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Calendar of Events: Week of Aug. 29

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Chukkers for Charity

Chukkers for Charity is Sept. 7, starting at 2 p.m.


AMVETS Labor Day fundraisers


Big Lots in Franklin

The AMVETS Jerry Reed Post 1776 will hold fundraisers all Labor Day weekend from Friday through Sunday, including one at Big Lots in Franklin, at 209 S. Royal Oaks Blvd. 

The fundraiser will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. All proceeds received from the donations will go to support local veterans.

AMVETS Jerry Reed Post 1776 meets at 6 p.m. every third Monday at UAW Local 737, at 6207 Centennial Blvd. in Nashville. All honorably discharged veterans of all branches are welcome.

‘Mamma Mia!’

Through Sept. 8

Jamison Theater at The Factory at Franklin

Studio Tenn has kicked 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.

Chukkers for Charity

Sept. 7, 2 p.m.

Riverview Farm, Franklin

The 23annual Nissan Chukkers for Charity event will again feature a polo match and car show.

This year’s theme, “Divots & Downton: An Afternoon of Polo & Ponies,” will celebrate award-winning British historical drama “Downton Abbey.” 

Chukkers for Charity, which raises money for Rochelle Center and Saddle Up!, has raised $3.3 million throughout the past 23 years. 

For tickets and more information, go to

Free Functional Vision Screening and information session 

Sept. 7, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 

Williamson County Public Library

Are your kids having problems at school? Maybe the problem is their eyes.  

An ophthalmologist and staff from Cool Springs Eyecare will provide information about vision issues related to learning and offer vision screening for children in kindergarten-fifth grade at the Williamson County Public Library in Franklin on Sept. 7. 

Registration is required at

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. For 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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