime: Mon 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 6

East Branch Library 206 Gallatin Road, Nashville 615-862-5860

• Preschool Storytime: Mon 10:15 a.m.; Ages 2 - 4

Edmondson Branch Library 5501 Edmondson Pike, Nashville 615-880-3957

• Big Kids’ Clubhouse Storytime: Thu 4:30 p.m.; Ages 5 - 9 • Stories with Ms. Tori: Wed 10 & 11 a.m.; Ages 0 - 5

Goodlettsville Library 106 Brick Church Pike Goodlettsville • 615-880-3957

• Preschool Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5 • Toddler Time: Mon 10:30 a.m.; Ages 18 months - 3 years

Green Hills Branch Library 3701 Benham Ave., Nashville 615-862-5863

• Little Learners: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3-5 • Nightlight Storytime: 2nd & last Mon 6 p.m.; Ages 3 - 7 • Toddler Tales: Mon 10:30 a.m.; Ages 1-2

Hermitage Branch Library 3700 James Kay Lane, Hermitage 615-880-3951

• Baby & Me: Tue 1 p.m.; Ages 0 - 24 months • Preschool Storytime: Wed 10 & 11 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5 • Starlight Storytime: 2nd & 4th Mon 6:30 p.m.; Ages 4 - 10

Inglewood Branch Library 4312 Gallatin Road, Nashville 615-862-5866

• Preschool Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 2 - 5 • Wonder Baby: Mon 10 & 11 a.m.; Ages 0 - 24 months

Madison Branch Library 610 Gallatin Road S., Madison 615-862-5868

• Baby Storytime: Mon & Fri 10:30 a.m.; Ages 0 - 24 months • Preschool Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5

Nashville Public Library 615 Church St., Nashville 615-862-5800

• Preschool Storytime: Tue & Wed at 9:30, 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.; Ages 2 - 5

North Branch Library 1001 Monroe St., Nashville 615-862-5858

• Preschool Storytime: Wed 10 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5

Old Hickory Branch Library 1010 Jones St., Old Hickory 615-862-5869 • Storytime with Miss Candice: Mon 10:30 a.m.; All ages

Richland Park Branch Library 4711 Charlotte Ave., Nashville 615-862-5870 • Baby & Me: Tue 10:30 a.m.; Ages 0 - 24 months • Preschool Storytime: Mon 10:30 a.m.; Ages 2 - 6

S.E. Branch Library 5260 Hickory Hollow Pkwy. Antioch • 615-862-5871

• Babies & Books: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 0 - 3 • Little Book Worms: Tue 10:30 a.m.; Ages 2 - 5 • Saturday Storytime: Sat 10:30 a.m.; All ages

Thompson Lane Branch Library 380 Thompson Lane, Nashville 615-862-5873

• Family Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 18 months - 5 years

RUTHERFORD La Vergne Public Library 5063 Murfreesboro Road La Vergne • 615-793-7303 lavergnetn.org

• Homeschool Storytime: Mon 10 a.m.; Grades K - 3 • Jammies & Stories: Thu 6:30 p.m.; All ages

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• Little Treasures: Thu 10 a.m.; Ages 0 - 24 months • Once Upon a Storytime: Tue & Wed 10 a.m.; Ages 2 & older

Linebaugh Public Library 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro 615-893-4131 • linebaugh.org

• Itty Bitty Storytime: Thu 10 a.m.; Ages 0 - 23 months • Storytime @ Linebaugh: Tue & Wed 10 a.m.; All ages

Smyrna Public Library 400 Enon Springs Road W. Smyrna 615-459-4884 • linebaugh.org

• Baby & Me Storytime: Fri 10 a.m.; Ages 0 - 24 months • Wiggle Giggle & Read: Tue - Thu 10 a.m. (plus Wed 3:30 p.m.); All ages

SUMNER

Gallatin Public Library 123 E. Main St., Gallatin 615-452-1722 • gallatinlibrary.org • Music with Ms. Shannon: Tue 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5 • Storytime: Thu 5 p.m. & Fri 10:30 a.m.; All ages • Wiggler’s Class: Wed 9:45 a.m.; Ages 0 - 2-and-a-half

Hendersonville Public Library 140 Saundersville Road Hendersonville • 615-824-0656 youseemore.com/hendersonville • Baby & Me: Wed 10:15 & 11 a.m., 2 p.m.; Ages 3 & younger • Lapsit: Thu 11 a.m. & 2:15 p.m.; Ages 0 - 2 • Preschool Storytime: Mon 10:15 & 11 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5

Portland Public Library 301 Portland Blvd., Portland 615-325-2279 youseemore.com/portland

• Lapsit: Fri 10:30 a.m.; Ages 0 - 24 months • Preschool Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5

Westmoreland Public Library 2305 Epperson Springs Road Westmoreland 615-644-2026 youseemore.com/westmoreland • Preschool Storytime: Tue 11 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5

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Bethesda Public Library 4905 Bethesda Road, Thompson’s Station • 615-790-1887 wcpltn.org • Preschool Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 4 • Toddler Time: Tue 10:30 a.m.; Ages 18 - 35 months

Brentwood Public Library 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood 615-371-0090 • brentwood-tn. org/library

• Storytime: Tue - Wed 10 & 11 a.m., Sat 10:30 a.m.; Ages preschool elementary

College Grove Community Library 8607 Horton Hwy., College Grove 615-368-3222 • wcpltn.org • Preschool Storytime: Thu 10 a.m.; Ages 2 - 5

Fairview Public Library 2240 Fairview Blvd., Fairview 615-799-0235 • wcpltn.org

• Preschool Storytime: Wed 10 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5

Leiper’s Fork Public Library 5333 Old Hwy. 96, Franklin 615-794-7019 • wcpltn.org

• Preschool Storytime: Tue 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 5 • Toddler Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 18 - 35 months

Nolensville Public Library 915 Oldham Drive, Nolensville 615-776-5490 • wcpltn.org

• Preschool Storytime: Wed 10:30 a.m.; Ages 3 - 6 • Toddler Storytime: Tue 10:30 a.m.; Ages 18 months - 3 years

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Thu 17 A Lie of the Mind See Friday, Nov. 11.

Busy Bees

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Youth Yoga

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Wed 16 Animal Antics

See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Archery Homeschool Day (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Fairview Wiggles and Giggles

See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Family Science Lab: Investigators

Explore what it means to be an engineer as you follow the engineering process to create structures and learn how to make them stronger in this hands-on lab. Ages 6 - 9 with an adult. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 11 a.m.; $5 per child in addition to gate admission ($14.95 adults, $10.95 kids); 615-8625160 or adventuresci.org/ familyscience.

