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Thursday, March 12

Mt. Juliet health fair

The Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center is sponsoring a health fair from 8-11 a.m. Over 20 healthcare facilities and providers are participating, and the event is open to the public. Call 615-758-9114 with any questions.

Meet and greet with NASA astronaut

The Wilson County Veterans Service Office, located at 304 E. Main St. in Lebanon, will host a free public meet and greet with Capt. Barry Wilmore from 5-6 p.m. Wilmore is a Mt. Juliet native who served in the U.S. Navy and was selected by NASA as an astronaut in July 2000. He has logged a total of 178 days in space, along with four spacewalks. Wilson County students interested in aviation and the space program are encouraged to attend.

Saturday, March 14

Wilson County Republican Party meeting and candidate reception

The Wilson County Republican Party will host a reception for the candidates who participated in the recent primary election at 9 a.m. at Music City Baptist Church, located at 7104 Lebanon Road in Mt. Juliet. Members of the public are invited for refreshments and to learn more about the party’s activities leading up to the general election.

Monday, March 16

Freedom Rider to speak at Cumberland University

Dr. Ernest “Rip” Patton Jr.,a local Freedom Rider, will speak at 12:30 p.m. at Cumberland University’s Baird Chapel about his experiences as part of the civil rights movement. Patton has spoken at events around the country and appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show. The event is free of charge and will be open to CU students, faculty, staff and local communities.

Tuesday, March 17 — Thursday, March 19

Spring CASA Training

Training for court-appointed special advocate (CASA) volunteers, who work with children who have experienced abuse or neglect, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 111 Castle Heights Ave. in Lebanon. For more information, call 615-443-2002 or email anordgren@wilsoncountycasa.org.

Friday, March 20 — Saturday, March 21

The Mill at Springtime

Several area vendors will gather at the Mill at Lebanon from 5-9 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free and open to the public, and prices for goods will vary by vendor.

Saturday, March 21

Foster care and adoption training

Alternative Youth Services will host an informational meeting on foster care and adoption training from 1-4:30 p.m. at 1113 N. Castle Heights Ave. Suite E in Lebanon.

Vinyl Country at the Capitol Theatre

Janelle Arthur and Ryan Larkins will perform a selection of classic country hits at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre in Lebanon to benefit local tornado relief funds, with tickets available for $20 and tables for $250. Arthur is a Wilson County resident known for finishing in the top five on American Idol season 12, and Larkins is a Nashville-based recording artist currently working on new music.

Tuesday, March 24

30th Annual Library Roast Fundraiser

The Wilson County Library Board will hold a roast for Leadership Wilson Executive Director Dorie Mitchell at 7 p.m. at Castle Heights Elementary School for its annual fundraising benefit. Tickets are $35 each or $250 for a table sponsorship. They can be purchased from Mitchell, a library board member or at any of Wilson County’s public libraries. Jordan’s will cater the event, and all proceeds will go toward public libraries in Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Watertown.

Friday, March 27

Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast

The Lebanon Kiwanis Club will hold a pancake breakfast from 6:30-9:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church — located at 415 W. Main St. in Lebanon — with the proceeds going toward the Community Foundation of Wilson County. Meals are $5 per person with carryout available.

Saturday, March 28

March Madness Cornhole Tourney

SW & Friends will host an inaugural March Madness Cornhole Tourney from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m at Tuckers Gap, on 2900 Callis Road in Lebanon. All proceeds will benefit the Empower Me Center, which works to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Admission fees are $100 per team, which includes an event T-shirt, food and drinks. General admission tickets are available for $20 and include event entry, food and drinks. For more information or to register, visit www.swandfriends.org.

Foster care and adoption training

Alternative Youth Services will host an informational meeting on foster care and adoption training from 1-4:30 p.m. at 1113 N. Castle Heights Ave. Suite E in Lebanon.

Thursday, April 2

Wilson Books From Birth Imagination Dinner

Wilson Books From Birth will host its Imagination Dinner, an annual fundraiser for the Imagination Library program, at 6:30 p.m. in the Wilson County Exposition Center. A table of eight costs $250, and the event includes dinner, door prizes and auctions. This year’s theme is “Wacky Waiter,” and by reserving a table one can select a waiter for the evening. For more information or to reserve a table, contact Wilson Books from Birth at 615-444-5586.

Saturday, April 4

Lebanon Easter egg hunt

The city of Lebanon’s gas department will host an Easter egg hunt from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Fiddlers Grove area of the Wilson County Fairgrounds. There will be egg hunts for children ages 3 to 12 and an appearance from the Easter Bunny. A rain date has been set for Saturday, April 11 in case of inclement weather.


Vietnam Veterans of America chapter meetings

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1004, of Wilson County, meets on the first Monday of each month except August at the Ward Agriculture Center Veterans Building in Lebanon. Members begin arriving at 4 p.m., the meeting begins at 5 p.m. and a meal is served at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call Doc Kraft at 615-477-8088.

Mt. Juliet Senior Center support programs

The Mt. Juliet Senior Center, located at 2034 N. Mt. Juliet Road, offers the following support programs: a diabetes support group at 10:45 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month, caregivers support group at 1 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month and grief support group at 11 a.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month. All programs are open to the public. For more information, call Mona Tissue at 615- 758-9114.

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