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How about some original artwork with your whoopie pie? Now you can at Ganache Desserts.

Beginning in December, the local bakery will feature artwork by local artist Dot Taylor.

An artist reception is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 8, said Ganache owner Pam Rieben.

For more information, visit Ganache Desserts, located on Northwest Broad Street in Murfreesboro, or call 615-962-7150.

Mobile unit offering flu shots    

The Mobile Health Unit, in collaboration with MissionPoint Health Partners, will offer a free flu shot clinic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Greenhouse Ministries, located at 309 S. Spring St. in Murfreesoboro.

The Mobile Health Unit, operated and owned by Middle Tennessee Medical Center, will also offer free blood pressure and glucose screenings.

“The Mobile Health Unit collaborative is an effort to help achieve access to health care, helping people overcome barriers and obstacles,” according to a press release. “It is reflective of MTMC’s mission of helping people live healthier lives with special attention to the poor and vulnerable.”

The unit serves both Murfreesboro and Rutherford County school systems. It travels to various schools throughout the county four days a week providing access to pediatric primary care and behavioral health services.

Additionally, the Mobile Health Unit travels to various homeless shelters and community centers once a month providing free adult lab screenings.

For more information about the event, visit www.mtmc.org.

Special Kids needs Christmas sponsors

Special Kids is in need of sponsors willing to donate necessities to families in need this holiday season, as part of the annual Cornelius Christmas program.

Families caring for children with special needs often face unbearable financial burdens and have difficulty affording gifts for the Christmas tree, according to a press release.

The Family Services Department at Special Kids, a nonprofit organization based in Murfreesboro, annually identifies families in need to match with a community sponsor, whether a couple, a family, an office, or a Sunday school class, while keeping everything confidential to respect the privacy of the families involved.

“Each year, it seems people’s needs get more basic as families are hit harder by job losses and the economy. Instead of asking for game systems, they are asking for food and clothing,” said Sheri Weber, director of Family Support Services at Special Kids.

“I have families needing assistance who were able to give it in the past,” she said.

Weber said the families are incredibly thankful for the assistance they receive.

“It’s magical to see the joy the families show as they are picking up their gifts,” she said. “For just one moment we are able to lift the burdens they carry with them daily. This would not be possible without the support of our community sponsors.”

Special Kids is looking for sponsors to donate essentials such as coats, shoes, blankets and household goods like paper products, cleaning supplies, canned goods, personal hygiene items and gift cards for gas, groceries and prescription medications.

Interested sponsors can contact  Weber at 615-890-1003 or sweber@specialkidstn.com for more information.

Nonstop flights to Seattle added

Nashville International Airport will have one daily nonstop flight to Seattle, beginning June 2, 2013.

The addition of this new seasonal flight by Southwest Airlines is designed to provide nonstop service to a high-demand market for business and leisure travelers.

“We are pleased to continue this nonstop service during the peak summer travel months to Seattle, one of our most sought-after markets,” said Rob Wigington, president and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority.

The Nashville Airport is also looking at adding more destinations in the coming year, Wigington said.

Opry Mills adds Cosmetic Market

Just in time for the busy holiday shopping season, Opry Mills has added another retailer to its already impressive mix of outlet and value retail stores.

The Cosmetic Market, a one-stop-shop for all beauty needs, is now open in the fashion wing near White House Black Market.

According to a press release, this Tennessee-based new addition offers a full selection of skin care products, color cosmetics, hair products, hair tools, bath and body products, beauty accessories, fragrance and home accessories from a wide selection of brands.
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