Rutherford County Community Calendar

*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, or visit the event website at The Heroes Breakfast is presented by Murfreesboro Medical Clinic (MMC), Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, and Video Story Productions.

FEB 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 23-25. 14119 Old Nashville Highway. Smyrna. For tickets:


*Cardiac arrest, the abrupt loss of heart function caused by an electrical malfunction in the heart, is a leading cause of death in the United States. Almost 90% of cardiac arrests that occur outside the hospital are fatal. CPR can double or triple a person’s chance of survival if performed in the first few minutes by bridging the gap until medical help arrives. This hands-only CPR course will be led by specialists from the Vanderbilt Heart Murfreesboro team and is open to the Rutherford County community. Participants will learn: What to do in the critical minutes following cardiac arrest, how to perform hands-only CPR and how to recognize early heart attack symptoms. Feb. 24, 2-4 pm, World Outreach Church 1921 New Salem Road Murfreesboro.

*Celebrating Black History through art, music, food at the Journey Pointe Church, 1267 Middle TN Blvd, Murfreesboro, Feb 24 from 11am -2:30pm. E. Newsom private art collection of over 100 pieces on display some available for sale. Entertainment, food, fun; All invited, no admission fee, More information go to:

*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 for more information.

You do not have to be a member to participate. Visit 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.


*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,


*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 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.


*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, 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.


*Bluebird in the Boro is an annual concert series benefitting Alive Hospice. Now in its fifth year, Bluebird in the Boro features one-of-a-kind “in the round” performances by songwriters of chart-topping country hits, as well as cocktails and appetizers catered by Five Senses Restaurant, Bar, & Catering and Mayday Brewery. This year’s event schedule is as follows: March 5 @ 6pm – Opening night of the three-day concert series is an Evening with Don Schlitz, the Grammy-award-winning songwriter and Country Music Hall of Fame member, whose catalog of country hits include Kenny Roger’s “The Gambler.” March 6 @ 6pm – Kendell Marvel, Even Stevens, and friends. The series’ second night will feature Kendell Marvel, a veteran songwriter who recently released his own solo album “Lowdown and Lonesome” and Even Stevens, the co-writer with Eddie Rabbitt on a string of pop country hits. March 7 @ 6pm – Tim James, Dan Couch, and friends. The final night will feature Grammy-nominated songwriter and Murfreesboro native Tim James, and Dan Couch, who wrote the hit song “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck.” For more information on Bluebird in the Boro, including tickets, venue and sponsorship opportunities, visit Venue: The Grove at Williamson Place 3250 Wilkinson Pike, Murfreesboro.


*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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