WCAC hosting Paw Pantry giving away free dog, cat food Friday

The Williamson County Animal Center will host Paw Pantry this Friday, April 16 at 10 a.m. – 12 noon. The Paw Pantry is a monthly assistance program to provide dog and cat food to pet owners faced with financial hardship. The Paw Pantry is made possible by the Friends of Williamson County Animal Center. Food for the program is donated by local businesses and neighbors. Recipients line up in cars in WCAC upper parking lot and wait for a team member to approach. You must show proof of Williamson County residency and complete the Paw Pantry appplication with food dispensed until supply is depleted.

County Library Friends host one-day-only vintage book sale

The Friends of the Williamson County Library are holding a one-day-only Vintage Book Sale on Friday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the main branch in Franklin. They will offer hundreds of vintage books in great condition at great prices. Bring cash or checks only.

Spring Rabies Clinic offered at County Animal Center April 24

Williamson County Animal Center (WCAC) continues a series of Saturday community rabies clinics in April. Protecting pets from this fatal illness is safe, easy and effective. The State of Tennessee requires all dogs, cats and ferrets to be current on rabies vaccinations. Rabies shots are $10 per pet. Please bring exact cash or a check for payment. Dogs must be leashed and cats must be in carriers. Everyone must observe COVID-19 precautions and social distancing and follow the instructions of staff at each clinic.

Saturday, April 17 — Brentwood Middle or Nolensville Elementary 1 – 3 p.m.

Saturday, April 24 — Williamson Co. Animal Center 9 – 11 a.m. with free microchips offered

For more information, visit www.adoptwcac.org.

2021 Girls TEC Camp registration now underway, deadline April 30

The Girls Tackling Emerging Careers (TEC) Camp is returning to Centennial High this summer, and registration is now open. From June 14-18, rising eighth grade girls will be able to explore non-traditional careers for women, including architecture, information technology and law enforcement. Campers will have the opportunity to participate in team-building activities while learning about the fields that interest them. The camp will run from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. and cost $100 per student, which includes a t-shirt and a daily lunch. Students must be registered by April 30 with limited spots. To reserve a spot, visit wcs.edu for registration form and send completed form with a check made payable to WCS to Paula Chilton, Williamson County Schools. 1320 West Main Street, Suite 202, Franklin, TN 37064.

Check out Timberland Nature Park outdoor adventures

The Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department (WCPR) has a variety of nature programs planned at Timberland Park. All programs are open to the public and free of charge. Program participation is limited to meet social distancing requirements. A maximum of twelve (12) individuals will be allowed for each event. Pre-registration is required.

Friday, April 16 – 8:30 a.m. – 2 Mile Guided Hike – Registration Code: 19996

Saturday, April 17 – 8:30 a.m. – Land Navigation – Registration Code: 19997

Friday, April 23 – 9:00 a.m. – Animal Adaptations – Registration Code: 19999

Saturday, April 24 – 8:30 a.m. – Wildflower Hike – Registration Code: 19994

Tuesday, April 27 – 7:45 p.m. – Full Moon Hike – Registration Code: 19998

Friday, April 30 – 10:00 a.m. – Wildflower Hike – Registration Code: 19995

For more information and to register visit www.wcparksandrec.com. Timberland Park is located at mile marker 437.2 on the Natchez Trace Parkway, and is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Snip ‘N Tip Taxi returning to Fairview April 15 for cats

The Williamson County Animal Center’s Snip ‘n Tip Taxi will offer free rides to free spay/neuter surgeries for outdoor cats from Fairview on Thursday, April 15. Pick-up and delivery will be offered from the Fairview Recreation Center parking lot from 7:30 — 8:30 a.m. for loading, and from 4:00 — 5:00 p.m. for residents to pick up cats. Residents must drop off cats in secure cat carriers or traps for feral, non-sociable cats. Traps can be rented at the shelter for a $50 refundable deposit. You must have a reservation to participate. Cats that go outside (even family pets) will receive a free spay or neuter, microchip, FVRCP vaccine, rabies shot and ear tipping as part of the shelter’s ongoing Community Cat program. To make an appointment, fill out form at www.adoptwcac.org, or call the shelter at 615-790-5590, ext. 1823. Appointments are required, and space is first-come, first-serve.

