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VOL. 40 | NO. 38 | Friday, September 16, 2016

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Americana Music Festival. The 17th annual Americana Music Festival, which runs through Sunday, features five nights of approximately 215 live performances at venues throughout Nashville at night. Plus, seminars, panels and networking opportunities will take place throughout the day. Downtown venues include 12th & Porter, 3rd and Lindsley, Acme Feed & Seed, Cannery Ballroom, City Winery, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Downtown Presbyterian Church, George Jones Museum, High Watt at Mercy Lounge, Mercy Lounge, Riverfront Park and Ascend Amphitheater, Ryman Auditorium, Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel, Emma, Station Inn, Third Man Records and Union Station Hotel. A $60 wristband grants access to all of the venues every night of the festival. Information: http://americanamusic.org.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21

Young Professionals Focus Luncheon

Turning Lemons into Lemonade is the topic for the luncheon but is a way of life for Jessica Harthcock, Founder & CEO at Utilize Health. Paralyzed at age 17, she spent years in search of highly specialized rehabilitation treatments that eventually helped her walk again. Utilize Health was born from her experience. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Tractor Supply Company, 5401 Virginia Way, Brentwood. Fee: $16 Chamber members, $25 Guests. Information: williamsonchamber.com

Chamber West Monthly Networking Coffee

Come network with Chamber members in your area over breakfast and coffee. Learn more about Chamber West’s initiatives and find out how you can get involved in the continued success of this area. Our special guest for this event will be Senator Jeff Yarbro. This is a free event, but registration is required. 8-9:15 a.m. Hampton Inn & Suites- Green Hills, 2324 Crestmoor Rd. Information: Nashvillechamber.com

THURSDAY, SEPT. 22

Street Food Thursdays

Enjoy a gathering of up to 20 local food trucks parked along Deaderick Street between 4th Avenue North and 5th Avenue North every Thursday through October. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Neighborhood Health Recognition Breakfast

Neighborhood Health will host its first Recognition Breakfast fundraising event. Mayor Megan Barry will be the guest speaker. Belmont University’s Maddox Grand Atrium, 1900 Belmont Blvd. Registration will open at 7:00 a.m., with the breakfast beginning promptly at 7:30 a.m. There is plenty of free parking in the garage adjacent to the Atrium. Those who plan to attend are asked to register by following the link on www.neighborhoodhealthtn.org. Questions: Lorene Perkins at 615-227-3000. Attendance is free, but donations are appreciated.

Business Studio Workshop: Tech Strategies for Small Business

John Guillaume, vice president of product management & strategy at Comcast, joins us from their headquarters in Philadelphia to discuss technology strategies for small business. Attendees will learn how to scale their small business technologies as their company grows, including successful approaches to remote working and steps to take to keep their business information safe. 3-3:30 p.m. Registration, 3:30-5 p.m. Workshop. Chamber members free. Refinery Nashville, 438 Houston Street, Suite 263, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com

Real Estate Investors Network

Notes Focus Group. Investors meet to discuss investing in real estate-backed notes. The goal is to help each other stay motivated, analyze deals, and discuss strategies. First Watch, 1000 Meridian Blvd., Franklin. Information: www.reintn.org. Additional September opportunity:

  • Thursday, Sept. 22: Real Estate Mastermind Book Club. The first half of the class time will be used to review a book, and the second half will be a discussion on goals and ambitions. 6:30 p.m., REIN Center, 4525 Harding Road, Suite 200, Nashville.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 24

Dog And Pony Show

The annual event returns to Thompson’s Station Park, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The event will feature more than 50 art/craft and business vendors, two stages with live music, kid’s zone, Dog trick arena, and more. Free and open to the public. Pet owners can get in on the action with pet/owner look-a-like, best trick and best costume contests that are free to enter for the public. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Thompson’s Station Community Association, which funds parks and community projects. Information: Thompsonsstationdogandpony.com.

