Weekly Book Club
Aug
22
4:45 PM16:45

Weekly Book Club

This is the second 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.  This week's class will be led by Joan Cook.

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Weekly Book Club
Aug
29
4:45 PM16:45

Weekly Book Club

This is the third 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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Weekly Book Club
Sep
5
4:45 PM16:45

Weekly Book Club

This is the fourth 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 Joan Cook.

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IndicatorArt Workshop Showcase
Sep
10
7:00 PM19:00

IndicatorArt Workshop Showcase

IndicatorArt, a non-profit that provides artistic programs for people with disabilities, hosts a performance showcase for the participants in their second round of workshops, which have focused on film, singing, songwriting and sketch comedy.  Grammy-winning songwriter Don Henry (for Kathy Mattea's "Where've You Been") wrote an amazing song with the songwriter workshop participants and will be performing the song with his co-writers!!  The performance at Douglas Corner is FREE, but is first come, first served, so come early if you want a good seat!  The third round of workshops begins September 11.  Contact Debby Throckmorton at 615-400-2534 or dbthrock@yahoo.com for more information.

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Dating & Relationships: I'd Like One . . . How do I Get from Here to There
Sep
17
6:30 PM18:30

Dating & Relationships: I'd Like One . . . How do I Get from Here to There

How do you begin dating?  How do you develop a relationship with someone?  How are you supposed to handle sexual attraction?  TJ and Emma Garton are newlyweds.  They first met when she was 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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Internet, Social Media and Communication
Dec
3
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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Food Love Meets Heart Health
Jan
28
6:30 PM18:30

Food Love Meets Heart Health

It's a new year and people are always making resolutions to lose weight and start exercising, to do all 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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Weekly Book Club
Aug
15
4:45 PM16:45

Weekly Book Club

This is the inaugural 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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The Students Become Teachers
May
7
6:30 PM18:30

The Students Become Teachers

Some of our Friendship House residents taught one of our classes last year, and they enjoyed themselves tremendously as did "their" students.  So we're going to do it again to close out our classes for the semester.  Would you like to learn how to find information on your family's history?  Come hear Steven talk about genealogy.  Are you a big Disney fan and like all of the Disney princesses?  Matt met every princess in the realm (all but one) on a recent trip to Disney World and will introduce you to the Magic Kingdom.  Plus more!

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The Importance of Racial Awareness
Apr
23
6:30 PM18:30

The Importance of Racial Awareness

Anthony Johnson is Senior Associate Director Alignment USA, a part of Alignment Nashville, a non-profit working to improve the education and health of our community’s youth.  That includes providing access to opportunities designed to produce equity as the most efficient way to address the adverse cumulative effects of disparity.  In plain English, he wants all of us to live, work and play on an even playing field.  Anthony is very skilled in facilitating and leading thoughtful and engaging dialogues about race, diversity, privilege and inclusiveness. We’ve asked him to talk with our Friendship House residents and others who might be interested on how to talk about difficult topics, whether the topic is race, economics, or inclusiveness.  One conversational focus will be racial awareness, where recognition of racial, ethnic and cultural diversity is discussed. 

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Community-Wide Meeting: What's It Like to Live at Friendship House?
Apr
19
6:00 PM18:00

Community-Wide Meeting: What's It Like to Live at Friendship House?

  • Community Center, Belmont United Methodist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

What do Friendship House residents have to say about their experiences?  What have their challenges been and what sacrifices have they made?  What expectations have they exceeded and what friendships have they made?  What have they learned about living with people who are differently abled?  Hear what two of our student residents and two of our residents with developmental disabilities have to say . . . in an unfiltered fashion.  You'll be able to ask them your questions directly.  Our Place Nashville staff will be on hand to supplement their information and tell you more about plans for Friendship Houses 3, 4, and 5!!

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Understanding the Criminal Justice System
Apr
16
6:30 PM18:30

Understanding the Criminal Justice System

Emily Herbert, a lawyer and social worker from Nashville's Public Defender's Office, will be joining us to talk about what people with special needs can expect if they find themselves part of a legal proceeding (e.g, how pushing a sibling or parent, or threatening to hurt them, can result in a serious criminal charge once the person turns 18-years-old, regardless of level of functioning).

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Professional Appearance and Grooming for the Workplace
Mar
26
6:30 PM18:30

Professional Appearance and Grooming for the Workplace

Proper grooming and professional appearance are important to make a positive impression on others in the workplace.  If you want to look your best at all times in social and professional settings, you need to keep some basic guidelines for good grooming in mind.  Don’t use deodorant regularly?  Do you sometimes have a flaky scalp?  Maybe you’re not washing your hair properly or aren’t using the right shampoo.  Linda Messamore was a special needs teacher and administrator in Metro Nashville Public Schools for 30+ years. If anyone knows how to give us some gentle reminders on how to look our best, Linda is the one.  

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