Sat. (April 22, 2017) 6PM Eighth Annual "The Bash"--the Murfreesboro Center for the Arts annual fundraiser. Enjoy an evening of great food, drinks, and dancing the night away. Phone 615-904-ARTS (2787) for details and to make reservations.
Fri. (April 7, 2017) 6:30PM "DISCO NIGHT: Sherlock Holmes" at the Discovery Center (502 SE Broad at Maney Ave.). Dust off your best deerstalker and say goodnight to Mrs. Hudson. Come to the Discovery Center and use your powers of deduction and skills in forensic science to solve the mystery at each hands-on station - for adults only! Must be 21 or older to attend. For more information, phone 615-890-2300.
Sat. (April 8, 2017) 7AM Rutherford County 4-H 4K at the Lane Agri-Park (315 John R. Rice Blvd.). Registration is 7AM, race starts at 8:30AM. FREE T-shirt with early registration. Early registration ends March 24th is $25 ($15 for age 17and younger). After that and on race day, it is $30 ($20 for age 17 and younger). Phone 615-898-7710 for info. Register at www.Active.com.
Mon-Fri (NOW through March 18, 2017) 8:00AM-4:30PM Photographs by Spears McAllester on display in the rotunda of the Murfreesboro City Hall (111 W. Vine St.). Admission is FREE, and the show is open to the public. There will be a public reception where you meet the artist on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 from 6-9PM during the BORO ART CRAWL.
Thu. (March 2, 2017) 4-7PM The Business Education Partnership Foundation will host the inaugural BEP Mini Masters Indoor Mini Golf Tournament at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce (3050 Medical Center Parkway). In addition to 18 holes of putt-putt fun on three floors of the Chamber building, the BEP Mini Masters will feature Masters-themed food on a "mini" scale and suds from beverage sponsor Panther Creek Brews. Tickets $200/foursome; hole sponsorships $300. To register a team or a hole sponsorship, contact Christie Hall at (615) 278-2012, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mon-Wed (March 6-8, 2017) 6PM 2017 BLUEBIRD IN THE BORO Concert Series at Mayday Brewery (). Tickets are $100 per day and benefits The Residence At Alive Hospice. Join the fun of the fourth annual BLUEBIRD IN THE BORO and meet the songwriters behind the hits. The ticket price includes dinner, drinks and music! If you have questions, get in touch with Ben Love at Alive Hospice: phone 615-346-8698 or e-mail email@example.com.
Fri. (April 21, 2017) 11:45AM The Child Advocacy Center is sponsoring the "Hometown Heroes Walk for Children" starting at the Murfreesboro Civic Plaza in front of City Hall (111 W. Vine) and going to the Child Advocacy Center at 1040 Samsonite Blvd. For more information, phone the Child Advocacy Center at 615-867-9000.
Sat. (April 22, 2017) 5:30PM Cripple Creek Clogger's GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY celebration at the Kittrell Volunteer Fire Department (8067 Old Woodbury Pike). The evening will include dinner, dancing and the music of Uncle Shuffelo and his Haint Hollow Hootenanny. Space is limited. For reservations, e-mail Jane Elrod at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thu. (April 6, 2017) 6PM Exchange Club's "8th Annual Celebrity Waiters Dinner" at the Stones River Country Club (1830 NW Broad St.). It benefits the Exchange Club Family Center and other Exchange Club projects. Exchange Club President Rick Thornton says this year's theme is "Opry In The 'Boro - Back Stage Pass". Reception is at 6:00PM and dinner at 7:00. There will be a silent auction, live auction, entertainment, meet and greet time. Meet Country Music stars and hear them perform. Appearances in the past have been Tanya Tucker, Lynn Anderson, John Connelly, Darrel Worley, Stella Parton, Lulu Roman, Jan Howard, Barbara Fairchild, Cowboy Troy, Ronnie McDowell, Ray Walker, Irlene Mandrell, Shelly West, Sherry Carlisle and emcee Keith Bilbrey. Local known servers have been Kermit Davis - MTSU Men's Basketball Coach; Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland, Billy Kaufman - owner, Short Mountain Distillery, to name a few. Sponsorships are available: Opry Level - $ 2500.00; Ryman Level - $ 2000.00; Blue Bird Level - $ 1500.00; Tootie's Level - $750.00 and Exit Inn Level - $ 500.00. Come and join us at one of Murfreesboro's most enjoyable and fun filled evenings while we raise funds benefitting The Exchange Club Family Center for The Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect ( www.FamillyCenterTN.org ) located at 115 Heritage Park Drive in Murfreesboro; and other Exchange Club projects. Currently a few tables for eight for $ 1000.00 and individual tickets are priced at $ 150.00 each on an available basis so hurry if you want to attend. Reserve your table by calling Exchange Club Treasurer Ed Barlow 615-893-2067 or Exchange Club member John Hood 615-849-5300 - and the sponsorship levels can be explained. Payment by check or cash is due in advance. For more information, contact Don Wright at 615-896-9460.
