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VOL. 37 | NO. 20 | Friday, May 17, 2013

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Music City Center Grand Opening. Grammy-winning artist and Nashville resident Sheryl Crow will headline the Music City Center grand opening and free outdoor concert today. Performing with Crow will be The Time Jumpers, Vince Gill, the Fisk Jubilee Singers and Mikky Ekko. The concert is set for 6-9 p.m., followed by fireworks. A free open house continues today.


International Business Council Luncheon

Michael Ducker, COO and president, International, of FedEx Express will be the featured speaker and will discuss current potential trade agreements and how they can affect businesses in Middle Tennessee. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Renaissance Nashville Hotel, 611 Commerce Street, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.

May 20-June 10

Civil War 150 exhibit

Green Hills Library will host Civil War 150, a national traveling exhibition. Through letters, personal accounts and images, attendees will have the opportunity to learn how people grappled with the end of slavery, the nature of democracy and citizenship, the human toll of civil war, and the role of a president in wartime. Information: www.library.nashville.org.

Real Estate Investors Network seminars

New Investor Subgroup. A monthly discussion on how to get started as a real estate investor. 6-8 p.m., REIN Education Center, 2418 Music Valley Drive, Nashville. Information, registration: REINTN.org, 885-5454. Upcoming events include:

  • May 20: Landlording Subgroup, for landlords and landlord wannabes. 5:30-8 p.m., REIN Education Center, 2418 Music Valley Drive, Nashville.
  • May 21: Land Trusts: A Way to Keep Your Anonymity. Real estate attorney Robert Notestine discusses how land trusts keep your identity hidden legally. It also is a way to transfer ownership to heirs without probate. 6 p.m., REIN Education Center, 2416 Music Valley Drive, Nashville.
  • June 3: New Investor Subgroup. REIN Members Jim and Tina Kape facilitate a monthly discussion on how to get started as a Real Estate Investor. 6 p.m., REIN Education Center, 2416 Music Valley Drive, Nashville.
  • June 3: REIN Rutherford County Subgroup. Topics of general interest to real estate investors. 6:30 p.m., Keller Williams Building, 450 St. Andrews Drive, Murfreesboro.


Social Enterprise Shared Interest Group

Launched in March, this group is led by Mark Smith from Interactive for Good. The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce event is free, and no advance registration is required. Emma Email Marketing Bistro, 9 Lea Ave., Nashville. Information: Nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.

Annual Cheatham Chamber Meeting

The Cheatham County Chamber of Commerce will host its annual meeting for all Chamber members. The event will be catered by Whitt’s BBQ and held at Riverbluff Park. 6 p.m. RSVP: 792-6722.

Sertoma Club of Nashville

Featured speaker: Doug Cruickshanks, vice chairman, First Bank. Weekly meetings held Tuesdays at Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville, at noon. Public welcome. Information: 254-0571.


“NetWalking” with the Gallatin Chamber of Commerce

Join the Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce for an informal gathering of Chamber members each Wednesday. This is a leisurely 30-minute walk. 6:20-7 a.m., Town Creek Greenway parking lot (located near Tennessee Hardware on Hwy 31E). Information: info@gallatintn.org.


Business Before Hours

An informal social networking event. 7:30-9 a.m., TrustPoint Hospital, 1009 N. Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro. Information: 893-6565.

May 24-26

art2wear Nashville

art2wear plans to stage a series of indoor art festivals throughout the southeastern states, with Nashville as its proving ground. In addition to being indoors, the show only admits artists who produce hand-crafted wearable art. More than 50 artists from 16 states have been invited to display jewelry, apparel, and accessories. Vanderbilt University’s Commodore Ball Room, 310 25th Avenue South, Nashville. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: www.2wear.org.


4th Annual Tennessee Equine Grand Prix

Showcasing some of the finest hunter jumper horses in the nation. A patron’s tent will be set up ringside. Gourmet lunch, open bar, music and premier seating will be available. Brownland Farm, 1155 Hillsboro Road, Franklin. Information: abby@williamsoncountychamber.org.

