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VOL. 37 | NO. 8 | Friday, February 22, 2013

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24th annual Nashville Lawn & Garden Show. The theme for this year’s show is “Jardins du Soleil,” French for “Gardens of the Sun,” and will feature gardens of internationally inspired designs. The show also offers the opportunity to hear free presentations by horticultural, landscape design and gardening experts. This year’s featured speaker is Frédéric Nancel, operations and events director for the Chateau de Chantilly near Paris, France. Thursday-Saturday, 10-8 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tennessee State Fairgrounds. Information: nashvillelawnandgardenshow.com.


Interactive Media Meet-up

Interactive Media Meet-ups are for like-minded Chamber members who meet to discuss trends, challenges, ideas and thoughts. These topic-driven meetings give members the opportunity to develop connections with colleagues while learning about trends and applications in web and mobile technology. 8:30-9:3- a.m., Goodwill Industries of Middle TN, Inc., 937 Herman Street, Lifsey Building, Room 120, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.

Round About Rutherford

An interactive networking event for Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce members. This “speed-networking” event begins with lunch and then provides participants the opportunity to meet 40-50 new people in a short amount of time. Bar Louie, 2615 Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro. Information: 893-6565.

Your Small Business Resource: First Friday

One-on-One with new Williamson County Chamber president and CEO Matt Largen. 7:30-9 a.m., E/SPACES Cool Springs, 1550 West McEwen Drive, Suite 300, Franklin. Information: abby@williamsoncountychamber.org.

Online Marketing for Artists

Free artist workshop focused on marketing yourself and your artwork in the Nashville and Middle Tennessee region. Sponsored by Metro Arts and NowPlayingNashville.com. 3-5 p.m., Sonny West Conference Room, Howard Office Building, 7000 2nd Avenue South. Information: nowplayingnashville.com.


"Life of Pi" author Yann Martel

Nashville Public Library will launch its second Nashville Reads campaign with a lecture by Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi. 3-5 p.m., Nashville Public Library, 615 Church Street. The event is free, but tickets are required and can be ordered through ticketsnashville.com.

First-Time Homebuyer Class

The fast-track class meets the eight-hour requirements of the THDA, The Housing Fund, USDA other affordable housing and down payment programs. $25 with lunch and materials provided. 660 Fitzhugh Blvd., Suite 108, Smyrna. Information: 355-0005, 977-5372, youcanmakeitmi@aol.com.


Cheatham Development Association Meeting

6-7 p.m., 100 Public Square, Ashland City.

Cheatham County School Board

7-9 p.m., Ashland City Elementary, 108 Elizabeth St, Ashland City. Public forum is first on the agenda, followed by the regular meeting.

Real Estate Investors Network seminars

Topic: New Investor Subgroup: Learn how to get started in real estate investing. 6-8 p.m. Upcoming sessions include:

  • March 4: Rutherford County Subgroup, 6:30-9 p.m. Location to be announced.
  • March 11: General meeting, 6-9 p.m.
  • March 18: Got a deal that needs help, bring it here! Talk to seasoned pros and fellow newbies alike. 5:30-8 p.m.

REIN Education Center, 2416 Music Valley Drive, Suite 151, Nashville. Information, registration: REINTN.org, 885-5454.


Chamber East Networking Coffee

Join business and community leaders in East Nashville for the Chamber East monthly networking coffee and community update. 7:15-9 a.m., Fannie Battle Day Home for Children, 108 Chapel Avenue, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3053.


People’s Law School

People’s Law School is a free program that provides an overview of legal issues that a typical person might face. Topics and dates:

  • March 7 – Basics of U.S. Immigration: Provides an introduction to the terms and concepts of U.S. immigration law, ways that people immigrate to the U.S., complexities and recent developments of immigration law and how to avoid potential scams.
  • April 4 – Social Security Options: Instructors will review how to apply for and obtain Social Security retirement, disability, spouse and child benefits, Medicare health insurance and Supplemental Security Income Disability and old age benefits.
  • April 11 – Renters’ Rights: Students will learn their legal rights as a renter and how to assert them, what to look for in a lease, how to get their landlord to make repairs, how to get their security deposit back and other problems renters face.

Taught by Legal Aid Society staff and other volunteers, the weekly, one-hour classes will be held at the Cohn Learning Center, 4805 Park Avenue, from 6 to 7 p.m. Information: 298.8050, nashville.gov/ce.

MARCH 8-10

Farm, Home and Garden Show

Industry professionals will also be on hand at the Dickson County Fairgrounds to discuss services including landscape design, outdoor recreation, agriculture, equestrian and horticulture, among others. Friday, 6-8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Admission is $2. Children 12 and younger are free. Information: dicksoncountychamber.com.


2013 Old House Fair

The free, day-long festival, presented by the Metropolitan Historical Commission and the Tennessee Preservation Trust, showcases new ideas, practical advice, innovative materials and quality services for homeowners. Vendors and presenters will offer tips on enhancing energy efficiency, maintaining and restoring old houses, how to hire a contractor, choosing suitable materials and identifying appropriate design elements for specific architectural styles and eras. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Cohn School, 4805 Park Avenue, Nashville. Information: nashville.gov/Historical-Commission/Events-and-Programs/Old-House-Fair.aspx.