Puppy Jam, Cinco de Meow: 6 things to do in the Franklin and Brentwood area this weekend

There is plenty to do in the Franklin and Brentwood area this weekend, including Cinco de Mayo celebrations, yard sales and much more.

Eat the Street 2019
May 3
Middle Tennessee's top food trucks will converge on Franklin Bicentennial Park Friday evening. The event supports the 21st District Recovery Court. Admission is free, though donations are welcome. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Franklin Bicentennial Park, 400 5th Avenue N., Franklin.

Fieldstone Farms Spring Yard Sale
May 4
The Fieldstone Farms Homeowner's Association is holding a community yard sale with hundreds of homes participating. Event is rain or shine. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Fieldstone Farms, 1530 Lexington Parkway, Franklin.

Cinco de Meow Cat Festival
May 4
Professional cat behaviorist and author Pam Johnson-Bennett will be the featured speaker at this cat festival at the Williamson County Animal Shelter. Booths and vendors will also be in attendance. Free of charge. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Williamson County Animal Shelter, 106 Claude Yates Drive, Franklin. www.adoptwcac.org

Fiesta de Mayo
May 4-5
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Mojo's Tacos and the Mockingbird Theater. It is the restaurant's one-year anniversary and specials on margaritas and beer will be available. Live music performances will be going on as well. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Road, Franklin. www.mojostacos.com

Enjoy live music while helping combat veterans
May 4
Nonprofit The Joshua Chamberlain Society hosts Songwriters Night at Arrington Vineyards to raise money for injured combat veterans in Middle Tennessee. The event will include dinner and wine tastings throughout the evening. 6:30. $75. Arrington Vineyards, 6211 Patton Road., Arrington. jcssong.givesmart.com

2019 PuppyUp Nashville and Puppy Jam
May 5
This family-friendly mile walk is to raise awareness and funds for the field of comparative oncology. Check out the silent auction, meet lots of dogs and browse a selection of pet vendors. Register here. 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Global K9 Protection Services, 1836 Old Natchez Trace, Franklin. www.puppyupwalk.org/nashville


The CDC reversed its masking guidance for fully vaccinated individuals in response to the transmissibility of the delta variant of COVID-19 in a press conference July 27. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
NEW CDC GUIDANCE: All individuals should wear masks in K-12 schools, including those who are fully vaccinated

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky announced the new masking recommendations during a July 27 press conference.

Integrated Biometric Technology LLC announced in late July is will relocate its corporate headquarters to Franklin. (Courtesy Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development)
Fingerprinting company Integrated Biometric Technology to relocate to Franklin

The company is expected to bring more than 140 new jobs to the area.

Williamson County mayors met July 27 for Franklin Tomorrow's Breakfast with the Mayors event. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County mayors discuss new property tax rate, COVID-19 concern during Franklin Tomorrow event

In its first summit since 2020, all seven Williamson County mayors met July 27 during Franklin Tomorrow's Breakfast with the Mayors to discuss top county concerns.

The school is slated to open in January. (Courtesy Galileo Preparatory Academy)
Galileo Preparatory Academy to open Franklin school in 2022

The campus will offer a family-friendly scheduling model as well as a blend of virtual and in-person learning with personalized curriculum. 

Brentwood City Hall is located at 5211 Maryland Way. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
City of Brentwood to host inaugural History Buff Bowl

The event will feature adults from five groups putting their knowledge of American history to the test.

Masks will be optional but encouraged for students and staff at WCS. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County Schools go mask-optional; blood needed in Middle Tennessee and more top Franklin and Brentwood news

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Franklin and Brentwood areas.

Students in the district will not be required to wear masks at the start of the 2021-22 school year. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Franklin Special School District to make face masks optional for 2021-22 school year

While the district will continue implementing social distancing and sanitizing protocols, masks will be optional.

Masks will be optional but encouraged for students and staff at WCS. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County Schools to be mask-optional at start of 2021-22 school year

While masks will be optional but still encouraged, quarantine policies will still be in place in accordance with local health department guidelines.

Blood Assurance will open a new blood donation center on Frazier Drive in Cool Springs. (Photos by Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Blood Assurance to open brick-and-mortar donation center in Cool Springs

Amid local and national blood shortages, Blood Assurance is looking to expand its donor pool while making donating more convenient.

North Italia is now open in McEwen Northside. (Courtesy North Italia, Nathan Zucker)
North Italia now open in Franklin

The 2,700-square-foot restaurant offers handcrafted cuisine and cocktails, such as prosciutto pizza, handmade pastas and signature cocktails.

A Brentwood nonprofit is looking to secure funding to design a new mountain-bike trail in Smith Park. (Courtesy Pexels)
Bike Walk Brentwood looks to bring mountain-bike trail to Smith Park

The proposed trail, which would be 3-5 miles in length, would serve as a new amenity for mountain bikers in the Brentwood area as well as for students wishing to compete in interscholastic competitions.