Chamber West Monthly Networking Coffee. Learn more about the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s West initiatives Thursday, 8 a.m., at the Hampton Inn & Suites-Green Hills, 2324 Crestmoor Rd., Nashville. Information:, 743-3063.


Nashville Jewish Film Festival

This year’s festival includes 14 films at three venues, as well as guest speakers and discussions. Information:


Understanding Muslim Societies

Dr. Richard Bulliet, professor of history, Columbia University, will be the featured speaker at the event, sponsored by the Tennessee World Affairs Council. He will speak on the “Arab Spring” and the challenge it presents to American foreign policy and interests across North Africa and the Near East. 6:30 p.m., Belmont University, Frist Lecture Hall, fourth floor, Inman Building. Information:

CoLab Nashville Open House

CoLab Nashville, a downtown co-working space, will host an open house 5-7 p.m. at its facility, 230 4th Ave. N, Suite 105, to answer questions about co-working, showcase its members and introduce visitors to the trends. CoLab, which opened in 2010, houses nearly 60 companies in its office suites, cubicles and shared workspaces, taking up two full floors and part of another in the Wells Fargo building. Information:

Starting Your Own Business

Middle Tennessee State University’s Small Business Development Center, in conjunction with the Small Business Administration, will conduct a free seminar on starting your own business at the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce located at 3050 Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro. This seminar is intended for persons who have never been in business. There is no charge to attend the seminar, or for one-to-one counseling which is available, by appointment, after attending the seminar. Information:

Sertoma Club of Nashville

Weekly meetings held Tuesdays at Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville, at noon. Public welcome. Information: 254-0571.


Free Legal Seminars at People’s Law School

This week: Social Security Options: Instructors will review how to apply for and obtain Social Security retirement, disability, spouse and child benefits, Medicare health insurance and Supplemental Security Income Disability and old age benefits. Registration, Information:,, Twitter at @NashvilleCEC, 298-8050,

NOV. 16-18

Murfreesboro Area Art Studio Tour

Like home or garden tours, the Studio Tour invites attendees into the artist’s workplace to visit, watch demonstrations and ask questions about their craft. Unlike the others, Art Tour visitors will also find unique gifts. Visitors will be able to see pottery formed and fired, metal forged into sculpture or shaped into jewelry, fiber woven and wood sculpted from Lascassas to near Woodbury and Bell Buckle. Information, including a map of stops along the tour, are available at


Franklin Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis

More than 1,500 runners and walkers are expected to take part, with a fundraising goal of $114,000. The race begins at 9:10 a.m. on the Franklin Square. Teams or individuals may register for the 5K run or 1 mile walk by visiting

Nov. 30-Dec. 1

40th annual Carter House Candlelight Tour

The Tour will showcase homes in historic Franklin, 6-9:30 p.m. each day. This year’s tour will include the following homes:

  • Adgent House, 123 Lewisburg Avenue
  • Stewart House, 201 Lewisburg Avenue
  • North-Nance House, 206 Lewisburg Avenue
  • Drs. North-Miller House, 208 Lewisburg Avenue
  • Mills-Crosby-Jewell House, 211 Lewisburg Avenue
  • Stubblefield House, 219 Lewisburg Avenue
  • Ross House, 220 Lewisburg Avenue

Additionally, The Carter House, Carnton Plantation and Lotz House will be on the tour, portraying stories of The Battle of Franklin on its anniversary, Nov. 30, and will be decorated in period holiday style Dec. 1. Tickets are $30 ($25 in advance). Information: