Local Living: 5 Things to Do This Week

1. Franklin Rodeo Experience Free Kickoff Party

WHAT: Experience the cowboy’s point of view of rodeo life with a whole lot of fun thrown in! This is a first of its kind rodeo kick-off party and here are some things you’ll get to “experience”:

  • Meet & Greet Rodeo Personalities
  • See what goes on behind the Chutes!
  • Shopping
  • Live Music by Skyelor Anderson Band!
  • Line dancing! And take your pick from the Food Truck Corral.
  • Pony rides and Mechanical Bull! (will require purchase of ticket from vendor)

For more information please visit: http://franklinrodeo.com/events/rodeo-party/

WHEN: Wednesday, May 16, 6p-9p

WHERE: Ag Expo Center, 4215 Long Lane, Franklin

2. Butterfly Workshop

WHAT: Citizen scientist Bonnie Palmer will share why she has created a butterfly sanctuary and how you can too. Find out what plants caterpillars and butterflies need and how to save and raise caterpillar eggs to increase their population! You’ll learn about the three most popular butterflies in our area and how to nurture them.

WHEN: Thursday, May 17, 5:30-6:30p

WHERE: Spring Hill Library, 144 Kedron Pkwy, Spring Hill

3. Trivia Thursday at Mill Creek Taproom

Join us in bringing the neighborhood and families together every Thursday night for trivia in the taproom! Bring your family and friends and show off your years of retaining random facts! Test your knowledge and share some laughs and sighs (“I knew that one!”) in a family and pet-friendly environment. Learn more here.

1st Place: $15 Gift Card
2nd Place: $10 Gift Card
3rd Place: Growler Fill

WHEN: Thursday, May 17, 6p-8p

WHERE: Mill Creek Brewing Co, 2008 Johnson Industrial Blvd, Nolensville

4. Art History Course: Rome, From Foundation to Constantine

WHAT: These classes will provide an overview of the history of the city and its growth from the 8th century BCE to the 4th century CE. Particular emphasis will be given to the ascendancy of Rome—first to its role as the principal city of Italy, and then to its establishment as the principal city of the Mediterranean and Western European world. The class will explore the manner in which Romans, through their built environment, aggrandized their image and their concept of empire and passed on to other cities of the empire architectural and artistic legacies. This week’s class will examine the zenith and decline of the Roman Empire.The reigns of Hadrian and his successors through Constantine provide the background to the dramatic changes in government that led to Constantine’s decision in the 4th century CE to found a new Rome at the site of Byzantium, in the east. Learn more here.

WHEN:  Tuesday, May 15, 6pm

WHERE: Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville

5. Mark Bittman & Pat Martin Talk About “How to Grill Everything”

WHAT: Mark Bittman will discuss his new book, How to Grill Everything with Pat Martin of Martin’s BBQ. Bittman’s book is all about how to grill absolutely everything—from the perfect steak to cedar-plank salmon to pizza and features 1,000 recipes and variations, plus Bittman’s practical advice on all the grilling basics. Mark Bittman is the author of 20 acclaimed books. For more than two decades his popular and compelling stories appeared in the Times, where he was ultimately the lead food writer for the Sunday Magazine and became the country’s first food-focused Op-Ed columnist for a major news publication. Throughout his career, Bittman has strived for the same goal: to make the food, in all its aspects, understandable.

Pat Martin learned the art and craft of West Tennessee-style smoke and meat 25 years ago in the tiny town of Henderson, TN before making Nashville his home. It became a consuming passion that eventually led to a business when he opened the first Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint in October of 2006 in Nolensville, Tennessee – just south of Nashville. Learn more here.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 16, 6:15pm

WHERE:  Montgomery Bell Academy, 4001 Harding Rd, Nashville