FREE Full Moon Bike Ride (Registration Required)

Bring your bikes and helmets for a ride into the still of a crisp, fall evening under the full moon, with stops at highlighted areas of nocturnal mammal activity. Ages 10 and older. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 6 7:30 p.m.; 615-862-8539 or nashville.gov/parks.

Homeschool Creativity Class

See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Registration Required)

Music City Roots

See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Patty Griffin

A night of folk music with special guest Joan Shelley. All ages. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $60 - $85; 615-3241010 or citywinery.com.

Space Jam

See Monday, Nov. 14.

Tales and Trails (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Thankful Turkeys! (Registration Required)

See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Create an interactive centerpiece for your family’s Thanksgiving celebration. Ages 9 - 11. Little Art House, 1317 16th Ave. S., Nashville; 4:30 - 5:45 p.m.; $25; 615-933-9644 or littlearthousenashville.com.

FREE Kids’ Hour

The Book of Mormon

See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Registration Required)

Award-winning independent recording artist Ginger Sands performs music for children. Ages 10 and younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 615-550-5660 or gingersands.com.

See Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Tumbleweeds (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Wild Things (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

FREE Perform Murfreesboro Dance Class

See Thursday, Nov. 10.

FREE Doctor Who Club

Red, White and Tuna

Eighth Annual Cherish the Night

Water Polo

See Thursday, Nov. 3.

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Enjoy all-things Doctor Who while making a craft and enjoying snacks. Ages 13 and older. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 - 5 p.m.; 615371-0090 or brentwood-tn. org/library.

See Looney Tunes characters interact with basketball stars when Space Jam returns to the big screen for its 20th anniversary on Nov. 14 & 16 at Regal Green Hills and Regal Opry Mills.

FREE Parnassus Storytime

Country star Troy Gentry performs a night of music, and you can bid in a silent auction featuring items from artists across the city. Proceeds benefit STARS (Students Taking A Right Stand). Adults. Musicians Hall of Fame, 401 Gay St., Nashville; 6 p.m.; $175 - $500; 615-9836805 or starsnashville.org/ cherish-the-night.

Failure: A Love Story See Thursday, Nov. 3.

Franklin Mommy & Me Yoga See Thursday, Nov. 3.

Glad Tidings

This original production by Martha Wilkinson and Bobby Wyckoff features a collection of holiday sketches and songs. All ages. Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Hwy. 100, Nashville; Through Dec. 30: Thu - Sat 6 p.m., Sun 12 p.m.; $50 adults, $30 ages 18 and younger; 615-646-9977 or dinnertheatre.com.

Karla Bonoff

A night of folk/rock music. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $33 - $43; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

Nature Nuts

See Thursday, Nov. 3.

See Thursday, Nov. 3.

FREE Science Cafe

Participate in an informal discussion on current issues in science. All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; 615-8625160 or adventuresci.org/ sciencecafe.

Straight No Chaser

A night of a cappella music during the group’s “I’ll Have Another 20th Anniversary Tour.” All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $39.50 - $69.50; 615-8893060 or ryman.com.

FREE StrollerCoasters See Thursday, Nov. 3.

The Book of Mormon See Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Water Polo

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Youth Volleyball Class See Thursday, Nov. 3.

Fri 18 A Lie of the Mind See Friday, Nov. 11.

FREE Brilliant Sky Storytime

See Friday, Nov. 4.

Casting Crowns

A night of contemporary Christian music with special guests Matt Maher and Hannah Kerr. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $17.50 - $77.50; 615-7702000 or bridgestonearena. com. (please turn the page)

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ou’ll find the epitome of “Christmas in Nashville” flavor at Gaylord Opryland Resort during its annual “A Country Christmas” celebration. The resort hosts a bevy of holiday events and activities, including the family-favorite ICE! exhibit. This year’s frozen wonderland features the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer story. The mean old Mr. Grinch is back this season for a second year of the Broadway holiday show Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, playing at the Grand Ole Opry House. There’s also snow tubing and ice skating (outside across from ICE!), gingerbread decorating, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers Christmas Dinner Show, horse-drawn carriage rides to see the 2 million lights outside and the popular Parade of Trees. Other kid-specific attractions include Breakfast with the Grinch, the Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt, photos with Santa, Cookies with Mrs. Claus (storytime), the Opryland Express Kids’ Train and the Santa’s Spinners tea cup ride. Days, times and tickets vary for all of the many wonders that make up “A Country Christmas.” Gaylord Opryland’s located at 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville. Get the complete schedule and tickets at 615-889-1000 or christmasatgaylordopryland.com.

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Catfish Moon

See Friday, Nov. 11.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

See Friday, Nov. 4.

Commodores Basketball

Cheer for the Vanderbilt Commodores when they challenge Norfolk State. All ages. Memorial Gym, 2601 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $55; 615-322-4653 or vucommodores.com.

Fostering Joy

Enjoy a buffet dinner, silent auction, music by ‘80s dance party band Rubik’s Groove, a live auction and more. Proceeds benefit the Monroe Harding Children’s Home. Adults. Rocketown, 601 Fourth Ave. S., Nashville; 6 - 10 p.m.; $125; 615-2985573 or monroeharding.org.

Friday Skate Night

Bring your own roller skates for a night of skating fun in the gym. All ages. Fairview Recreation Complex, 2714 Fairview Blvd., Fairview; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $5; 615799-9331, ext. 2310, or wcparksandrec.com.

Glad Tidings

See Thursday, Nov. 17.

FREE Guided Nature Hike (Registration Required)

Hike down the Sedge Hill Trail along Henry Hollow Creek to enjoy the beauty of nature. The two-mile hike is an easy to moderate difficulty level. All ages. Beaman Park Nature Center, 5911 Old Hickory Blvd., Ashland City; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 615-8628580 or nashville.gov/parks.


things to do KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Registration Required)

See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Light Up the Night Gala

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

FREE Mushrooms!

Embark on a mushroom hunt and see what kind of weird things turn up. All ages. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 9 - 11 a.m.; 615-352-6299 or nashville.gov/parks.

FREE Music in the Vines

Bring a picnic and enjoy live outdoor jazz music by local bands. All ages. Arrington Vineyards, 6211 Patton Road, Arrington; 4 - 8 p.m.; 615-395-0102 or arringtonvineyards.com.

