May 2017 Around Town 1

Hendersonville Arts Council’s Summer Camp Opportunities On Sale Now

Looking for fun, unique and enriching camps for your child this summer? Look no further than the Hendersonville Arts Council’s seven camp offerings taking place at Monthaven Mansion. Due to the educationally enriching curriculum, these camps regularly sell out in advance, and there are early drop-off options this year to help commuting families get to work on time. All camp details, registrations and secure online payments are available on the Hendersonville Arts Council’s website,, in the camps section. All camps run from 9 a.m. to noon except for Film Camp, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“I always look forward to the camps because the Monthaven Mansion becomes so lively every day of the week,” Hendersonville Arts Council Executive Director Dan Tidcomb says. “We also hold receptions on the last day of camp, Fridays, for the kids. They love to explain and show off their completed works to loved ones while enjoying treats and beverages.”

Camps include Summer Artistiks for children ages 9 and up and for ages 6-9; Sculpture Art Camp for ages 8-11; Imagineering Camp for ages 7-12; Film Camp for ages 12 and up; Art Studio Camp for ages 12 and up; and Little Visionaries Art Camp for rising first-graders and ages 6-11. For a detailed description of each camp and the dates they will be held, visit the camps section on

The Hendersonville Arts Council’s camps for 2017 are designed to enhance a spirit of collaboration between children, so camps are limited in size. The small sizes also ensure individualized attention to the kids, fulfilling the Arts Council’s mission of creating educational opportunities for the community.

Seay Fire Science Scholarship Created at Vol State

Students studying Fire Science at Volunteer State Community College can apply for a new scholarship. The James Edward Seay, Jr. Scholarship was recently created as an annual award for a full-time student studying fire science. Two awards will be made each year. Funds are provided by the James Edward Seay Jr. Foundation. Seay served the Metro Nashville Fire Department for 34 years and rose through the ranks to district fire chief, engine 28. For information about Vol State scholarships, visit and click on the scholarship tab.

Hendersonville Area Chamber of Commerce Chamber re-C.A.P.S.

The Hendersonville Area Chamber of Commerce holds re-C.A.P.S. sessions in the training room of the chamber office from 11:30 a.m. until noon. This month’s session will be Wednesday, May 17. These sessions are designed to provide a “re-C.A.P.S.” of our four pillar areas of focus: connect, advocate, promote and support for both members and prospective members alike. If you are a new member, a more seasoned member or simply thinking about becoming a member, you will want to attend this event. Registration is required. If you have questions or need assistance with registration, please contact the office at 615.824.2818.

Digital X-ray Machines Upgrade Vol State Dental Assisting

The dental X-ray has come a long way in recent years. Digital radiography means that dental clinic staff can process an X-ray quickly and with less radiation. It’s a fast-growing technology, and that’s why the Volunteer State Community College Dental Assisting program has recently upgraded to digital radiography.

“It’s much easier to use,” student Brittany Green, of Brush Creek, says. “You don’t have to process film. It just comes right up on the computer screen.”

“It makes diagnosis much quicker,” Lauren Holland, of Mount Juliet, says. “Most offices have digital now, so this makes us prepared when we go out in the field.”

Faculty in the dental assisting program teach students both digital and film X-ray techniques. That gives them the skills to use whatever technology they find in a dental office and that experience helps students get jobs.

“Most of or students get offered jobs after their clinical rotations in dental clinics,” associate professor Marilyn Sweat says. “Some even hire them part time before they complete the program. The students finish their degree while also having a job.”

“I have three offices right now looking for dental assisting students,” program director Desiree Sutphen says. “Out of 16 graduates we had last year, 12 were employed at graduation.”

Dental assistants perform X-rays, set up tools and assist dentists in procedures. Sutphen says aside from rigorous training, dentists are looking for assistants that have integrity and are dependable. The Vol State Dental Assisting program has a radiography suite and a lab with several fully equipped dental stations. The program offers a one-year certificate program and a two-year associate of applied science degree program. Entrance into the program requires an application—due in mid-May—separate from the main college application.

Students say they are glad to have up-to-date technology for their training. But in the end, their reasons for choosing the profession are more human in nature.

“The smile is one of the first things you notice in someone,” Holland says. “So helping someone have a great smile makes me smile.”

For more information about the Dental Assisting program at Vol State visit

The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial to Host Third Annual Children’s Day Event

The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial is hosting its third annual Children’s Day Celebration. The free, family-friendly community event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20. The Children’s Day event is a carnival-themed party that celebrates Middle Tennessee kids and promotes physical activity for youth.

Events will include children’s games, inflatable activities, face painting, balloon animals, animal encounters hosted by the Nashville Zoo, wellness education and much more.

The celebration will take place across the street from The Children’s Hospital, which is located at 2221 Murphy Ave. in Nashville. Please follow signs to utilize free event parking locations. The hospital is a sister facility of TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center and provides a continuum of care for patients needing a pediatric specialist.

Visit for more information.

The First Elder Law Expo & Workshop in Gallatin

In celebration of National Elder Law Month, enjoy complimentary educational workshops presented by local Middle Tennessee health care and legal professionals at the first Elder Law Expo and Workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 11 at Volunteer State Community College. Hosted by Heritage Law Group, these educational workshops can be beneficial to students interested in law or health care, family caregivers for seniors, health care professionals, seniors and anyone interested in learning more about aging’s place in the law and healthcare. There will also be aging-focused vendors, ample complimentary parking, complimentary lunch, health screenings and door prizes.

For a full list of workshops and to register, visit