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Events in Nashville this August

Events in Nashville this August

August is a great time of year to visit Nashville, especially if you like heat and humidity. Known as “Music City”, Nashville is the place to be for all things country. The heat and humidity doesn’t slow down the fans in this town so if you’re coming for any of the great events in Nashville this August you’ll want to dress for the heat.

There are some spectacular events taking place this month – BBQs, Yard Sales, Shakespeare and the Grand Ole Opry – so bring the kids and enjoy all this town has to offer!

Events in Nashville this August

World’s Longest Yard Sale

When: August 1-4th, 2019

Where: Highway 127 Corridor

Jamestown, TN

The headquarters are located at the Fentress County Chamber of Commerce in Jamestown, TN on the beautiful Upper Cumberland Plateau.The Sale always officially starts on the first Thursday in August through the following Sunday. Many sellers in the Clarkrange and Jamestown, TN area start selling the weekend before the official start date. “It is aptly titled, “The Worlds Longest Yard Sale!” Every year individuals clean out their closets and stake out their front yards along the Hwy 127 corridor stretching over 690 miles from Addison, Michigan to Gadsden, Alabama. They band together as communities, in groups or as individuals and over a four-day weekend they welcome the onslaught of visitors from the North, South East and West. It is a mutual exchange of cultures with a common goal; to look, buy and sell! As you drive the country roads, you will hear a collection of dialects, be privy to incredible stories related to the individuals and the items they sell and see a plethora of items that only your grandmother could love.

Tennessee Smokies Beer Fest

When: August 3rd, 2019

Where: Smokies Stadium

3540 Line Dr

Kodak, TN

Join us for the second annual Tennessee Smokies BeerFest scheduled for August 3, 2019. The festival will feature over 30 breweries, live music, great food, and more! Thanks to our partners at Young-Williams Animal Center, this year's event is dog-friendly! Grab your pups and come enjoy some brews.

2019 Memphis Chicken & Beer Festival

When: August 3rd, 2019

Where: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium

335 S Hollywood Street

Memphis Tn

Mike Walker, a Fentress County official, had an idea for the sale in 1987 as a way to draw visitors from interstates to the back roads. That year, county officials planned a route in KY and TN and compiled a list of nearby attractions for people to visit. The Fentress County Chamber of Commerce serves as the headquarters for the sale. Since then, the event officially known as the 127 sale after its initial route has grown to cover 690 miles, from Gadsden, Ala. to Hudson, MI. The sale has been featured on HGTV and the Tonight Show, as well as in Southern Living, Country Living, USA Today and Newsweek.

Join us for the 2nd Annual Memphis Chicken & Beer Festival! The festival will take place on Saturday, August 3rd, 2019 on the field of the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, in Memphis, TN from 6PM-10PM. We will have live music entertainment and a portion of ticket sales benefit the Dorothy Day House in Memphis. Tickets are $40+tax include admission into the event, a souvenir tasting glass, and over 90 different beverage samples. Food will be available to purchase.

Shakespeare in the Park – The Tempest

When: August 15th, 2019

Where: One City

8 City Blvd

Nashville, TN

Nashville, TN – After 30 years of “Shakespeare in the Park” performances at the bandshell in Nashville’s Centennial Park, the Nashville Shakespeare Festival is excited to announce that it will relocate its Summer Shakespeare productions to the new multi-use development ONEC1TY starting Summer 2019.

Killer Nashville

When: August 22-25, 2019

Where: Franklin, TN

Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference was founded in 2006 by writer and filmmaker Clay Stafford as a trademarked charitable production of American Blackguard, Inc.

We work year-round on behalf of writers, readers, and forensic experts in our Killer Nashville family. We connect writers with publishers, literary agents, publicists, attorneys, and other writers through our online efforts, our virtual resources, our sponsored book signings, and our author showcases at foreign book festivals. We sponsor the Silver Falchion and Claymore Awards, which have been directly responsible for the publication of new authors’ work with established, legitimate publishers.

Of course, the signature event for Killer Nashville is our annual conference, which will be held at the Embassy Suites hotel in Franklin, TN, this August. Designed as an intimate conference with an emphasis on networking, education, and career planning, maximum attendance is capped at 500.