Nashville International Auto Show Get an up-close look at more than 350 of the newest cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers on the market while discovering the latest in-car technology and test driving more than 50 vehicles. There are interactive simulators for kids to experience, too. All ages. Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; Fri Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $10 adults, free ages 12 and younger; autoshownashville.com.

Opry at the Ryman See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Parents’ Night Out for Ninjas (Registration Required) Mom and Dad can enjoy an evening to themselves while their kids play games, learn martial arts, watch a movie, eat pizza and more. Ages 5 - 12. Harvest Martial Arts, 595 Hillsboro Road, Franklin; 6 - 9:30 p.m.; $20 students, $25 non-students; 615-2243851 or harvestmartialarts. com.

Red, White and Tuna See Thursday, Nov. 3.

Rory Block

A night of acoustic blues music. All ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $20 $35; 615-538-2076 or franklintheatre.com.

Science a la Cart See Friday, Nov. 4.

Sparkle & Twang XI

This fundraising event for the Tennessee State Museum features a cocktail reception, musical entertainment, silent auction, introduction of the 2016 Costume & Textile Institute Members as well as the introduction of the 2016 - 2017 Young Professional Council Members. Adults. Bound’ry, 911 20th Ave. S., Nashville; 7 - 9:30 p.m.; $175 per couple, $90 individuals, $50 young professionals (ages 21 - 40); 615-741-2692 or tnmuseum. org.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever See Friday, Nov. 11.

The Book of Mormon See Tuesday, Nov. 15.

The Dixie Swim Club See Friday, Nov. 11.

Tick, Tick … BOOM!

Jonathan Larson’s autobiographical musical about achieving his big break in theater. Ages 10 and older. Street Theatre Company, 1933 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville; Through Dec.

4: Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m., Sun 5 p.m.; $20 adults, $16 students; 615-554-7414 or streettheatrecompany.org.

Toddler Time with Thomas (Registration Required) See Friday, Nov. 4.

Sat 19 FREE 23rd Annual Stones River Craft Artists Studio Tour

Several craft artists’ studios in Murfreesboro are open to the public so you can view their art displays showcasing pottery, jewelry, fine art, prints, woodwork, sculpture, stained glass and more. All ages. Studio 903 & other locations, 903 Murfree Ave., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; artstudiotour.org.

A Lie of the Mind See Friday, Nov. 11.

Acorn Festival

Cultural Arts Murfreesboro and Murfreesboro Parks & Rec present this inaugural musical festival showcasing local and national indie rock and folk talent. All ages. Oaklands Park, 900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro; 3 - 10 p.m.; $10; 615-893-0022 or oaklandsmuseum.org.

Agape Animal Ball

This formal animal-themed masquerade ball includes cocktails, dinner, live performances, dancing, live and silent auctions, carnival games and more. Proceeds benefit Agape Animal Rescue. Adults. Hutton Hotel, 1808 West End Ave., Nashville; 7 - 11 p.m.; $100; agapeanimalball.org.

FREE Animal Encounters

See Saturday, Nov. 5.

Battle of Franklin 5K and Kids’ Fun Run Participate in this walk/ run that raises money for maintenance and care of Carnton Plantation and

The Carter House. All ages. Carnton Plantation, 1345 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin; 7:15 a.m.; adults $30 in advance/$40 day of, $15 ages 12 and younger; 615-794-0903 or battleoffranklintrust.com.

FREE Bird-Friendly Coffee Social See Saturday, Nov. 5.

Breathe Deep Stache & Lash

Participate in this 5K benefiting the LUNGevity Foundation, a non-profit that works to increase the quality of life and survivorship of people with lung cancer. All ages. Shelby Bottoms, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 7 a.m.; $30 - $35 adults, $10 - $20 ages 5 - 13, free for lung cancer survivors; lungevity.org/nashville.

FREE Brentwood Barnes & Noble Storytime

See Saturday, Nov. 5.

Bruins Basketball

Cheer for the Belmont Bruins when they challenge Western Kentucky. All ages. Curb Event Center, 2002 Belmont Blvd., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $12 adults, $6 ages 3 - 17; 615460-8500 or belmontbruins. com.

Catfish Moon

See Friday, Nov. 11.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

See Friday, Nov. 4.

FREE Cloth Diapering 101

Learn the basics of cloth diapering, including available products. All ages. USA Baby & Kids, 1113 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin; 10:30 a.m.; 615-595-5565 or usababyandkids.com.

Commodores Football

Cheer for the Vanderbilt Commodores when they challenge Ole Miss. All ages. Vanderbilt Stadium, 2601 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville; game

time TBA; $30; 615-3224653 or vucommodores.com.

FREE Family Hill Forest Hike (Registration Required)

Lace up your hiking boots and bring your hiking poles for a hike into an undisturbed forest. Ages 8 and older. Warner Park Nature Center, 7311 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.; 615-352-6299 or nashville.gov/parks.

FREE Family Movie Day

Spend the morning at the library enjoying a familyfriendly movie. All ages. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; 615-893-4131 or linebaugh.org.

Family Program: Is it a Fiddle or a Violin?

In Texas it’s a fiddle, in Boston it’s a violin, in Nashville it depends! Musician Ryan Joseph explores the differences and similarities between the two, and afterward, kids can enjoy a hands-on experience with the instrument. Ages 5 and older. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 1 p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Family Science Lab: Investigators

Explore what it means to be an engineer as you follow the engineering process to create structures and learn how to make them stronger in this hands-on lab. Ages 6 - 9 with an adult. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 11 a.m.; $5 per child in addition to gate admission ($14.95 adults, $10.95 kids); 615-8625160 or adventuresci.org/ familyscience.

Glad Tidings

See Thursday, Nov. 17.

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things to do FREE Harry Potter Day This day of wizarding fun celebrates the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Activities include a Horcrux hunt through the exhibits, potion mixing, a Care of Magical Creatures class, costume contest and more. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

Holiday Expo Breakfast with Santa (Registration Required)

Little Bushel Basket Workshop (Registration Required) Make a simple basket with defining accents. Ages 10 and older. Historic Rock Castle, 139 Rock Castle Lane, Hendersonville; 9 a.m. 4 p.m.; $50; 615-824-0502 or historicrockcastle.com.

Made South Holiday Market

More than 130 artisans from across the South, plus chef demonstrations, distillery tastings, live music and more. All ages. The Factory, 230

Drive, Franklin; Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger; repticon.com.

