Food Love Meets Heart Health
Apr
29
6:30 PM18:30

Food Love Meets Heart Health

Time to start thinking about summertime and bathing suits. This is the season people actually start fulfilling those New Year’s resolutions about losing weight and starting to exercise, to do all the things that will help them live a better life.  What if you could create a culture of wellness where you make small changes in your lifestyle that lead naturally to health and wellness?  The Vanderbilt Dietetic Internship Program shares some secrets to success and some nutritious and tasty food samples!

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Supported Decision-Making
May
2
6:00 PM18:00

Supported Decision-Making

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Come join us for our first community-wide meeting of the year. The focus will be on supported decision-making and the dignity of risk. At what points in the day are the people you serve given a choice? How do you support them in making these choices? Why is it important that people learn to speak up for themselves? The Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities' Ned Solomon, Director of the Partners in Policymaking, will be our main speaker, and will answer these questions and many more. You won't want to miss it. 

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An Evening of Music and Mind Reading
May
29
7:30 PM19:30

An Evening of Music and Mind Reading

Join us for an evening of music and mind reading. Sidney Friedman - the musical mentalist - is back for a reprise performance to benefit Our Place Nashville. Sidney can guess the song you’re thinking about just by looking at you. And then he’s playing it on the keyboard . . . whether it’s a chart topper from today or an iconic song from yesteryear.

He can write down what people are going to say before they even know they’re going to say it. This mind reading magician has audiences ooh-ing and ah-ing and shaking their heads in wonder. This is a show people are s]ll talking about the next morning!

James Slater will be starting the evening off. He is a two time, Grammy nominated, piano-playing, bilingual singer-songwriter of Bolivian American descent signed to BMG Publishing in Nashville.

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Earth Day 2019 - Living Green
Apr
22
6:30 PM18:30

Earth Day 2019 - Living Green

What is Earth Day? What does it mean to live a bit more “green”? How hard is it to recycle if you don’t have automatic pick-up? Recycling — the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products — is one way many people reduce their carbon footprint. Recycling can benefit your community and the environment. But if you don’t have access to recycling yet, what can you do? Michelle Hamman, the Department of General Services’ Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Specialist, will be joining us to talk about basic information you can put into practice to live green, whether it’s recycling, eating a plant-based diet, planting a tree, or cleaning up the roads in your neighborhood, just to name a few. Michelle writes a blog at https://socket.nashville.gov.

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How to Handle Anxiety | Depression
Apr
15
6:30 PM18:30

How to Handle Anxiety | Depression

Most of us are anxious about something or other — what other people think of us, are we going to be able to handle a problem — things we don’t even necessarily have the power to control. But we still worry. Or, sometime when we make a mistake, we beat ourselves up. We wonder why we can’t do something the way we want to, and it makes us get depressed. Well, we’ve got good news for you. 1) You are not alone — and it’s always good to know others are walking through the same kinds of issues we are. 2) There are tools that can help us better cope with the things that can make us anxious. Kay Arnold will be leading this class. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor/Mental Health Service Provider and her counseling interests include family difficulties, trauma resolution and general life stresses. She works with the Babb Center for Counseling in Hendersonville.

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Next Chapter Book Club
Apr
10
4:45 PM16:45

Next Chapter Book Club

Our Place Nashville is an affiliate of the Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC), founded in 2002. NCBC’s mission is to provide meaningful opportunities for lifelong-learning, social connections, and authentic community inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through weekly or bi-weekly community-based book club meetings that include readers of all skill levels.  www.nextchapterbookclub.org

We have one more opening in this reading group. If you are interested in joining, please contact Carolyn Naifeh at carolyn.naifeh@ourplacenashville.org.

The group is reading “The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling. Joan Cook is today’s group leader.

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IndicatorArt Showcase
Apr
8
7:00 PM19:00

IndicatorArt Showcase

IndicatorArt, a non-profit that provides artistic programs for people with disabilities, hosts a performance showcase with participants from their weekly workshops, which have focused on sketch comedy, singing performance, musical theater, film, songwriting, and teen singing.   The performance at Douglas Corner is FREE, but is first come, first served, so come early if you want a good seat!  This sixth round of workshops began the end of February.  Contact Debby Throckmorton at 615-400-2534 or dbthrock@yahoo.com for more information.

