PredsFest, Gulch Night Market: 7 events to check out in Southwest Nashville in September and October

The 41st Tennessee Craft Fair features art made from clay, glass, metal, wood and other materials.

The 41st Tennessee Craft Fair features art made from clay, glass, metal, wood and other materials.

Fall is in full swing, which means hockey season, outdoor fairs and many more events to add to your calendar.

Stock up on books at fall sale in Green Hills

Sept. 24-29
The book sale at Nashville Public Library’s Green Hills branch features a selection of gently used hardcover and softcover books as well as children’s books, DVDs, CDs and more. Items sold Sept. 28 will be 50% off, according to the library. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Tue.-Thu.), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.), 2-4 p.m. (Sun.). Free (admission). 3701 Benham Ave., Nashville. 615-862-5863.

Celebrate all things Nashville Predators at annual festival

Sept. 29
To kick off the 2019-20 hockey season, the Nashville Predators are hosting the second annual PredsFest with live music, player appearances, an equipment sale and other activities. The Nashville Predators hosts their first regular season game Thursday, Oct. 3, against the Minnesota Wild. 2-6 p.m. Free. Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway. 615-770-2000.

Shop local at monthly Gulch Night Market

Oct. 3
This monthly, free and pet-friendly event highlights local retailers and restaurants and features a mix of local artisans, live music and food trucks. 5-9 p.m. Free (admission). The Gulch, 11th Avenue and Laurel Street, Nashville.

Support literacy programs at annual relay event

Oct. 5
In addition to a team relay walk and 300-meter dash, Lace Up for Literacy features children’s activities, vendors and live entertainment. The third annual event benefits Learning Matters Inc., a Green Hills-based nonprofit offering remediation and academic mentoring to K-12 students. 10 a.m.-noon. $20 (adult), $10 (youth). Vanderbilt University Field House, 2700 Children’s Way, Nashville. 615-739-0547.

Stroll through Centennial Park at fall arts fair

Oct. 11-13
The 41st Tennessee Craft Fair features art made from clay, glass, metal, wood and other materials. The biannual event, which also includes live demonstrations from artisans, hosts more than 200 artists each year, according to event organizers. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri. and Sat.), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.) Free (admission). Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave., Nashville. 615-736-7600.

Be in the audience at 50th annual Dove Awards

The 50th annual Dove Awards, presented by the Gospel Music Association, is an annual event honoring Christian music artists. This year’s ceremony features performances by Trace Adkins, Lauren Daigle, Rascal Flatts and more than 15 other artists. 6:30 p.m. $39-$200. Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena, 4021 Granny White Pike, Nashville.

Go to annual art event at University School of Nashville

Oct. 24-26
Now in its 23rd year, Artclectic is a three-day event showcasing the works of 60 jury-selected artists. The selections for sale range from paintings and photography to sculpture, glass, jewelry and more. 6-9:30 p.m. (Thu.), 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.). Free-$250. University School of Nashville, 2000 Edgehill Ave., Nashville. 615-277-7460.


The city of Franklin will host a series of meetings this week regarding the city's Urban Growth Boundary. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Franklin to host community meetings on urban growth boundaries

The Franklin Urban Growth Boundary, more commonly known as the UGB, determines areas around the city that may be annexed in the future as the population grows.

The boutique is now open in Franklin. (Courtesy CTGrace)
CTGrace now open in Franklin

The boutique is now open in downtown Franklin.

The Pfizer vaccine received FDA approval Aug. 23. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Pfizer vaccine receives FDA approval

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 16 years of age and older. Moving forward, the vaccine will be marketed as Comirnaty.

The company offers mini golf rentals. (Photos courtesy Games To Go Nashville)
Games To Go Nashville offers golf course, yard games for rent

Games To Go Nashville offers games created by Hunnicutt himself including “Yardzee,” an oversized version of Yahtzee, and Soccer Pool, a billiards game using a large court and colored soccer balls.

Franklin Special School District operates eight schools within the city of Franklin. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Franklin Special School District to hold special-called meeting Aug. 20 regarding masks in schools

The announcement comes just a few days after Gov. Bill Lee issued an executive order that allows parents to have their children opt out of local mask requirements. 

Williamson County Schools is continuing to track local case numbers. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
More than 300 COVID-19 cases reported in Williamson County Schools

According to numbers released by the district Aug. 17, 276 students and 47 staff members are in isolation with a confirmed positive case. 

The executive order will allow parents to opt out of local mask mandates. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Gov. Bill Lee to sign executive order allowing parents to opt out of school mask mandates; Tennessee General Assembly will not hold special session

Gov. Bill Lee said parents will be able to decide whether their children can opt out of local mask requirements.

Tennessee Speaker of the House Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) has called for a special session of the General Assembly. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Tennessee legislators call for special session to block local COVID-19 mandates

The session would address the ability of local boards to make decisions related to COVID-19 and calls for paid leave for teachers.

Dozens of residents attended a special-called Williamson County Schools Board of Education meeting Aug. 10. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County Schools approves mask requirement for elementary students and staff

After nearly four hours of debate, the board approved the mask requirement in a 7-3 vote.

Masks will be highly encouraged for students at the start of the 2021-22 school year. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Masks, quarantines and vaccines: What to know about 2021-22 safety guidelines for Williamson County Schools

Masks will not be required but will continue to be encouraged as COVID-19 cases rise locally.

The Centers for Disease Control released new guidance on in-person instruction for K-12 grade schools on March 19. (Courtesy Pexels)
CDC loosens guidelines on social distancing in schools

The updated guidance recommends students maintain 3 feet of social distancing in classrooms while wearing masks.

One in five children and adults have a learning disability, according to statistics from the National Center for Learning Disabilities. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Q&A: National Center for Learning Disabilities expert discusses challenges of special education, remote learning during pandemic

The NCLD's director of policy and advocacy spoke about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on special education students and their development in and out of the classroom.