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August Community Events

Aug. 3 – City Schools Open House
Murfreesboro City Schools invites parents, students and families to an open house at all city schools Thursday, Aug. 3, from 5–7 p.m., to meet school administrators, speak with teachers, tour the school and ask questions. Visit cityschools.net for more information.

Aug. 4 – Friday Night Live
Bring your lawn chair to the Murfreesboro Public Square and enjoy a free concert and dancing on the east side of the courthouse featuring Skyline Drive on Friday, Aug. 4, from 6–10 p.m. For more information, visit the Main Street Murfreesboro Facebook page.

Aug. 5 – Free School Supplies
The ALERT CDC’s 10th Annual Family Fun Fest in Smyrna aims to help children prepare for the upcoming school year; the first 1,000 children will receive free backpacks filled with school supplies and hygiene products. Enjoy free haircuts, food, activities, giveaways and music at Living Truth Christian Center on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 4–8 p.m. This year, Music City Strings performs. Register at alertcdc.org. For more information, call (615) 459-9017.

Aug. 5 – Sam Davis Masonic Lodge Pancake Breakfast
Sam Davis Masonic Lodge No. 661 (101 Mary Law Dr., Smyrna) invites everyone to an all-you-care-to-eat pancake breakfast Saturday, Aug. 5, from 7–10 a.m., to benefit the Tennessee Masonic Widows and Orphans Fund and the Sam Davis Lodge Fraternal Assistance program. Admission is $7 per person. For more information, call (615) 459-4576, or visit samdavislodge.weebly.com.

Aug. 8 – Jack Taylor Book Signing
Linebaugh Public Library (105 W. Vine St.) welcomes local author Jack Taylor for a book signing Tuesday, Aug. 8, from 10 a.m.–1 p.m., for his book, Overcoming, published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform in May 2017. Overcoming is a book about what many of us know as the American Dream. Taylor shares the struggles of growing up as one of 12 children of sharecropper parents in Mississippi, joining the U.S. Army at age 18 and his journey to working as a U.S. Border Protection agent and then for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Books are $14 each. For more information, call (615) 893-4131 or visit linebaugh.org.

Aug. 8 – Being the Authentic You
Join Rutherford Cable at its monthly breakfast meeting at the Stones River Country Club (1830 NW Broad St.) Tuesday, Aug. 8, from 7:30–9 a.m. with guest speaker, Dr. Phyllis Qualls-Brooks, speaking about “being the authentic you.” Being one’s authentic self allows you to truly be who you are, unapologetically, aside from your societal label. For more information, contact yourrutherfordcable@gmail.com.

Aug. 8 and 9 – Understanding Healing
The Demos’ family of restaurants invites everyone to Understanding Healing, offering a biblical perspective on the topic of sickness and healing. Speaker and author Art Thomas seeks to bring a biblical understanding of healing through looking at the life of Jesus Christ. Peter Demos says he has seen many prayer requests from his staff that centered around sickness and anxiety, and has dealt with his own experiences. Admission is free. A light lunch will be provided at the Smyrna event on Tuesday, Aug. 8, at 11 a.m. at the Smyrna Event Center (100 Sam Ridley Pkwy E.), and a breakfast provided at the Murfreesboro event, 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, at World Outreach Church (1921 New Salem Rd.). To register for the event, visit eventbrite.com and search Understanding Healing. Donations are appreciated and accepted. For more information, contact (615) 848-1777 or office@demosrestaurants.com.

Aug. 9 – Dropping the Mic: Getting Results from Your Next Presentation
Learn how to give inspirational presentations at Cultivate Coworking (107 W. Lytle St.) Wednesday, Aug. 9, from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. for a session covering the basics of presenting and building confidence for your next business presentation. This celebrates National Coworking Week at Cultivate Coworking and is hosted in part by J Prater Consulting, Locally Owned Murfreesboro and the Downtown Murfreesboro Business Association. For more information, call (615) 203-6084 or visit cultivatecoworking.com.

