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🤝 Lend a helping hand this holiday season
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The Store celebrated its third year of operations in March 2023. | Photo via Belmont University
Maybe you have some extra time on your hands, or maybe you’re just in the giving spirit. All we know is there are more than enough great causes in Nashville to give your time to.

Whether you’re an animal lover, an artsy type, or a natural mentor — there’s a nearby volunteer opportunity for you.

If you want to help fight food insecurity

  • The Store | Volunteer at the year-round free grocery store to help families facing food insecurity. The Store offers in-store volunteer shifts (bagging groceries, stocking shelves, etc.) and monthly inventory shifts.
  • The Nashville Food Project | Help tend to this organization’s garden or volunteer prepping food in the kitchen to combat food insecurity in the Nashville community.

Natural-born teachers + mentors

  • Book’em | Join a community of over 300 volunteers in supporting literacy initiatives through activities like reading with preschool and elementary school students, preparing donated books for distribution, and more.
  • Oasis Center | Dedicated to enhancing the lives of Middle Tennessee’s youth, the organization offers a wide range of volunteer opportunities, from mentoring and assisting with bike builds and workshops to packing lunches and more.
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Find volunteer opportunities on Root Nashville’s event calendar via the Cumberland River Compact site. | Photo via Root Nashville

For the outdoorsy types

  • Friends of Shelby Park | Contribute to protecting and preserving the East Nashville park through activities like trail maintenance, habitat restoration, and involvement in community events and educational programs.
  • Tennessee Environmental Council | Check the events calendar for area creek cleanups, pollinator projects, tree plantings, and other year-round opportunities.
  • Root Nashville | Help Root Nashville work toward the goal of planting 500,000 trees in Davidson County by 2050.

If you want to help your neighbors in need

  • Nashville Launch Pad | Emergency shelter volunteers are needed for serving food, coordinating show sign-ups, and spending time with guests; meal volunteers (recommended for groups and families) are tasked with dropping off prepared or catered meals.
  • Nashville Diaper Connection | Volunteers primarily work on packaging diapers, ensuring they are counted, labeled, and prepared into packs for distribution.
Don’t see anything that fits your interests? Check out Hands on Nashville — a resource that helps you find local volunteer opportunities suited to your preferences.
 
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The causes I feel most passionate about are...

A. Arts and cultural institutions
B. People experiencing homelessness
C. Minority and disadvantaged groups
D. Pets and animals
E. Other
 
Events
 
Tuesday, Nov. 28
  • An Evening of Musical Gifts | Tuesday, Nov. 28 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | National Museum of African American Music, 510 Broadway | Free+ | Visit the museum on Giving Tuesday for live performances in each gallery, a hot chocolate bar, food vendors, and a tree lighting ceremony.
  • Nashville Predators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins | Tuesday, Nov. 28 | 7 p.m. | Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway | $41.55+ | Watch the Preds as they go for their sixth straight win.
Wednesday, Nov. 29
  • Hot Chocolate with Santa | Wednesday, Nov. 29 | 2-8 p.m. | The Loveless Barn at Loveless Cafe, 8400 Hwy. 100 | Free | Reserve a spot to have your family photo taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus by a professional photographer — just bring a new toy as a donation for a child in need.
Thursday, Nov. 30
  • Cast Iron Cooking | Thursday, Nov. 30 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Bell Garden Nashville, 855A Colice Jeanne Rd. | $5+ | Dishes will include pumpkin cobbler and a mixed vegetable skillet.
Friday, Dec. 1
  • Holiday Gulch Night Market | Friday, Dec. 1 | 4-7 p.m. | Noble Park, 333 11th Ave. S. | Cost of purchase | Enjoy complimentary food from SmoQe Signals BBQ (while supplies last) and Sundae Club; drinks by Gumbo Bros; and holiday shopping from local artists and artisans.
  • Home Alone In Concert | Friday, Dec. 1-Sunday, Dec. 3 | Times vary | Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Pl. | $136+| This beloved holiday classic features composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live to picture.
Saturday, Dec. 2
  • Family Program: String City | Saturday, Dec. 2 | Times vary | Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Rep. John Lewis Way S. | Free | Marionettes, rod puppetry, shadow animation, and an ever-changing set tell the story of country music as it relates to Nashville’s transformation into Music City.
Plan Ahead
  • OLLI at Vanderbilt Winter 2024 Term | Sunday, Jan. 7-Tuesday, Feb. 27 | 12 a.m. | Vanderbilt University, 1231 18th Ave. S. | $60-$100 | Dabble in history, politics, comedy, music + more with OLLI at Vanderbilt’s Winter 2024 session, offering no-grades courses for 55+ Nashvillians (registration is open now-Dec. 29).*
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NASHtoday Holiday Picks: A-Stock
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Check out our Holiday Picks from stellar brands all season long. | Photo provided by A-Stock
This season, we’re helping you shop for all your holiday gifting and hosting needs by highlighting local businesses, like A-Stock.