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Next Chapter Book Club
Apr
3
4:45 PM16:45

Next Chapter Book Club

Our Place Nashville is an affiliate of the Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC), founded in 2002. NCBC’s mission is to provide meaningful opportunities for lifelong-learning, social connections, and authentic community inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through weekly or bi-weekly community-based book club meetings that include readers of all skill levels.  www.nextchapterbookclub.org

We have one more opening in this reading group. If you are interested in joining, please contact Carolyn Naifeh at carolyn.naifeh@ourplacenashville.org.

The group is going to start reading “The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling. Rachel and Paul Chinetti are today’s group leaders.

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Sexuality 101 - Communication in Relationships
Apr
1
6:30 PM18:30

Sexuality 101 - Communication in Relationships

Elisabeth Bradner, Manager of Education and Training, Planned Parenthood of Middle & East Tennessee, Inc., will be leading a class on communication in relationships — why and how to develop boundaries based on fact-based medically accurate information which will help navigate sexual decision-making. Elisabeth also will lead discussion about how to talk about these boundaries in order to increase comfort around talking about sex while also learning concrete tools to take away from class and use in real life scenarios.

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Mar
27
4:45 PM16:45

Next Chapter Book Club

Our community-based book club program for young adults with developmental disabilities has been meeting for seven months now. Book club members read at different levels, but they all love books for the same reasons most of us do: to enjoy being transported to different worlds where they meet interesting characters and learn about exciting new things.  Taking that journey with a group of friends makes it even more fun.  If you'd like to join us, please contact Carolyn Naifeh at 615-651-0060 or carolyn.naifeh@OurPlaceNashville.org.  Class will be led by Joan Cook.

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Getting Your Life Organized
Mar
25
6:30 PM18:30

Getting Your Life Organized

Who better than a student learning to get his life organized to help remind the rest of us about some of the tips that make it easier? One of the people helping to share those tips would make this a perfect pairing. M.Ed. candidate Mary Ann Gill is a Graduate Assistant with the Next Steps at Vanderbilt program. As such, she supports students as they participate in on- and off-campus internships as well as facilitate career skills training and job shadowing experiences for first and second year students, Mary Ann will be joined by Daniel Brawner; Daniel is currently enrolled in Next Steps at Vanderbilt and will graduate from the program in 2020. Together, they will show us some of the things we can do to keep track of all the things each of us has to get through in the course of the week.

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Mar
20
4:45 PM16:45

Next Chapter Book Club

Our community-based book club program for young adults with developmental disabilities has been meeting for seven months now. Book club members read at different levels, but they all love books for the same reasons most of us do: to enjoy being transported to different worlds where they meet interesting characters and learn about exciting new things.  Taking that journey with a group of friends makes it even more fun.  If you'd like to join us, please contact Carolyn Naifeh at 615-651-0060 or carolyn.naifeh@OurPlaceNashville.org.  Class will be led byRachel and Paul Chinetti.

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Pizza Party
Mar
18
6:30 PM18:30

Pizza Party

This pizza party is for regular attendees of our Monday night classes plus their +1’s — just to celebrate life, eat some pizza, play some games and meet some new people: everybody else’s friends. The +1’s are friends, Best Buddies, anyone our class members choose to bring. Call 615-651-0060 if you have any questions. TJ and Emma Garton, who have led our dating/communication classes, have organized the evening.

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Mar
13
4:45 PM16:45

Next Chapter Book Club

Our community-based book club program for young adults with developmental disabilities has been meeting for seven months now. Book club members read at different levels, but they all love books for the same reasons most of us do: to enjoy being transported to different worlds where they meet interesting characters and learn about exciting new things.  Taking that journey with a group of friends makes it even more fun.  If you'd like to join us, please contact Carolyn Naifeh at 615-651-0060 or carolyn.naifeh@OurPlaceNashville.org.  Class will be led by Joan Cook.

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Next Chapter Book Club
Mar
6
4:45 PM16:45

Next Chapter Book Club

Our community-based book club program for young adults with developmental disabilities has been meeting for seven months now. Book club members read at different levels, but they all love books for the same reasons most of us do: to enjoy being transported to different worlds where they meet interesting characters and learn about exciting new things.  Taking that journey with a group of friends makes it even more fun.  If you'd like to join us, please contact Carolyn Naifeh at 615-651-0060 or carolyn.naifeh@OurPlaceNashville.org.  Class will be led by Janice Duffy. The photo attached to this post is of our book club members and facilitators!