Aug. 9 – Downtown Homelessness Forum
Murfreesboro Cold Patrol invites businesses, churches and individuals directly affected by the homelessness issue in downtown Murfreesboro to openly discuss the problem of homelessness in the community, current resources and options available to homeless individuals at Last Call 4 Grace (201 W. Main St.) Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 6 p.m. Attendees can discuss solutions being implemented by local nonprofit organizations and community partners and ways to get involved to see positive change. For more information, call (615) 203-3828 or visit murfreesborocoldpatrol.com.

Aug. 10 - MYP Leadership Summit with Bobby Bones

Aug. 10 – MYP Leadership Summit with Bobby Bones


Aug. 10 – MYP Leadership Summit with Bobby Bones

The fifth annual Murfreesboro Young Professionals Leadership Summit features Bobby Bones, and will be held on Thursday, Aug. 10, from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. at The Grove at Williamson Place (3250 Wilkinson Pk.). Bones is the most popular country music DJ in America with more than five million weekly listeners for his award-winning Bobby Bones Show. Bones is also a best-selling author and tours with his parody comedy band The Raging Idiots. He has helped raise more than $6 million for numerous charities including St. Jude and Musicians on Call. Admission is free for MYP Members and $50 for nonmembers. Lunch is provided by Alex Belew Catering. To purchase tickets, visit mypleadershipsummit.com or the Murfreesboro Young Professionals Facebook page.

Aug. 10 – Health Insurance Snack and Learn
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee leads a series of Snack and Learn events to help consumers understand marketplace health insurance options on Thursday, Aug. 10 (and the second Thursday of every month), from 6–7 p.m. This free event provides an overview of the Health Insurance Marketplace, enrollment periods and the process to enroll for insurance on healthcare.gov. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call (423) 535-4358.

Aug. 11 - L&L on Listed Sisters

Aug. 11 – L&L on Listed Sisters


Aug. 11 – L&L on Listed Sisters

Join L&L Contractors (25 S. Public Square) and sponsors, clients and friends on Friday, Aug. 11, from 6–9 p.m. for food, fun and a viewing of two recent episodes of HGTV’s Listed Sisters featuring L&L Contractors. For more information, call (615) 617-3189 or visit landlcontractorsmurfreesboro.com.

Aug. 11 – Boro Art Crawl
Support Murfreesboro’s artists and craftsmen at the Boro Art Crawl Friday, Aug. 11, from 6–9 p.m., at many businesses in the downtown district. For more information, visit boroartcrawl.com.

Aug. 11 – Job Fair for Seniors
St. Clair Street Senior Center (325 St. Clair St.) invites seniors over 60 years of age to a job fair featuring vendors from several businesses in Rutherford County on Friday, Aug. 11, from 8–11 a.m. For more information, call (615) 848-2550 or visit murfreesborotn.gov/seniorcenter.

Aug. 12 – Rotary Leadership Institute
Gain a better understanding of Rotary and hone your leadership skills with The Rotary Leadership Institute on Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Smyrna Town Centre (100 Sam Ridley Pkwy.) from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Enjoy a continental breakfast and lunch plus access to other up-and-coming leaders in the area. Registration is $50 per person; register at hoarli .com under District 6760 or at the Smyrna Town Centre. For more information, contact (615) 962-0571 or gjbacklund@yahoo.com.

Blessing of the pets

Aug. 12 – Blessing of the Pets
The Beesley Animal Foundation (2215 Keeneland Commercial Blvd.) invites you to an open house and “Blessing of the Pets” Saturday, Aug. 12, from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. with the blessing performed by Rev. Dr. John Hinkle Jr. of First Presbyterian Church of Murfreesboro. Afterwards, learn more about the Beesley Animal Foundation and Beesley Animal Clinic services and programs. Dogs must be on leashes and other pets must be in carriers. For more information, call (615) 890-6878 or visit beesleyanimalclinic.com.

August 12 – Dreams and Wishes Cornhole Tournament
Join Bumpus Harley-Davidson of Murfreesboro (2250 NW Broad St.) on Saturday, Aug. 12, for a cornhole tournament with proceeds benefiting Dreams and Wishes of Tennessee. Dreams and Wishes grants wishes to kids and young adults who relapsed from cancer. Registration is from 9–11 a.m. with the cornhole games starting at 11 a.m. Admission is $20 per person. Food is available for a donation. For more information, call (615) 243-3433 or visit dreamsandwishesoftn.org.