A-Stock, an overstock bidding website, allows customers to name their price. What does that mean? No matter its retail value, bidding for every item starts at just $1. You never know what you may find, so keep your eyes peeled to their website or app.

Check out these previous A-Stock finds that keep us coming back for more:
Pro tip: A-Stock’s offerings change daily, so check back often.
 
News Notes
 
Development
  • Franklin-based Chartwell Residential is eyeing a 41,950-sqft grocery store and 249 residential units in a six-story building near L&L Market — 3906 Charlotte Ave. Project details outline a rooftop pool, dog park, and boardwalk with an estimated completion in the fall of 2025. (Nashville Business Journal)
Announced
  • New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash will celebrate hip-hop’s 50th anniversary with a special tribute, which includes a 10-minute DJ set by Mayor O’Connell. The segment kicks off at 5:15 p.m. before headliners Thomas Rhett, Lainey Wilson, and Lynyrd Skynyrd take the stage later.
Edu
  • Gov. Bill Lee will outline his Education Freedom Scholarship Act proposal at 2 p.m. today at the Tennessee State Museum. The policy suggests giving 20,000 students ~$7,000 each to attend a private or home school of their choosing for the 2024-25 school year. (The Tennessean)
Drink
  • Southern Grist’s Gin Barrel-Aged Perpetual Composition landed on Craft Beer & Brewing’s roundup of “The Best 20 Beers in 2023.” The hybrid sip features lemon-floral notes and soft juniper, mint, and berries. Editors say it’s “easy to envision more brewers trying something like this.”
Community
  • Together, Nashville Launch Pad and Community Care Fellowship opened a Mobile Housing Navigation Center at Connection United Methodist Church in Donelson. This marks the area’s first center focused on unhoused young adults and the LGBTQ community.
Sports
  • Middle Tennessee State University fired head coach Rick Stockstill after 18 years of leading the Blue Raiders football program. The team ended this year’s season 4-8, and the school is actively searching for Stockstill’s replacement. (WSMV)
Retail
  • The halls are decked, the trees are trimmed, and all 200+ retailers are brimming with holiday cheer. It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Santa is here. Schedule photos + make magical memories with everyone’s favorite jolly gift-giver at Opry Mills today.*
Pets
  • Ever wanted to decode your pet’s DNA? Basepaws’ pet DNA tests provide insights into 300+ dog breeds and 280 health markers — and they’re $85 for Black Friday.*
 
 
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Unwrap the gift of giving
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Do yourself and others a favor by shopping with our partners that give back. | Photo by 6AM City
This Giving Tuesday, we’re excited to spotlight our Nashville-based brands Les Deux, The Roosevelt Candle Co., and Roosevelt Supply Co., all members of 1% For the Planet, which proudly supports non-profits that help conserve and protect our nation’s parks.

We’re also spotlighting the Centennial Park Conservancy. Purchases made to this organization help underwrite free arts + educational programs in the Park and Parthenon, including Musicians Corner, Kidsville, and Nashville Earth Day.
 
The Buy
 
A great deal on a professional chef’s knife — get the Henckels German-engineered slicing knife for $70 off (yes, $70).
 
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The Wrap
 
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You can actually give back to Book’em as soon as this Friday, Dec. 1. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Parnassus Books is hosting a holiday shopping night where a portion of sales during the event will be donated to the organization in support of its mission.
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