YP Nashville Connect. This after-hours networking event helps young professionals find where they can get connected and involved in the Nashville area. Display booths will be staffed by members of more than 25 young professional organizations that are a part of YP Nashville so you can learn about the benefits and offerings of their organization. Thursday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Rocketown, 601 Fourth Ave South, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 615 743-3063.


Real Estate Investors Network

Williamson County Lunch. Rehabbers, builders, commercial, mini-storage, wholesalers, private lenders, transaction funders, hard-money lenders, bankers, title attorneys, Realtors and vendors discuss deals, the state of the market, and how they can help each other prosper. 11:30 a.m., The Egg And I, 1000 Meridian Blvd, Suite 118, Franklin. Information: www.rein.org. Additional October opportunities:

  • Thursday, Oct. 15: Ca$h Flow & Millionaire Maker Game Night. Learn about wealth creation, managing assets and liabilities and escaping from the “rat race” without having to invest cash. 6 p.m., REIN Center, 4525 Harding Rd, Ste 200, Nashville.
  • Monday, Oct. 19: Landlording Focus Group. Join other REIN members to share ideas and discuss the many areas of landlording and renting property. 6:30 p.m., REIN Center, 4525 Harding Rd, Ste 200, Nashville.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 20: DEALS, DEALS, DEALS Focus Subgroup. Learn where investors find and sell deals, as well as the mechanics of various deals. 6:30 p.m., REIN Center, 4525 Harding Rd, Ste 200, Nashville.
  • Thursday, Oct. 22: Notes Focus Group. For those interested in buying and selling notes. 11:30 a.m., The Egg and I, 1000 Meridian Blvd, Ste 118, Franklin.


Moving Forward Speaker Series

Taiwo Jaiyeoba, transit principal, HDR Engineering, Inc., will present a look at successes and failures of light-rail transit, bus rapid transit and streetcar projects he has managed in California, Michigan, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Ohio. He has more than 24 years of experience in the transit and land use planning industries and is a 2014 Graduate of Leadership APTA (American Public Transportation Association). 8-9:30 a.m., Lentz Public Health Center, 2500 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 615-743-3110


Night Market: Harvest Festival

Enjoy shopping, wine from the cash bar, live music, artisan booths, kids’ activities and much more at this event held on the third Friday of each month at the Nashville Farmers’ Market. Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Information: http://nashvillefarmersmarket.org/event/night_market

LightWave Solar Hosts Solar Seminar for Business Owners

To help area business owners learn more about investing in solar, local installer LightWave Solar will present a workshop for business owners 10-11:30 a.m. at the Mt. Juliet Community Center, located at 1075 Charlie Daniels Parkway. Information: 615-641-4050, info@lightwavesolar.com

Oct. 16-17

Tennessee History Festival

The 12th annual Tennessee History Festival features living historians portraying everything from 1700s Cherokee to WWI soldiers. Demonstrations and activities include historical programming, black-powder firing demonstrations, a kid’s activity tent and speeches by famous Tennesseans. Bicentennial Mall, 600 James Robertson Parkway. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Tractors and Trucks Fall Harvest Show

The show, presented by the Tractors and Trucks-Shackle Island Collectors Club, Inc., will be held at the Long Hollow Jamboree, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and will include antique tractors and trucks, arts and crafts, flea market, silent auction, kids games, barrel race, slow tractor race, antique power parade, antique equipment demonstration, food and refreshments. Admission: $3


5th annual Nashville Beerfest

100-plus beers, 100-plus games & costume party with 100-plus prizes awarded. Hosted by Nashville Improv & Chive. 2-8 p.m., East Park, 700 Woodland Street. $45, $70 VIP, $20 designated driver. Information: NashvilleBeerFestival.com.

Richards & Richards Free Shred Day

For paper and electronic materials, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the company’s headquarters, 1741 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville. Open to everyone in the Nashville area, free of charge. Electronic recycling will be limited to five computers/towers/laptops and five flat-screen monitors. The company will also accept up to five hard drives to be processed and shredded the following Monday. No televisions or CRT (old tube-type) monitors will be accepted.



Author Margaret Atwood (“The Heart Goes Last”) is featured at 6:15 p.m.

At the Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St. An ongoing partnership between Nashville Public Library, Humanities Tennessee, Nashville Public Library Foundation and Parnassus Books designed to nurture and celebrate the literary life of Nashville by presenting bestselling authors for talks and book signings. Upcoming author appearances:

  • Elizabeth Gilbert, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 6:15 p.m., special location: Hume Fogg High School Auditorium, 700 Broadway. Ticket price: $30, includes copy of “Big Magic.”
  • Adriana Trigiani (“All the Stars in the Heavens”), Monday, Oct. 26, 6:15 p.m.
  • Deborah Harkness (“The Book of Life”), Friday, Oct. 30, 6:15 p.m.
  • Chelsea Clinton (“It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired, & Get Going!”), Wednesday, Nov. 11, 6:15 p.m.
  • Jane Smiley (“Golden Age”), Wednesday, Nov. 18, 6:15 p.m.
  • Sue Grafton (“X”), Friday, Nov. 20, 6:15 p.m.
  • Mitch Albom (“The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto”), Sunday, Dec. 6, 3 p.m.
  • Jon Meacham (Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush), Library Foundation 2015 Literary Award winner in conversation with Tim McGraw. Monday, Dec. 7, 6:15 p.m.

Information: http://nashvillepubliclibrary.org/salonat615

OCT. 20-25

Green Hills Branch Library Fall Book Sale

Friends of the Green Hills Library’s semi-annual Book Sale at 3701 Benham Avenue. Thousands of books, CDs and DVDs will be offered at the sale. Proceeds benefit the branch’s many community and children’s programs. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Half-price sale will be held Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The traditional bag sale is set for Sunday, 2-4 pm. For $5, patrons can fill a grocery bag with books. Bags will be provided at the sale.


Nashville Franchise Expo and Workshops

More than 20 fast-growing, innovative and affordable franchises ready to expand in the Middle Tennessee market are coming to Nashville. During this FREE event, attendees will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with franchisors, financing specialists and small business advisors to determine if franchising is a viable career path for you. Learn about the latest franchising models: Semi-absentee, health and wellness, technology, home improvement, women’s fashion, music education, fast casual food, senior care, automotive and many more. Workshops will also be offered focusing on what it takes to succeed in franchising and financing options worth consideration. Holiday Inn Nashville Airport, 2200 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville. Free with pre-registration; $10 at the door. Free Parking. Information: http://bit.ly/NashvilleFranchiseExpo

OCT. 21-25

Dog Agility World Championships

More than one-thousand canines and their human teammates from around the globe are participating in this fun, fur-flying event, the Cynosport World Games. Lure coursing, dock diving and an Intro to Agility will be offered for Tennesseans and their dogs to get some “paws-on” experience in these canine activities. (Please, for everyone’s safety, dogs must be on leashes no longer than six feet.) Information: www.cynosport.com.


Ghost & Lantern Tour

Weave through the grounds of Historic Mansker’s Station by lantern and take pleasure in an evening of tales spun about what may have happened there, on the site of one of Tennessee’s oldest brick homes. All tours begin on the grounds of the Bowen House in Moss-Wright Park and end at Mansker’s Fort, where music, warm beverages and fresh popcorn will greet visitors. $5. Information: Goodlettsvilleparks.com