Business After Hours. Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce event today at the Nashville City Club, located on the 20th floor of the Fourth and Church Building in downtown Nashville. Make new business contacts while enjoying a panoramic view of the city. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Information:


Bellevue Greenway Community Meeting

Better Bellevue Greenway is spearheading an effort to place a greenway outside of a Bellevue neighborhood and onto farmland off of Highway 100. 7 p.m., Cross Point Church, 7675 Highway 70 S. Information:

MARCH 29-31

Southern Literary Festival

The author of the best-selling House of Prayer No. 2 and the Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Tina Howe will be among the special guests at this year’s Southern Literary Festival on the Lipscomb University campus. The Southern Literary Festival was established 75 years ago as a way to celebrate arts in the South and to allow undergraduate writers in the South to have access to the leading writers of our time. Information:

MARCH 30-31

e-Church Library Conference

Scarritt-Bennett Center’s Virginia Davis Laskey Research Library will host an e-Church Library Conference, on Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31, 2012. The theme will be reading and library technology, and participants will learn about a variety of devises people are using to acquire knowledge and to read for leisure. Information:, 340-7477.



Third annual TEDxNashville, a conference that brings together leaders in technology, entertainment, design, science, art, education, government, public policy, healthcare and other areas who share their thoughts and ideas focused on creating positive changes in our society. Tickets available at or via the TPAC box office ( Confirmed speakers include the Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart, Amanda Little and Craig Havighurst, an author, broadcaster and filmmaker. Tickets are $55. Information:

Cheekwood’s 4th Annual Native Plant Sale

Hosted by the Garden Club of Nashville, the Native Plant Sale offers a variety of wildflowers suited for local gardens. The sale, which benefits the Howe Garden at Cheekwood, will be held at the Botanic Hall and feature more than 50 varieties of plants, including wild ginger, Virginia bluebells and celandine poppies. There will also be an assortment of select native shrubs and flowering trees. Sale begins at 10 a.m. and lasts until all plants are sold! Gates open at 9:30 a.m. Cheekwood’s regular gate admission applies Information:


Spring Art Hop

Cheekwood’s 20th annual Spring Art Hop. More than 20,000 candy-filled eggs will be hidden throughout the gardens for egg hunts every half hour, as well as arts and crafts, musicians, live entertainment and more! Information:


Williamson Community Band Concert

The Williamson County Community Band will kick off its 12th season with a 7:30 p.m. concert at the historic Franklin Theatre, 419 Main Street. Tickets are available at the Franklin Theatre box office or at For this event, cabaret seating is $20, balcony seating is $15 and classic seating is $10. All proceeds from the performance will benefit the band, an all-volunteer group under the direction of Ken Krause. Information:, 790-5719, ext. 10.


Nashville Business Breakfast

Mike Munchak, head coach of the Tennessee Titans, will be the featured speaker at Lipscomb University’s Nashville Business Breakfast, 7 a.m. in Allen Arena. Cost of the breakfast is $30 in advance and $40 at the door. Registration is available online at or by calling 615.966.6609.

Doing Business in Brazil

At this breakfast, Ambassador Rubens Barbosa will discuss the opportunities presented by Brazil’s economic growth and provide insights on doing business in Brazil. 8-10 a.m. AT&T Auditorium, 333 Commerce Street. Information:, 743-3115.


Highballs & Hydrangeas

Cheekwood will host the award-winning Highballs & Hydrangeas FEATURING gardens, music and cocktails. 7-10 p.m. in Cheekwood’s Botanic Hall. It will be an indoor/outdoor, rain or shine event. Featured music will be the Wooten Brothers. Hors d’oeuvres featuring Nashville Originals’ member restaurants: Noshville, tayst, Pucketts, Cha Chah, Suzy Wong’s, PM, McCabe Pub, Tin Angel, Crow’s Nest, Sunset Grill, Midtown Café, Cabana, Nero’s Grill, Yellow Porch and Wild Iris. Tickets $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Information:


Health Fair

Christ the King Church will be holding a community-wide health fair, sponsored by St. Thomas Health, noon-4:30 p.m. On-site screenings will be available to all who attend and will include hearing testing, B/P screening, low vision screening, blood sugar testing, and BMI testing. Additionally, there will be chair massages, advance directive information and fire safety. 3001 Belmont Blvd. Information:


13th Annual Red Shoe Party

This event benefits benefiting CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate ) of Nashville and helps raise nearly 20 percent of the organization’s budget. The event will include live music, dinner, drinks, a silent auction and the annual Red Shoe Contest. Information:, 425-2383.

Nashville Earth Day Festival 2012

The 11th annual Nashville Earth Day Festival will celebrate “Living Green and Healthy” while encouraging the community to take another step toward Mayor Karl Dean’s goal of making Nashville the greenest city in the Southeast. The event is free and open to all ages. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Centennial Park. Information:

APRIL 21-22

8th annual Temple Arts Festival

50 master artists and craftsmen from 19 states and the U.K. -- half first-time TAF participants -- will offer works of glass, wood & metal sculpture, painting, photography, fiber, and jewelry in this juried show. Values for art and jewelry range from $50 to investment. Information:, 352.7620.