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!

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

Getting Your Life Organized

Did you take your medication? Did you get your prescription refilled? Do you already have something on your schedule, or are you free to go do something? These questions come up on a daily basis, and sometimes the answer is just beyond our reach. If you had somebody or something to REMIND you to do something, chances are you’d be living life a lot more easily. A couple of students from the the Next Steps program at Vanderbilt are going to share some of the tips they’ve been learning (with an assist from a graduate student). This will be an interactive class, so bring your smart phone with you. That’s probably the only sure thing you DON’T need a reminder for!!

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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 set boundaries, how to talk about these boundaries and ensure they are honored, and a refresher course on Sex 101, to provide accurate information and to answer any questions people might have.

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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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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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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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Christmas Tree Lighting
Nov
30
6:00 PM18:00

Christmas Tree Lighting

Mayor David Briley cordially invites you to join the 2018 Metro Nashville Christmas Tree Lighting on the Public Square. This year’s ceremony will be a family-friendly winter celebrating featuring performances by the Fisk Jubilee Singers, the Lake Providence Missionary Baptist Church Choir, the Nashville Classical Pop Choir, and the Isaiah T. Creswell Middle School of the Arts Choir. Food will be available for purchase from local trucks.

All attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy or other age-appropriate gift in the $10-$25 price range for ages newborn to 18. Santa, Gnash, T-Rac and Booster will be making special appearances. Those arriving by car will be able to use Nissan Stadium Parking Lots E and F for free public parking, starting at 4:00 pm.

RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/metro-christmas-tree-lighting-2018-tickets-51519244447

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Internet, Social Media and Communication
Nov
26
6:30 PM18:30

Internet, Social Media and Communication

Emi Canahuati has been a sexuality educator and trainer for nearly 20 years.  She started her own company, Talk and Thrive Education, in 2012 to open lines of communication so that families can more comfortably discuss sexuality and sex-related issues.  Now that the Internet and social media play such a key role in people's romantic lives, communication skills have never been more important.  How can a person be sure to use good judgment in trying to determine whether to meet a new online friend in person?  If you spend any time on Match, Zoosk, Plenty O' Fish, Tinder, Craigslist . . . this class is for you!

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More on Dating and Relationships
Nov
19
6:30 PM18:30

More on Dating and Relationships

How do you begin dating?  How do you develop a relationship with someone?  How are you supposed to handle sexual attraction?  TJ and Emma (Shouse) Garton are newlyweds.  They first met when she was a senior in high school and he was the drummer in a band.  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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Driver Safety
Nov
5
6:30 PM18:30

Driver Safety

Join us for a class on driver safety led by AAA Nashville Manager Debbie Lemke.  Learn what you can do to reduce the chance of having an accident and to ensure your -- and others' -- safety.  She will share tips you might have heard (don't drive at peak traffic hours if you don't have to) to tips you might not have heard before (make right turns only, even if it means you have to drive a little bit out of the way -- it's safer and you might even save time!).  If you are a driver, this class is customized for you.  If you're not a driver -- but you'd like to be -- come and learn some of the things that will make you a safe driver!

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Our Place Nashville: Community-Wide Meeting
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

Our Place Nashville: Community-Wide Meeting

Our Place Nashville holds a community-wide meeting twice a year — to update people on what’s going on with our Friendship Houses and to invite a handful of speakers to address issues of interest to our families. With three Friendship Houses opening in the next 18 months, we have a lot to tell you about our inclusive, affordable housing communities. We’d like to present you with some first-hand information on organizations that can make your or loved one’s life better/easier/more fun in some way. Speakers will be from TEAM (a new Therapeutic Equine program designed for those 18+), Easter Seals, and Autism Dads’ Dinners.

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IndicatorArt Workshop Showcase
Oct
29
6:30 PM18:30

IndicatorArt Workshop Showcase

IndicatorArt, a non-profit that provides artistic programs for people with disabilities, hosts a performance showcase with participants from their third round of workshops, which have focused on film, singing, songwriting, musical theater and sketch comedy.  Aaron Kelly, who finished fifth on the ninth season of American Idol, is joining participants to film a video, other students will be involved in a Broadway revue, hit songwriters Don Henry/Rafe Van Hoy are working with the songwriting students, and the work from these and others of the workshops will be showcased at Douglas Corner.  The showcase is FREE, but is first come, first served, so come early if you want a good seat!  The fourth round of workshops begins in November.  Contact Debby Throckmorton at 615-400-2534 or dbthrock@yahoo.com for more information.

