Poco at the Franklin Theatre
March 22, 8 p.m.
Opening its 2019 tour on March 22 at 8 p.m., one of the originators of the ever-popular country-rock genre will grace Franklin Theatre as Poco starts its 51st year of existence.
Formed from the ashes of Buffalo Springfield in 1968, Poco has seen members come and go over the years. The voice and writer of the band’s biggest hit, “Crazy Love” — which I bet you all are humming along to in your head right now — Young has guided the band through label, personnel and music industry changes. Get tickets at franklintheatre.com.
Free guided hikes at state parks
Tennessee state parks
Rangers at all 56 state parks in Tennessee are offering free guided hikes on Saturday, March 23.
The hikes are supposed to range from easy to adventurous. They include the spring wildflower hike at Norris Dam State Park and the “hike in the moonlight” at David Crockett State Park.
The news release says hikers are urged to prepare for the weather, have sturdy footwear, and bring water and snacks. A hiking stick might be a good idea.
Interested hikers can check the Tennessee State Parks website for locations.
Self-Defense Class for Seniors
March 25, April 1 and April 8, 3-4:45 p.m.
Franklin Morning Pointe Assisted Living Residence
Morning Pointe of Franklin and the Franklin Police Department will host a three-part self-defense class for seniors on March 25 and April 1 and 8.
Officer Amy Butler with the FPD will share effective self-defense techniques for seniors. Ages 55 and older are admitted free.
Contact Morning Pointe of Franklin at 615-614-8555 for more information or go to morningpointe.com.
FSSD Recruitment Fair
March 30, 9-11 a.m.
Poplar Grove Elementary School
The Franklin Special School District invites all qualified applicants to come to its first annual Recruitment Fair, to be held Saturday, March 30, from 9-11 a.m. at Poplar Grove School in Franklin.
Representatives from every school, as well as district staff with openings to share, will be under one roof to meet interested job applicants.
FSSD recruiters are looking to fill both full-time and part-time positions, as well as the many summer jobs that need to be filled in the Summer MAC program.
Kids Art Festival of Tennessee
March 30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The fifth annual Kids Art Festival of Tennessee, to be held in Franklin’s Pinkerton Park on March 30, is open to all kindergarten through 12th grade artists.
Children artists can apply to have their art pieces in displayed in a juried exhibit at the Fire Hall Art Gallery in City Hall in downtown Franklin throughout the summer months. The 2019 Fine Exhibit Application deadline is March 27.
For information, go to franklintn.gov.
Rusty Rake Lawn & Garden Show
March 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Barn at Rippavilla Plantation
Rippavilla, Inc. will host its third annual Rusty Rake Lawn and Garden Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, to benefit the ongoing restoration of Rippavilla Plantation.
The event will be held at The Barn at Rippavilla, 5700 Main St., in Spring Hill. Admission to The Rusty Rake is free, but guests may make a donation towards restoration projects or tour the beautiful mansion.
For information, visit www.rippavilla.org/the-rusty-rake.
America’s Haydn Festival
April 5 and 8
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Franklin Theatre
The Gateway Chamber Orchestra of Tennessee’s new “America’s Haydn Festival” will feature multiple concerts over five days at various venues in Clarksville, Franklin and Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
A string quartet concert will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 5 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Franklin, while Haydn’s symphonies No. 1 and No. 104, the famous “London” symphony, will be performed Monday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Franklin Theatre.
America’s Haydn Festival will also be the launching pad for the newly formed Tennessee Military, Veterans & the Arts Chorus.
To purchase tickets, visit www.gatewaychamberorchestra.com.
Brentwood Arbor Day Celebration
April 6, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
John P. Holt Brentwood Library
The city of Brentwood will hold its 29th Annual Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday, April 6 at the John P. Holt Brentwood Library from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Brentwood students and residents of all ages can participate in three contests, including writing, poster and photography, before the event. In partnership of the city of Brentwood’s 50th Birthday Celebration throughout the year, the 2019 theme for all three contests is “Brentwood Roots: Celebrating 50 Years of Trees.”
A Golden Gallop Parade
April 13, 2 p.m.
Maryland Farms in Brentwood
As part of Brentwood’s 50th birthday celebration, A Golden Gallop Parade will be held on Saturday, April 13, at 2 p.m. in Maryland Farms.
All residents, civic groups and businesses are encouraged to participate according to the theme, “Show Us What Makes Brentwood Golden.”
The city of Brentwood was incorporated in 1969 and is celebrating throughout 2019 with three big events. The parade is the first and will feature local music, the Brentwood and Ravenwood high school marching bands, cheerleaders, equine groups, Scout groups and others.
Parade participants must register by April 1. There is no fee to participate. Application information and parade rules can be found online at www.brentwoodtn50.com.
Nolensville Buttercup Festival
April 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The annual Buttercup Festival is back for its 20th year in downtown Nolensville.
The free, one-day event that attracts thousands will be April 13 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. In the case of severe weather, an alternate date of April 20 will be used.
Stay tuned to the Historic Nolensvile Buttercup Festival Facebook page, @HistoricNolensvilleButtercupFestival, for the map, musical lineup, stage schedule and more details or email Nolensvillebuttercup@gmail.com for more information.