Life Skills Class - Interviewing for a Job
Sep
16
6:30 PM18:30

Life Skills Class - Interviewing for a Job

How should you prepare for a job interview? Tammy LaPoint-O’Brien is one of the best people in Tennessee who can answer that question AND help you land the job. She conducts outreach and marketing activities within the business community to promote the benefits of employing people with disabilities. She provides professional development services to assist Tennessee businesses in recruiting, hiring and retaining qualified employees. Tammy works in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services to increase employment opportunities for individuals served by this agency.

Be ready for some role playing. . . to see how you can become the most appealing job applicant, skills you might want to polish up on, and how best to prepare for a job interview. Bring any questions you have on how to find — and keep — a job!

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Life Skills Class - Emergency Preparedness
Sep
23
6:30 PM18:30

Life Skills Class - Emergency Preparedness

Do you know what to do in case there’s an emergency? If there’s a flood? Tornado? Fire? If someone is choking? If the power hasn’t gone out, you can stay informed through radio, TV or the Internet. But oftentimes, cable, electric and cell phone service is disabled, making communication nearly impossible. What precautions can you take? Darlene Kemp, the Executive Director of Vista Points, will talk with us about supplies you might want to have in an emergency kit, a place to store important documents, have all family members’ and other important phone numbers written down or memorized. There’s safety at home, in the workplace, on the road . . . Darlene will help you fill in the blanks. She has significant experience with the IDD community (particularly with special needs trusts), has both an MPH and an MBA, and serves on numerous area Boards.

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Life Skills Class - Cartooning
Sep
30
6:30 PM18:30

Life Skills Class - Cartooning

Guy Gilchrist is making his third appearance as one of our Monday night instructors. Guy got his start drawing the Muppets for Jim Henson. He co-created the Muppet Babies, drew the Nancy comic strip nearly 23 years, worked with Disney and Looney Tunes . . . not only can he draw anything, he can help YOU draw the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tom and Jerry, or the ever-wonderful Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog. Or Rolf. Or Elmo. This is a guaranteed hour of happy.

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Community-Wide Meeting on Transportation
Oct
15
6:00 PM18:00

Community-Wide Meeting on Transportation

If a person doesn’t drive, and the person has an intellectual and/or developmental disability, what transportation options are available to get from here to there? Many people turn to family members. But if the person is living independently, or family members cannot help, what’s a person to do. We have invited some of the providers of public and private transportation in metropolitan Nashville to speak to us about resources your family can look into for your loved one.

Speakers include Otis and Alice Bowen, co-CEOs of UMatter Transportation and Tanesha Simmons, Eligibility Specialist/ADA Coordinator for WeGo Public Transit (AccessRide, Access on Demand).

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IndicatorArt Showcase
Oct
21
7:00 PM19:00

IndicatorArt Showcase

IndicatorArt’s Fall Showcase will feature students who have participated in four workshops: Jam Band, Singing (under 18’s and over 18’s) and Sketch Comedy. For more information, contact Debby Throckmorton at 615-400-2534 or debbyt@indicatorart.com. Showcase is free, but seating is limited, so come early if you want a good seat.

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Life Skills Class - Self-Defense
Nov
4
6:30 PM18:30

Life Skills Class - Self-Defense

Cat and Liz Fitzgerald own KSA Martial Academy and are both martial arts instructors. He is Master Cat Fitzgerald Sensei and Sifu. She is Master Liz Fitzgerald Sensi and Sifu.

One of the programs their KSA Martial Academy provides is on Asserting Empowerment and Self Defense, where they train people in several areas, including personal boundary ID and Defense, anti-bullying, and de-escalation and communication. This class will help you learn to confront the faceless violent criminal, home invader, carjacker and kidnapper. The primary goal of this class is to transform Fear into Power. It is designed to help you face stressful situations successfully.. The class will help you plan ahead for such possibilities and help you to maintain your composure and clear thinking even under the effectives of adrenaline.

This is just one class, but KSA Martial Academy provides an entire curriculum at their KSA Martial Academy. They also teach traditional martial arts, contemporary fighting arts, wellness & fitness, and private training.

Cat and Liz taught two self-defense classes for Our Place Nashville in 2017, and the classes were extremely popular amongst our participants.

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Next Chapter Book Club
Sep
11
4:45 PM16:45

Next Chapter Book Club

Our Next Chapter Book Club resumed its weekly meetings on August 28 after being on hiatus over the summer. The book club’s mission is to provide meaningful opportunities for lifelong-learning, social connections and authentic community inclusion for individuals with developmental disabilities. Our first book is “Around the World in 80 Days” by Jules Verne. Contact Carolyn Naifeh for more information at carolyn.naifeh@ourplacenashville.org. We have 2 vacant spaces if you’d like to join us.

This afternoon’s club is led by Janice Duffy.