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Best Buddies Citizens' Program -- What It's All About
Mar
4
6:30 PM18:30

Best Buddies Citizens' Program -- What It's All About


A good number of our resident friends as well as some individuals on our waiting list are involved with the Best Buddies Citizens' program. Others want to learn more about it, so Alex Burd from Best Buddies Tennessee will be coming to talk with us about how they're reformatting the program and what's involved with the Citizens' program. If you’d like to sign up to get Best Buddy through this program, Alex will help you apply online!

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Next Chapter Book Club
Feb
27
4:45 PM16:45

Next Chapter Book Club

The Next Chapter Book Club offers a unique community-baed book club program for young adults with Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Club helps people with disabilities enjoy books, friends and their community. This week’s facilitator is Joan Cook. For more information, visit www.nextchapterbookclub.org.

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Shakespeare Visits Our Place
Feb
25
6:30 PM18:30

Shakespeare Visits Our Place

The Nashville Shakespeare Festival has become one of the region’s leading professional theatres over the past 30 years.  Each summer, 12,000 – 17,000 people attend its annual Shakespeare in the Park production.  The Festival now provides arts-in-education programs in MNPS, as well as in businesses, law firms and other adult groups, providing workshops that exercise creative thinking, problem solving, and effective communication with Shakespeare’s language, characters and themes.  The Festival will be bringing Shakespeare to Our Place, letting class participants play parts in some of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays.  This will definitely be a drama-filled evening!

Class will be led by Jim Warren.  He is the Founding Artistic Director of the American Shakespeare Center, based in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  Jim is in the middle of a two-month visit to Nashville as an official consultant to the Nashville Theatre Festival to help them strategically plan and dream their way to an even more exciting future!  Jim has produced and cast over 280 shows during his tenure at the American Shakespeare Center, and has created a touring company that has performed in 47 states and one U.S. territory.

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Next Chapter Book Club
Feb
20
4:45 PM16:45

Next Chapter Book Club

Our Next Chapter Book Club meets weekly. Members are reading “Bridge to Terabithia.” Like us, they enjoy being transported to different worlds where they meet interesting characters and learn about exciting new things. Taking that journey with a group of friends makes it even more fun. This week’s facilitators are Rachel and Paul Chinetti. There is one more open spot left in the Club. For more information, call 615-651-0060.

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IndicatorArt Showcase
Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

IndicatorArt Showcase

Enjoy some comedy, music and drama. IndicatorArt, a non-profit that provides artistic programs for people with disabilities, hosts a performance showcase with participants from their weekly workshops, which have focused on sketch comedy, singing performance, musical theater, film, songwriting, and teen singing.   The performance at Douglas Corner is FREE, but is first come, first served, so come early if you want a good seat!  This fifth round of workshops began the first week of January.  Contact Debby Throckmorton at 615-400-2534 or dbthrock@yahoo.com for more information.

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Be Our Valentine - Romance in 2019
Feb
11
6:30 PM18:30

Be Our Valentine - Romance in 2019

Valentine’s Day is just days away. You want someone to spoil. You want a partner and companion in life. When you meet someone, and you’re interested in possibly developing a relationship, what do you do? What kinds of things might you talk about? How do you begin dating?  TJ and Emma (Shouse) Garton were married in 2017 after dating more than 10 years.  They believe in friendship, in common interests, in consent, and in a lot of fun! From meeting . . . to dating . . . to getting married . . . how did they do it?  And what kind of advice might they have for you?  TJ is a pre-school teacher.  Emma works with the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities.  They would love for you to be in a relationship as happy as theirs.

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Prevention - Staying Safe from Traffickers
Feb
4
6:30 PM18:30

Prevention - Staying Safe from Traffickers

End Slavery Tennessee describes their work this way:

You may think slavery ended after the Civil War. Think again. There are more slaves now than at any time in history. Today’s slaves are forced into labor, service or sex slavery to make money for their exploiters. Selling people can be even less risky than selling drugs, and the same person can be sold 10, 20 or more time a day, creating quite the profit.

One of the services End Slavery Tennessee provides to our community is to explain the problem to people in the hope of preventing the problem from occurring in the first place. For the young adult with a developmental disability who puts him/herself in danger by meeting a stranger from online or going to a bar on lower Broadway alone? This class can support the argument that such behaviors are not safe.

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Recycling and You
Jan
28
6:30 PM18:30

Recycling and You

Rebeckah Dopp has been involved in the special needs community here in Nashville as an educator and as a mom. Now she's starting a non-profit called Electronics Recycling Solutions. The organization is designed to provide sustainable, long-term employment for adults with autism and other disabilities while offering an ethical solution to electronics waste management: a win-win. Rebeckah’s going to talk with us about the need to recycle electronics waste and how this new non-profit will meet that goal while providing jobs for Nashville’s IDD community.

