Saturday (Oct. 14, 2017) 7-11PM The African American Heritage Society of Rutherford County will host the 2nd Annual Black Tie Affair in MTSU's James Union Building (519 Alma Mater Dr.). This event honors five pillars of Rutherford County: Dr. Gloria Bonner, Mr. Pierre Lyons, Ms. Racquel Peebles, Ms. Leonora (Boe) Washington, and Mr. Ron Washington. Get your tickets from Mary Watkins (615-556-1961) or Florence Smith (615-589-5034), or any AAHSRC member.
Sat. (Dec. 9, 2017) 8:00AM 4-H Pancake Breakfast (8-11AM) and Marketplace (8AM-4PM) at Lane Agri Park (315 John Rice Blvd.). Come eat, shop and have your picture made with Santa. Vendors wanted. Contact Barbara Davenport at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-898-7710.
Sat. (Nov. 11, 2017) 8AM registration/9AM tee off "7th ANNUAL TURKEY TEE OFF at Cedar Crest Golf Course (7982 Mona Rd.). Start the morning with breakfast at 8AM, get your picture taken and more. Plus, you could win $10,000 in the hole in one contest. This benefits the Child Advocacy Center (CAC). Over the past 17-years, CAC's team has investigated and prosecuted over 13,500 child abuse cases, assisted 19,400 individuals, and trained over 8,100 adults how to protect children from child sexual abuse. Sign-up to play or be a sponsor. Individual player $100; tee box sponsor $50, sponsorships $500-$5,000. Call CAC at 615-867-9000.
Sat. (Nov. 11, 2017) 8AM registration; 9AM ceremony for the "WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S" at MTSU's Dean Hayes Track and Soccer Stadium (1568 Greenland Dr.). All funds raised through Walk to End Alzheimer's further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. The Alzheimer's Association is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. For more information about the WALK, get with Michelle Thomas at 615-315-5880 or email her at email@example.com.
Thu. (Oct. 19, 2017) 8AM-3:15PM The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce presents the annual Learn, Grow, Connect WOMEN'S CONFERENCE at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center (1200 Conference Center Blvd.). The keynote speaker is Dale Smith Thomas, president and founder of Winners By Choice, Inc. She is an international motivational speaker and author. Admission is $65 for members and $85 for future members. Advance registration is required by October 16, 2017. Contact the Chamber of Commerce at 615-893-6565.
Sat. (Nov. 4, 2017) 11AM-1:30PM 10th Annual COOKIN' TO BUILD takes place around the Historic Rutherford County Courthouse on the Murfreesboro square, and all proceeds benefit HABITAT FOR HUMANITY. Area groups compete for the best soups, chili, stew and other similar warm goodies! All you can eat - tickets $20. Proceeds help us build more safe and affordable homes for families in need! Click for more info.
MAKE YOUR OWN BOWL: Start your own tradition of making your own bowl for $5 (+ $20 for Cookin' To Build). You can do that September 1, 2017 through October 31, 2017 at the POTTERY PLACE (in the Avenue of Murfreesboro, 2615 Medical Center Pkwy, Suite 470). The Pottery Place is open: Mon-Sat 10AM-9PM, Sun Noon-6PM. Phone The Pottery Place at (615) 893-5556. All painters are asked to pre-purchase your bowl at the time you paint it. Your bowl will be in a designated area the day of the event. For your donation of $20 made to Rutherford County Habitat For Humanity, you will build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter. For more information about the event, please contact Megan Hutchings at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 615-890-5877. Check Habitat for Humanity's website: www.rchfh.org
Visit HABIT RE-STORES: 850 Mercury Boulevard in Murfreesboro, or Gilsville Family Center, 413 Nissan Blvd., Smyrna, TN.
Tue. (Oct. 17, 2017) 5-7PM Main Street's annual Evening of Main is known community wide as a chance for supporters to tour one of Murfreesboro's beautiful, historic homes. This year's event will be in the home that was built in 1869 for James A. Leiper, a Murfreesboro attorney, and his wife, Alice Kimbro Leiper. It is presently the home of Blake and Priscilla Smith. The suggested minimum donation for the event, which includes appetizers and beverages both alcoholic and nonalcoholic, is $25. For more information, call 615-895-1887 or email email@example.com. Donations will be accepted at the door.