MAY 25-26

Nashville Shakespeare Festival

The Nashville Shakespeare Festival will present “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare,” 6:30 p.m. at the Gaylord Opryland Special Events Lawn. Tickets are $10. The play, written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, will star the acclaimed 2009 cast of Brad Brown, Ben Reed and Christopher Campbell. Information: http://www.nashvilleshakes.org/


VVA Memorial Day Ceremony

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 240 will conduct its annual Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. The event takes place at Veterans Park in Gallatin, adjacent to the Sumner County Administration Building, 355 N. Belvedere Dr. The public is invited.

Memorial Day Service

The Dickson County Mayor’s office is hosting a Memorial Day Service at 11 a.m. to honor Dickson County’s fallen soldiers. Dickson County Courthouse on the Charlotte Square. Information: 789-7000.


Public Affairs Roundtable

State Representatives Charles Sargent, Glen Casada, Jeremy Durham and State Sen. Jack Johnson will report on activity in the State Legislature. Conducted by the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce. 7:15-8:30 a.m., Williamson County Administrative Complex Commission Auditorium, 1320 West Main Street, Franklin. Information: nancy@williamsoncountychamber.org.


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. Taught by Legal Aid Society staff and volunteer attorneys, the weekly, one-hour classes will be held 6-7 p.m. on Thursdays at the Cohn Learning Center, 4805 Park Avenue.

  • May 30: Domestic Violence Basics. This course will focus on what domestic violence is, who can help and how the law can help. Class ID: 1324S13A
  • June 6: Getting Medicaid to Pay for Nursing Home Care and Home Care. Covers how to get TennCare/Medicaid help to pay for home and community-based services or care in a nursing home. Class ID: 1317S13A
  • June 13: How to Deal with Bill Collectors. Attendees will learn what to do when bill collectors are bugging them or they have been sued on a debt. Class ID: 1314S13A
  • June 20: Basics of Advance Care Planning. Instructors will go over common legal documents like power of attorney, appointment of health care agent, advance care plans and wills. Class ID: 1310S13A
  • June 27: Renters’ Rights. Participants 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 back their security deposit and more. Class ID: 1316S13A
  • July 11: Social Security Options. Covers how to apply for and get Social Security retirement, disability, spouse and child payments, Medicare health insurance, Supplemental Security Income disability and old age payments. Class ID: 1318S13A
  • July 18: 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 in immigration law and how to avoid potential scams. Class ID: 1315S13A
  • July 25: Ways to Protect the Disabled Adult in Your Life. This class will give an overview of the choices available for an adult disabled child or an aging parent, from powers of attorney to court-ordered conservatorships. Class ID: 1325S13A

Registration: Nashville Community Education Commission, 298-8050.


Arthritis Foundation’s Mudbugs & Music

Music, crawfish, jambalaya and more at Nashville’s East Park. 1-7 p.m. 700 Woodland Street. Music by Hit & Run. Information: www.mudbugsandmusicnashville.com.

JUNE 1-2

38th annual Town & Country Tour of Homes

The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County is hosting its 38th annual tour, Noon to 5 p.m. both days. There will be nine homes and historic places on tour, with the oldest home being 1869 and the newest 2011. Tour tickets are $30 each before the tour and $35 on the days of the tour. Information: www.historicfranklin.com.


‘Dinner Bell’ Farm-to-Table Fundraiser

Bell Garden, a Bellevue community garden, will be transformed into an elegant dining experience with a dinner prepared by Chef Martha Stamps. Guests will actually be seated in the center of the Garden, and while they dine, will be treated to live music, student led tours, and a brief overview of the local food movement. Funds raised by this event will go to sustaining BELL Garden, which was created through grants and the generous support of the Bellevue Exchange Club, to benefit the Bellevue Middle School and the community. Dinner and wine tasting, $100 per person. Information and RSVP: bellgarden2@gmail.com.