First February weekend brings art, sales and fun

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Shopper Kay White tells Ms. Cheap about finding surprises in purses and other great finds at new Goodwill 99-cent outlet in Hendersonville. Which is open now. Mary Hance / The Tennessean

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The Tennessean's Mary Hance, AKA Ms. Cheap, talks about her Penny Drive for the Second Harvest campaign. Tabitha Waggoner/The Tennessean

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With fans, friends, family, co-workers, and even Mayor Dean, Mary Hance celebrates 20 years as Ms. Cheap at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts Steve Harman | The Tennessean

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Ms. Cheap takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Samuel Simpkins / The Tennessean

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  • Ms Cheap shares incredible finds at Goodwill 99-cent outlet store
  • What is Ms. Cheap's Penny Drive?
  • Video: Ms. Cheap's Free Summer Guide
  • Ms. Cheap celebrates 20th anniversary in Nashville
  • House fire on D'Ville Drive leaves minor injuries
  • Ms. Cheap takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
  • Bookman/Bookwoman's success

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This is the first weekend of the month, so it is art crawl time, with art show openings and free wine and appetizers.

The downtown Franklin Tour of the Arts is 6-9 p.m. the first Friday of every month in and around downtown Franklin. For more information, go to . Downtown Nashville‘s First Saturday Art Crawl is 6-9 p.m. the first Saturday of every month, along Fifth Avenue North and around downtown. More info available at or . And there is also a first Saturday Arts & Music at Wedgewood-Houston, where you can drop by this fast-growing neighborhood for a free arts and music walk beginning at 6 p.m. am-wh.

Super Bowl weekend is also a big art sale weekend. York and Friends‘ Red Tag Sale is Saturday and Sunday at the gallery at 107 Harding Place, with hundreds of works by more than 40 artists on sale at 20-70 percent off. Go to or call

Local ColorGallery and Midtown Gallery are also having Super Bowl weekend sales with art 10-75 percent off. Hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the galleries at 1912 Broadway. .

And the Nashville Calligraphers Guild opens an exhibit with a free reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday (Feb. 3) at the Centennial Art Center in the northeast corner of  Centennial Park. There is also an exhibit of whimsical sculpted houses and cottages by ceramic artists Tamara Gentuso and  Sylvia Byrn. The exhibits will be on display through March 23. or call

And, hate to break it to you but the Nashville Zoo will NOT be offering its usual half price Zooperbowl promotion on Super Bowl Sunday. Zoo spokesman Jim Bartoo said, “The Zoo will not be having the Zooperbowl (deal) this year. We weren‘t really getting a lot of turn-out.”  Details: .

If you want to see the cream of the music crop at Belmont University, you should go to Belmont‘s 25th Annual Commercial Music Showcase,  which features performances of four top students. In September, 39 junior and senior Commercial Music majors auditioned in front of music industry professionals for one of the coveted four showcase spots.  The showcase, featuring  Ally Jackson, Garrett Moshier, Olivia Ray and Kasey Satterfield,  is at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Massey Concert Hall on campus. Admission is free. Details:  belmont.edu/music or call.

Sir‘s Fabrics in Fayetteville, which has long been a go-to place for bargains on in-stock fabrics and notions, now has a special sale on the first Saturday of every month, with almost everything in the store (except Brothers products) 15 percent off. Plus you get another 5 percent discount if you pay with cash or a check. Located at 110 Elk Ave. N.,  just off the cozy Fayetteville square, the store has been in business for 68 years  Hours are 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. From Nashville, take Interstate 65 south to Fayetteville, Exit 14. Then take head into Fayetteville.

Seniors citizens who want to take the two-day AARP Smart Driving course, can register between now and Feb. 14 for the classes that take place Feb. 21 and 23 at the Franklin Recreation Complex in Franklin. The course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for others and is 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. both days. Students have to check with their insurance companies for possible discounts on their car insurance for taking the course.

Speaking of classes, I wrote recently about affordable community education/lifelong learning classes at Vanderbilt, Lipscomb and others and have since learned about the adult classes at the Art Institute of Tennessee, which offers culinary classes, art and art appreciation classes, songwriting, cake decorating, guitar, creative writing and more. Prices range from  $50 for a two-hour session to $200 for an 8-hour cooking series, with classes taking place at the campus at 100 Centerview Drive in the I-40 Stewarts Ferry Pike area. To see the lineup, see getcreative.artinstitute.edu/tennessee  or call. The classes run through March 21.

Also in a recent column, I featured a dozen upcoming children‘s consignment sales and received an outpouring of notices that I missed a super good one, the Hooked On Consignment sale in Hendersonville, which is set for March 11-17 at 3216 Long Hollow Pike. Details: . To see my list of 13 children‘s consignment sales, see .

The Cumberland River Compact is having its annual 5th Annual Seedling Giveaway is next Friday Feb. 10. Species include: Chinkapin Oak, Northern Red Oak, Sweet Pecan, American Sycamore, Shumard Oak. Just show up at the compact office, at 2 Victory Avenue next to Nissan Stadium between 2- 5 p.m. Feb. 10, to retrieve your trees. The compact also has a series of free river talks between Feb. 9 and the end of March, also at the compact‘s offices.  They include:  noon on Feb. 23, “Will the Water Run Out”; 6 p. m. March 9 screening of “Lost Rivers,” a documentary about the world‘s urban underground rivers; and March 16 noon talk by John Guider  — “Reflections on Donelson‘s Journey of Destiny.”  For details and RSVPs, see or call.

Bloom Bag Sale

Bloom Designer Finds ladies consignment shop at 117 Stadium Drive in Hendersonville, is having its biggest ever Bag Sale in its parking lot on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. This sale, which includes last summer, fall and winter merchandise, allows shoppers to fill a plastic grocery bag with as much merchandise as they can fit — shoes, clothes, handbags, accessories, and then pay $10 for the whole shebang . Be forewarned: about 600 people showed up last time around, and the wait to pay for your bag was often 45 minutes. There are also some special deals inside the shop.    https://www.facebook/bloomdesignerfinds   

Reach Ms. Cheap at or mscheap. Follow her on Facebook at facebook/mscheap, and at Tennessean/mscheap, and on Twitter , and catch her every Thursday at 11 a.m. on WTVF-Channel 5’s “Talk of the Town.”

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