FREE SMOKE DETECTORS: Smoke detectors SAVE LIVES, but many area homes do not have these units. Some have units that no longer work. If you live within the Murfreesboro city limits, phone Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department. They will be happy to install a new, working smoke alarm for FREE! Residents in the city of Murfreesboro should phone 615-893-1422. Residents in Rutherford County can contact the Rutherford County Fire Department at 615-867-4626 to get a free smoke detector installed.
(Now thru April 18, 2017) FREE income tax preparation is available for families who earned less than $64,000 in income in 2016. The work is done by VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) in Rutherford and Cannon Counties. VITA locations are the Patterson Community Center (521 Mercury Blvd.) and the Smyrna Public Library (400 Enon Springs Road West). For more information, dial 211.
Mon-Fri (Now through March 6, 2017) 9AM-4PM Oil paintings by Mickey Winsor are on display in the gallery at the Murfreesboro Center for the Arts (110 W. College Street). This show is FREE and open to the public. (NOTE: There is a public reception 6-9PM on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017).
H.O.M.E. Bound Helps Homeless: This is a rapid re-housing program designed to aid the homeless men in Rutherford County in acquiring a permanent resident, regain stability and develop life-long skills and confidence in order to become a positive, productive individual in today's society. All funding comes from donations and community support. For more information, contact Barbara A. Wilson (502-767-0347 or visit their website: www.homeboundtn.org.
Saturdays 9AM-Noon: The Rutherford County Historical Society invites you to visit Ransom School (717 N. Academy St.) and talk history while enjoying a cup of coffee. Bring old photos and memorabilia to learn even more. After your coffee and conversation, leave with a better understanding and appreciation for your past. Check the Rutherford County Historical Society's website: www.rutherfordtnhistory.org
Sun-Sun (June 11-18, 2017) various times The Cripple Creek Cloggers is hosting International Folkfest. This annual event, the first of its type organized in the U.S., began in 1982 as an outgrowth of the troupe's international touring, starting in 1973. This year's festival will feature dancers and musicians from Lithuania and at least two other visiting troupes. Check their website: www.mboro-international-folkfest.org). For more information, contact Steve Cates at 615-896-3559 or by e-mailing email@example.com.
Tue. (Feb. 28, 2017) 11:30AM-1:00PM 32nd Annual MAIN STREET MURFREESBORO Luncheon and Meeting at Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant (114 N. Church St.). There will be a special remembrance honoring Main Street Board Member Doug Young. The election of the 2017 board and officers, salute to "Downtown Business of the Year" (Marinas On The Square, and the "Downtown Design Award" (Farrar & Wright). Please RSVP to Michelle at 615-895-1887 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sat.(April 30, 2017) 9-11AM A two-hour NATURE JOURNALING class at the Wilderness Station in Barfield Crescent Park (Veterans Parkway). This is open to the public and give you an opportunity to turn your aspirations to study nature into a reality. Hike, write, and draw, and this class will provide an instruction to nature journaling by working to provide skills in observation, sketching, and the appreciation of nature's beauty and mystery. Instruction manual included and supplies provided, or bring your own. Nature Journaling is for adults and will be held at the Wilderness Station, the fee is $15.00. Reservations are required. For more information and to register, please contact Rachel Singer, 615-217-3017, email@example.com.
Wed. (March 8, 2017) 7:30AM RED CROSS HEROES BREAKFAST at The Grove at Williamson Place (3250 Wilkinson Pike). The 2017 honoree is former State Representative John D. Hood. The guest speaker is Dave Sanderson, the last man off US Airways flight 1549--"The Miracle on the Hudson". WGNS' Bart Walker will serve as emcee. For ticket information or to sponsor the Red Cross Hero's Breakfast, call or email Kimberly Lopez at 615-893-4272 X103 - Kimberly.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fri. (May 5, 2017) 7PM SHAKESBEER at the Discovery Center (502 SE Broad at Maney Ave.). Shakesbeer is a night of fun and revelry dedicated to highlighting local craft brewers, the Discovery Center, and the Murfreesboro Little Theater and M-Prov. Must be 21 or older to attend. For more information, phone 615-890-2300.
