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VOL. 36 | NO. 39 | Friday, September 28, 2012

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Affordable Care Act: Impact on Business. Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and Nashville Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) host the panel discussion. This event is designed to give business owners an idea of what to expect and prepare for when the various pieces of this law go into effect. Panelists include Brian Haile, director, Insurance Exchange Planning Initiative, Tennessee Department of Finance & Administration, and Jerry Moss, member, tax services, KraftCPAs PLLC. Jim Brown, Tennessee state director of the NFIB, will serve as moderator. 9:30 a.m. registration, 10-11:30 a.m. program. Nashville Public Library, 615 Church Street. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3067.

THURSDAY, OCT. 4

Free Legal Seminars at People’s Law School

This class covers “Health Care Reform: Learn the facts about the new Affordable Care Act, what the law can do to help you afford health insurance, how the reform affects Medicare and ways the law can help individuals get affordable insurance and more.” Individuals can register for one or several classes through Nov. 15 on a variety of topics, including:

  • Oct. 11: Debt Collection: Participants will learn what to do when debt collectors are harassing them or if they’re sued on a debt.
  • Oct. 18: Basics of U.S. Immigration: This course provides an introduction to the terms and concepts of U.S. immigration law, ways that people immigrate to the U.S., complexities and recent developments of immigration law and how to avoid potential scams.
  • Oct. 25: Consumer Bankruptcy -- Liquidating or Restructuring Debt: Learn the basics and different types of consumer bankruptcy, who is eligible, what can and cannot be accomplished through bankruptcy and tips on choosing a bankruptcy lawyer.

Registration, Information: nashville.gov/ce, FaceBook.com/NashvilleCEC, Twitter at @NashvilleCEC, 298-8050, cecinfo@nashville.gov.

Live on the Green

Free concert series held in Public Square Park in front of the Metro Courthouse continues with HoneyHoney; Trampled By Turtles. The six-week concert series, produced by Tuned In Broadcasting, Inc. in partnership with the Nashville Mayor’s Office, takes place Thursday nights through October 11. Shows start at 5 p.m. Final show on Oct. 11 will feature The Delta Saints; Yacht Rock Revue; Here Come the Mummies. Information: liveonthegreen.net.

October 4-5

Tennessee Urban Forestry Conference

Topics on the theme of “Urban Forestry for Healthy Living” range from an all-day workshop on bringing green spaces to urban areas to a close-up look at creating natural playscapes, with more technical sessions looking at tree risk assessments and updates on tree pests and diseases. Ellington Agricultural Center. Information: tufc.com.

OCT. 4-6

Christian Musician Summit

Includes workshops and performances by Ashley Cleveland, Phil Keaggy, Ron Block, Allen Shamblin, Brenton Brown & The Worship Republic, Steve Taylor, Tom Hemby, Cindy Morgan, Zoro the drummer, and many others. The Summit will be held at Grace Chapel in Leiper’s Fork. A set of one-day bootcamps for songwriters, guitarists, vocalists and indie artists also is scheduled for October 4. Information: christianmusiciansummit.com.

FRIDAY, OCT. 5

Interactive Media Meet-up

Like-minded Nashville Area Chamber of Chamber members meet to discuss trends, challenges, ideas and thoughts. These topic-driven meetings give members the opportunity to develop connections with colleagues while learning about trends and applications in web and mobile technology. 8:30- 9:30 a.m., Goodwill Industries of Middle TN, Inc., 937 Herman Street, Lifsey Building, Room 120, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 743-3115.

Oct. 5-7

Independent Music Fest

More than 150 performing artists and songwriters from around the world will visit Nashville’s Music Row for the event, taking the stage along Demonbreun and Division streets from noon to midnight, Friday-Sunday at entertainment venues such as Red Rooster and the Music Row Best Western Lounge. Attendees also will receive hands-on advice, critiques and training on topics such as stage presence, the craft of songwriting, recording techniques, publishing, song plugging, contracts, product development, audio podcast development, video production, management and publicity. Information: independentmusicfest.org.

SATURDAY, OCT. 6

2012 Nashville Beer Festival

The 2012 Nashville Beer Festival will celebrate craft beer and the growing craft brew community in Middle Tennessee, especially the 20 microbreweries located in the Nashville area. The event is from 1 to 5 pm at Public Square Park downtown. Tickets are $35 and available on nashvillebeerfestival.com.

Southern Artisan Cheese Festival

This celebration of southern cheesemaking brings cheesemakers from six states to Nashville. The event will be held at the Nashville Farmers Market, 3:30-7 p.m. Cheesemakers from around the Southeast will be serving samples and selling larger quantities of handcrafted cheese. Artisan food accompaniments like local jams, honey, cured meats, bread, crackers, pickles and other items to pair with cheese will be available for sampling and buying. Craft and microbrew beers, coffee and select wines will be paired and served. Information: southerncheesefest.com.

Nashville Cultural Festival

This year’s event will feature 100 music and dance performances on seven stages, 50 Food Vendors offering exotic tastes from around the world, hands-on children’s activities, a teen area presented by Oasis Center Teens, a marketplace with imported items available for purchase and a Global Village Area featuring an cultural customs & traditions. Centennial Park, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Information: celebratenashville.org.

City Cemetery Living History Tour

This year’s tour will focus on the people whose lives were disrupted by the Union army’s occupation of the city, 1862-1865. The tours, which last approximately one hour, will begin at 1 p.m. The last tour is at 5 p.m. Nashville City Cemetery is located at Fourth Avenue South and Oak Street in downtown Nashville. Information: thenashvillecitycemetery.org

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