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.
Registration is now open for the BEP Summer Business Camp presented by State Farm. The tuition-free, two-week summer camp is scheduled for weekdays of July 17th - 28th from 8:00AM until 3:00PM on campus at MTSU in the McWherter Learning Resource Center. Students will have the benefit of meeting and working with volunteers from the Rutherford County business community to explore business as a career option and to understand how the world of business works. To learn more about the Business Education Partnership Foundation and its programs for students, teachers, and guidance counselors, call Amelia Bozeman at (615) 278-2008, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Tuesdays (May 30, 2017) 6-9PM Training for volunteers who are interested in being a part of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program. For more information, phone 615-904-6996.
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 email@example.com.
Tue. (April 11, 2017) 4:30PM Equali-Tea at MTSU's Andrew Woodfin Miller, Sr. Education Center (503 E. Bell St.). This is a "high tea", but "hats" are optional. It is sponsored by the AAUW (American Association of University Women) to fund scholarships for female students returning to complete a degree. Equali-TEA celebrates the economic contributions of women in the workforce. Reservations are required CLICK HERE. There is no admission fee, but a donation will be requested.
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.
Daily (March 1 to May 30, 2017) Get caught "GREEN HANDED" while recycling at the 15 Rutherford County Disposal Center and you could win prizes! Middle Point Landfill is filling quickly, and this is a way to expand its life. Rutherford County has around a 17% recycling rate when we should be closer to 25-30%. Participating area businesses have donated prizes to hand-out to residents who get caught. More than 60 residents will be awarded throughout the three-month initiative. SPECIAL THANKS TO: Caraustar, Publix, Malco Roxy, Dominos, The Artful Doughnut, The Flower Pot of Smyrna, Lanes Trains and Automobiles, Murfreesboro Strike and Spare, Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, Recycle Balls, and Animal City of Murfreesboro have each sponsored prizes to give out during the initiative.
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
Mon-Fri (April 10-14, 2017) Noon HOLY WEEK SERVICES and LUNCH at participating downtown Murfreesboro churches.
Monday (4/10) First Baptist on 200 E. Main St.
Tuesday (4/11) First Presbyterian join Antioch PB Church at 210 N. Spring St.
Wedneday (4/12) at Central Christian at 404 E. Main St.
Maundy Thursday (4/13) First Cumberland Presbyterian at 907 E. Main St.
Good Friday (4/14) St. Paul Episcopal at 116 N. Academy St.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sat. (May 20, 2017) Registration 8AM/Superhero Sprint 8:45AM/Walk 9AM RUTHERFORD COUNTY MARCH FOR BABIES at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic (1272 Garrison Drive). Help premature babies or children born with a birth defect--give every baby a fighting chance! Sign-up at www.MarchForBabies.org/event/Murfreesboro.
Sat. (April 29, 2017) 7:00-8:30PM Legacy of Light Gala benefiting Middle Tennessee Christian School will be in the school's gymnasium (100 E. MTCS Road at Memorial Blvd.). The evening speaker is Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott. For more information or to make reservations, contact Beth Hancock at 615-893-0601.
Sat. (April 22, 2017) 1PM MTSU present the "Bounce Back Golf Scramble" at Champions Run Golf Course (14262 Mt. Pleasant Rd.; Rockvale, TN). All proceeds go to HOMES FOR OUR TROOPS, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization the builds homes for service members who have been severely injured in combat since Sept. 11, 2001. Each home is designed to serve the needs of the injured vet. Cost: $100 per player (team $400). Contact by e-mail: email@example.com or on Facebook at MTSU Bounce Back Golf Scramble.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursdays (April 6-May 11, 2017) 5:30-7:30PM FREE "Parenting Class" for the entire family at the Rutherford County Juvenile Court System (1710 South Church St.). Learning how to work together as a family and training youth to grow into positive citizens in the community. This is for the entire family. For more information, phone 615-898-7754 and speak with a Youth Services Officer (YSO).
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.
Mon-Fri (June 19-23, 2017) St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital is sponsoring Camp M.D. for rising sixth through eight grade Rutherford County students. It includes tours of local medical facilities, and discussions with healthcare professionals such as physicians, nurses, medical assistants, lab technologists, researchers, and therapists. Student tours will be complemented by off-site activities designed to provide valuable information that will enable students to pursue the education necessary for careers in all levels of healthcare. Applications are due by April 21, and they are available at rutherfordbep.org/camp-md. The Business Education Partnership (BEP) Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 1988 with the help of the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. To learn more about the Business Education Partnership Foundation and its programs for students, teachers, and guidance counselors, call Amelia Bozeman at (615) 278-2008, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.