Sat. (April 8, 2018) 7AM for 15K, 7:20AM for 5K, and 8:30AM for 1 Mile Fun Run 6th Annual Special Kids Race at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic & Surgicenter (MMC). 3,250 runners will participate in this 15K, 5K or 1 Mile family fun run. MMC is the major sponsor of this annual fundraiser for the local nonprofit Special Kids Therapy & Nursing Center. Register on-line at specialkidsrace.org. Race sponsorships are available for local businesses to join MMC in supporting the event. Current sponsors already include Max Shred, Ascend Federal Credit Union and Wegmann Automotive. To learn more about sponsorships, contact Stephanie Folkmann at email@example.com or 615.893.4892. Special Kids is a Christian therapy and nursing center for children with special needs.
Sat. (Feb. 11, 2017) 9-11AM JOB FAIR for teachers with the Rutherford County School system. There are so many students enrolling, that more educators are needed. This job fair will be at BLACKMAN HIGH SCHOOL (3956 Blaze Dr.). Phone 615-893-5812 for more information.
Thu. (Feb. 16, 2017) 11:30AM-1:30PM 21st Annual Unity Luncheon in the MTSU's Student Union ballroom (1768 MTSU Boulevard). TBI Director and MTSU Alumnus Mark Gwyn is the keynote speaker. Tickets: $25 for adults, $15 for students. Table of 10 $250. To purchase tickets, go to http://tinyurl.com/knmeono. NOTE: tickets must be purchased BEFORE Feb. 8, 2017.
This year's honorees include:
- Bichaka Fayissa, a native of Ethiopia, Department of Economics and Finance professor, MTSU -- education.
- Navita Gunter of Guthrie, Kentucky, founder, Cervical Cancer Coalition of Tennessee -- community service.
- Jacqueline Jackson of Lexington, Kentucky, retired Department of English professor, MTSU -- education.
- Evelyn James of Murfreesboro, retired nursery school teacher, member of Ardent Workers of First Baptist Church, Murfreesboro -- education.
- Carl Marable of Murfreesboro, director, Second Chance Outreach Ministries -- community service.
- Ernest Newsom of Murfreesboro, clarinetist and psychologist -- contribution to black arts.
- Albert Richardson Jr. of Murfreesboro, community volunteer and humanitarian -- community service.
- Revonda J. Rucker of Murfreesboro, registered nurse and funeral director -- community service.
- James Douglas Watkins of Murfreesboro, former community school director and athletic mentor in Flint, Michigan -- excellence in sports.
- Martha Womack of Murfreesboro, community volunteer and humanitarian -- community service.
- Vernon Young of Smyrna, Tennessee, retired law enforcement officer, Smyrna Police Department -- civility advocacy.
WGNS (306 S. Church Street, next to City Police) is a collection point for non-perishable food items to be used by homeless students over weekends. It will be distributed through Rutherford County School's ATLAS program. Reports indicate that in the last two years the number of students who are locally experiencing homelessness has grown from 817 to being over 1,200 this year. That is why WGNS has teamed up with GAP (Grocery Assistance Program) and the county school's ATLAS program. There is a large box in the radio station's lobby in which you can place your non-perishable food items.
Fri. (March 3, 2017) 5:30PM WINE IN THE WETLANDS at the Discovery Center (502 SE Broad at Maney Ave.). Surrounded by the Murfree Spring Wetlands, this fourth annual fine wine event features 150+ exceptional local and crafted wines, fine whiskies, bourbons and brandies provided by Stones River Total Beverages. Must be 21 or older to attend. Proceeds benefit Discovery Center. For more information, phone 615-890-2300.
Sat. (March 18, 2017) 9AM-4:30PM Boro Yoga Fest at the Lane Agri Park (315 John Rice Blvd.). This is an all day yoga festival with proceeds will benefit Prison Yoga Project. Fee: $30 before 2/25/17, $35 after that date. For more information, visit www.boroyogafest.com or facebook.com/boroyogafest. You can also instagram: boroyogafest. Contact: Kim Dunaway, firstname.lastname@example.org