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Rutherford County Community Calendar

FEBRUARY 15

*An interest meeting to charter a TSU Alumni Chapter will be held on Thursday, February 15 at 6:30 pm. at Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Boulevard, Murfreesboro. Contact: (615) 896-4884.

FEBRUARY 15-18

*Murfreesboro Little Theatre proudly presents "Stop Kiss" by Diana Son. Your first kiss should be remembered for a lifetime. Set in NYC, Sara is new to city life and quickly forms a bond with Callie, who offers to be her guide. As their friendship grows, the two unexpectedly fall in love. Their first kiss provokes a violent attack that transforms their lives in a way they would never anticipate. Directed by Shane Lowery, ‘Stop Kiss’ stars Jennifer Grissom-Reeves, Ciara Richards, Gerold Oliver, Lisa Harper, Alec Lanter, Joseph Stanley, Linda Laughlin, and introducing Solas "Mr. Biscuits" Stanley as Caesar the Cat. ‘Stop Kiss’ runs February 9-10 and February 15-17 at 7 pm. Sunday matinees will be performed at 2 PM on February 11 and 18. Standard tickets are $10; MLT Member tickets are $5; tickets for students and seniors are $7. Founded in 1962, MLT is an all-volunteer 501 (c) 3 community theatre and Rutherford County’s oldest theatrical arts organization. MLT is loc

ated at 702 Ewing Boulevard. To make reservations, please visit www.mltarts.com or call 615-893-9825.

FEBRUARY 16-17

*The Bureau of Land Management plans to hold a wild horse and burro adoption and sale on Friday, Feb. 16, and Saturday, Feb. 17, at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon. The two-day event will feature more than 50 wild horses and burros. Some animals may be eligible for direct purchase to a good home, while others will be eligible for adoption. Bureau of Land Management staff will be onsite to provide additional information. The horses offered for adoption are adult and yearling horses and burros that once roamed free on public lands in the West. The bureau periodically removes excess animals from the range in order to maintain healthy herds and to protect other rangeland resources. The adoption program is essential for achieving these management goals. The sale and adoption event will be held from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday. Bureau staff will approve applications onsite and will also assist with the short application process. To qualify to adopt or buy, one must be at least 18, with no record of animal abuse. Qualified homes must have a minimum of 400 square feet of corral space per animal, with free access to food, water and shelter. A six-foot corral fence is required for adult horses; five feet for yearlings; and four-and-a-half feet for burros. All animals must be loaded in covered, stock-type trailers with swing gates and sturdy walls and floors.

FEB 16-17, 23-25

*Springhouse Theatre Company presents Arsenic and Old Lace. Mortimer Brewster is living a happy life: he has a steady job at a prominent New York newspaper, he’s just become engaged, and he gets to visit his sweet spinster aunts to announce the engagement. Mortimer always knew that his family had a bit of a mad gene—his brother believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt and his great-grandfather used to scalp Indians for pleasure—but his world is turned upside down when he realizes that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years! When Mortimer’s maniacal brother, Jonathan, returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury the newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancé—all while trying to keep his own sanity. The show dates are February 9-10, 16-17, and 23-25. 14119 Old Nashville Highway. Smyrna. For tickets: http://springhousetheatre.com/buy-tickets/

FEBRUARY 17

*Everyone is invited to attend the annual Murfreesboro Lions Club delicious Pancake Breakfast that is expertly cooked by the Pancake Crew. Adult tickets are $6 each, ages 6-12 are $3, and children 5 and under are free. On Sat., Feb. 17 from 7-10am come and enjoy pancakes, syrup, sausage, orange juice and coffee at the Lions Clubhouse in Cannonsburg for a great start for the day. All proceeds go to provide glasses and eyecare needs for indigent children; also for eye screenings of daycare, kindergarten and elementary school children of Rutherford County. Tickets available at 615-895-8282.

FEBRUARY 18

*The Compassionate Friends, Murfreesboro Chapter, monthly meeting is Feb. 18 at 3 pm, at Calvary Baptist Church, 431 DeJarnette Lane, Murfreesboro. Special guest: Alan Pedersen, a bereaved dad, singer/songwriter, recording artist, and inspirational speaker on grief and loss. He is co-founder of ‘Angels Across the USA’ and he brings the traveling van used in this very special project. Contact: Cheryl, 615-896-4343.

FEBRUARY 19

*The MTSU Honors College, Office of Admissions and various departments across campus are collaborating for the annual Presidents’ Day Open House. The daylong event is scheduled for Presidents’ Day, Monday, Feb. 19, for high school and transfer students across the region and beyond. The Honors College offers personalized teaching, smaller classes and a competitive edge in a more interactive learning environment for high-ability scholars. To learn more about the open house, including parking in the Rutherford Boulevard lot, registration and the day’s schedule, visit http://www.mtsu.edu/honors/open-house.php. For more information, call 615-898-2152 or email Clippard at Laura.Clippard@mtsu.edu. Admissions and campus departments also are preparing for preview days set for Saturday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, March 17. To learn more, visit http://www.mtsu.edu/schedule-a-visit/special-events.php.