Get ready now for the April 24 annual Bowie Plant Swap

The Friends of Bowie Nature Park will host their Annual Plant Swap at Bowie Park Nature Center parking lot on Saturday, April 24 at 9 a.m. Fairview area residents are encouraged to working on their cuttings, seeds, bulbs, transplants and house plants. Swappers are asked to label plants with a short explanation of what the plant is, what conditions it likes, and other important information.

Fairview Arts Council hosting Art and Handmade Market Saturdays

The Fairview Arts Council is excited to announce they have launched their Art and Handmade Market. It will be set up every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weather permitting at 1696 Fairview Boulevard next door to Country Cafe. There is no charge to sell arts and crafts, but all items must be handmade locally. Check out the Fairview Arts Council Facebook group or visit fairviewartscouncil.org to learn more.

Williamson County Schools now registering for SACC Summer Camp

Williamson County Schools is registering for School Age Child Care (SACC) Summer Camp which runs May 24 through July 30. This year’s camp theme is For the Win, and each week campers will learn about the Summer Olympics and participate in camp-wide and age-level activities. Children of Williamson County residents who are currently in kindergarten through fifth grade may attend the camp. Families must register for full-time or part-time care each week as needed. Full-time care cost $175 per week, and part-time care cost $40 per day. A fee of $40 is due at registration. Families have until May 8 to log into SACC Parent Portal and register students. Students will be able to attend camp at any SACC location including Westwood Elementary. Camp begins at 9 a.m. each day and end at 3 p.m. Morning drop-off will take place between 6:30 a.m. and 9 a.m., and campers may be picked up between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. A light breakfast and afternoon snack will be provided, and campers should bring a sack lunch each day. For more information, call the WCS SACC program’s main line at 615-472-4781 or visit https://wcs.edu/Page/6728.

Fairview Famers & Makers Market every Saturday at Rec Center

Fairview Farmers & Makers Market offers a variety of local goods from eggs, local pork, beef and chicken to local honey, vegetables in season, crafts and more! The market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. until 12 noon in the west side parking lot of the Fairview Rec Center, located at 2714 Fairview Boulevard.

Fairview Arts Council offers new gallery for public viewing

The Fairview Arts Council Gallery is officially open for public viewing at 1696 Fairview Boulevard with several artists displaying work. Everyone is welcome to come view the art Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They seek to show the variety of art available in our community. Artists with works currently on display include Debbie Karnes, Aaron Grayum, Michelle Grayum, Faith Hanchey, Susan Gulley, Andrew Rose, Amanda Mills Monroe, Alice Ann White Schlemm, Michelle Murakami, Rosie Morton, Sherryl Sneed and James King. There is room for more art from local artists. Check out their Facebook group or visit fairviewartscouncil.org to learn more.

3rd Keg County Arts and Crafts Fair seeking vendors for May 8

The Third Annual Keg County Arts and Crafts Fair is currently seeking vendors to sell handmade and handcrafted items on Saturday, May 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held on the Centerville Courthouse Square, rain or shine, with 10x10 booths available for $50 and electricity an additional $10. For more information and registration forms, visit HickmanArtsAndCraftsGuild.com

Black Business Coalition of Williamson County to host first virtual mixer

The Black Business Coalition of Williamson County will host its inaugural event, a virtual mixer via Zoom, on April 20. Operating under the umbrella of Williamson, Inc, The Coalition exists to support black business owners in Williamson County by providing networking opportunities, access to capital, minority contracting opportunities, professional development, and visibility, including being listed on Williamson, Inc. black owned business directory. To register, visit Williamson, Inc.’s website at www.williamsonchamber.com/bbc.

Becca’s Closet now taking appointments, providing free prom dresses

Becca’s Closet is a nonprofit with a Fairview chapter that provides girls with free prom dresses to help ease the financial fashion burden for many young women. The Fairview chapter has over 2,000 dresses available. To schedule an appointment, email gownsforgirls@comcast.net with your name, phone number, dress size, high school, hometown and date of your event. Becca’s Closet offers appointments every Saturday for girls in need of the perfect dress. The Fairview chapter is also accepting donations and needs more plus size dresses, accessories, jewelry, earrings and shoes. You can email gownsforgirls@comcast.net for drop-off locations or to schedule a pick-up for large donations. For more information on Becca’s Closet, visit www.beccascloset.org.

Fairview Arts Council virtual Saturday Morning Coffee Conversations

The Fairview Arts Council is hosting a virtual monthly Saturday Morning Coffee Conversations. This month, the event will be held on Saturday, April 24 from 10 – 11 a.m. Check out their Facebook group or visit fairviewartscouncil.org to learn more.

