Intellectual Property Seminar. The law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC will present on Thursday the second in a series of seminars focused on the basics of intellectual property issues for advertising and marketing professionals, this installment focusing on copyright. The Aug. 18 seminar will focus on “Use of an Individual’s Name, Image, Voice or Likeness in Advertising.” Seminars are held at the firm’s downtown office, 211 Commerce Street, Suite 800, noon-1 p.m. The events are free and lunch will be provided. Advance registration requested. Information: 726.5705.

THURSDAY, JULY 28
Nashville Emerging Leader Awards

The NELAs recognize young professionals in 14 industry classifications who are excelling in their careers and making a difference in the Nashville community. Awards ceremony will be held at Lipscomb University in the Collins Alumni Auditorium, One University Park Drive, at 6 p.m. After party at Mere Bulles, 5201 Maryland Way, Brentwood, 8 p.m., featuring live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3115.

Poet’s Corner

Monthly poetry reading on the front porch at Scarritt-Bennett Center features Stellasue Lee, editor emeritus of the literary journal RATTLE and editorial board member of Curbstone Press. 7-8 p.m., 1000 19th Ave. S. Information: scarrittbennett.org/programs/pc.aspx.

JULY 29-31

Creative Capital Workshop

The Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville presents the Creative Capital Workshop for artists in the Nashville region at Belmont University. Partially subsidized by a grant from the Kresge Foundation, the workshop is an intensive two and one-half day retreat led by nationally renowned arts professionals that has been described as a “crash course in self-management, strategic planning, fundraising and promotion” for artists of all creative genres. Information: ABCnashville.org.

SATURDAY, JULY 30

Homebuyer Seminar

The free seminar for first-time homebuyers and current homeowners is designed to provide information on the steps in the home-buying process, financing options, affordable housing programs, and tips on choosing a mortgage company. 10 a.m. at the Avenue Bank corporate office in the historic Baggage Building at Union Station, 111 Tenth Avenue South, Suite 400. Information: 386-4355, janet.smith@avenuenashville.com.

SUNDAY, JULY 31

NEXT Awards nomination deadline

The inaugural NEXT Awards, to be held Tuesday, Oct. 18 at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel, will honor the area’s most innovative entrepreneurs and area businesses experiencing the most significant growth in terms of revenue and employment. Four finalists and one winner will be recognized in five business sectors that are especially important to the Nashville economy:

  • Health care

  • Technology

  • Digital media & entertainment

  • Sustainability & alternative energy

  • Social enterprise

MONDAY, AUG. 1

Investment Analysis for Commercial Investment Real Estate

Greater Nashville Association of Realtors COURSE provides knowledge needed to make sound decisions regarding the acquisition, ownership and disposition of commercial investment property and covers the hands-on tools that can be used to help minimize risk and maximize return for investors. The concepts can be applied to every type of investment real estate, including multifamily, office, retail and industrial. Prerequisite: CI 101. 43 hours CE. Registration is $1,140 for CCIM candidates; $1,395 for non-candidates. Lunch provided. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 4540 Trousdale Drive. Information: gnar.org, 254-7516.

Aug. 10-11, 17-18

Office and Brokerage Mgt. Course

Greater Nashville Association of Realtors presents required 30-hour course for all affiliate brokers who want to sit for the broker’s exam. All four modules (Theories in Management; Documents, Agreements and Methods of Control; Tennessee License Law, Agency, Fair Housing, Disclosure; Estates and Interests, Tenancies and Brokerage, Finance and Math) must be completed in order to receive course credit. Registration: $175 for GNAR members, $185 for all others. Lunch provided. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., 4540 Trousdale Drive. Information: gnar.org, 254-7516.

Aug. 11-23

The Civil War in Posters: 150 Years Later

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents an exhibit investigating the sesquicentennial of the War Between the States. The show, at the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus, is a collaboration between Watkins Graphic Design students and Hatch Show Print. The exhibit’s opening reception, on Thursday, August 11, from 6 to 8 p.m., is free and open to the public. Currey Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, 2-4 p.m. Admission is free. Information: watkins.edu.

SATURDAY, AUG. 13

Middle TN Genealogical Society

Certified Genealogist J. Mark Lowe leads a workshop on beginning land platting. $40. Lunch and materials provided. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., FiftyForward Knowles Senior Center, 174 Rains Ave. Information: 743-3487, mtgs.org.

TUESDAY, AUG. 16

HUD Home Selling Process

Greater Nashville Association of Realtors program explains the HUD home buying process and how to bid on HUD homes in the area. Presenter: Marcia Toms, marketing director for PEMCO, Ltd. Attendees will review the HUD contract and learn who to call for information on HUD homes, where to place a bid, locate forms and send the accepted sales contract package. Noon-2 p.m., 4540 Trousdale Drive. Information: gnar.org, 254-7516.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 17

Pick Your Place, Make Your Mark

Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce hosts conversations centered on ways to engage in the Chamber by participating in one of the many councils, committees and the overall platform of the Chamber offered for the 2011-2012 program year. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 211 Commerce Street, Suite 100. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3063.

SEPT. 30-Oct. 1

‘Handmade & Bound’ Festival of Book Arts

Artists’ books, zines and comics will be celebrated at the book arts festival. All events are free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Watkins Library, the festival will launch with a juried book arts and zine exhibition titled Encoded Structures: Interpreting the Story, on display beginning Sept. 30 on campus in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery. The exhibition runs through Oct. 28. Also on Sept. 30 is a screening of the award-winning 2004 documentary “$100 and a T-shirt,” a cultural analysis of the zine community directed by Joe Biel. The film (51 min.) will be shown in the Watkins Theater, 8:00 p.m. Oct. 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., creators of artists’ books, publishers and distributors of zines and comics, and book lovers will come together to sell, trade or buy handmade and affordable publications and creations. The day will feature activities for children and adults, such as printmaking, papermaking, book- and zine-making and screenprinting, as well as local bands and a wide variety of food trucks. Information: 277-7403, handmadeboundnashville.com.

THURSDAY, AUG. 25

Watkins ‘Conversation’ Faculty Show

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents Conversation, a mixed media exhibit featuring works from faculty artists Shepherd Alligood, Dan Brawner and Ron Lambert, from Aug. 25-Sept. 9 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus. The exhibit’s opening reception, from 5:30 to 8 p.m on Aug. 25, is free and open to the public. Currey Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, 2-4 p.m. Admission is free. Information: watkins.edu, 277-7403.