Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee needs volunteers to pack Disaster Relief Food Boxes at its Smyrna facility. These boxes will go to Florida to help victims of Hurricane Michael. Groups of 30-40 people for each shift are needed and families, businesses, service organizations and church groups are welcome to volunteer. The volunteer times are: Wednesday, Oct. 31 – 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 1 – 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 3 – 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. For information, contact Stephanie Lowe at Stephanie.Lowe@secondharvestmidtn.org.
Brown Farms Corn Maze is open through Nov. 3. at 7231 Cainsville Pike in Lascassas. Hours are Friday 3-10 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sundays by appointment. For information contact Rebekah Brown at (615) 962-5715.
Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office Trunk or Treat will be held Wednesday, Oct. 31 at the Sheriff’s Office at 940 New Salem Highway in Murfreesboro from 4-7 p.m. Several businesses and organizations will pass out candy. Slim Chickens will be serving up chicken tenders. A SWAT Bearcat vehicle, Mounted Patrol horses and emergency vehicles will be there. People interested in participating should call Sgt. Jimmy Cassidy at (615) 904-3019 or email email@example.com.
Harvest View Church Festival will be held Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. at the church at 8560 John Bragg Hwy in Readyville. There will be a Trunk-or-Treat contest with the theme of Bible stories. Register at https://hvchalloween18.eventbrite.com.
Hogslop String Band will perform Thursday, Nov. 1 from 7:30-9 p.m. at Puckett’s Murfreesboro, 114 N. Church St. in Murfreesboro. The concert will benefit the Uncle Dave Macon summer American music festival. Tickets are $20 and reservations are recommended by calling (629) 201-6916.
Outside the Lunchbox business development session will be held Thursday, Nov. 1 at The Grove at Williamson Place, 3250 Wilkinson Pike, Murfreesboro from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Featured speakers are serial innovator Marcus Whitney, Schwan Cosmetics CEO Holli Montgomery and Schwan Senior Human Resource Manager Teauna Upshaw. RSVP required. Go to https://explorethedc.org/LunchBox/.
The Murfreesboro/Rutherford County unit of Church Women United will be meeting on Friday, Nov. 2. The host church will be Cherry Grove Missionary Baptist, located at 4078 Yeargan Rd. off of Hwy 99 W. We will be celebrating World Community Day. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and the program begins at 10 a.m.
The 36th Country Ham Breakfast will be held Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Sam Davis Masonic Lodge #661 at 101 Mary Law Dr. across from Planet Fitness on Nissan Blvd. from 7-10 a.m. Tickets are $10 which includes real country ham, eggs, potato wedges, biscuits and gravy, along with juice, jelly, coffee and great fellowship. The proceeds will benefit the Tennessee Grand Lodge Widows and Orphans Fund. For information call (615) 459-4576.
Cookin’ to Build for Habitat for Humanity will be held Saturday, Nov. 3 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Murfreesboro Public Square. Tickets are $20.All-you-can-eat soups and stews will be available from more than 25 cooking teams. Call (615) 890-5877 ext. 110 for information.
The 38th annual Tennessee Division II State Marching Band Championship will be held Saturday, Nov. 3 at Stewarts Creek High School. For information about the event and sponsorships, go to https://www.tnsmbc.com/awardssponsorshipandads.
A Household Hazardous Waste Collection event will be held Saturday, Nov. 3 at the City of Murfreesboro Public Works Facility, 4765 Florence Rd. in Murfreesboro from 8 a.m.-Noon. Acceptable items include home maintenance/improvement products such as used strippers and thinners, adhesives, driveway sealant, roofing tar and wallpaper remover; pesticides, fertilizers and wood preservatives; pool chemicals, photo processing chemicals, aerosols/compressed gas, mercury thermostats and thermometers, fluorescent tubes, and compact fluorescent bulbs. Items that will not be accepted include infectious wastes, automotive gas tanks, explosives, ammunition, gun powder, fireworks, smoke detectors and paint.
‘Talking Planets: The Night Problem’ storytelling and book signing with 10-year-old author/student Jada Scott will be held Saturday, Nov. 3 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Discovery Center, 502 SE Broad St. in Murfreesboro.
The Blackman Elementary Holiday Sparks Market will be held Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the school located at 586 Fortress Blvd. in Murfreesboro. There will be vendor booths, food trucks, entertainment, a silent auction and a bake sale. Santa Claus will also be stopping by for photos.
Gospel group Gold City Quartet will be in concert at the Murfreesboro Missionary Baptist Church at 316 Fortress Blvd. off Highway 96 W. on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 1:30 p.m. as part of the church’s homecoming event. The public is invited. For information call, Dwight Faircloth at (615) 849-5594.