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.
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
Sat. (Nov. 4, 2017) 8AM-NOON HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION at Murfreesboro Public Works Facility (4765 Florence Road). Tennessee citizens are allowed to dispose of household hazardous waste at any of the collections; it is not necessary to be a resident of that particular county where the collection is held. Dispose of strippers, thinners, adhesives, driveway sealant, roofing tar and wallpaper remover. Home lawn and garden products and pesticides, fertilizers, wood preservatives, pool chemicals, photo processing chemicals, aerosols/compressed gas, mercury thermostats and thermometers, fluorescent tubes and bulbs, medicines (put in zip-lock plastic bags before bringing to the event), needles and sharps in puncture proof containers with sealed lids are now accepted. For a complete list refer to: http://www.tn.gov/environment/topic/sw-mm-household-hazardous-waste-program
(Oct. 1-Nov. 4, 2017) 12th Annual APPLES FOR SIGHT SALE sponsored by the Murfreesboro Lioness Club. For a donation of $100, you will receive a box of delicious gala apples. For more information or to order you apples, Shelley Schklar at 615-512-0500 or Jonelle Prince 615-896-1007. (NOTE: Apples will also be available at Cannonsburgh at Harvest Days on Sat., Oct. 28, 2017)
Sat. (Oct. 14, 2017) 7AM The 11th annual Murfreesboro Half Marathon starts on Greenland Drive, runs a flat course through Historic Murfreesboro and ends on the Dean Hayes Track and Soccer Stadium (1568 Greenland Drive). Over the years, registration has sold out extremely quick and as in years past, there is a cap on the number of participants in the race. This year, the cap is set at 3,000 runners, according to the Middle Half website. You also have to be at least 14-years of age to compete. Because the course runs by the geographic center of Tennessee, begins and ends at Middle Tennessee State University, it has been tagged "The Middle Half." Visit www.TheMiddleHalf.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMiddleHalf for additional information. Registration for "The Middle Half" will open on Thursday, June 1, 2017.
Tue. (Oct. 24, 2017) 6PM "35th Annual John Stanford Grand Slam Fish Fry" at the Grove at Williamson Place (3250 Wilkinson Place). Along with the traditional fried catfish, Cajun gumbo and hot dogs will also be served by the Krewe de Blue. Live music with Russ & Becky Jeffers Country Band. Auctions for Blue Raider sports memorabilia and other collectibles. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and children ages six and under are admitted for free. Tickets at MTSU athletic ticket office (Gate 1A of Floyd Stadium); phone 615-898-5261 or go on-line www.GoBlueRaiders.com.
Sat. (Oct. 21, 2017) 7:30AM-1:00PM The local Parkinson Support Group will travel to Vanderbilt University for the "Blazing Toward a Cure" Symposium. This is a half day event is FREE and includes breakfast. The group will leave the St. Clair Street Senior Center by bus at 7:30AM. There is a minimal fee for the bus. Contact Dee Brown at 615-848-2550 (extension 2504).
Fri-Sat (Oct. 20-21, 2017) SIMPLY FREE is not a concert or seminar, it's an experience! SIMPLY FREE is a collection of stories, testimonies of recovery and restoration by people just like you and me. FRIDAY (10/20/2017) registration 5:30PM, event 6:30-8:30PM. SATURDAY (8:30AM-3:00PM) all at the Family Worship Center (3045 Memorial Blvd.). Phone Branches Counseling at 615-904-7170 or visit branchescounselingcenter.com
Thu. (Oct. 26, 2017) 7PM The Sons of the Pioneers will offer a concert in the Washington Theatre of the Patterson Community Center (521 Mercury Blvd.). This is the greatest western music singing group ever and are well known for their work with Roy Rogers. Their biggest hits were "Cool Water", "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" and "Ghost Riders In The Sky". They are in the Cowboy, Western and Country Music Halls of Fame (all 3), honored in the Smithsonian Institute, in 97 movies, and recorded 12,000 songs. Tickets are $25 each. Contact Fred Goodwin at 615-890-3047 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.