Destinations & Diversions: Cruise-in, live music and a monster calling

Thursday, May 18, 2017

We don't have quite as many local activities as usual this weekend, as many families will be busy with high school graduation ceremonies. But let's see what's happening here and nearby.

Movie showing

Shelbyville-Bedford County Public Library will show the movie "A Monster Calls" at 5:30 p.m. today.

Live music

VFW Post 5019, 1320 Wartrace Pike, will hold its monthly live music event Saturday from 6-9:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30. The event features James Smotherman & Friends. Those attending are invited to bring acoustic guitar or other instruments. Admission is $3. A covered dish supper will be held. For more information, call 607-3149 or 684-2523.

Pet adoption day

Shelbyville Animal Control will hold a pet adoption day May 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tractor Supply Co.

Cruise-In

Fellowship for Christ Church will host a Cruise-In for Christ on Sunday at 1 p.m. This will include cars, trucks and motorcycles. Also, there will be a power wheels competition for the kids. Food, live music, games and fellowship will be available. Admission is free to all; donations are welcome.

Big League Fun

The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, in Murfreesboro, will host a baseball-themed temporary exhibit called "Big League Fun" opening Saturday and continuing through Sept. 10.

This 2,000-square-foot exhibit features fun baseball activities, simulated game experiences, and trivia challenges that encourage important educational concepts for children and engage fans of all ages. Exhibit activities emphasize the science and math behind baseball while encouraging play and an active healthy lifestyle.

Practice pitching, throwing, fielding, hitting and base-running. Visit the bullpen and pitch into the strike zone; work on your swing and step up to the plate; lead off, run to second or back to the bag; throw from the infield or outfield with simulated plays; and grab a glove for catching practice.

You can pose for a photo as a baseball player, or try your hand at play-by-play announcing using real game clips.

The Discovery Center is located at 502 S.E. Broad Street in Murfreesboro. Call 615-890-2300 or go to http://explorethedc.org/bigleaguefun for more information.

Reining horse show

Tennessee Reining Horse Association will hold its "Spinning In The Rein" show Friday through Sunday at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum in Murfreesboro. Go to http://tnrha.org for more information.

'Little Shop of Horrors'

The Center for the Arts, in Murfreesboro, wraps up its production of the musical "Little Shop of Horrors" this weekend. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.

The musical began life as a low-budget, black-and-white horror movie with a very young Jack Nicholson in a supporting role as a masochistic dental patient. It was made into a Broadway musical decades later by the songwriting team of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, and then the musical was later made into a film, starring Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene with numerous celebrity cameos including Steve Martin.

The story centers around a nerdy flower-shop employee who finds a somewhat unusual -- and, as it turns out, blood-thirsty -- plant.

Go to http://boroarts.org/little-shop-of-horrors or call 615-904-2787 for tickets. The Center for the Arts is located at 110 West College Street in Murfreesboro.

Kids Safety Day

TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center, the Town of Smyrna, and Smyrna Parks and Recreation Center are hosting the first Smyrna Kid's Safety Day. This free family-friendly community event will be held on Saturday and features both fun and safety education.

"TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center, the Town of Smyrna, and the Smyrna Parks and Recreation Center have joined forces to help protect the children of our community through our first Smyrna, Kid's Safety Day," said Lou Caputo, CEO of TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center. "We look forward to increasing awareness of child safety issues through this hands-on educational day."

Activities will include bike obstacle course, safe animal encounters, rock wall climbing, arts and crafts, dangerous driving simulations, hunting safety, seatbelt safety, pool safety, fire safety, gun safety, wellness education, and more.

Smyrna Kid's Safety Day will be held from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday at the Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center. The Smyrna Outdoor Adventure Center is located at 100 Sam Ridley Parkway in Smyrna. Kids are encouraged to bring their bikes to ride the safety bike course.

Go to http://TriStarStoneCrest.com or TriStarStoneCrest's Facebook page for more information.

Space and Rocket Center

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center, in Huntsville, Alabama, is one of the top museums in the nation devoted to America’s space program.
U.S. Space & Rocket Center website photo

This isn't tied to a particular event, but if you haven't been to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, lately, it makes a great day trip for anyone interested in space and science. The museum, located on I-565 at the northern edge of the Redstone Arsenal/Marshall Space Flight Center reservation, features a wide variety of exhibits, both permanent and temporary. Outside the museum, there's a full-size model of the Saturn V rocket that took America to the moon; inside the Davidson Center, which is now the primary home of the museum's permanent space exhibits, there's an actual surplus Saturn V, hanging horizontally from the ceiling. The Saturn V was once displayed outdoors, lying on its side, but weather and bird damage led to the construction of the Davidson Center as a way of protecting it from the elements.

You can buy just the basic museum admission, but there are also packages that include an IMAX movie, a 3D movie, or a bus tour of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, where Dr. Wehrner Von Braun and his scientists designed many of America's rockets.

For more information about the museum, including hours and prices, go to http://rocketcenter.com.