To learn more about Rebeckah and her passion for her work, you can watch this short video on You Tube.

Come join us if you’re interested in the environment, recycling, and/or jobs!

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Next Chapter Book Club
Jan
16
4:45 PM16:45

Next Chapter Book Club

We offer a unique community-based book club program for adults with Down syndrome, autism, and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Our members (some of whom read better than others) love books for the same reasons most people do.  They enjoy being transported to different worlds where they meet interesting characters and learn about exciting new things.  Taking that journey with a group of friends makes it even more delightful and fun.

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Line Dancing
Jan
14
6:30 PM18:30

Line Dancing

Come join us for an hour-long line dancing class. If you don’t know how to line dance and have never tried line dancing before . . . this class is for you. If you’ve tried line dancing, liked it, and would like to get better, come join in the fun. Cowboy boots are welcome, but definitely not necessary. Depending how class goes, we might try to organize some line dancing outings! Our instructor is special education professional Debbie Clayton who can be found line dancing most every weekend!

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SunKat with Lost Hollow
Jan
12
7:00 PM19:00

SunKat with Lost Hollow

SunKat is an Americana/country duo formed in 2017. Katie Cook, former front woman for the band Reno and face of CMT Television, and Adam Shoenfeld, renowned studio musician, come together personally and musically. Katie and Adam are champions of the disability community, even going so far as to give their proceeds from “Hey JoJo” to The Arc USA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdZcZ7LjU48). You can hear their newest release, “Tom Petty” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43TS24WWzcM.

You can buy tickets in advance at https://bit.ly/2GVEpYj @ $5. Tickets will be $7 at the door. Show starts at 7:00 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm.

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Next Chapter Book Club
Jan
9
4:45 PM16:45

Next Chapter Book Club

January 9 is the first meeting in 2019 of the Next Chapter Book Club. We have two openings in this unique community-based book club program if any individuals are interested in joining. Our members (some of whom read better than others) love books for the same reasons most people do.  They enjoy being transported to different worlds where they meet interesting characters and learn about exciting new things.  Taking that journey with a group of friends makes it even more delightful and fun.

This book club meets every Wednesday from 4:45 pm - 5:45 pm.

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IndicatorArt Showcase
Dec
17
7:00 PM19:00

IndicatorArt Showcase

IndicatorArt, a non-profit that provides artistic programs for people with disabilities, hosts a performance showcase with participants from their weekly workshops, which have focused on sketch comedy (that’s two of our Friendship House residents in the hillbilly picture), singing performance, musical theater, film, songwriting, and teen singing.  You are guaranteed to hear some Broadway tunes as well as some holiday songs, including “Jingle Bells,” “Silent Night,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” The performance at Douglas Corner is FREE, but is first come, first served, so come early if you want a good seat!  This fourth round of workshops began November 5.  Contact Debby Throckmorton at 615-400-2534 or dbthrock@yahoo.com for more information.

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Self-Defense and Stranger Awareness
Dec
10
6:30 PM18:30

Self-Defense and Stranger Awareness

This class will give participants the tools (verbal and physical) to maneuver through unpleasant incidents and survive violent encounters. J.C. Shegog will help participants recognize potential danger in the behavior of others and stop potential attacks. He teaches real life survival and self-defense techniques. He is a 7th degree Master and has decades of experience in the military and law enforcement. Mr. Shegog now runs the Shegog Training Academy & Consulting, teaching private citizens, police officers and military personnel on how best to protect themselves from danger. Wear comfortable clothing for this class.

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How to Handle the Holidays
Dec
3
6:30 PM18:30

How to Handle the Holidays

Christmas. Hanukkah. New Year’s. The holidays are a wonderful time to spend with family and friends, a time to celebrate cultural and religious traditions, a time to exchange gifts, a chance to ring in the New Year. But some people don’t have a lot of friends or family. Or they don’t have a lot of money to buy gifts. The season’s joy, for some of us, can be difficult. Carol Rabideau, L.C.S.W., is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 22 years of experience. She works at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, but she’s going to spend the evening with us to give us a chance to talk about our concerns and hopes for the holidays, and how we might handle the disruption to our routines, the difficult memories that the holidays can push to the front burner, or any other seasonal topics you’d like to discuss.

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