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Life Skills Classes - What Is Your Story?
Sep
9
6:30 PM18:30

Life Skills Classes - What Is Your Story?

Our Place Nashville holds life skills classes every Monday night when Metro Nashville Public Schools are in session. This evening’s class is the first of our 2019-2020 offerings, and begins with Bob Farnsworth, President and Creative Director of Hummingbird Productions, as our instructor. Bob is going to talk about how each of us can make the world a better place. We might not be in control of all of the things that come our way during the day, but we ARE in control of how we handle it, what choices we make, what we want our life to be.

Bob’s company is a film and music company that makes “fusic” — the process of fusing film and music production from BEGINNING TO END. Bob’s going to talk with us about how we can write the music that is the soundtrack to our lives, where depending on the how, when & why we live our everyday lives, the score can be happy, sad, scary, monotonous, resilient . . . we can make it whatever we want it to be . . . with teamwork, attitude, and outlook affecting the final outcome.

For more about Hummingbird Productions, visit their website. Bob, an icon in the entertainment industry, founded Hummingbird in 1976. He has been directly involved with building Hummingbird’s library of over 7,000 works. On the music side, Bob has composed for numerous IMEX signature films as well as for clients such as Coke, Pepsi, McDonald’s, Budweiser and hundreds of others. Hummingbird has won multiple Clio Awards, including a Clio Hall of Fame Award for the original Budweiser Frogs.

For more information, contact Carolyn Naifeh at carolyn.naifeh@ourplacenashville.org.

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

Next Chapter Book Club

Our Next Chapter Book Club resumed its weekly meetings on August 28 after being on hiatus over the summer. The book club’s mission is to provide meaningful opportunities for lifelong-learning, social connections and authentic community inclusion for individuals with developmental disabilities. Our first book is “Around the World in 80 Days” by Jules Verne. Contact Carolyn Naifeh for more information at carolyn.naifeh@ourplacenashville.org. We have 2 vacant spaces if you’d like to join us.

This afternoon’s club is led by Rachel and Paul Chinetti.

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Next Chapter Book Club
Aug
28
4:45 PM16:45

Next Chapter Book Club

Our Next Chapter Book Club will resume its weekly meetings today after being on hiatus over the summer. The book club’s mission is to provide meaningful opportunities for lifelong-learning, social connections and authentic community inclusion for individuals with developmental disabilities. Our first book is “Around the World in 80 Days” by Jules Verne. Contact Carolyn Naifeh for more information at carolyn.naifeh@ourplacenashville.org.

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Newspaper Open House
Aug
27
1:00 PM13:00

Newspaper Open House

SAVE THE DATE - Michael Anastasi, Vice President and Editor of The Tennessean, has invited Our Place Nashville’s friends to attend the formal opening of the newspaper’s new offices.

Exact time of open house is yet to be determined. Contact Carolyn Naifeh at carolyn.naifeh@ourplacenashville.org for updated information closer to August 27.

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Line Dancing
Aug
24
6:00 PM18:00

Line Dancing

The Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee is hosting a barn dance and they’ve invited our Friendship House community to join in the fun (you don’t have to have Down syndrome to participate). This event — which is free — has very limited space, and advance RSVPs are required for every attendee before August 18. You can RSVP at https://dsamt.ticketspice.com/one-extraordinary-evening-barn-dance. Contact Tanya Chavez at tanya@somethingextra.org for more information or with any questions.

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IndicatorArt Showcase
Aug
19
6:00 PM18:00

IndicatorArt Showcase

IndicatorArt’s Summer Showcase will feature students who have participated in four workshops: Jam Band, Songwriting, Singing and Sketch Comedy. For more information, contact Debby Throckmorton at 615-400-2534 or debbyt@indicatorart.com. Showcase is free, but seating is limited, so come early if you want a good seat. THIS DATE IS TENTATIVE.

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Bowling - Enrich for Life
Aug
13
3:00 PM15:00

Bowling - Enrich for Life

  • Franklin Family Entertainment Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Friends are welcome to join Enrich for Life for an afternoon of inclusive bowling. This is for adults 22 years or older. The cost is $7 per bowler. Email Allison Bender at allison@enrichforlife.org or call/text her at 615-397-4557 to let her know you plan to join the group.

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Parents Group - Potluck Dinner
Aug
6
6:30 PM18:30

Parents Group - Potluck Dinner

Our Place Nashville’s Parents Group will hold a potluck supper in August instead of their regular monthly meeting. Location is still to be determined. The Parents Group is for parents of Friendship House resident friends and for interested parents from our waiting list. Contact Carol Greiner, the group’s coordinator, for more information at greinercarol@gmail.com.

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Bowling - Enrich for Life
Aug
6
3:00 PM15:00

Bowling - Enrich for Life

  • Franklin Family Entertainment Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Friends are welcome to join Enrich for Life for an afternoon of inclusive bowling. This is for adults 22 years or older. The cost is $7 per bowler. Email Allison Bender at allison@enrichforlife.org or call/text her at 615-397-4557 to let her know you plan to join the group.

