Celebrating Neighborhoods, LGBT ‘Pride’ Screens in Progressive Nashville

Saturday looks to be a busy day for lovely libs in Music City. This rundown of area events will stretch into Monday, so take a gander and then get out and get busy for fun, education, civic pride, and helping to turn Tennessee purple.


  • Statewide Organizing for Community Empowerment (SOCM) holds its daylong Annual Membership Meeting Saturday from 9 am-6 pm. SOCM is a member-run social, economic, and environmental justice organization based in Knoxville that encourages civic involvement and collective action to give Tennesseeans a greater voice in determining their future. The gathering takes place at the DuBose Conference Center, 635 College Street, Monteagle, 37356 (about 90 miles southeast of Nashville). If you are interested in getting active for positive, progressive social change, SOCM membership is something you should consider. For more info, call 865-249-7488.
  • From 10 am-3 pm, show your Metro pride at the Nashville Neighborhoods Celebration. The free event seeks to show appreciation for Music City’s diverse areas and for the people who work to keep them strong and vibrant. The day features a neighborhoods showcase, a Battle of the Neighborhood Bands, a chili cook-off, the Neighborhood Games (inspired by the Hunger Games), and more. Bring the whole family to Cleveland Park, 610 Vernon Winfrey Ave. in East Nashville.
  • Art and Soul Studio in 12 South features a screening of the documentary Pride as part of its Movie Night series. The film tells the story of how British gay and lesbian activists supported a mine workers’ strike in 1984. The show starts at 6 pm Saturday; admission is free. The studio is at 2305 12th Ave S., 37204. For more details, check Art & Soul’s Facebook events page.
  • Support local conservation at Saturday’s Swan Trust Fundraising Event. The evening will offer a supper catered by Swan Trust board member Ron Maxen (attendees are encouraged to bring food items and desserts too), a silent auction (feel free to bring items to auction off) and music by the wonderful the Shelby Bottom String Band. Admission is a requested $20 per person. Proceeds will benefit conservation, including near Big Swan Creek. The event will be at the home of Susan and Will Fischer, 2425 Douglass Glen Lane, Franklin, 37064. If you’d like to help as a volunteer or to obtain more info, contact Douglas@swantrust.org  or 2susanf@gmail.com.


  • Support the arts and artists at the final day of the Fall 2015 Tennessee Craft Fair. The free event at Nashville’s Centennial Park features wares from more than 200 artists. Come and enjoy the rich history of Tennessee’s craft heritage at the event, which runs Friday and Saturday from 10 am-6 pm and Sunday from 10 am-5 pm. In addition to the array of high quality craft, you can enjoy food from area vendors, family-friendly activities in the Kids’ Tent, and artisan demonstrations, right in the shadow of the Parthenon. Tennessee Craft is a nonprofit organization working to continue and create Tennessee’s fine craft tradition by connecting emerging and experienced makers and the public with resources and opportunities to make their mark on the Volunteer State’s handmade legacy. It’s worth checking out. For more info, call 615-736-7600 or send email to info@tennesseecraft.org. The park is at West End and 25th Street, 37203.


  • The fourth Monday of the month means a monthly meeting of Recycling Advocates of Middle Tennessee. Per the Nashville Peace Calendar, this research and education-based environmental organization advocates for developing recycling techniques to foster industrial improvement, new jobs, prosperity, awareness, health, a cleaner environment, and a reduction in land filling. The gathering starts at 6 pm. For more info on the event, including the location, RSVP by the end of Friday by calling 615-227-3499 or sending email to karencisler@bellsouth.net.
  • Learn the skills for Nonviolent Communication at a free bimonthly workshop. This free training group meets the second and fourth Monday of every month at the Morgan House of the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1808 Woodmont Blvd, 37215. Everyone is invited. Contact Diane Allison at sparky_allison@hotmail.com or Pete Kopcsak at greatcr@gmail.com.

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