Franklin Road, Franklin; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $15 adults, free ages 12 and younger; madeS..com.

ages. Franklin Theatre, 419 Main St., Franklin; 8 p.m.; $54.50 - $69.50; 615-5382076 or franklintheatre.com.

FREE Make Holiday Decorations (Registration Required)

Marc Maron: The Too Real Tour

Riverbend Kids’ Club

A night of stand-up comedy. Ages 16 and older. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $32.50 - $42.50; 615-7824040 or tpac.org.

Make dried flower decorations. All ages. Riverbend Nurseries, 2008 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin; 10 a.m.; $5; 615-468-2008 or riverbendnurseries.com.

FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble Storytime

FREE Silly Grandpa, Mizz KT & Friendz (Registration Required)

Make paper ornaments and other holiday decorations. All ages. Hatch Show Print, 224 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 9:30 a.m.; 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Marc Cohn’s 25th Anniversary Show

A night of folk/rock music. All

See Saturday, Nov. 5.

Music City Yoga Festival

Head to the Little Red Schoolhouse for breakfast and goodies, plus a visit with St. Nick and photo opps. All ages. James E. Ward Agricultural Center, 945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon; 8 &10 a.m.; $15; wilsonlivingmagazine.com/ holiday-expo.

Participate in yoga classes throughout the day, enjoy live music and shop the marketplace featuring local items like jewelry, healthy drinks and food. All ages. Rocketown, 601 Fourth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $60; musiccityyogafestival.com.

Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook

FREE Music in the Vines

See Saturday, Nov. 5.

Kids’ Cooking Class: Totally Thai (Registration Required)

See Friday, Nov. 4.

Nashville International Auto Show

Learn to prepare Thai tea, spring rolls with Thai sweet sauce, Thai sesame cucumber salad, vegetable pad Thai, chicken satay with peanut sauce and coconut rice pudding. Ages 6 - 15. The Curious Kitchen, 1602 W. Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro; 10 a.m.; $50; 615-956-6077 or thecuriouskitchen.net.

See Friday, Nov. 18.

Opry at the Ryman See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

FREE Parnassus Saturday Storytime See Saturday, Nov. 5.

Raiders Basketball

Cheer for the MTSU Blue Raiders when they challenge Tennessee State. All ages. Murphy Center, 2650 Middle Tennessee Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6:30 p.m.; $13; goblueraiders.com.

FREE Kidsville at the Parthenon

Bassoonist Gil Perel from Intersection Music shows kids how new music can expand their minds and ears, then make a bassoon-inspired craft. Ages 12 and younger. The Parthenon, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville; 11 a.m.; conservancyonline.com/ about/kidsville.

Red, White and Tuna See Thursday, Nov. 3.

Repticon

Kids can meet a variety of snakes and other exotic animals during Repticon at Franklin Fieldhouse, Nov. 19 - 20.

This reptile show features live animal presentations, educational workshops and shopping for exotic pets. All ages. Franklin Fieldhouse, 1850 General George Patton

Kids can enjoy a morning of nature-themed songs and puppetry. All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 10 11 a.m.; 615-862-8539 or nashville.gov/parks.

FREE Spring Hill Books-A-Million Storytime

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

FREE Sumner Barnes & Noble Storytime Stories and related activities. All ages. Barnes & Noble, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 11 a.m.; 615-264-0183 or bn.com.

FREE Teen Gaming Afternoon

Play an assortment of games with friends. Ages 12 - 18. Linebaugh Public Library, 105 W. Vine St., Murfreesboro; 2 p.m.; 615-893-4131 or linebaugh.org.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever See Friday, Nov. 11.

The Book of Mormon See Tuesday, Nov. 15.

The Dixie Swim Club See Friday, Nov. 11.

Tick, Tick … BOOM! See Friday, Nov. 18.

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things to do FREE Turkeys Gone WILD! (Registration Required)

Learn about wild turkeys that can be spotted around the park. All ages. Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, 1900 Davidson St., Nashville; 2 3 p.m.; 615-862-8539 or nashville.gov/parks.

Wetland Walk

Enjoy a guided stroll through the Murfree Spring Wetland area. All ages. Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, 502 S.E. Broad St., Murfreesboro; 2:30 p.m.; $8; 615-890-2300 or explorethedc.org.

FREE Wilson Living Holiday Expo

Several vendors will be on site for your holiday shopping fun. All ages. James E. Ward Agricultural Center, 945 E.Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon; 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.; wilsonlivingmagazine.com/ holiday-expo.

Sun 20 FREE 23rd Annual Stones River Craft Artists Studio Tour See Saturday, Nov. 19.

A Lie of the Mind See Friday, Nov. 11.

FREE A Very Special Christmas

This morning with Santa is for children with special needs. There will be no bright lights or loud music, and Santa will walk around to visit with kids who want to see him while professional photographers are available to take pictures. All ages. RiverGate Mall, 1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; 8 - 11 a.m.; 615-859-3458 or rivergatemall.com.

An Evening with Scott Hamilton and Friends

Sheryl Crow, Ben Rector, Jewel, Rodney Crowell and Sara Evans provide live music for this night of ice skating

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hosted by Scott Hamilton and Kristi Yamaguchi. Skating cast includes Brian Boitano, Ekaterina Gordeeva, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Steven Cousins, Jeffrey Buttle and others. Proceeds benefit the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation, a non-profit that empowers cancer survivors along with funding research and quality care. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 5 p.m.; $35 - $75; 615-770-2000 or bridgestonearena.com.

Catfish Moon

See Friday, Nov. 11.

Glad Tidings

See Thursday, Nov. 17.

SPOTLIGHT:

Santa’s Wonderland Nov. 12 - Dec. 24

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ree fun for kids of all ages returns to Bass Pro Shop at Opry Mills during its ninth annual Santa’s Wonderland. The jolly elf arrives by boat at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12 and he’ll be visiting children every day through Christmas Eve. Free 4 x 6 photos with Santa in November take place Mon - Fri 5 - 8 p.m. (10 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25), Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m. There’s a lot of other fun for kids daily including craft activities, the soft-range archery and shooting gallery (pictured above), a laser arcade and more. The area features animated Christmas characters, including talking caribou, and kids can interact with live elves, too. Check out the assortment of model trains, remote-control trucks and foam toys. Stop by the activity table to make Christmas decorations and write a letter to Santa. Hours for the special activities vary daily, and store hours are Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Nov. 22 when Bass Pro hosts the U.S. Capitol’s Christmas tree from 5 - 7 p.m. as it makes it way to Washington, D.C. There will be family activities, giveaways and refreshments in the parking lot. For a complete list of Santa’s Wonderland activities, visit the website. Call 615-514-5200 or visit basspro.com/santa.


things to do Itzhak Perlman

The reigning master of the violin presents an afternoon of chamber music with Rohan De Silva. Presented without orchestra. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; 3 p.m.; $49 $139; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook

See Saturday, Nov. 5.

