By Jared Felkins

POLICY: Items for the Community Calendar may be submitted via email at [email protected], in person at The Democrat’s office at 402 N. Cumberland St., by mail at The Lebanon Democrat, 402 N. Cumberland St., Lebanon, TN 37087 or via fax at 615-444-0899. Items must be received by 4 p.m. for the next day’s edition. The calendar is a free listing of nonprofit events, community club and government meetings. The Democrat reserves the right to reject or edit material. Notices run on an as space is available basis and cannot be taken over the phone. Include a name and phone number in case of questions.

Jan. 16

Mt. Juliet State of the City Address

11:15 a.m.

Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty will give his State of the City address at the Mt. Juliet chamber connect luncheon Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 11:15 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Rutland Place. Reserve a seat at mjchamber.org.

Cancer Support Group

4 p.m.

Kindred Healthcare and Sherry’s Run will offer a cancer support group Wednesday, Jan. 16 and the third Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. at the Sherry’s Run office at 110 Babb Drive in Lebanon. For more information, call 615-925-9932.

Jan. 17

West Elementary School Alumni Night

5 p.m.

West Elementary School will turn 60 years old this year and celebrate with an alumni night Thursday, Jan. 17 at 5 p.m. in the school gymnasium. All former administrators, teachers, students and staff are invited to attend. For more information, call 615-758-5846 or email [email protected]

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5015 meeting

6 p.m.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5015 in Lebanon will meet Thursday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. and on the third Thursday of each month in the Veterans Building at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center. Any veteran who has been awarded a campaign medal or combat medal for any hostility is eligible for membership, verified by the veterans’ DD 214 Form. Presently, Post 5015 is having success in rebuilding its post and becoming active in district and local events. It is not a Lebanon post, but a countywide post. To learn more, contact Post Commander John Marshall at [email protected]; Senior Vice Commander Ken Kackley at [email protected] or Junior Vice Commander Harold W. Weist at [email protected]

Fiddlers Grove Model Train Club

7 p.m.

The Fiddlers Grove Model Train Club will meet Thursday, Jan. 17 and each third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Fiddlers Grove Train Museum at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon. This is an all-scale model railroad club. During the meeting, everyone will share their knowledge and introduce the hobby to folks new to the interest. The Train Museum has an extensive O-gauge layout and a small HO-scale layout with plans to expand the HO track. The club is open to anyone interested in model train railroads. For more information, contact Ron Selliers at [email protected]

Celebrate Recovery

7 p.m.

Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered 12-step recovery support group for overcoming hurts, hang-ups and habits, meets each Thursday from 7-9:30 p.m. at Fairview Church at 1660 Leeville Pike in Lebanon. For more information, call ministry leader Tony Jones at 615-972-6151.

Jan. 18

Lebanon Devilettes Fastpitch Club Chili Supper and Silent Auction

5:30 p.m.

The Lebanon Devilettes Fastpitch Club will have a chili supper and silent auction Friday, Jan. 18 at 5:30 p.m. at Lebanon High School to support the softball team’s completion of its concession stand. Chili supper tickets are $5 each. The silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m., and all tables will close by 8 p.m. Tire donation tickets are available and will be until Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. A $1 donation will get one ticket for the chance at a set of tires from Bridgestone up to $1,000 that will be put on at a Firestone Care Center. For more information, call Stephen Parrish at 615-545-7651 or Jody Atwood at the high school.

Encore Theatre Co. presents “Four Old Broads

7:30 p.m.

Encore Theatre Co. will present “Four Old Broads” by Leslie Kimball. Shows will be Friday, Jan. 18 and Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 20 at 2:30 p.m. at Encore Theatre Co. at 6978 Lebanon Road, just east of State Route 109, in Mt. Juliet. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for youth and seniors at ticketsnashville.com. To reserve seats and pay at the door, call 615-598-8950. For auditions and upcoming productions, visit encore-theatre-company.org.

Jan. 19

C&E Gun and Knife Show

9 a.m.

The C&E Gun and Knife Show will be Saturday, Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 20 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Wilson County Expo Center at 945 E. Baddour Pkwy. in Lebanon. Admission will be $10 for adults, and Saturday admission will be good for Sunday with a hand stamp. Children younger than 12 will be admitted free with an adult ticket purchase. Visit cegunshows.com for more information.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity March and Brunch

10 a.m.

The Wilson County Black History Committee will celebrate its ninth-annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity March and Brunch on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. at Cedars of Lebanon Baptist Church at 211 Beard Ave. in Lebanon. The brunch will follow the march at Pickett-Rucker United Methodist Church at 633 Glover Street in Lebanon. The public is invited to be a part of the celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A unity choir will be formed, and rehearsal will be Saturday, Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. at Pickett-Rucker United Methodist Church. Anyone interested in joining the choir may call 615-444-5747.

Free Groceries

3 p.m.

Free groceries will be available Saturday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Kids World daycare on South Cumberland Street in Lebanon. The giveaway will be on a first-come, first-served basis and is sponsored by Life Church. For more information, visit lifechurchfamily.com.

Encore Theatre Co. presents “Four Old Broads

7:30 p.m.

