Calendar of Events: Week of Aug. 22

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The Odessa Connection featuring Odessa Settles

The Odessa Connection featuring Odessa Settles will headline Music in the Grove.

‘Mamma Mia!’

Through 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 or by calling 615-541-8200.

Five Points Swing Band show and lesson

Sunday, 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 Individuals must purchase a ticket to the concert to attend the dance class. 

Mike Glenn book signing

Monday, 6-7:30 p.m.

Williamson County Public Library

Author Mike Glenn, senior pastor at Brentwood Baptist Church, will speak about his experiences and sign copies of his book, “Coffee With Mom, Caring for a Parent With Dementia.” 

To attend, register for the event on the Williamson County Public Library website.

Joint replacement seminar

Aug, 29, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Saint Thomas Outpatient Rehabilitation — Cool Springs

Dr. Gregory E. Raab of Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics will host a free educational seminar on joint replacement. 

Attendees will learn more about joint-replacement surgery and common causes, symptoms and treatment options for osteoarthritis. This event is open to anyone who would like to attend, but seating is limited. 

The center is at 101 International Drive, Suite 102, in Franklin.

Music in the Grove

Sept. 7, 2-6 p.m.

East Brentwood Presbyterian Church

An end-of-summer tradition in Brentwood, Music in the Grove, returns for the fifth time with a free concert and family festival. 

Families are invited to bring blankets, chairs or hammocks and a picnic lunch or money to purchase items from food trucks as they enjoy a variety of talented musicians. 

The tree-filled, shaded grounds of the church include a large fenced-in playground and restrooms that will be available to all concertgoers. Guests are encouraged to bring only one car per family. Donations will be accepted to offset the cost of this free event. 

EBPC is at 9000 Concord Road in Brentwood. Free parking is available onsite.

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party

Sept. 7, 8 p.m.

Franklin Theatre

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party with Billy Stritch at the Piano will make its Nashville area debut at Franklin Theatre, where a cabaret-style night out is enlivened by a hilariously impromptu variety show.

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party is a wildly popular, weekly open-mic night that has brought a sprinkling of Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland in New York City every Monday night for the past 17 years. Showbiz superstars hit the stage alongside up-and-comers, serving up jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle. 

Tickets are available by calling 615-538-2076 or going to

Franklin Civil War Round Table

Sept. 8, 3 p.m.

Carnton’s Fleming Center

Nashville attorney, historian and preservationist James D. Kay will present the fascinating story of William Shy at the next edition of the Franklin Civil War Round Table.

Shy was killed at Nashville on what is known today as Shy’s Hill. His story became intertwined with local Franklin history well after his death and even ultimately involved the University of Tennessee. 

For more information, contact Greg Wade at

A Walk in the Park

Sept. 15, 2-6 p.m.

Marcella Vivrette Smith Park, Brentwood

The Citizens for Brentwood Green Space recently announced that its fifth annual A Walk in the Park fundraising event will take place at Marcella Vivrette Smith Park. 

Details about the event can be found at or on A commemorative T-shirt supporting Brentwood’s 50th anniversary celebration can be purchased online at or at the check-in table on the day of the walk. 

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