FREE Minecraft Club (Registration Required) The library’s newest teen club, bring your laptop and get ready to build. Ages 13 and older. Brentwood Library, 8109 Concord Road, Brentwood; 4 - 5 p.m.; 615371-0090 or brentwood-tn. org/library.

FREE Music in the Vines

See Friday, Nov. 4.

Nashville International Auto Show See Friday, Nov. 18.

Red, White and Tuna See Thursday, Nov. 3.

Repticon

See Saturday, Nov. 19.

Taylor Hicks

The American Idol winner performs a night of soul, R&B, country and blues music. All ages. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $22 - $35; 615-3241010 or citywinery.com.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever See Friday, Nov. 11.

The Book of Mormon See Tuesday, Nov. 15.

The Dixie Swim Club

See Friday, Nov. 11.

Tick, Tick … BOOM! See Friday, Nov. 18.

Kids of all ages can enjoy the Nashville Children’s Theatre production of Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook running Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 4. Tokens Show

Experience a stage version of the Nashville-based radio variety show. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $29.50 - $49.50; 615-8893060 or ryman.com.

Mon 21 After-school Art!

See Monday, Nov. 7.

Christmas 4 Kids Concert

A night of music with The Marshall Tucker Band, Ray Stevens and Montgomery Gentry during this fundraiser for Christmas 4 Kids, an organization that provides a holiday shopping experience for local children in need. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $38.50 - $60; 615889-3060 or ryman.com.

Commodores Basketball

Cheer for the Vanderbilt Commodores when they challenge Bucknell. All ages. Memorial Gym, 2601 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville; 8 p.m.; $55; 615-322-4653 or vucommodores.com.

Early Explorers

See Monday, Nov. 7.

Family Day Camp: Campsgiving (Registration Required) Create your own Thanksgiving costume, drink hot chocolate, make candles, build forts, eat s’mores, climb the Alpine Tower and race down the zip line. Ages 5 - 12. YMCA Camp Widjiwagan, 3088 Smith Springs Road, Nashville; 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $45; 615-360-2267 or campwidji.org.

FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble

Storytime Stories and activities. All ages. Barnes & Noble, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro; 11 a.m.; 615-895-8580 or bn.com.

Nolensville Wiggles and Giggles See Monday, Nov. 7.

Predators Hockey

Snack Attack!

See Monday, Nov. 7.

SPARK!

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

The 1975

A night of rock music. All ages. Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $30.50 $40.50; 615-862-6390 or nashvilleauditorium.com.

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Tampa Bay Lightning. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $165; 615-7707800 or nashvillepredators. com.

Tumbleweeds (Registration Required)

FREE Self-Defense for Kids (Registration Required)

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

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things to do the Smyrna High School Jazz Band, and kids can enjoy cookies and cocoa while visiting with Santa before the tree is lit. All ages. Smyrna Event Center, 100 Sam Ridley Pkwy. E., Smyrna; 6 p.m.; 615-267-5005 or townofsmyrna.org.

SPARK!

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Tuesdays for Tots See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Water Polo

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Youth Yoga

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Fairview Mommy & Me Yoga See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Family Day Camp: Campsgiving (Registration Required) Create your own Thanksgiving costume, drink hot chocolate, make candles, build forts, eat s’mores, climb the Alpine Tower and race down the zip line. Ages 5 - 12. YMCA Camp Widjiwagan, 3088 Smith Springs Road, Nashville; 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $45; 615-360-2267 or campwidji.org.

FREE Family Gaming Night

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Homeschool P.E.

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Homeschool Program: Learn All About Money! (Registration Required) Learn with hands-on experience how to use, save, spend and count money. Ages 5 - 18. Rosenwald Community Center, 565 Mason Tucker Drive, Smyrna; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 - 4 p.m.; $5; 615-459-9773, janet.amend@townofsmyrna. org or townofsmyrna.org.

Opry at the Ryman See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Raiders Basketball Cheer for the MTSU

FREE RiverGate Storytime

Kids can dress up as their favorite storybook characters and join the children’s librarian from Madison Library for a story along with songs and other activities. All ages. RiverGate Mall, 1000 RiverGate Pkwy., Goodlettsville; 11 - 11:30 a.m.; 615-859-3458 or rivergate-mall.com.

FREE Smyrna Christmas Tree Lighting

Musical guests include the Springhouse Madrigals and

Jim James

KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Registration Required)

FREE Sumner Barnes & Noble Storytime

Blue Raiders when they challenge Toledo. All ages. Murphy Center, 2650 Middle Tennessee Blvd., Murfreesboro; 6:30 p.m.; $13; goblueraiders.com.

See Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Spring Hill Wiggles and Giggles See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

FITMommy

Family Day Camp: Campsgiving (Registration Required)

FREE Spring Hill Books-A-Million Storytime

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Crafternoon

See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

A night of psychedelic rock music. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $36; 615-889-3060 or ryman. com.

Tuesday, Nov. 1.

A local family has fun dressing for the spirit of the occasion during the annual Turkey Trot and Kids Fun Run supporting Graceworks Ministries in Franklin. The 17th annual run takes place Thanksgiving day.

Fairview Wiggles and Giggles

Learn yoga poses and techniques. Ages 7 - 12. Williamson County Recreation Complex, 7250 Nolensville Road, Nolensville; 4:30 - 5:45 p.m.; $4; 615786-0200, ext. 2418, or wcparksandrec.com.

Wed 23 Animal Antics

See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Archery Homeschool Day (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

FREE Babywearing Class

Experts from Babywearing International teach you how to safely carry your baby with sample carriers to try. Adults. USA Baby & Kids, 1113 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 615-5955565 or usababyandkids. com.

See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Registration Required)

See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

FREE Kids’ Hour

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

Music City Roots

See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the Dallas Stars. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30 - $165; 615-770-7800 or nashvillepredators.com.

Tales and Trails (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Tumbleweeds (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Wild Things (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

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Thu 24

Happy Thanksgiving! 17th Annual Turkey Trot and Kids Fun Run Start off the holiday with exercise during this race benefiting Graceworks Ministries. All ages. D1 Sports, 7115 S. Springs Drive, Franklin; 8 a.m.; $40 for the 5K, $12.50 kids fun run for ages 9 and younger (discounts if you register prior to Nov. 21); 615-794-9055 or graceworksministries. net/2016-turkey-trot-5k/.