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Film Showing
Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

Film Showing

The Arc of the Arts is hosting a showing of the film “Becoming Bulletproof,” which features actors without and without disabilities who meet every year at Zero Mountain Farm to write, produce and star in original short films. The screening is free — along with pizza, popcorn and sodas!

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Volunteering
Oct
22
6:30 PM18:30

Volunteering

Two of our Friendship House residents — Steven Greiner and Zach Sutton — will lead a class on the rewards of volunteering, both for the volunteer and for the community. Steven is our busiest volunteer, spending multiple days each week at Saddle Up! and GiGi’s Playhouse, both non-profits that serve children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He also is the first Next Steps at Vanderbilt alumnus to serve as an Ambassadore peer mentor to two current Next Steps students. In April, Mayor David Briley presented Steven with the 2018 Award for Young Citizen from the Mayor’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities for his service to the community. Zach Sutton, known as “The Car Guy” in his native Murfreesboro because of his love for and knowledge about cars, volunteers at the Lane Motor Museum, showing that you can be happy and do good at the same time.

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Party at the Polls
Oct
20
9:00 AM09:00

Party at the Polls

Be a part of Tennessee showing the nation we know how to turn out the vote. Come to the Ascend Amphitheater on Saturday, October 20, and hear Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell and more in concert. Doors open at 9:00 am. Concert is at 10:00 am. Attendees will march 1/2 mile to the Howard Office Building at 11:00 am to cast their ballots early in the mid-term elections. Tennesseans have lagged behind in voter turn-out in the past. This event is to promote civic pride and to encourage people to exercise their right to vote. This event is free and this event is bipartisan.

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Auto Repair
Oct
8
6:30 PM18:30

Auto Repair

Is your tire flat?  Engine making funny noises?  When can you fix it yourself and when should you take your car to an automotive repair shop?  P.K. Kelley from Lawson & Son Auto Repair is going to give you some tips on how to keep your car running smoothly, how to keep your costs down and what you should be looking for in a good mechanic.  Lawson & Son has been serving Nashville for nearly 80 years.

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SunKat
Oct
2
7:00 PM19:00

SunKat

SunKat is an Americana/Country duo. Katie Cook, former front woman for the band Reno and a face of CMT television, and Adam Shoenfeld, renowned studio musician and songwriter, are not only husband and wife, they also are starting to perform together. Our Place Nashville is a big fan of the duo and encourage you to come hear their music. You are in for a treat. They will be performing FREE at The Basement on October 2. SunKat performs at 7:00 pm.

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Photography (Using Your SmartPhone)
Oct
1
6:30 PM18:30

Photography (Using Your SmartPhone)

All of us take pictures on our Smart Phones.  Some of us take better pictures on our Smart Phones than others.  And, of course, some people take magical pictures -- whether it's on their Smart Phone or camera.  Photographer Michael Gomez is in that last category.  Michael works out of Westlight Studios in Franklin.  He works within the music business shooting music promotional shots for artists and record labels.  His clients also include advertising companies, personal portraits, and models.  Bring your iPhone or other Smart Phone with you and let Michael give you some tips on how to take some quality photographs!  You can see some of Michael's work at his website: https://www.gomezphotography.com. 

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Next Chapter Book Club
Sep
26
4:45 PM16:45

Next Chapter Book Club

This is the seventh meeting of our community-based book club program for young adults with developmental disabilities, with book club members -- some of whom read well, some of whom don't read at all -- loving 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 Rachel and Paul Chinetti.

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Keeping to a Budget
Sep
24
6:30 PM18:30

Keeping to a Budget

When you’re on a limited budget, stretching your dollars to pay all the bills can be a challenge. Charles Grummon, First Vice President-Investments with Wells Fargo Advisors, will be leading us in a financial literacy class on making a budget, keeping to a budget, how not to buy things if we don’t have enough money, and how to make sure we’re keeping up with our finances.

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Next Chapter Book Club
Sep
19
4:45 PM16:45

Next Chapter Book Club

This is the sixth meeting of our community-based book club program for young adults with developmental disabilities, with book club members -- some of whom read well, some of whom don't read at all -- loving 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.  Today will be our first day with Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Class will be led by Janice Duffy.

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