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Calendar of Events: Aug. 8

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Five Points Swing Band

Five Points Swing was formed in 2011 by members of the Williamson County Community Band through the Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department.

‘Matilda the Musical’

Until Sunday

Franklin Theatre

The first regional production of “Matilda the Musical,” Time Magazine’s Show of the Year, part of the Act Too Players professional company, will wrap up this weekend. 

Tickets, which run from $20 to $49, are available at www.franklintheatre.com or by calling the box office at 615-538-2076.

Boots & Jeans, BBQ & Beans

Friday, 6 p.m.

The Factory at Franklin

Politics will combine with barbecue and live music, including a special guest, for Sen. Jack Johnson’s 13th annual Boots & Jeans, BBQ & Beans.

Joining Johnson (R-Franklin) at his annual event will be U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida). Food from Martin’s BBQ will be served while live music plays through the night. Tickets are available for $50 at johnsonfortennessee.com.

‘Cheaper by the Dozen’

Friday-Saturday

Williamson County Performing Arts Center

The first production by Straight to the Stars, the newest addition to the Williamson County Parks & Recreation Department’s family of award-winning youth theater options, will be “Cheaper by the Dozen,” a delightful family comedy. 

Performances will begin at 7 both nights at the performing arts center at Academy Park, at 112 Everbright Ave. in Franklin. 

Tickets are $10 each and are available online. Go to https://academyparktn.wcparksandrec.com and then click on “Tickets and Events.”

Backyard Poultry 101

Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon

Franklin Tractor Supply Company

The Franklin Tractor Supply Co. Store, at 1101 Hillview Lane, will host a backyard poultry event and provide customers with the opportunity to learn how to care for and manage an at-home flock. 

The event will feature several expert event partners to provide customers with guidance.

For more information, contact Franklin Tractor Supply at 615-791-0791. 

Rock ’n’ Raid for Sean Block Party

Saturday, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Wheeler’s Raid Distillery, Nolensville

The Sean Karl Foundation recently announced a brand-new fundraising event to benefit pediatric cancer research.   

The Rock ’n’ Raid for Sean Block Party will offer a fun evening out, with music by Next Door Boys, food trucks, a corn hole tournament and even a Life of Bourbon tasting and tour.

General entry tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Extra purchase options are available at seankarlfoundation.org/events

Black Expo & Youth Fair

Aug. 16-17

Hilton Franklin Cool Springs and Johnson Elementary School

The African American Heritage Society of Williamson County will host the second annual Black Expo & Youth Fair, a two-day celebration with a networking mixer.

This free weekend of events and activities will showcase products and services from local organizations and minority-owned businesses as well as exciting exhibits, performers, youth sports and food.

The mixer is scheduled for 6-10 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Hilton Franklin Cool Springs. The expo and fair will start at 10 a.m. on Aug. 17 and be at Johnson Elementary School.

Register for the event at Eventbrite.com. Vendor registrationis at aahsblackexporegistration.eventbrite.com.

‘Mamma Mia!’

Aug. 16-Sept. 8

Jamison Theater at The Factory at Franklin

Studio Tenn is kicking off its 10th anniversary season with the ABBA-music-filled hit “Mamma Mia!” at The Factory. 

Tickets and more information are available online at studiotenn.com/mamma-mia or by calling 615-541-8200.

Motown Party Night

Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m.

Williamson County Performing Arts Center

The Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department will pay tribute to Motown with a night of dancing and classic music. 

Tickets are $12 in advance and available at https://academyparktn.wcparksandrec.com. Tickets will be $15 at the door. Prizes will be given for the best Motown fashion. The performing arts center is at 112 Everbright Ave. in Franklin.

Five Points Swing Band show and lesson

Aug. 25, 2 p.m.

Williamson County Performing Arts Center

Five Points Swing Band will get the crowd in the dancing mood once again with another great show. 

Champion Ballroom Center will start off the event at 2 p.m. with a free dance lesson. Then, attendees will have a chance to show off their new dance moves when the swing band takes the stage at 3.  

Though not required, 1940s attire is admired. There will be a prize for best dressed. Tickets are $10 and are available at academyparktn.wcparksandrec.com. Individuals must purchase a ticket to the concert to attend the dance class. 

The performing arts center is at 112 Everbright Ave. in Franklin.

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