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Bowling - Enrich for Life
Jul
30
3:00 PM15:00

Bowling - Enrich for Life

  • Franklin Family Entertainment Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Friends are welcome to join Enrich for Life for an afternoon of inclusive bowling. This is for adults 22 years or older. The cost is $7 per bowler. Email Allison Bender at allison@enrichforlife.org or call/text her at 615-397-4557 to let her know you plan to join the group.

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Visit Wave Country
Jul
27
10:00 AM10:00

Visit Wave Country

Metro Parks’ disABILITIES Program has given us 20 pairs of tickets for Saturday, July 27, at Wave Country, one of the area’s wave-action swimming pools! Ride the waves or just let them lap at your feet. You have access to two water flumes and two speed slides. Your admission includes floats (but there is only a limited supply). There are fast food concession stands, but you’re also welcome to bring your food and drink in a cooler — just no glass containers or alcohol. Bring your own chairs and a popup tent if you want. There are umbrellas, but they’re first come first served.

Email Carolyn Naifeh at carolyn.naifeh@ourplacenashville.org before July 19. The first 20 friends/self-advocates to RSVP will be the ones who get the tickets. Each friend gets a pair of tickets — one for him/herself, and one for a friend, family member, companion. This event is free.

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Bowling - Enrich for Life
Jul
23
3:00 PM15:00

Bowling - Enrich for Life

  • Franklin Family Entertainment Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Friends are welcome to join Enrich for Life for an afternoon of inclusive bowling. This is for adults 22 years or older. The cost is $7 per bowler. Email Allison Bender at allison@enrichforlife.org or call/text her at 615-397-4557 to let her know you plan to join the group.

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Bowling - Enrich for Life
Jul
16
3:00 PM15:00

Bowling - Enrich for Life

  • Franklin Family Emtertainment Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Friends are welcome to join Enrich for Life for an afternoon of inclusive bowling. This is for adults 22 years or older. The cost is $7 per bowler. Email Allison Bender at allison@enrichforlife.org or call/text her at 615-397-4557 to let her know you plan to join the group.

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Bowling - Enrich for Life
Jul
9
3:00 PM15:00

Bowling - Enrich for Life

Friends are welcome to join Enrich for Life for an afternoon of inclusive bowling. This is for adults 22 years or older. The cost is $7 per bowler. Email Allison Bender at allison@enrichforlife.org or call/text her at 615-397-4557 to let her know you plan to join the group.

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Bowling - Enrich for Life
Jul
2
3:00 PM15:00

Bowling - Enrich for Life

Friends are welcome to join Enrich for Life for an afternoon of inclusive bowling. This is for adults 22 years or older. The cost is $7 per bowler. Email Allison Bender at allison@enrichforlife.org or call/text her at 615-397-4557 to let her know you plan to join the group.

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People First Tennessee Meeting
Jun
27
10:00 AM10:00

People First Tennessee Meeting

People First Tennessee is opening a new chapter in Williamson County. PFTN is a grassroots membership disability rights group led by self-advocates, committed to the full inclusion of people with disabilities in society. Doughnuts will be provided! For more information, contact Dave Griffin at 615-594-6529.

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Bowling - Enrich for Life
Jun
25
3:00 PM15:00

Bowling - Enrich for Life

  • Franklin Family Entertainment Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Friends are welcome to join Enrich for Life for an afternoon of inclusive bowling. This is for adults 22 years or older. The cost is $7 per bowler. Email Allison Bender at allison@enrichforlife.org or call/text her at 615-397-4557 to let her know you plan to join the group.

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Bowling - Enrich for Life
Jun
18
3:00 PM15:00

Bowling - Enrich for Life

  • Franklin Family Entertainment Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Friends are welcome to join Enrich for Life for an afternoon of inclusive bowling. This is for adults 22 years or older. The cost is $7 per bowler. Email Allison Bender at allison@enrichforlife.org or call/text her at 615-397-4557 to let her know you plan to join the group.

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 An Evening with Sonny Throckmorton
Jun
17
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening with Sonny Throckmorton

Legendary songwriter Sonny Throckmorton had a remarkable 150 songs recorded in a nine-month period in the late 1970s., and he was the Nashville Songwriters Association International’s Songwriter of the Year for 1978, 1979 and 1980. Throckmorton has had more than 1,000 of his songs recorded by various country singers, the most recent being the title cut of Willie Nelson’s newest album, to be released June 21, called “Ride Me Back Home” (co-written with his daughter — and Our Place Nashville’s very good friend — Debby Throckmorton).

You can watch Willie’s new video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iQRbb_wGyA. It’s already been viewed by half-a-million people!

This show at Douglas Corner Cafe is free of charge.

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