The 37th annual Tennessee Prayer Breakfast is set for Thursday, 7-8:30 a.m. at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena. Richard Stearns, president of World Vision, American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle and the Nashville Choir will be featured. Gov. Bill Haslam, Lt. Gov. Rom Ramsey and Speaker of the House Beth Harwell also will participate. Tickets: $35, $350 for table of 10. Information:

CEO Speaker Series
Luc Mongeau, president of Middle Tennessee-headquartered Mars Petcare US, is the speaker for this installment of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce series. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, 700 Cool Springs Blvd. East. Information: 743-3115,

Kidney Kaper
This year marks the Tennessee Kidney Foundation’s 26th annual Kidney Kaper, a black-tie-optional dinner dance that serves as the foundation’s primary fundraiser. Proceeds are used to fund research in the areas of kidney and urinary tract disorders and to help Tennesseans who suffer from kidney diseases. Renaissance Nashville Hotel, 611 Commerce Street. Tickets: $200 per person. Reservations required. Information: 383-3887,

Civil War Ancestry Workshop
Presented by the Tennessee State Library and Archives for those interested in learning about their ancestors who fought in the Civil War, Manuscript archivists Darla Brock and Dr. Tom Kanon will explain how to trace genealogies and give specific tips on researching with Civil War materials. 9-11:30 a.m., in the auditorium of the TSLA building, 403 Seventh Avenue North. Information and registration (required): 741-2764,

In the Presence of Soldiers
Historical lecture series at the Buchanan Log House, 2910 Elm Hill Pike, continues with “In the Presence of Soldiers,” presented by author and historian Woody McMillin. McMillan’s will discuss the U.S. Army’s large-scale maneuvers across most of Middle Tennessee during World War II, which involved 800,000 soldiers. 2-3:30 p.m. Information:, 883-5492.

Energize, Engage, Educate!
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals event focuses on education. Speakers include Dr. Jesse Register, Jay Steele, and Rita McDonald. Location: Lipscomb University’s Swang Business Building, One University Park Drive. 4:30-7 p.m. Registration required. Information: 743-3115,

GNAR New Member Orientation
Applicants for GNAR membership must attend new member orientation in the GNAR classroom within three months of application. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Greater Nashville Association of Realtors, 4540 Trousdale Drive. Lunch provided. Information:, 254-7516.

Young Leaders Council
YLC’s Leadership Luncheon features Butch Spyridon, president of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Belcourt Theatre, 2102 Belcourt Avenue. Spyridon will speak on tourism, the new convention center and their impact on Nashville's business and nonprofit communities. $20 fee includes lunch. Information and reservations:

AFP Monthly Meeting
Larry Bridgesmith, executive director of the Institute for Conflict Management at Lipscomb University and president of Creative Collaborations LLC, will present “Ethical Leadership in Tumultuous Times” at the Association of Fundraising Professionals Nashville Chapter’s monthly meeting. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Second Harvest Food Bank. Information: 883-8451,

Civil War Lecture Series
Stephen Ash, professor of history at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, will speak on “William G. Brownlow, Saint of Sinner? A Fresh Look at one of Tennessee’s Most Controversial Civil War Figures.” Final of an eight-part series at Vanderbilt University’s Buttrick Hall, Room 101. 4:10 p.m. Free admission. Information: 322-2575 or email

Pedal the Parks and Parkway Bike Tour
Celebrate Earth Day with the Friends of Warner Parks 17th Annual Pedal the Parks and Parkway Bike Tour. Choose from 25- or 50-mile rides through the back roads of Williamson County, the Natchez Trace and along the Harpeth River, complete with water stops and sag wagons. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Warner Park Special Events Field at Old Hickory Blvd and Vaughn Rd (across from the Steeplechase). Tour starts at 9 a.m. Course closes at 2 p.m. Information:

Administrative Professionals Seminar and Luncheon
The Nashville chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals hosts. The seminar topic, “Can Success Really Be Simple?” will be presented by Micheal Burt, author of four books, including This Ain’t No Practice Life. Burt will teach his principles of the NextPert, the art and practice of the exceptional assistant, how to find your unique abilities in life and in your work, and how to go from where you are to where you really want to be. Early registration is $45 until April 8, then $50. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Gaylord Springs Golf Links. Information: 963-5181.

Go Red for Women Luncheon

Personal finance expert Suze Orman will be the keynote speaker at the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Luncheon, to be held at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs. Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s national call for women to take charge of their health to fight the No. 1 killer of women - cardiovascular disease. Information:, 340-4102.

MAY 6-7
CFRE Review Course
The Association of Fundraising Professionals Nashville Chapter will host a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) review course for anyone sitting for the CFRE Examination in the near future. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Caterpillar Financial Services, 2120 West End. Information:, 284-2569.

Music City NF Walk
Fundraiser for the world’s most common genetic disorder, neurofibromatosis (NF). 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Centennial Park. $25 registration fee includes T-shirt and BBQ lunch, live music and fun for kids and adults. Presented by the Tennessee Chapter of the Children's Tumor Foundation. Information: 297-6185,

Antique Appraisal Fair
Qualified appraisers and specialty dealers will offer verbal appraisals for a cost of $10 per item or $15 for two items. No coin, stamps, weapons or heirloom jewelry will be evaluated. Buchanan Log House, 2910 Elm Hill Pike. Information: 871-4524,

MAY 7-8
Richland-West End Home Tour
Annual tour of lawns and gardens in the historic Richland-West End neighborhood. New this year: live music, food court and mini-workshops featuring Ms. Cheap and others. Tickets: $15 adults; $12 children younger than 12. Information:

Photo Tour of Belmont Mansion
Historical lecture series at the Buchanan Log House, 2910 Elm Hill Pike, continues with a photo journal tour of the opulent 1850 mansion and discuss the intriguing life of Adelicia Acklen with James C. Hayden, Registrar of Collections, Belmont Mansion. 2-3:30 p.m. Information:, 883-5492.

Bellevue Picnic
Free event features food, games and rides for the children, opportunities to learn about the local small businesses and win door prizes. Sponsored by Bellevue Chamber of Commerce. Information: 662-2737


May 20 – Aug. 21
Shaker Collection at Frist
Gather Up the Fragments: The Andrews Shaker Collection, an exhibition featuring more than 200 objects, including furniture, drawings, household objects, textiles and baskets from one of the country’s most renowned Shaker collections, will be on view at the Frist Center’s for the Visual Arts. The exhibition is the largest, most comprehensive collection of Shaker material ever assembled. Information: 244-3340,