Originating in northern India, Kathak (pictured here) is one of the eight forms of classical Indian dance. Kathak along with other aspects of Indian culture will be explored Saturday at the Discovery Center of Murfree Spring. (Submitted)
Calendars are filling up fast now that school has officially started. So, before you mark off any weekends, here are a few events that may need closer consideration.
First, the family can celebrate the new school year and learning with events sponsored by Murfreesboro City Schools and the Discovery Center.
Then local nonprofits hold fundraisers in September before best-selling authors converge on Murfreesboro and Disney descends on Nashville.
Back To School Blast
Murfreesboro City Schools is ready to celebrate the new school year at the annual Back to School Blast, set for Saturday at Cannonsburgh Village.
The event features games and activities for students and the opportunity for parents to meet school representatives and local community outreach organizations. The free event runs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Cannonsburgh Village, located at 312 S. Front St., in Murfreesboro.
Back to School Blast is sponsored by the Community Outreach Team at Murfreesboro City Schools and will feature performances by students from Cason Lane, Bradley and Mitchell-Neilson.
All About India
After students and families celebrate school, the Discovery Center invites them to learn more about the culture of India with a new annual event, “All About India.”
Slated for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Discovery Center, the day promises an array of activities for the entire family including dance performances, food samples, craft activities and the opportunity to try mehndi art.
“All About India would not be possible without the collaboration of the local Indian community,” Discovery Center Chief Executive Officer Tara MacDougall said. “We are excited to host this celebration to promote diversity and bring the community together to learn about Indian culture.”
All About India is part of Discovery Center’s Project Reach Out program in partnership with the Nissan Foundation. Project Reach Out increases accessibility to the diverse exhibits and programs Discovery Center has to offer and engages families in exploring and appreciating the diverse cultures of our community.
The Discovery Center is located at 502 SE Broad St., in Murfreesboro.
Community of Faith Luncheon
The Pastoral Counseling Center of Murfreesboro will be holding its annual Community of Faith Luncheon and Silent Auction from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church on Thompson Lane.
The purpose of the event is to raise awareness and support for the centers’ mission to care for individuals, couples and families in Rutherford and surrounding counties who could not otherwise afford quality counseling. The cost for the event is $10 per person or $75 for a table of eight.
In partnership with the First Baptist Church of Murfreesboro the Pastoral Counseling Center is committed to providing comprehensive clinical and educational services to all who need these services.
To make reservations for this event contact Karen Potratz at email@example.com or 615-513-7863.
Dairy Hill Stampede 5K
The Dairy Hill Stampede 5K Race and Family Fun Run will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, at the MTSU Experiential Learning and Research Center, 3211 Guy James Road, in Lascassas.
The event will feature a 5K (3.1 miles) timed race that will start at 8 a.m. and a Family Fun Run that will begin at 9:30 a.m. The 5K will begin and end at the MTSU Dairy. The 5K individual entry fee is $35. The fun run entry fee is $25. Registration is online at Active.com.
“We are proud to showcase our Experiential Learning and Research Center with the new Dairy Unit, but we mostly are proud to be able to play a role in supporting the Veterans Recovery Center Council and the Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee,” School of Agribusiness and Agriscience director Warren Gill said. Proceeds from this event will benefit both organizations.
The Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee is an educational resource, providing training and information regarding farm animal welfare to farmers and the general public. The Veterans Recovery Center Council encourages veterans with challenges they encounter in their recovery process after deployment.
MTSU Writers’ Conference
Kevin Wilson, author of the novel “The Family Fang,” will be the keynote speaker at the Middle Tennessee Writers’ Conference planned for Saturday, Sept. 28.
The conference, which is open to the public, is sponsored by The Writer’s Loft at MTSU, the university’s non-degree writing program. Writer’s Loft Director Karen Alea Ford said the event will include workshops in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and playwriting. The conference registration deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 10.
“Beginning and experienced writers will gain insight and inspiration from this extraordinary lineup of speakers while getting to chat and mingle with the community of writers we have in Middle Tennessee,” Ford said.
“The Family Fang,” which has been optioned for a movie starring Nicole Kidman, was on the New York Times Bestseller list as well as being named one of the top 10 books of 2011 by Time, People and Esquire magazines.
Wilson will be joined at the conference by a roster of award-winning writers, including poet Bill Brown, author of “Late Winter;” nonfiction writer Holly Tucker, author of “Blood Work;” novelist Linda Busby Parker, author of “Seven Laurels;” and playwright Claudia Barnett, an MTSU English professor and author of “I Love You Terribly: Six Plays.”
Registration is open to all writers, and the registration fee covers all workshops and a buffet dinner. General admission is $60, and the fee for Writer’s Loft alumni, MTSU faculty and students is $30. Current Writer’s Loft students will be admitted free.
To register for the Middle Tennessee Writers’ Conference or for more information on The Writer’s Loft program, go to www.mtsu.edu/theloft or e-mail Ford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disney’s Beauty And The Beast
“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” the award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical, will make its exciting return to Nashville as a Broadway Special Event Sept. 24-29 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall.
“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast learns to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self but if he doesn’t, he and his household are doomed for all time.
Tickets start at $15 and are available at www.tpac.org, by phone at 615-782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St., in Nashville. For groups of 20 or more, call 615-782-4060.