National Public Lands Day

In recognition of National Public Lands Day, Tennessee state parks, state natural areas and friends groups invite the public to take part in ranger-led hikes, volunteer projects and interpretive programs across the state. Activities include bike tours ranging from 3 to 15 miles. Information: http://tnstateparks.com/about/special-events/national-public-lands-day/#/?holiday=national-public-lands-day-

SUNDAY, SEPT. 25

Fall Crush Farm-to-Table Dinner

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is hosting its annual farm-to-table event at Green Door Gourmet’s Grand Barn, 7011 River Road, Nashville. 4-8 p.m. Nashville Chefs Trey Cioccia of The Farm House, Pastry Chef Rachel De Jong of 5th & Taylor, Hal Holden-Bache of Lockeland Table, Travis McShane of Adele’s and Eric Zizka of Oak Steakhouse will prepare a locally sourced dinner with featured wines. Additionally, guests will start the evening enjoying hors d’oeuvres from Green Door Gourmet’s Chef, Richard Jones. Tickets are $150 each, available at www.fallcrushms.org

Red River Tales

Stories, folklore and music in a two-hour show derived from stories from the area known as the Red River Watershed. Program includes The Black Patch Tobacco Wars, The Trail of Tears, The Second Great Revival and The Bell Witch. Bell School Community Complex Brooksher Outdoor Pavilion, 3 p.m. 7617 U.S. Hwy 41, Adams. Information: www.bellwitchfallfestival.com

MONDAY, SEPT. 26

Williamson Chamber Prospective Member Open House

Join business owners in the area for an evening of networking, light hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Get a glimpse into how Chamber membership can benefit your business. Open to all prospective members. Williamson, Inc., 5005 meridian Blvd., Suite 150, Franklin. 4-5:30 p.m. Free, but must bring a prospective member to attend. Information: williamsonchamber.com

The Future of Transportation: Continuing the Conversation

Join Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer for breakfast and a special presentation as we discuss the future of transportation in Tennessee. 9 a.m.: Breakfast and networking, 9:30 a.m.: Introduction and presentation, 10 a.m.: Discussion and Q&A. Fee: Free to attend but advance registration is required. Deadline to preregister is Thursday, September 22. Nashville Airport Marriott, 600 Marriott Drive, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com

Robertson County Job Fair

The Robertson County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a job fair at The Center, 4-8 p.m. Our goal is to attract Robertson County citizens who are driving out of the county every day to work but would like to work where they live. The Center, 401 N. Main St. Information: robertsonchamber.org

TUESDAY, SEPT. 27

Women in Business Luncheon

The topic for this meeting is Fostering a Creative Company Culture with guest speaker Leslie Ferrell. Leslie is the president of Big Idea Entertainment, creator of Veggie Tales. Brentwood United Methodist church, 309 Franklin Road. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. fees: $25 chamber members, $45 guest. Information: williamsonchamber.com

SATURDAY, OCT. 1

First Saturday Art Crawl

Art galleries throughout downtown host receptions and art openings ever month. 6:00 – 9 p.m. Most galleries serve free wine and other refreshments. Enjoy live music on the performance platforms along 5th Avenue North. Two Gray Line Art Crawl Trolleys will provide complimentary shuttle service along the route from 6:00-10 p.m. Road closures associated with this event. Participating galleries and more information: www.nashvilledowntown.com

FRIDAY, OCT. 7

Carnton Plantation Movie Nights

The Battle of Franklin Trust’s movie nights feature family-friendly films on the east lawn at Carnton Plantation. Field of Dreams, 6:30 p.m. is this week’s selection. Gates open one hour prior to the feature presentation. Guests are invited to arrive early to set up chairs, blankets and picnic on the east lawn before the movie begins at sunset. Food and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted and additional food and drinks will be available for purchase, including food trucks and beer vendors. Pets, tents and grills are not permitted. Fees: $5 for ages 5 and up. Free parking on site. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Carnton Plantation or The Carter House, as well as online at www.boft.org. Tickets are non-refundable. In case of weather, all efforts will be made to reschedule the film.

OCT. 27-28

63rd annual Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development

Martin Frey, former director for Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, will be the keynote speaker. Renaissance Nashville Hotel. The conference theme is “Team Tennessee: MVPs” showcasing Tennessee’s strategy in economic and rural development, entrepreneurship, workforce and more. Information: www.govcon.tnecd.com

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