Fairview High School’s 2021 Prom Night is scheduled for April 24

Fairview High School’s 2021 prom will be held at Fairview High School on Saturday, April 24 with two separate times. Juniors will attend from 6-8 p.m. Seniors prom will attend from 8:30-11 p.m. The theme this year is “Stairway To Heaven.”

Bob Ross Certified Oil Painting Classes offered at Rec Center

Experience the “Joy of Painting” with Bob Ross Certified Instructor, Quintin Burlingame as he leads students, ages 13 and up, through the wet-on-wet method of oil painting made famous by this legendary artist. Whether new to painting or an expert, all will enjoy learning the techniques in one of these 3-hour class which will culminate in a beautiful 12×16 painting. Available classes include:

•Saturday, April 17 – Misty Mountains Landscape – 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

•Sunday, April 18 – Misty Mountains Landscape – 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cost is $60 per person, per class and includes all materials.

United Way offering Free Tax Prep Program for Middle Tennessee

United Way of Greater Nashville has officially launched the 17th annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) free tax prep program. Through VITA, IRS-certified tax preparers offer free tax preparation services to individuals and families who earned $66,000 or less per household in 2020, helping qualifying individuals receive important credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Child Tax Credit (CTC) that lift millions out of poverty each year. Visit unitedwayfilefree.com to learn more about the ways to file. Call 615.830.7940to schedule an in-person tax preparation appointment.

County Parks & Rec hiring age 15 and up for summer seasonal jobs

The Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department (WCPR) is now accepting applications for temporary/seasonal summer jobs. If you are interested in working in the field of recreation as a Lifeguard (certification required), Splash park attendant or pool cashier you can contact the Williamson County HR Department at www.williamsoncounty-tn.gov/jobs.aspx or call 615-786-0192. Some age restrictions apply, and individuals must be at least 15 years old to apply for summer employment. Positions are available at the Fairview Recreation Complex.

Friends of Bowie Park collecting worn flags year round for disposal

The Friends of Bowie will continue to collect worn American flags throughout the year. The collection box is located inside the Bowie Park Nature Center which is open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Fairview American Legion, Boy Scouts and JROTC will host a flag disposal ceremony after a collection of the flags has been received.

Vehicle Emissions Testing offered in Fairview two days a week

Williamson County offers vehicle emissions testing in Fairview each week. The emissions testing site is open every Monday and Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. until 12 noon at 1325 Highway 96 North. There are occasions due to COVID, weather and holidays when the site may be closed. You should call 615-361-6300 to confirm they are open and testing.

Williamson County residents can renew vehicle tags at Rec Center kiosk

Once your vehicle has passed the emissions test, you can wait one hour and visit the Fairview Recreation Center to renew your vehicle tags at the County Clerk’s kiosk in the front lobby. It only takes a few minutes with the touch screen, then swipe your debit or credit card and obtain your new sticker. You must visit the county clerk’s office if you need to register your vehicle for the first time or change tags. The kiosk is only for those seeking to renew their tag after passing emissions testing.

Check out Williamson County Library’s Virtual Storytime on Facebook Live

Check out the Williamson County Library’s Virtual Facebook Story Times on Facebook Live. Visit www.facebook.com/WCPLtn.kids/ to join the fun at the following times:

• Ms. Stephanie’s Story Time is Mondays at 10 a.m. and Tuesday/Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m.

• Ms. Barbara’s Family Story Time is Tuesdays at 10 a.m.

• Ms. Liz’s Family Story Time is Thursdays at 10 a.m.

Join Williamson County Public Library Mayor’s Membership Challenge

Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson has challenged the Williamson County Public Library to increase their community membership. The Challenge kicked off in December and continues through May 30. New cardholders who join during the Challenge period are eligible to win one of three prizes – a Nintendo Switch Lite, a $50 Visa Gift Card, or a $25 Visa Gift Card. Any new member of any age could be a big winner!

County Library now offering remote access to Ancestry® Library Edition

Williamson County Public Library cardholders can now enjoy Ancestry® Library Edition remotely until the end of the year. It’s as easy as 1-2-3! Go to their website WCPLtn.org. Log in to “My Account”. Click on “Ancestry” and start searching from home. For questions, you can call the Special Collections Department at 615-595-1246 (press 1) or email SpecialCollections.Library@williamsoncounty-tn.gov.

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