Aug. 12 – A Waltz Down Memory Lane
Enjoy dancing and spending time together at the Community Care of Rutherford County dance at 901 E. County Farm Rd. on Saturday, Aug. 12, from 2–4 p.m. For more information, call (615) 893-2624, visit ccrconline.org or the Community Care of Rutherford County Facebook page.

Aug. 15 – Boro Business Lab
Business owners are invited to The Boro Business Lab at the Rutherford Country Chamber of Commerce (3050 Medical Center Pkwy.) Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m., for a one-day training experience featuring marketing strategies and plans to take back control of a successful business. Hosts include Nashville Marketing Systems, Cultivate Coworking, Purple Ninja Media, Creative Boro and Dreamstorm Digital. For more information, visit the Boro Business Lab Facebook page.

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Aug. 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, Aug. 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.

Aug. 18 – Alive Hospice Lunch and Learn
Join Alive Hospice Murfreesboro (1629 Williams Dr.) Friday, Aug. 18, from noon–1 p.m. for a Lunch and Learn to discuss the role of grief services in hospice care led by Alive Hospice Grief Counselors. Counselors also provide hands-on experience with grief counseling techniques and therapies. Lunch is provided and parking is free. For more information, contact (615) 346-8418 or kking@alivehospice.org, or visit alivehospice.org.

Aug. 18 – Concert and Food Trucks
Spend the night with family and friends at the Third Friday Night Food Truck and Concert Series Friday, Aug. 18, from 6–9 p.m. at Cannonsburgh (312 S. Front St.). For more information, contact (615) 890-0355 or shodges@murfreesborotn.gov.

Aug. 19 – Kittrell Fire Department Ham Breakfast
Kittrell Fire Department (8067 Woodbury Hwy.) invites friends and families to their country ham breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 6–10 a.m. to help support the fire department. As a nonprofit volunteer fire department, they operate almost entirely off of donations from the public. Enjoy ham, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, sausage and eggs. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. For more information, call (615) 890-8740 or visit the Kittrell VFD Facebook page.

Aug. 19 – Solar Science at Stones River
Park rangers and volunteers at Stones River Battlefield (3501 Nasvhille Hwy.) present a series of programs and family friendly activities Saturday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m.–noon and 1–3 p.m. Explore the wonders of our solar system and learn about astronomy during the Civil War. Admission is free and for all ages. For more information, call (615) 893-9501.

Aug. 19 - MTSU Pigskin Pregame

Aug. 19 – MTSU Pigskin Pregame


Aug. 19 – MTSU Pigskin Pregame

The MTSU Alumni Association kicks off football season with a celebration and scholarship fundraiser at The Grove at Williamson Place (3250 Wilkinson Pk.) on Saturday, Aug. 19, at 6 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Alumni Legacy Scholarship, which is awarded to children or grandchildren of MTSU alumni. $35 per person includes food, beverages, and live entertainment. Reservation required by Aug. 14. RSVP at or (615) 898-2922 or mtalumni.com.

Murph's Fun Run ~ photo by Jim Davis/Murfreesboro Parks & Rec.

Murph’s Fun Run ~ photo by Jim Davis/Murfreesboro Parks & Rec.


Aug. 19 – Murph’s Fun Run

Run, walk or hop one mile around the Gateway Island (1902 W. College St.) Saturday, Aug. 19, to help out Murfreesboro City Schools. No pre-registration required; sign-in the morning of the event at 8 a.m. with the race officially beginning at 9 a.m. Kids of all ages are welcome and parents may assist. The fee to join is one new school-supply item. Beforehand, encourage your child to walk 12 miles (one at a time), read 13 books and write a description of each book. Participants complete the program by running or walking a 13th mile at Murph’s Fun Run. Participants finishing this “half marathon” receive a goodie bag in addition to the Murph’s Fun Run Medal when they present their reading journal. For more information, visit the Murfreesboro Greenway or Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Facebook pages, or contact (615) 893-2141 or greenway@murfreesborotn.gov.

