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November Community Events

Nov. 3 – Steak Dinner to Celebrate MTCS
Middle Tennessee Christian School invites you to join its 56th Annual Steak Dinner, its oldest continuing fundraiser, to celebrate MTCS’s history and bright future by honoring members of the MTCS community. The dinner will be held at the school, 100 MTCS Rd., from 6–9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3. All proceeds benefit MTCS’s mission to provide an education based on Christian values and academic excellence in a nurturing environment. To purchase tickets, visit mtcscougars.org or contact bethhancock@mtcscougars.org.

Nov. 4 - Alan Fisher - Fall Festival of Magic

Nov. 4 – Alan Fisher – Fall Festival of Magic

Nov. 4 and 5 – Fall Festival of Magic
The Middle Tennessee Magic Club, in conjunction with the Murfreesboro Center for the Arts, invites the community to The Fall Festival of Magic 2016 on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4 and 5, at 7:02 p.m. at the Murfreesboro Center for the Arts theater (110 W. College St.). Headliner David Williams, one of the region’s top prestidigitators, has been entertaining audiences with his magical skills since he was 13 years old. Joining Williams is André the Illusionist (veteran magician), Noah Lamorte (a member of the youth magic club), and Adam Sain (current club secretary) with Mongo the Magnificent as the Master of Ceremonies and magicians Cameron McNeal and Logan Peterson entertaining in the hallway. Directing the production is Alan Fisher. Tickets are available by calling (615) 904-ARTS (904-2787), or by visiting boroarts.org. All seats are $10 and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Center. Advance ticket purchases are strongly recommended. The Middle Tennessee Magic Club meets the first Tuesday of every month at the Linebaugh Library (105 W. Vine St.) in Murfreesboro at 7:02 p.m. For more information, visit ibmring252.com or contact president@ibmring252.com or alanfisher@ibmring252.com.

Nov. 5 – Boro Bicycle Ballyhoo
The Boro Bicycle Ballyhoo, presented by Smoopy’s Vintage Bicycles, will take off from Mayday Brewery (521 Old Salem Road) at noon on Saturday, Nov. 5. Shine up those classic bikes, don your finest fancy attire (tweed encouraged!) and slow-ride through some beautiful, historic Murfreesboro neighborhoods. The ride will roll through the Historic Bottoms area and around the Square. Then onto Oaklands Mansion for some lovely mid-day refreshments, then back to Mayday for the after-party. Dress to impress—the dandier, the better. All ages and bikes are welcome.

Nov. 5 – 6th Annual Turkey Tee Off Golf Tournament
The 6th Annual Turkey Tee Off Golf Tournament to benefit the Child Advocacy Centers in Rutherford and Cannon Counties kicks off at Cedar Crest Golf Course (7972 Mona Rd.) with breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, followed by a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Slick Pig will provide lunch. Over the past 16 years, the Child Advocacy Center has served nearly 18,o00 child abuse victims and their families. The tournament fee is $100 per golfer and $400 for a team of four golfers. For more information, contact (615) 867-9000, (615) 563-9915 or jessicawauchek@bellsouth.net.

Nov. 5 – Christmas Marketplace & Craft Fair
Come out for the Christmas Marketplace and Craft Fair at the Stones River Church of Christ (1607 Hamilton Dr.) from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. The event will feature 50 booths of local artisans selling their creations. For more information, find a Christmas Marketplace at Stones River event page on Facebook or call (615) 918-9927.

Nov. 6 – Chili Competition at Handlebars
Handlebars will host a chili cookoff on Sunday, Nov. 6. Those wanting to enter can bring a pot of pre-cooked chili to the bar, located at 2601 E. Main St., at 1 p.m. The winning chili chef will win a $100 prize. For more information, call (615) 890-5661 or (615) 556-1667.

Stephanie Pruitt

Stephanie Pruitt

Nov. 8 – Stephanie Pruitt Speaks at Cable Meeting
Poet and ARTrepreneur Stephanie Pruitt aims to combine an artist’s free-spirited nature with the business world at Rutherford Cable’s upcoming breakfast meeting. Her program, “What Would an Artist Do: Focusing on What Matters to You Without Dropping Any Balls,” will focus on “resource management, delegation and guilt-free decision making.” Breakfast is from 7:15–9 a.m. at Stones River Country Club (1830 N.W. Broad St.) and the public is invited alongside members; cost is $20 and includes breakfast. Reservations are available at rutherfordcable.org. Pruitt, a poet and founder of No Starving Artist Academy, serves as a Commissioner for Metro Arts, is on the board of directors for the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville and has done much more in the arts world. For more information, contact (615) 713-4614 or mnoblitt@sterlingorganization.com, or visit stephaniepruitt.com.

