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EVENTS CALENDAR: Through Dec. 15 We Build Lives Warehouse Sales, Dec. 4-15

The third annual We Build Lives Christmas warehouse will be held Dec. 4 through 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Sundays at the Lasko building, 1725 Columbia Ave. in Franklin.

The fundraiser will benefit We Are Building Lives, an organization that helps homeless veterans put their lives back together.

Christmas and all occasion wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, tags, kitchen gadgets, home décor, ornaments, gift items and candy are available for purchase.

For information, visit


Thursday, Dec. 6

BrightStone’s Jingle Bell Sale kicks off Dec. 6

BrightStone’s annual Jingle Bell Sale kicks off this Thursday night, Dec. 6, with a “Sneak Peek” shopping opportunity. For a $5 donation, shoppers can shop the preview sale between 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to get an “up close and personal” look at new gifts and holiday decorative items produced by BrightStone adults, who live with developmental disabilities.

The Jingle Bell Sale continues on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 & 8. Hours on Friday are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday’s hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The sale will be held at BrightStone, 140 Southeast Parkway Court in Franklin.

To learn about BrightStone, visit


Williamson Democrats plan Holiday Potluck,

to gather gifts for seniors

Williamson County Democrats will hold their holiday potluck dinner and collect small gift items for seniors Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Williamson County Democratic Party headquarters, 112 East Fowlkes Street in Franklin.

The potluck is open to the public and will begin at 6:30 p.m. The Democrats will provide turkey and ham for the dinner. Guests are invited to bring a dish, but it is not necessary.  Children are welcome.

Williamson Democrats also will be collecting small, unwrapped gifts for about 120 elderly Williamson County residents who are serviced by Meals on Wheels of Franklin.

Suggested gifts include the following: Note pad and pen, crossword puzzles/word games, deck of playing cards, diabetic candy, footies (with grippers), small decorations/ornaments, picture frames, hand lotion, tissue, night lights, box of note cards with a book of stamps, pill box, jar openers and puzzles. Please, no candles or lighters.

For information, call WCDP at 615-790-3659 or visit


Star Bright Players present

‘White Christmas,’ Dec. 6-9

The Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department’s Star Bright Players present Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 6-9, at the Freedom Middle School Theatre, 750 Highway 96 West, in Franklin. This classic musical is based on the 1954 movie of the same name and features famous songs such as “Count Your Blessings,” “The Best Things,”  “Blue Skies,” “Snow,”  “Sisters,” and of course, “White Christmas.”

Tickets are $6 and are available at the Williamson County Parks and Recreation Franklin Recreation Complex until opening night and then at the door, one hour prior to showtime, if available. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

For information, call 615-790-5719, ext. 2010, or visit 



Friday, Dec. 7

Bells will toll to mark Pearl Harbor anniversary

To commemorate the 71st anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, members of the Old Glory Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will observe a moment of silence Friday, Dec. 7 at 11:55 a.m. (7:55 a.m. Honolulu time), which will be followed with the tolling of the Historic Franklin Presbyterian Church bell. The bombing of Pearl Harbor, which claimed the lives of 2,400 civilian and military personnel, signals the beginning of World War II for the United States. 

Williamson County Community Advisory Council Meeting

 The next meeting of the Williamson County Community Advisory Council is Friday, Dec. 7, at the Community Services Building at 129 W. Fowlkes Street.

 The meeting will be held in the community meeting room from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.

 Attendees are asked to bring notices and flyers about upcoming community events or program information to the meeting to share. Agencies that serve the community and other interested individuals are invited to attend.


Friday, Dec. 9

Civil War Round Table

The Franklin Civil War Round Table will present Myers Brown, curator of extension services at the Tennessee State Museum, who will speak on “The War of 1812 and the Civil War,” Friday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m.      

The event is free to the public. The Franklin Civil War Round Table is an educational program of Franklin’s Charge and meets each month at the Franklin Police Department’s Community Room at 900 Columbia Avenue.

For information contact Greg Wade at or visit


A “Passport To The World”: South Africa’s Cultural Heritage

O’More College of Design hosts free lecture series, Dec. 9

Sister Cities of Franklin and Williamson County is offering local residents a chance to experience South Africa’s culture without ever leaving Middle Tennessee. On Sunday, Dec. 9, the “Passport to the World” lecture series continues on the O’More College of Design campus beginning at 2 p.m.

December’s “Rainbow Nation” segment will showcase South Africa’s “melting pot” culture and its culinary delights, including key exports like wine, fruit and seafood.

Activities for children and adults are often offered during the free presentation. If you are interested in learning more about the Passport program, contact Sharon Bottorff at 615-790-5815 ext. 3.

For information on Sister Cities, please visit


First Triune Community Christmas Carol Sing

The Triune United Methodist Church (TUMC) is beginning a new local tradition. Join them for the First Triune Community Christmas Carol Sing. The event will be Sunday, Dec. 9, beginning at 4 p.m. 

 The program begins with secular Christmas carol, a refreshment break in the church fellowship hall, followed by religious music. Get in the spirit with your friends and neighbors at TUMC, 7906 Nolensville Road, Arrington.


Thursday, Dec. 13

ARC Williamson hosts Next Steps workshop

The Arc Williamson will host a workshop on Next Steps-A Post Secondary Option for Young Adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. The workshop will take place Thursday, Dec. 13 at 4 p.m. at the Community Services Building at 129 West Fowlkes in Franklin. Staff and alumni from Next Steps at Vanderbilt University will present information on their program as well as information about FAFSA funds for tuition assistance.

Next Steps at Vanderbilt University is a two-year certification program for students with intellectual disabilities, providing individualized Programs of Study in the areas of education, social skills, and vocational training. The workshop is geared for students, parents and teachers who are interested in learning more about possible options for post-secondary education. 

For information on Next Steps visit  To RSVP for the workshop, call Sharon Bottorff at 615-790-5815, ext. 3# or e-mail at


Thursday, Dec. 20

High Hopes annual Grandparents & Special Friends Sing-Along

The public is invited to join the children of High Hopes as they lift their voices together to celebrate the season, Thursday, Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. at their facility on 1647 Mallory Lane in the CheerMoore Gym (opposite end of the building from the High Hopes Preschool).

Light refreshments will be served and a short program begins at 10:15 a.m. performed by the children of High Hopes. This will be followed by an all-school sing-along.

For information, call Bonnie Richardson at 615-522-5620.

Posted on: 12/4/2012


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