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Three things…

  • Fourth of July celebration this summer.
  • 3-day Old Timer’s Day Festival.
  • Night-time Christmas Parade!

:-)

Smith’s Market Reopens

I’m so excited to finally see the grand opening of the new Sav-A-lot, formerly known as Smith’s Market of LaVergne.  I feel like the store has been closed forever, missing the quality meat department and friendly, courteous staff.

I wonder if we will see some of the previous staff members, they always went above and beyond to assist you and  appreciated your business.

Bobby Smith, sons Greg and Dwayne and their wives Julie and Liane will all still be involved in the store, which received money from private investors to make the switch to Save-A-Lot

The Daily News Journal reports a tentative ribbon cutting date of February 26.

Ham Breakfast for Rescue Squad

In the morning from 6:00 – 10:00 a.m., there will be a ham breakfast at the Rescue Squad on Gambill Lane (behind the Civic Auditorium on Old Nashville Hwy.).

I’m going to try to stop by but you won’t see me at 6:00 a.m. – 9:45 is more my style since I am definitely not a morning glory!!  However, if you’re up at any point between 6-10, please also stop in, say hello, and have something to eat to support this wonderful group.

The Tanning Boutique in La Vergne

Need something to do with your sweetheart this Valentine Day, stop by Willstan’s Grille, 1925 Madison Square Blvd., La Vergne, TN on Monday, February 14th from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. for appetizers and fun provided by The Tanning Boutique.

No plans for Valentine’s Day??
Stop by Willstan’s & enjoy some appetizers on us!

Come hang with friends, eat some good food, & of course earn a little FREE TANNING!!

We’re débuting our NEW prices & Menus!!
& We’ll be giving away Tanning Visits & Bottles of Lotion!!!

Invite your friends along too! The person who brings the most people will get an additional special gift from TTB!!

((The Tanning Boutique is not responsible for your drinks or food, just the appetizers we’ll have available.))

Hope to see everyone out at Willstan’s next Monday, here’s the link to TTB facebook page.

It’s Hoops Time in LaV

Are the kids getting on your nerves at home and you want to find something for them to do during the winter?  You know… exercise, learning to be a team player and good sportsmanship?

Universal Sports League (formerly La Vergne Youth Basketball) will be holding signups on Saturday, December 11th from 10:00 am – 12 noon at Rock Springs Elementary School. This league is open to boys & girls ages 5-18.

Registration is $95 for Ages 5-13, with a $5 sibling discount, and $120 for Ages 14-18, with a $10 sibling discount.

For more info on Universal Sports League (formerly La Vergne Youth Basketball), please contact Julie Vestal at 615-305-5890, or visit www.universalsportsleague.org.

At the web site you can print off 3 forms, the sign up, the medical release form and parents code of conduct, If you will do that and have them filled out when you arrive at Rock Springs it will make the process much faster.

ALSO, we are still needing some great coaches.  That would leave me out.

~~~ THIS WILL BE THE LAST DAY FOR SIGN UPS ~~~

Thanks to Steve for the info!

Holiday Gathering 2k10

UPDATE:  This is LaV will be getting together on Sunday, December 12th at 4:00 p.m. at Mixed Grill Gyros, 5118 Murfreesboro Road.  The restaurant is very pleased that we will be there, so please come one and all!

Who wants to get together for an informal meet & greet (slash) Christmas (slash) holiday celebration?  It’s been a couple of years since we’ve done one … It would be a great time for our elected officials to also show up informally and have the opportunity to talk to constituents.  Face to face.  And nice.

Anyone in?  I’m thinking a Sunday afternoon – this Sunday is a good possibility.  Where?

Possibilities & Opportunities Through Grants

With the recent changes within our City leadership, I often think that we have more possibilities for LaVergne.  It would be wonderful to see positive change that directly involves and affects the community.  However, in a city government that may be lacking the resources, how can you develop and sustain any new projects?

Grant writing is the answer that could bring many wonderful programs and ideas to life for residents.  Although the criteria, competition, and limitation to grants can be a drawn-out process, there are many available that could build or sustain new programs.  I’m  certainly not a professional grant writer, but I have researched, applied and been provided several individual grants.  My email is always full of grant alerts from many different resources and I’m always looking these resources over to see what funds can be found.  Grants are  available – this is what started my wandering mind imagining what great possibilities we could have for LaVergne!  For example,

2011 RBFF National Youth Fishing & Boating Initiative
RBFF’s National Youth Fishing & Boating Initiative is offering education grants for 2011. Youth-focused boating, fishing and conservation organizations are encouraged to apply by the December 27, 2010 deadline.

Key requirements of RBFF’s grant application guidelines include introducing boating and fishing to minorities and under-served communities. Special consideration is given to programs that:

  • Offer multiple on-the-water learning opportunities.
  • Encourage long-term involvement of participants.
  • Foster multi-generational participation, e.g., engaging seniors as youth mentors.
  • Provide adequate screening, selection and training of staff, instructors and volunteers (including a criminal background check).
  • Promote conservation education and include at least one conservation experience that actively engages participants in a hands-on activity.
  • Provide inclusive programming.
  • Support existing RBFF partnerships

Best Buy Consumer Electronic Grants

What are the Best Buy Consumer Electronics Recycling Grants?
The Best Buy Consumer Electronics Recycling grants are designed to help provide more environmentally responsible electronics recycling opportunities for consumers across the country.

Who can apply for the Grants?

  • Best Buy grants are open to any group across the country planning to conduct an environmentally responsible consumer electronics recycling event.
  • Grants are designed to defray costs for events already planned and allow groups to do more with their budgets. Grants range from $500 – $1500 per event, depending on the size and scope of the events.
  • Priority is given to electronics recycling events, but other types of events that include electronics recycling are considered.

Baseball Tomorrow Fund Grant

Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) grants are awarded on a quarterly basis after a thorough and selective application process. The grants are, for example, for travel team expenses, field lighting, and international requests. The application evaluation process takes three-to-six months, which depends upon the date that the letter of inquiry is received.

    These are only a few of the grants available – there are many more.  I don’t know all the details; however, I wonder if any thoughts or ideas on the development of new programs are ever discussed at the City Committee meetings.  So tell me LaVergne, what brilliant ideas do you have or would like to see in our community?