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Nov. 10 – Fall Harvest Hayride
Listen to live music, toast marshmallows, eat s’mores around the campfire and enjoy an old-fashioned hayride along the Greenway at General Bragg Trailhead (1450 W. College St.) from 5:30–8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10. The event is sponsored in part by the Friends of the Greenway. For more information, contact mtate@murfreesborotn.gov or (615) 893-2141.

Nov. 10 – Murfreesboro’s Historic Bottoms Planning Study
Downtown Murfreesboro property owners, business owners, community leaders, interested citizens and the general public are invited to a public open house to review and provide feedback about the “Historic Bottoms” study area’s preliminary plan from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at Patterson Park (521 Mercury Blvd.). Ideas include expanding Murfreesboro’s downtown, ways to improve the connectivity between the southern and northern areas of downtown, the possibility of a bridge across Broad Street and/or multiple pedestrian-friendly intersections and more. Follow and join the Historic Bottoms Planning Study at facebook.com/murfreesborohistoricbottomsstudy. For information about the project, contact (615) 893-6441 or danthony@murfreesborotn.gov.

Nov. 10 – Poetry in the Boro
Poetry in the Boro hosts a poetry reading and open mic night at the Green Dragon Public House from 6:30–9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10. The featured reader will be Amie Whittemore, author of the poetry collection Glass Harvest and co-founder of the Charlottesville Reading Series in Virginia. Following the featured reading, readers will have up to four minutes to share poetry, spoken word or short prose. The November word challenge includes the words: metric, mercury, map, departure, bone, frozen, gem, truth, pilgrim and soul; organizers encourage wordsmiths to create new work using these words this month. The Green Dragon Public House is located at 714 F W. Main St. Click here for more information.

Nov. 10 – Veterans Banquet
The Annual Veterans Banquet is one of the signature events hosted by The American Legion Buster Bedford Post #177 as an opportunity to celebrate the service of local veteran members and non-member veterans with dinner, speakers and a time of recognition. The event will be held at First Baptist Church, 738 E. Castle St., from 6–9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10. Tickets can be purchased on eventbrite.com. For more information, call (615) 496-0031.

Nov. 4 - Veterans Day Parade

Nov. 12 – Veterans Day Parade


Nov. 12 – Veterans Day Parade

The VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System is gearing up for its third annual Veterans Day Parade at the Alvin C. York campus in Murfreesboro (3400 Lebanon Pike). This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12, beginning at 10 a.m. The parade helps “bring the show” to veterans who are unable to attend other community parades. The parade route follows the perimeter of the campus and features the theme “A Grateful Nation Salutes Vietnam Veterans.” This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Annette Allen at (615) 225-3786 or annette.allen@va.gov.

Nov. 12 – For The Heroes 5K
Operation: Adopt a Hero will hold the second annual For The Heroes 5K run/walk on Saturday, Nov. 12, in Downtown Murfreesboro. Come and support your local veterans by running or walking. All proceeds from this event will go to Operation: Adopt a Hero’s mission is to build camaraderie between the community and its veterans in Tennessee. Packet pickup will be Nov. 9 and 10 at Cultivate Coworking. To register for the race and for more information, visit oaahtn.org.

Nov. 12 – Breakfast and PJ Party with Santa at Stones River Mall
Stones River Mall, 1720 Old Fort Pkwy., hosts a breakfast and a pajama party with Santa from 8–10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, inside Chuck E. Cheese’s. Enjoy breakfast in your favorite PJs with Santa while enjoying gameplay, face painting, balloon art and a Stones River Mall collectible teddy bear. Tickets are $5 each and will be donated directly to Beesley Animal Foundation. Space is limited; advance tickets from the mall management office are required. Register for a chance to win a $100 JCPenney gift card or a Christmas book autographed by Santa, himself. Following the event, Santa will be available for professional photographs at Santa’s Workshop in the Center Court. 2016 Santa’s Workshop hours are Nov. 12–Dec. 15, Monday–Saturday: 12–8 p.m. (break from 3–4 p.m.), Sunday: 12–6 p.m. (break from: 2:30–3 p.m.); Dec. 16–23: 9 a.m.–9 p.m. (breaks from: 12–1 p.m. and 4–5 p.m.); Dec. 24: 9 a.m.–6 p.m. (break from: 1–2 p.m.). Schedule appointments at stonesrivermall.com.