Author Lucinda Poole Cockrell will discuss her book How to Weed Your Attic: Getting Rid of Junk without Destroying History on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. at The Oaklands Mansion, 901 N. Maney Ave. in Murfreesboro. She will be available to sign books. The Middle Tennessee State University graduate served as Assistant Director/Archivist of the Center for Popular Music for 15 years. Reservations are required. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased in the museum gift shop or call the museum gift shop at (615) 893-0022.
The Webb School Theatre will present “The Merchant of Venice” in the Black Box Theatre on Nov. 8-10 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. The production is open to the public. Admission is $10 with no charge for children under 10. Reservations are required. Please visit http://events.webbschool.com/theatre to reserve your tickets. For information, call (931) 389-5703.
‘Shannon Strong’ charity golf tournament to help Smyrna High School teacher Shannon Williams with medical expenses will be held Saturday, Nov. 10 at 8 a.m. at Cedar Crest Golf Course. Hole sponsorships are now available for $200 per hole. The entry fee for teams is $400.
Beesley Animal Foundation Fundraiser will be held Saturday, Nov. 10 from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. at Mellow Mushroom, 2955 S. Rutherford Blvd. in Murfreesboro. A portion of all food and drink sales will be donated to the foundation.
Sixth Men’s Ministry Chili, Soup, Gumbo Cook-Off and First Women’s Ministry Bake-Off will be held Sunday, Nov. 11 immediately after services at Harvest View Church, 8560 John Bragg Hwy. in Readyville. There is no entry fee. Tickets are $5 per person.
The RUTHERFORD Cable monthly meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 13 at Stones River Country Club, 1830 N.W. Broad St. in Murfreesboro. Aerial Ellis, the co- founder of the Nashville Women of Color in Communications Network, is the guest speaker. The public is invited to attend. Tickets are $20 (members) and $25 (non-members) and includes breakfast. Reservations are required and can be made online at www.rutherfordcable.org by noon on Nov. 9.
Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) will have an open house on Tuesday, Nov. 13 on its campus at 663 Ken Pilkerton Dr. in Smyrna. Learn about the school’s programs and staff. Registration is from 8:30-9:15 a.m. The program starts at 9:15 and tours will begin at 10 a.m. To RSVP, go to http://bit.ly/TCATNov13. Call (615) 989-8010 for information.
Paint Your Pet Party to benefit Beesley Animal Foundation will be held Thursday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Mayday Brewery. Registration is required by Nov. 8. Go to https://paintyourpetpartynashville.com to register.
Ferrell Hollow Farm Senior Horse and Senior Cat Sanctuary will be having a Fall Festival and Open House on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Suggested donation $20.
Christmas Gathering at The Gathering at the Milton will be held Saturday, Nov. 24 from 4-8 p.m. The open house event is free and light refreshments will be served.
The Oaklands Christmas Gala will be held Friday, Nov. 30 at the Mansion, 900 North Maney Ave, Murfreesboro, with a wine reception at 6 p.m. with dinner and music starting at 7 p.m. The 35th Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1. For information, call (615) 893-0022 or go to oaklandsmansion.org.
The Villages of Murfreesboro’s Christmas for a Cause event will feature an on-site silent auction of wreaths and Christmas trees from Dec. 1-10. The event benefits the Rutherford County Senior Citizens Awareness Network. The Villages is located off Robert Rose Drive and Wilkinson Pike at 2550 Willow Oak Trail. For information or to contribute to the auction, contact Terri Deal or Hope Rogers at (615) 848-3030 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or Hope@thevillagesmurfreesboro.com.
The 2018 Toy Drive Golf Scramble will be held Saturday, Dec. 8 with a shotgun start at 11:30 a.m. at Champions Run Golf Course in Rockvale. Dinner will follow the tournament. The cost to enter is $50 plus a minimum of one new, unwrapped toy. To register, call (615) 274-2301.
Rutherford County Extension Master Gardener Program is now accepting applications. Training is Feb. 2-April 30, 2019. Most classes will be held on Tuesdays from 1-4 p.m. at Lane Agri-Park, 315 John R. Rice Blvd. in Murfreesboro. Submit applications by Dec. 1 to the Rutherford County Extension office. Call (615) 898-7710.
Local chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees association meets on the first Thursday of the month, excluding January and July. The meetings are held at The Villages of Murfreesboro 2550 Willow Oak Trail in Murfreesboro. Meeting agenda begins at 11 a.m. and includes a guest speaker, lunch and fellowship. For information, go to www.narfetn0834.org.
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