Boro Dash

Participate in a four-mile run through Murfreesboro to benefit charities including Greenhouse Ministries, Possibility Place, Good Shepherd Children’s Home and Neema House. All ages. MTSU Track and Soccer Stadium, 1500 Greenland Drive, Murfreesboro; 8 a.m.; $45 individuals, $160 family of four (discounts if you register before Nov. 21); borodash.org.

Indian Lake Loop

Choose a 5K or five-mile course during this benefit race for local charities. All ages. The Streets of Indian Lake, 300 Indian Lake Blvd., Hendersonville; 8 a.m.; $25 individuals, $60 per family up to five members; 615-2075424 or indianlakeloop.com.

Music City Thanksgiving Day 8/4 Miler

Choose a four- or eight-mile course and run to raise money for Nashville Rescue Mission. All ages. Nashville Rescue Mission, 639 Lafayette St., Nashville; 8 a.m.; $40 in advance, $45 race day; whatdoyourunfor.com/2016music-city-thanksgiving-dayrun/.

The Boulevard Bolt

Participate in a five-mile race

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Children can hang out with Santa and Mrs. Claus during the free Family Friday event at the Loveless Barn on Friday, Nov. 25. down Belle Meade Boulevard to raise money for local homeless charities. All ages. The Temple, 5015 Harding Pike, Nashville; 8 a.m.; $35 by Nov. 14, $45 Nov. 15 23, $65 race day; 615-4872006 or Blvd.bolt.org.

Fri 25 A Christmas Story

Nashville Repertory Theatre presents the stage adaptation of the holiday movie classic about 9-year-old Ralphie Parker who’s only Christmas wish is a Red Ryder BB gun. All ages. TPAC’s Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; Through Dec. 21: Wed - Thu 6:30 p.m., Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2:30 & 7:30 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.; $47.50 - $52.50; 615-7824040 or nashvillerep.org.

A Lie of the Mind See Friday, Nov. 11.

Challenge in Music City

The American Sports Network hosts this basketball tournament where MTSU, Evansville, UNC Wilmington and Toledo compete. All ages. Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave. N., Nashville; Fri - Sat 5 p.m., Sun 3 p.m.; $23; 615-8626390 or nashvilleauditorium. com.

Cheekwood’s Holiday LIGHTS!

There are 1 million lights to enjoy across the grounds and gardens, plus kids can meet live reindeer, make a snack at one of the s’mores pits, enjoy holiday carolers and more. All ages. Cheekwood, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; 5 - 10 p.m.; members: $15 adults, $10 ages 3 - 17; non-

members: $20 adults, $15 ages 3 - 17; 615-356-8000 or cheekwood.org.

Creative Zone: Make a Puppet

Make your own puppet and put together a mini show with new friends. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Day After Thanksgiving Fun

Enjoy special demonstrations and tours of the basement collection. All ages. Lane Motor Museum, 702 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $12 adults, $3 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger; 615-742-7445 or lanemuseum.org.

FREE Family Friday

Your family can spend time together shopping from local vendors, children’s activities including complimentary photos with Santa, cooking demonstrations and more. All ages. Loveless Barn, 8400 Hwy. 100, Nashville; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; lovelesscafe. com.

Glad Tidings

See Thursday, Nov. 17.

KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Registration Required)

See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Opry at the Ryman

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.


things to do Plaid Tidings

See Thursday, Nov. 3.

Predators Hockey

Cheer for the Nashville Predators when they challenge the New York Jets. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 5 p.m.; $30 - $165; 615-770-7800 or nashvillepredators.com.

Red, White and Tuna See Thursday, Nov. 3.

Science a la Cart See Friday, Nov. 4.

FREE String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry Marionettes, rod puppets, shadow puppets, colorful sets and music take kids on a cool journey through the history of country music. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 & 11:30 a.m.; 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

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month of fun seasonal activities are in store for you and yours at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Deck the Hall celebration. It kicks off the day after Thanksgiving with a surprise guest who’ll sing a few songs and flip the switch on the 30-foot Christmas tree. Throughout the month, there are several different activities ranging from cookie decorating, holiday card making with Hatch Show Print, live music and more. Children of all ages can get a free photo with Santa Nov. 25 - 27, Dec. 3 - 4, Dec. 10 11 and Dec. 17 - 18. Other highlights include the return of the free String City puppet show, A Legendary Holiday Tour of RCA Studio B with Country Music Hall of Famers Charlie McCoy and Brenda Lee (Dec. 10 - 11) and “A Wynonna & The Big Noise Christmas” holiday concert on Wednesday, Dec. 14. Admission to most holiday programs is free with museum admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 17, free ages 5 and younger) —visit the website to get ticket info for special tours and concerts. The Hall is located at 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. Hours are daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Call 416-2001 or visit countrymusichalloffame.org.

This holiday mash-up features Tchaikovsky’s score with a contemporary re-imagining of the story set at New Year’s Eve in 1980s Brooklyn. All ages. TPAC’s Polk Theater, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25 - $50; 615782-4040 or tpac.org.

Tick, Tick … BOOM! See Friday, Nov. 18.

FREE Brentwood Barnes & Noble Storytime

See Saturday, Nov. 5.

Challenge in Music City

See Friday, Nov. 25.

Cheekwood’s Holiday LIGHTS! See Friday, Nov. 25.

Commodores Football Cheer for the Vanderbilt Commodores when they challenge Tennessee. All ages. Vanderbilt Stadium, 2601 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville; time TBA; $30; vucommodores.com.

Creative Zone: Make a Puppet

See Friday, Nov. 25.

Family Program: Beginner Mandolin Workshop

Learn the basics of playing mandolin including chords and strumming techniques. Ages 7 and older. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 1 & 1:45 p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Glad Tidings

See Thursday, Nov. 17.

Griffin House

Toddler Time with Thomas (Registration Required)

A night of pop/rock and folk music. All ages. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $20 - $28; 615324-1010 or citywinery.com.

Sat 26

Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook

See Friday, Nov. 4.

A Christmas Story See Friday, Nov. 25.

A Lie of the Mind See Friday, Nov. 11.

FREE Animal Encounters

See Saturday, Nov. 5.