Encore Theatre Co. will present “Four Old Broads” by Leslie Kimball. Shows will be Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 20 at 2:30 p.m. at Encore Theatre Co. at 6978 Lebanon Road, just east of State Route 109, in Mt. Juliet. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for youth and seniors at ticketsnashville.com. To reserve seats and pay at the door, call 615-598-8950. For auditions and upcoming productions, visit encore-theatre-company.org.

Jan. 20

C&E Gun and Knife Show

9 a.m.

The C&E Gun and Knife Show will be Sunday, Jan. 20 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Wilson County Expo Center at 945 E. Baddour Pkwy. in Lebanon. Admission will be $10 for adults. Children younger than 12 will be admitted free with an adult ticket purchase. Visit cegunshows.com for more information.

Encore Theatre Co. presents “Four Old Broads

2:30 p.m.

Encore Theatre Co. will present “Four Old Broads” by Leslie Kimball. Shows will be Sunday, Jan. 20 at 2:30 p.m. at Encore Theatre Co. at 6978 Lebanon Road, just east of State Route 109, in Mt. Juliet. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for youth and seniors at ticketsnashville.com. To reserve seats and pay at the door, call 615-598-8950. For auditions and upcoming productions, visit encore-theatre-company.org.

Jan. 21

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance

9 a.m.

A program in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be Monday, Jan. 21 at 9 a.m. at the old courthouse in Hartsville. The march will proceed to St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church, where the program will begin at 10 a.m., followed by lunch. For more information, call Yvonne Johnson at 615-281-0066, Gloria McDonald at 615-374-2537 or Erstine Crenshaw at 615-374-4192.

Jan. 24

Blood Drive

12:30 p.m.

An American Red Cross blood drive will be Thursday, Jan. 24 from 12:30-6 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church at 214 Castle Heights Ave. in Lebanon. To make an appointment to donate blood or platelets, download the free American Red Cross blood donor app, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-RED CROSS.

Lebanon Aid Society Free Legal Assistance for Self-Represented Divorce Filings

4 p.m.

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands will provide residents with free legal advice, including help in filing pro se or self-represented divorces using forms approved by the Tennessee Supreme Court. Volunteer attorneys will be available Thursday, Jan. 24 and the fourth Thursday of each month from 4-6 p.m. at the Lebanon Wilson Chamber of Commerce, 149 Public Square in Lebanon to answer questions about the pro se process, to help determine eligibility and to assist in correctly filing the forms, which became available in 2017 for married couples in Tennessee with minor children. For more information, visit las.org/find-help/free-legal-help-clinics or justiceforalltn.com.

The Opioid Crisis: How it Affects Our Schools and Community presentation

6 p.m.

DrugFree WilCo and the Wilson County Schools Family Resource Center will present “The Opioid Crisis: How it Affects Our Schools and Community” on Thursday, Jan. 24 from 6-8 p.m. at the Wilson County Schools central office at 415 Harding Drive in Lebanon. Light refreshments will be provided.

Mt. Juliet Chamber Choice Awards Banquet

6 p.m.

The Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Chamber Choice Awards Banquet on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Tuckers Gap Event Center. The theme will be “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” Tickets are $65 per person or a table for $550. Reservations may be made at mjchamber.org.

The People’s Agenda

POLICY: Items for the Government Calendar may be submitted via email at [email protected], in person at The Democrat’s office at 402 N. Cumberland St., by mail at The Lebanon Democrat, 402 N. Cumberland St., Lebanon, TN 37087 or via fax at 615-444-0899. Items must be received by 4 p.m. for the next day’s edition. The calendar is a free listing of government meetings and government-related events. The Democrat reserves the right to reject or edit material. Notices run on an as space is available basis and cannot be taken over the phone. Include a name and phone number in case of questions.

Jan. 17

Nashville and Eastern Railroad Authority meeting

11 a.m.

The Nashville and Eastern Railroad Authority will meet Thursday, Jan. 17 with the executive committee to meet at 11 a.m., lunch at noon and the authority’s quarterly meeting to follow at the Nashville and Eastern Railroad Authority at 206 S. Maple St. in Lebanon.

Wilson County Sanitary Sewer Access Committee meeting

5 p.m.

The Wilson County Sanitary Sewer Access Committee will meet Thursday, Jan. 17 at 5 p.m. in the basement conference room at the Wilson County Courthouse.

Wilson County Education Committee meeting

5:30 p.m.

The Wilson County Education Committee will meet Thursday, Jan. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in conference room 1 at the Wilson County Courthouse.

Wilson County Minutes Committee meeting

6 p.m.

The Wilson County Minutes Committee will meet Thursday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. in conference room 1 at the Wilson County Courthouse.

Wilson County Steering Committee meeting

6:15 p.m.

The Wilson County Steering Committee will meet Thursday, Jan. 17 at 6:15 p.m. in conference room 1 at the Wilson County Courthouse.

Wilson County Budget meeting

6:30 p.m.

The Wilson County Budget will meet Thursday, Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m. in conference room 1 at the Wilson County Courthouse.

Mt. Juliet Planning Commission meeting

6:30 p.m.

The Mt. Juliet Planning Commission will meet Thursday, Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall at 2425 N. Mt. Juliet Road.

– Staff Reports