*On Feb. 19, The Webb School will open its campus for prospective students and their families for the final Visitors’ Day of the school year. The daylong event begins at 9 a.m. with registration and breakfast and concludes at 3 p.m. The schedule includes a tour of the 150-acre campus led by a current Webb student. Visiting students will then attend lunch and class with a Webb student while parents attend informational panels regarding programming and financial aid opportunities. The day will conclude with a student Q&A panel for both visiting students and parents. Families are also invited to stay on campus for applicant interviews with an admissions officer. Families who are interested in enrolling for the Fall 2018 school year are encouraged to attend this event and submit an application by the Feb. 20 priority deadline. The online application is available at www.thewebbschool.com/admissions/apply-now. To RSVP for the Feb. 19 Visitors’ Day event or for more information on the application process or financial aid and scholarship opportunities, contact Webb’s Admissions Office, by emailing admissions@webbschool.com or calling 931-389-6003.

FEBRUARY 21

*Business and community leaders will come together to honor Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and President Sidney A. McPhee at the annual American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 a.m. at the MTSU Student Union, 1768 MTSU Boulevard, Murfreesboro. McPhee, MTSU’s tenth president, has presided over one of the most remarkable periods of growth and progress in the institution’s century-plus of service. MTSU has been recognized nationally for their Quest for Student Success, its priority to help students persist and graduate. MTSU is home to the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center, the largest support facility of its kind in Tennessee. A limited number of tickets are still available. For more information, please contact Kathy Ferrell, at Kathryn.Ferrell@redcross.org, or visit the event website at redcross.org/TNHeroesBreakfast2018. The Heroes Breakfast is presented by Murfreesboro Medical Clinic (MMC), Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, and Video Story Productions.

FEBRUARY 24

*The Smyrna Sister City Student Exchange Program Chili Supper is Saturday, Feb. 24 from 5-7pm at the Smyrna Senior Citizens Center. Tickets $10, Kids 2 & Under $5. Tickets can be purchased at Town of Smyrna City Hall.

*TN Trails Assoc. will hike Cheeks Bend – Part of the Duck River State Natural Area Complex. The 1.8 mile balloon trail has scenic overlooks on the Duck River. The trail is relatively flat, so rated easy. There is also a short cave that leads to an overlook bluff. Bring water and snacks and wear good hiking shoes. Contact Jennifer Zahn at 615-943-8853 or jenzahn@gmail.com for more information.

You do not have to be a member to participate. Visit www.tennesseetrails.org for more events throughout the state.

*The Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra Guild is proud to present Music in the Morning in the gallery of the Center for the Arts in Murfreesboro. The event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 10:30 a.m.

The presentation will feature two outstanding artists: Stefan Petrescu, violinist, Concertmaster of the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra and Melissa Hudson, classically trained pianist, soloist and musician. Reservations are $25 per person and may be made by mailing your check to MSOG, P.O. Box 332483, Murfreesboro, TN 37133. Seating is limited.

FEBRUARY 25

*Smyrna First Methodist Church will be holding a special dinner and recognition event honoring local Smyrna First Responders Sunday, Feb. 25. Dinner starts at 5:30pm with program to follow. Event will be held in Church Fellowship Hall, Smyrna First United Methodist Church, 301 Sam Davis Road. In attendance will be Smyrna Mayor Mary Easter Reed. Featured speaker will be Smyrna Police Chief Kevin Arnold. For questions please call Greg Lister, (615) 509-4235, gregl54@hotmail.com.

MARCH 2

*The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring announced it will host the 5th annual Wine & Whiskey at the Wetlands, a unique tasting event featuring fine wines and whiskeys, presented by Charlie Patel and Stones River Total Beverages, on Friday, March 2, at 5:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.explorethedc.org/wine. Attendees must be 21 or older. Wine & Whiskey at the Wetlands features more than 150 exceptional local and crafted wines, fine whiskies and spirits provided by Stones River Total Beverages. Guests can visit multiple stations throughout the museum with experts providing details about each wine, along with a mark-your-favorite drink guide, and a sample of hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are available in advance for $35 per person, or $40 at the door. Designated driver tickets are $15 per person. Proceeds benefit the Discovery Center.

MARCH 3

*Enjoy the fun and excitement of Mardi Gras without the travel, and expense. Come on down to Mardi Paws 2018 and help rescue animals and save lives. Hosted by Purple Paws the event will be held at The Stones River Country Club, Saturday, March 3 from 6-9pm. Guests are guaranteed the best shrimp and grits and gumbo north of The Big Easy. 2018 Mardi Paws is hosted by Purple Paws and The Gafford Group at Reliant Realty. Tickets are available online https://2018mardipawsball.splashthat.com/, and locally at Let’s Make Wine and The Boutique at StudioC on the Murfreesboro City Square. Tickets are $60, includes food, music, dancing, drink tickets, costume contest and Lagniappe (lan’ yap). If you are in need of that perfect and inexpensive one of a kind mask, come on down to The Boutique at StudioC where all mask sales will be donated to Purple Paws.

MARCH 16

*The Smyrna Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association is holding a trivia night on Friday, March 16 at the Smyrna National Guard Armory on 8th Ave. Sign in and dinner at 6 pm and the event will start at 7 pm. Table of 8 is $250 for advance registration and $280 at the door. Spectators can watch and eat for $20. Pre-register by calling Susan @ 615-476-6293. Food and drinks provided. BYOB. Must be 21 or older. Proceeds go towards community and police officer support projects & National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

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