Nov. 12 – Plush, Play and Slay!
Take some time for yourself and enjoy an evening out with your girlfriends at Bradley School and Museum (415 S. Academy St.) from 7–9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, with a night of fashion, food, laughs, and pampering at the first Plush, Play and Slay event. Performances and vendors include: comedy hour, cake wars competition, cooking demos and tastings, fashion, fitness, pampering and more. For more information, visit its-plush.com. Tickets can be purchased on eventbrite.com.

Nov. 12 – Paisley and Plaid
Enjoy the Holiday Paisley and Plaid event at the Lane Agri-Park (315 John R. Rice Blvd.) from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, with more than 60 vendors offering boutique clothing, home decor, jewelry, children’s apparel and more to benefit the Child Advocacy Center. Admission is $3. For more information, find a Paisley and Plaid Christmas Market event page on Facebook.

Nov. 12 – Patriot Dash 5K
The Patriot Dash 5K begins at Tennessee National Guard Medical Headquarters Building (250 8th Ave., Smyrna) from 9–10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. Children, strollers and pets are welcome to participate. Wear your favorite patriotic costumes and enjoy face-painting, games and family activities after the race. For more information, contact (615) 781-2000 or melissa@eangtn.org. To register, visit active.com.

Nov. 12 – Fall Leaf Animal Collages
Let your creativity loose and see what animal comes to life on your paper at the Wilderness Station (301 Volunteer Rd.) from 2–3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. Craft materials are provided for kids aged 8 and older as they learn about the different Tennessee tree species, noticing leaves, their colors, shapes and patterns while making a great gift idea for the holidays. Admission is $5. For more information, contact (615) 217-3017 or outdoormurfreesboro@murfreesborotn.gov.

locallyownedboro_webNov. 12 – Campfire Circle
Make great memories beside a magical campfire on Saturday, Nov. 12. The event begins at the Wilderness Station (301 Volunteer Rd.) at 5:30 p.m. Gusts will then meander along a paved trail at twilight for a guided nature hike and learn how forest animals get ready for the winter. Arrive at the glowing fire for a tasty treat, and then settle in for songs, skits and mingling. Admission is $3. For more information, contact (615) 217-3017 or outdoormurfreesboro@murfreesborotn.gov.

Nov. 14 – Locally Owned Murfreesboro Launch Join the Locally Owned Murfreesboro Board and Charter Members at The Alley on Main (223 W. Main St.) from 5–7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, as they introduce their vision. This event is free and open to all business owners in Murfreesboro. Locally Owned Murfreesboro is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting independent businesses and building a stronger local economy by joining together in marketing, government advocacy and support for new businesses. For more information, visit facebook.com/locallyownedmurfreesboro.

Charlie McCoy

Charlie McCoy

Nov. 14 – Charlie McCoy
A pillar of the Nashville Sound and one of the most versatile session musicians in popular music history, Charlie McCoy, speaks about his extraordinary career and performs a concert backed by a group of Nashville pros at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at the MTSU Center for Popular Music. The event is hosted by Dr. Travis Stimeling, one of the world’s leading authorities on Nashville’s classic era of recording. For more information, visit mtsu.edu/popmusic.

Nov. 16 – 2016 Inaugural RCHA Chili Cook-off
Rutherford County Hospitality Association invites everyone to participate in the Inaugural RCHA Chili Cook-Off to show off the best chili they can cook at Mayday Brewery (521 Old Salem Rd.) from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16. Entry fee to participate is $50 and admission to sample is $10 per person. All proceeds benefit the Rutherford County School System for the Prostart schools. For more information, contact jah4r15@gmail.com.