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FREE LEGO Playtime

Let your imagination run wild as you build LEGO creations. All ages. Gallatin Public Library, 123 E. Main St., Gallatin; 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 615-452-1722 or gallatinlibrary.org. (please turn the page)

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FREE Hendersonville Christmas Tree Lighting

Enjoy family activities and the flip of the switch on Hendersonville’s tree. All ages. Memorial Park, 151 E. Main St., Hendersonville; 3 - 6 p.m.; 615-517-5714 or hendersonvilleparks.org.

Holiday Tea with American Girl (Registration Required)

Experience Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday music in a unique new way during the Hip Hop Nutcracker at TPAC’s Polk Theater on Friday, Nov. 25. FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble Storytime See Saturday, Nov. 5.

North Pole Express Santa Excursion Train

Ride with St. Nick on the Santa Express to Watertown and have fun mingling with him and his elves. All ages. Tennessee Central Railway Museum, 220 Willow St., Nashville; 8:30 a.m.; $21 $75; 615-241-0436 or tcry. org.

Opry at the Ryman

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

FREE Parnassus Saturday Storytime See Saturday, Nov. 5.

Plaid Tidings

See Thursday, Nov. 3.

Raiders Football

Cheer for the MTSU Blue Raiders when they challenge Florida Atlantic University. All ages. Floyd Stadium, 1500 Greenland Drive, Murfreesboro; 4:30 p.m.;

$18 - $24; goblueraiders. com.

Red, White and Tuna See Thursday, Nov. 3.

FREE Spring Hill Books-A-Million Storytime

Blvd., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 - 12; 615-862-5160 or adventuresci.org.

Sun 27 A Christmas Story

See Saturday, Nov. 5.

See Friday, Nov. 25.

FREE String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

See Friday, Nov. 25.

FREE Sumner Barnes & Noble Storytime See Saturday, Nov. 5.

Tick, Tick … BOOM! See Friday, Nov. 18.

Wetland Walk

See Saturday, Nov. 5.

Winter Wonders Weekend

Enjoy winter science activities from exploring life in the Arctic to making LED ornaments. All ages. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley

See the 1961 classic starring Audrey Hepburn back on the big screen. Rated G. All ages. Regal Green Hills Cinema, 3815 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville, and Regal Opry Mills, 433 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville; 2 & 7 p.m.; $13.66; fathomevents. com.

Challenge in Music City

See Friday, Nov. 25.

Cheekwood’s Holiday LIGHTS! See Friday, Nov. 25.

Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular A live orchestra performs

holiday music while acrobats and aerialists dazzle the audience with amazing feats. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 6 p.m.; $25 - $85; 615-7702000 or bridgestonearena. com.

Creative Zone: Ornamental Costumes & Cookies

Frost and garnish a costumeinspired cookie — or nonedible cookie ornament — to represent your favorite artist or museum artifact during this drop-in program. All ages. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free with gate admission ($24.95 adults, $14.95 ages 6 - 12, free 5 and younger); 615-416-2001 or countrymusichalloffame.org.

Glad Tidings

See Thursday, Nov. 17.

Glass Animals

A night of psychedelic pop music. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave.

Bring your favorite American Girl doll and enjoy an afternoon with an assortment of teatime treats along with a sparkly snowflake craft. Ages 7 and older. American Girl Store at CoolSprings Galleria, 1800 Galleria Blvd., Franklin; 3:30 p.m.; $21.50; 877247-5223 or americangirl. com/retail/nashville.php.

Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook

See Saturday, Nov. 5.

Nashville Jazz Orchestra

A night of big band jazz tunes. All ages. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $15; 615-324-1010 or citywinery.com.

Plaid Tidings

See Thursday, Nov. 3.

Red, White and Tuna See Thursday, Nov. 3.

Tick, Tick … BOOM!

See Friday, Nov. 18.

Mon 28 A Very Kacey Christmas Tour

Kacey Musgraves performs holiday tunes with an alternative country kick. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $30 - $50; 615-8893060 or ryman.com. (please turn the page)

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things to do Artful Tales: Storytime in the Galleries

Join an educator in the galleries to hear a story connected to the current exhibits, then head to the Martin ArtQuest Gallery for hands-on creativity at the art stations. Ages 3 and older. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 10:30 a.m.; $12 adults, free ages 18 and younger; 615244-3340 or fristcenter.org.

Early Explorers

See Monday, Nov. 7.

FREE Murfreesboro Barnes & Noble Storytime See Saturday, Nov. 5.

Snack Attack!

See Monday, Nov. 7.

SPARK!

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Tony Bennett

Legendary singer Tony Bennett is joined by his daughter, Antonia, and his jazz quartet for an evening of American standards. Presented without orchestra. All ages. Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville; Mon 7:30 p.m., Tue 8 p.m.; $66 $131; 615-687-6400 or nashvillesymphony.org.

Tue 29

Nolensville Wiggles and Giggles

FREE Acoustic Pickin’ Party

See Monday, Nov. 7.

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

FREE Self-Defense for Kids (Registration Required)

Bruins Basketball

See Monday, Nov. 7.

Cheer for the Belmont Bruins when they challenge Lipscomb. All ages. Curb Event Center, 2002 Belmont

Blvd., Nashville; 7 p.m.; $12 adults, $6 ages 3 - 17; 615460-8500 or belmontbruins. com.

Busy Bees

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Cheekwood’s Holiday LIGHTS! See Friday, Nov. 25.

Commodores Basketball

Cheer for the Vanderbilt Commodores when they challenge Tennessee State. All ages. Memorial Gym, 2601 Jess Neely Drive, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $30; 615-322-4653 or vucommodores.com.

Crafternoon

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Fairview Mommy & Me Yoga See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

FREE Family Gaming Night

Tuesdays for Tots

FITMommy

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Homeschool P.E.

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Howard Jones

A night of electronic music. All ages. City Winery, 609 Lafayette St., Nashville; 8 p.m.; $40 - $48; 615-3241010 or citywinery.com.

FREE Lighting of the Green

Nashville’s own Amy Grant hosts this outdoor holiday concert featuring Lipscomb student choruses and special guest stars. Bring lawn chairs! Pre-concert activities begin at 4 p.m. and include hot chocolate and cookies, photos and more. The evening concludes with the lighting of the 30-foot tree. Attendees are encouraged to bring a canned food item for Second Harvest Food Bank. All ages. Lipscomb University Allen Arena Mall, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville; 5:30 p.m.; lipscomb.edu.

Opry at the Ryman See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

SPARK!

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

FREE Spring Hill Books-A-Million Storytime

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Spring Hill Wiggles and Giggles See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

FREE Sumner Barnes & Noble Storytime See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Tony Bennett

See Monday, Nov. 28.