Aug. 20 – Stones River Mall Back-to-School Safety Bash
Stones River Mall and JCPenney present a Back-to-School Safety Bash from Noon–2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20, in the JCPenney parking lot. Children of all ages are invited to explore fire trucks, ambulances, and other emergency response vehicles with Murfreesboro Fire Department and local EMS crews. Additionally, Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office will bring its “Seatbelt Convincer,” a hands-on simulator that demonstrates a low-impact 5–10 mph vehicle collision, to stress the importance of wearing a seat belt. Attendees can also enjoy complimentary face painting and balloon art during this family-friendly event. Stones River Mall is located at 1720 Old Fort Pkwy. For more information, visit stonesrivermall.com.

Aug. 21 – Eclipse Party
Murfreesboro Parks & Rec invites the city to a solar eclipse viewing party at Richard Siegel Park (515 Cherry Ln.) Monday, Aug. 21, from 1–2 p.m. This is the first total solar eclipse to sweep across the entire United States in almost 100 years. Solar viewing glasses are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The eclipse should occur in Murfreesboro at approximately 1:30 p.m. For more information, contact (615) 217-3017 or rsinger@murfreesborotn.gov.

Aug. 21 - Solar Eclipse Viewing at the Battlefield

Aug. 21 – Solar Eclipse Viewing at the Battlefield


Aug. 21 – Solar Eclipse Viewing at the Battlefield

Stand on the fields where one of the most important battles of the American Civil War raged, the Stones River Battlefield (3501 Old Nashville Hwy.), and share a more modern historical moment during the 2017 Solar Eclipse Monday, Aug. 21, at 1:29 p.m. The first 1,500 visitors receive a complimentary pair of eclipse viewing glasses. Plan to arrive early; the park’s gates will close when our parking areas are full. All park gates will be closed from 12:30–2 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (615) 893-9501.

Aug. 26 – MYP Cornhole Tournament
Join the Murfreesboro Young Professionals for its first MYP Cornhole Tournament on South Walnut Street near The Alley on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 1:30–6 p.m. (tournament begins at 2 p.m.). Play in a 48-team bracket-style single-elimination tournament while enjoying signature cocktails from Jack Daniel’s, beer by Little Harpeth Brewing Co. and food from Rick’s Barbecue. Team fee is $75 and includes entry for two players, 4 drink tickets and 2 food tickets. Tickets are available and include food. Additional drink tickets can be purchased. This event is 21 and over. For more information, contact chase.salas@myeliteis.com or visit murfreesboroyp.org.

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Aug. 26 – Gr8t Chase 5K
Take part in the 2nd Annual Gr8t Chase 5K Run/Walk at Gateway Island (1875 W. College St.) Saturday, Aug. 26, from 7–11 a.m. with this year’s “Back to the ’80s” theme featuring live ’80s cover band Bueller. Shop with local vendors and get photos with Star Wars characters. For more information, call (615) 495-3922.

Aug. 27 – Free Clothes and Food
Free food and clothes are given away at the Oakland Park 7th Day Adventist Church (711 N. Maney Ave.) Sunday, Aug. 27, (and every fourth Sunday of the month), from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. For more information, call (615) 410-7552.

Wednesdays – Get to Know the Boro
Join Tim Sedlock and Maggie Strong for the Get to Know the Boro Weekly Networking Event each Wednesday from 9–10 a.m. at Bank of America Building (120 E. Main St., Suite 260) with introductions, business networking and one-on-one conversations. Meet great people that are willing to help grow your business.

farmersmarketlogoTuesdays and Fridays – Rutherford Country Farmers Market
Support local farmers at the Rutherford County Farmers Market at the Lane Agri-Park (315 John R. Rice Blvd.) every Tuesday and Friday from 7 a.m.–noon. Enjoy fresh produce, nursery items, local honey, farm-fresh cheese, meats, soaps and eggs; participate in a free class at 9 a.m. For more information, call (615) 898-7710.

Saturdays – Murfreesboro Saturday Market
Support your local farmers at Murfreesboro’s Saturday Marketplace every Saturday from 8 a.m.–noon around the inner circle of the Rutherford County Courthouse. Shop for all-natural farm fresh foods, flowers and household items. For more information, call (615) 895-1887 or visit downtownmurfreesboro.com.

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