Nov. 17 – The Connection, Business Networking at Mayday
The Connection: An Evening of Professional Networking and Business Brainstorming will be held from 5–7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, at Mayday Brewery, 521 Old Salem Rd. All Middle Tennessee entrepreneurs and professionals are welcome to attend this casual, no-obligation event, where they can meet other small-business owners and tap into one another’s experience and energy. An open roundtable discussion will encourage participation from those in attendance, asking them to articulate their vision for their business and calling for examples of some of the business challenges and solutions they are experiencing. The series will continue the third Thursday of each month.

purplepawslogoNov. 17 – Food, Friends and Vin!
Let’s Make Wine (109 E. Main St.) hosts a night of friends, food and vin from 6–9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17. This passed hors d’oeurves-style pop-up dinner features food by Chef Andrew Payne in association with local chefs and local farms, showcasing unique foods like grit cake with crab and tasso cream sauce, curried pumpkin gazpacho with grilled shrimp and more. All food will be paired with handcrafted wines provided by Jack and and Cheryl Lisi of Let’s Make Wine. Local artist Robert Eskew will provide musical entertainment, and a portion of all ticket sales benefit Purple Paws. Space is limited and the event is 21 and up. Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.com.

nov-18-serial-songwriterNov. 18 – Confessions of a Serial Songwriter
Successful pop songwriter Shelly Peiken speaks about her new book, Confessions of a Serial Songwriter, with MTSU songwriting professor Odie Blackmon at the MTSU Center for Popular Music at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18. Peiken has written songs for Christina Aguilera, Natalie Cole, The Pretenders, Selena Gomez, Keith Urban and many others. For more information, visit mtsu.edu/popmusic.

Nov. 19 – Acorn Festival
Folk and indie music lovers converge at Oaklands Mansion (900 N. Maney Ave.) for the inaugural Acorn Festival from 4–10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, featuring performers Rye Baby, Boy Named Banjo, Mountains Like Wax, The Hardin Draw, and headliner Frontier Ruckus. Admission is $10 per person. For more information, call (615) 893-0022.

Nov. 19 – Rescue Run
The Rescue Run at Murfreesboro’s Gateway Island (1610 Williams Dr.) from 7–9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, benefits Last Call 4 Grace and is a family fun run as well as a 5K run. Last Call 4 Grace delivers food and groceries every Wednesday and Friday night to the less fortunate living in area motels. For more information and to register for the run, visit lastcall4grace.org.

Nov. 24 – Borodash
Borodash, a Thanksgiving morning four-mile walk/run through historic Murfreesboro, begins at MTSU’s Dean Hayes Track & Soccer Stadium at 8 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 24. Borodash aims to glorify God, raise awareness for local needs and charities, encourage a family atmosphere and provide an opportunity to express thankfulness. Rabbit Road Racing allows accurately recorded race times. If you want a chip, be sure to register by Nov. 21. Proceeds from the race will be used to benefit Neema House, Greenhouse Ministries, Possibility Place and Good Shepherd Children’s Home. For more information, visit borodash.org.

Nov. 26 – School of Rock
Participate in fun projects and learn about different aspects of geology at Earth Experience: The Middle Tennessee Museum of Natural History (816 Old Salem Rd.) from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26. Admission is $10 per child. For more information, call (615) 605-1417 or visit theearthexperience.org.

Nov. 27 – Artist Night at the Museum
Bradley Academy Museum (415 S. Academy St.) hosts a night of creativity within the community at from 5–7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, with performances of spoken word, poetry, and a one-man show performance by Joshua Jackson. The night includes a coffee and hot chocolate bar and pastries. Admission is $3. For more information, call (615) 962-8773 or find an Artist Night at the Museum event page on Facebook.

Nov. 28 – “Messiah” Concert
The MTSU Concert Chorale, MTSU Schola Cantorum and the Middle Tennessee Choral Society, joined by a professional orchestra, celebrate their 32nd annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at First United Methodist Church (265 W. Thompson Ln.) at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28. Tickets are available at mtchoralsociety.org or at the door. For more information, contact (615) 898-2849 or raphael.bundage@mtsu.edu.

Nov. 29 – Greenway Section Opening
The Northern Murfreesboro Greenway Trailhead on Central Valley Road will hold a grand opening for the northern section of the Murfreesboro Greenway from 2:30–3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29. For more information, visit murfreesborotn.gov.

Through Dec. 8 – Oakland Museum Trunk Show
Join Oaklands Mansion for its Trunk Show of handcrafted jewelry in the gift shop at Maney Hall (900 N. Maney Ave.) Tuesday trough Saturday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday from 1–4 p.m. through Dec. 8. Materials used include Swarovski crystals, pearls, Czech glass beads and pearls, Japanese seed beads and semi-precious stones. Custom orders are welcomed. For more information, call (615) 893-0022.

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