Enjoy a night of holiday music coupled with the artistic movement of aerial artists during the Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular at Bridgestone Arena on Sunday, Nov. 27.

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See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Water Polo

Youth Yoga

See Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Wed 30 FREE 152nd Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin

Illumination To commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Franklin, 10,000 luminaries representing the casualties of the battle will be lit at dusk, and re-enactors will recreate scenes from the battle. All ages. Eastern Flank Battlefield Park, 1345 Eastern Flank Cir., Franklin; 4:30 p.m.; battleoffranklintrust.com.

A Christmas Story See Friday, Nov. 25.

Animal Antics

See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Archery Homeschool Day (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s See Sunday, Nov. 27.

Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam

Country legend Charlie Daniels celebrates his 80th birthday with a musical bash including Kid Rock, Larry the Cable Guy, Luke Bryan, Travis Tritt and Chris Stapleton. All ages. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 7 p.m.; $25 - $80; 615-7702000 or bridgestonearena. com.

Cheekwood’s Holiday LIGHTS! See Friday, Nov. 25.


things to do

Lipscomb Academy students sing holiday songs during the annual Lighting of the Green at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena Mall. Amy Grant hosts the free festivity and brings special musical guests on Tuesday, Nov. 29. Christmas at the Ryman

Nashville’s favorite music couple, Amy Grant and Vince Gill, returns to the mother church of country music for a night of holiday music, including tunes from Grant’s new album, Tennessee Christmas. All ages. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville; 7:30 p.m.; $35 - $125; 615-889-3060 or ryman.com.

Fairview Wiggles and Giggles

See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Family Science Lab: Researchers

Explore all-things space related, including how to prepare to go into space, the workings of a space suit, rocket science and space physics. Ages 10 - 13 with

an adult. Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville; 2 p.m.; $7.50 plus gate admission ($14.95 adults, $10.95 ages 2 - 12); 615-8625160 or adventuresci.org/ familyscience.

Ages 10 and younger. Whole Foods, 1566 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin; 9:30 a.m.; 615-550-5660 or rachelsumner.com.

Homeschool Creativity Class

Tales and Trails (Registration Required)

See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

KidFIT: Movers and Shakers (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

KidFIT: Twist and Shout (Registration Required)

See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

FREE Kids’ Hour

Award-winning family entertainer Rachel Sumner performs interactive music.

Music City Roots

See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Tumbleweeds (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Wild Things (Registration Required) See Wednesday, Nov. 2.

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Friday, Nov. 4.

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ACADEMICS Brain Balance of Franklin 790 Jordan Road, Ste. 110, Franklin brainbalancecenters.com

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Our program addresses the whole child by integrating sensory motor training and stimulation and cognitive activities with nutritional and dietary guidelines.

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Murfreesboro Sylvan EDGE: exciting programs that give kids fun, hands-on experiences with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Our camps are a cool way to build critical thinking skills, while having a blast. Robotics, coding, engineering, math EDGE, and more. Options to fit your busy schedule.

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

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Grand Opening, Oct. 15! A brand-new, full-service music store. Offering music lessons, instrument repair and rentals, music retail and Mommy-and-Me music classes. You’ll find everything you need to get started and keep playing! Located in the Staples shopping center in Bellevue.

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

615-353-9827

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

Dance in Bloom 7982 Coley Davis Road, Nashville danceinbloom.com • info@danceinbloom.com

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Located just of I-40W in Bellevue, Dance in Bloom offers classes for ages 2 and up in the disciplines of ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, acro, cheer, improv and comp. Classes are up-beat and fun! Ask about our birthday parties!


Elite Dance and Fitness 7177 Nolensville Road, Ste. B1, Nolensville elitedanceandfitness.com

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Easily accessible from Williamson, Rutherford and Davidson counties. Tap, ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, musical theatre and acrobatics for ages 2 yrs. - adult. We also offer an after-school program with transportation to and from local elementary schools and a Talented Tots pre-K program three days per week. Music program includes private lessons in piano, violin, fiddle and voice. Adult fitness program featuring Zumba six days per week. Adult tap and ballet classes. Ask about our birthday parties!

Franklin School of Performing Arts 415 Duke Drive, Ste. 270, Franklin franklinschoolofperformingarts.com

615-628-8444

FSPA has been a staple in the dance community for 25 years! Located in Cool Springs, we offer classical and conservative dance education for ages 3 - 18 in ballet, modern, tap, jazz, and hip-hop. Visit our website for more info.

Mobile Music Academy mobilemusicacademy.com • info@mobilemusicacademy.com

615-301-8589

Mobile Music Academy offers private music instruction from fun, qualified teachers in your own home. We teach piano, guitar, bass, voice, strings, brass, and most other instruments. We offer competitive rates and flexible scheduling with special daytime rates available. We teach all ages, styles, and abilities. Serving the Middle TN Area. Vote #1 for music instruction!

The Music Class 5000 Thoroughbred Lane, Brentwood Satellite locations in Belle Meade and Franklin themusicclass.com/nashville • info@themusicclass.com

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Early childhood music program for parents and children ages birth - 5 yrs. Help your young child achieve his or her full musical potential with this innovative, developmental music and movement program. Parent and child classes are playful and creative and each family receives the acclaimed CDs and songbooks. Classes meet weekday and weekend mornings. Call or visit our website for current schedule and session pricing or to find out about our birthday parties and moms’ group events.

Nashville Creative House 122 40th Ave. N, Nashville nashvillecreativehouse.com

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The pursuit of music is our passion! We are always striving for the better line, the better riff and the best performance. This comes with practice and the proper training -- and lots of praise! We have the experience to instruct our students, big and small, so they achieve their goals in their musical journey. We also help facilitate opportunities with youth contractors and auditions. We Grow Talent!

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“My child loves her teacher, I love the convenience.”

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

“I get to stay home at least one night each week and spend time with my family.”

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

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Voted the #1 martial arts school in Williamson, Sumner and Wilson counties for 10 years in a row. With more than four decades of experience, students are taught how to handle emergency situations, to be healthy through exercise and to practice self-discipline with a confident, respectful attitude. Classes are for ages 4 - adult.

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Engineering for Kids brings science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to kids ages 4 - 14 in a fun and challenging way. We are proud to inspire children to build on their natural curiosity by teaching engineering concepts through hands-on learning. Engineering is, after all, one of the fastest growing industries in the world! Check out our website for our class offerings.

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