Don’t miss Mayor Karl Dean’s Share a Book event on Saturday, where you can meet the mayor, get a free library card, sign up for the library’s summer reading program, register children for the Books from Birth program, enjoy a puppet show and meet a player from the Nashville Predators, as well as Nashville Sounds mascot Ozzie.
The fun reading event is from 1 to 4 p.m. in the outdoor courtyard of the main Nashville Public Library downtown at 615 Church St. It is free but everyone who attends is encouraged to bring a gently used book to donate to the Share a Book program.
• The spring selling season for the “HCI Everything $6 Sales” at area hospitals and office buildings is winding down. But there are still two of these big public sales — featuring $6 jewelry, watches, accessories and gifts — coming up in the next couple of weeks.
The first is Wednesday through Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the Medical Research Building-Light Hall. Hours are 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday.
And May 22-23, the sale will take place at the AT&T Center, 333 Commerce St. in downtown Nashville. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. May 22 and 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. May 23. Sales will crank back up in August.
• There is a “Star Party” from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday at the Bells Bend Outdoor Center, and everybody is invited.
The Star Party, a joint effort of the Barnard-Seyfert Astronomical Society, Sudekum Planetarium and Bells Bend nature center, is free for star gazers of all ages who want to take a close-up look at the night sky through professional telescopes.
Local amateur astronomers and planetarium officials bring telescopes for you to view the stars, the moon, Saturn and more. And the astronomers are eager to talk about all aspects of astronomy. The “party” is free; you can just show up or call the center at 615-862-4187 to register.
For more information, you also can call the planetarium Astroline at 615-401-5092. Bells Bend Outdoor Center is at 4187 Old Hickory Blvd.
• Williamson County Parks & Recreation will present a free “Concert in the Park” by the Williamson County Community Band at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Aspen Grove Park in Franklin.
The event is perfect for bringing a picnic and lawn chair and enjoying the band, which will perform patriotic numbers, Broadway tunes and marches.
Aspen Grove Park is in the Cool Springs area of Franklin, at the corner of Seaboard Lane and Aspen Grove Drive. The concert is open to the public.
Details: visit www.wcparksandrec.com, or 615-790-5719, ext. 10.
• Another great music option is Friday’s Vanderbilt Community Chorus concert at 8 p.m. in Ingram Hall at the Blair School of Music. It will be an “all-Americana” program featuring Aaron Copland’s “Old American Songs” with chamber orchestra accompaniment. It’s free! Details: blair.vanderbilt.edu or 615-322-7656.
• Enjoy all sorts of Rutherford County attractions without spending a cent Saturday during “Free Day in May,” the official kickoff of the 2011 tourism season for the county.
Attractions such as Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center, Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, The Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County, Oaklands Historic House Museum, Sam Davis Home and Museum and the Stones River National Battlefield will be open free of charge for the day. Some of these attractions are always free, but they plan special events on the free day, so it’s definitely a good day to visit.
Don’t miss Oaklands, which normally costs $10 to get in. The plantation was used as a camp by both Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War, and you can tour the antebellum home with guides in period dress on the free day. Plus, there will be living history demonstrations on the lawn. Details: www.rutherfordchamber.org/visit
• This will be the last day that Bargain Bin will appear on Monday. The column will move, beginning May 25, to our Friday Entertainment section, and will look at events and sales 10 days out.
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