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With flu season reaching its seasonal peak, you can score a free flu shot Wednesday when the Metro Public Health Department participates in a statewide initiative to increase the number of people vaccinated. The 2017-2018 flu season was especially severe, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported, resulting in around 80,000 deaths across the U.S. and producing high levels of outpatient clinic and emergency visits for flu-like illness. You can find more on that here.
What else is on the agenda this week? Below you'll find events for book (and food) lovers, basketball fans and concert-goers, as well as family-friendly activities like the inaugural Advent and Winter Cultural Celebration at the Green Hills Family YMCA and Marvel Universe Live at Bridgestone Arena.
Know of something we should highlight next week? Let us know at email@example.com. Here's our list for the week of Dec. 3-7. Enjoy.
GO TO EVENTS: What's going on in Green Hills and Belle Meade?
Chef Carla Hall in conversation with Kellie Pickler
When: Tuesday, 6:30-8 p.m.
Where: Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pike Suite 14
Parnassus Books will host Chef Carla Hall in conversation with Kellie Pickler for Hall's new book, Carla Hall's Soul Food. Co-host of ABC’s The Chew, Hall celebrates soul food and gives modern twists to 145 classic dishes.
Battle of the Boulevard: Lipscomb vs. Belmont
When: Tuesday, 5-9 p.m.
Where: Belmont, Curb Event Center, 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville
On Tuesday, rivalry teams the Lipscomb Bisons and the Belmont Bruins will face off in the final game of the Battle of the Boulevard series. The women's game beings at 5 p.m., followed by the men's game at 7 p.m. The two schools have faced off more than 150 times since 1953.
Brass Band of Nashville in concert at Vine Street Christian Church
When: Thursday, 7-8 p.m.
Where: 4101 Harding Pike, Nashville
The Brass Band of Nashville will host its last event of the 2018 season, a holiday concert featuring music of the season and small ensemble works. Julia Callaway will join the group on the organ.
Advent and Winter Cultural Celebration at the Green Hills Family YMCA
When: Friday, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: 4041 Hillsboro Circle, Nashville
Join the Green Hills Family YMCA for its inaugural Advent and Winter Cultural Celebration. The free, family-friendly event will be in the Teen Center and feature activities like candle rolling, crafts (advent wreaths, flip books and ornaments) and festive snacks.
Tip A Cop at Dalt's American Grill in Belle Meade
When: Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: 38 White Bridge Road, Nashville
Officers from Metro Nashville's West Precinct will join the serving staff at Dalts American Grill Thursday to serve and collect tips to benefit Special Olympics Tennessee.
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GO TO EVENTS: What's going on in Nashville?
Local health departments offering free flu shots
When: Dec. 5, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: See below
All Tennessee county health departments are holding flu shot events Wednesday to raise awareness during National Influenza Vaccination Week. Free flu shots will be available on a walk-in basis at the following Metro Public Health Department locations:
East Health Center (1015 East Trinity Lane), Lentz Health Center (2500 Charlotte Avenue), Woodbine Health Center (224 Oriel Avenue) and Metro Southeast Administrative Center (1417 Murfreesboro Pike).
Metro Nashville Menorah Lighting 2018
When: Tuesday, 4:30-6 p.m.
Where: 1 Public Square, Nashville
Mayor David Briley invites the public to celebrate Chanukah and the lighting of Nashville's ceremonial menorah. The evening will feature vocal performances, remarks by congregation leaders, donuts and hot beverages.
Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes
When: Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 6-9, various showtimes
Where: Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway
Marvel Universe Live unites superheroes Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Panther, Hulk and Black Widow against villains like Loki and others. The family-friendly event features special effects, aerial stunts and video projections.
Holiday Pet Photos at Nashville Humane Association
When: Thursday, 4-7 p.m.
Where: 213 Oceola Ave, Nashville
Book a photo shoot for your pet to support the Nashville Humane. The $75 session includes includes two digital files with all proceeds benefiting NHA. Spots can be booked in advance here.
Dylan Skye Aycock is a Nashville-based journalist and photographer. As a reporter for Rover, Aycock follows transportation, housing and retail trends, as well as other hyperlocal and city-wide issues that affect residents in Green Hills and Belle Meade.
She previously contributed written and visual content to The Murfreesboro Pulse, American Songwriter Magazine and The Tennessean. Aycock earned a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she honed her craft as editor-in-chief of Sidelines, the university's student-run publication. When she's not out on assignment or live-tweeting city council meetings, you can find her discovering new local spots or catching a show at one of Nashville's many music venues.