Nashville Flea Market

When: August 23-25, 2019

Where: The Fairgrounds Nashville

625 Nashville, TN

The Nashville Flea Market at The Fairgrounds Nashville is considered one of the top ten flea markets in the country. Approximately 800 to 1200 dealers and vendors from 30 states offer their wares to the buying public every month. With an average of 2000 booths, The Tennessee Magazine and Busy Bee Trader continue to vote the Nashville Flea Market as the #1 FLEA MARKET in Tennessee.

 

National Night Out is August 6th!

National Night Out is August 6th in Houston and all around the country. It's a fantastic opportunity to get out and meet your neighbors.

National Night Out

National Night Out (NNO), is held annually on the first Tuesday in August. This year that is August 6th. The event is a national community-building campaign to encourage police-community partnerships. The goal is to promote neighborhood camaraderie which in turn will make neighborhoods more safe. Most neighborhoods host block parties where neighbors gather in the street (that has been blocked off) to grill, play games and get to know one another. Often emergency personnel will stop by with their fire truck or ambulance for residents to tour.

Hosting a Block Party

It's not too late to host a block party! You can download this NNO template and pass it out to your neighbors. If holding a party in the middle of the week doesn't work it's perfectly okay to host the block party on the weekend. 

Delegate

Congratulations if you've decided to take on the task of planning your block party for National Night Out, now gather some close neighbors and start delegating the work. Put someone in charge of food, beverages and entertainment.

Choose a Date

National Night Out is held on the first Tuesday in August, but that doesn't mean you have to have it that night. If a weekend works better for your neighbors, by all means have it on the weekend. Have a backup date in case of bad weather.

Promotional Considerations

Across the nation, many businesses will provide meat for grilling, entertainment and other items to the neighborhood event. For instance a local real estate company is providing meat to any block parties that sign up. The ask that their business name be included on any flyers and that they can swing by the event and introduce themselves. Check your neighborhood Facebook page or NextDoor page to see if any businesses in your area are offering anything.

Sign Up Sheet

Be sure to have a signup sheet at the event. This is a great way to capture everyone's email address and/or phone numbers. 

Neighborhood Page

Another great way to keep in touch before the event and after is to create a Facebook page for your block or neighborhood, or a NextDoor page. You can put the web address on the flyer and have people sign up for the page and RSVP if needed. It's also a great way to communicate who is bringing what for the potluck.

Encourage Networking

You may have a neighbor who provides the exact service you've been looking for. Find out what people do and let them promote their businesses. 

A Few Things to Consider

You may want to have a bathroom policy of "everyone uses their own bathroom" to maintain home security. Encourage children to help clean up by providing a prize for those who help. Provide name tags. 

 

Midsize Townhouse Floor Plan for Sale

Midsize Townhouse Floor Plan for Sale

If you're looking for townhouse floor plans for sale we've got everything you could possibly want in townhouse floor plans. This midsize townhouse floor plan - E5036 B1.1 L -  for sale features a 2 1/2 stories with 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and a large game room.

The main level of this townhouse floor plan includes the 2 car garage and living space. The kitchen is open to the main living area making this a delightful design for those who enjoy entertaining. The kitchen features a large island and ample storage space. The dining area is just off the kitchen.

The living room includes a corner fireplace, access to the outside deck or patio and a media center. The powder room and main entry are just down the hall with easy access to the stairway leading upstairs.

The second floor of this lovely townhouse floor plan features the master suite and two additional bedrooms. The master suite is spacious with plenty of light from the front windows. The master bath includes a soaking tub and walk-in shower, private commode area and two sinks for convenience. There are two walk-in closets - one located off the master bedroom and the other through the master bath.

The second bathroom is located at the top of the stairs and easily accessible from both bedrooms. Both bedrooms have spacious closets and easy access to the laundry area.

The third floor is home to the game room which is where the kids will be when they're home. The room is spacious - perfect for lounging while playing games or watching movies. The 4th bathroom is located down the hall from the game room.

E5036 B1.1 L a delightful townhouse floor plan for sale, currently on sale for $1000. 

Measurements are: 2136 square ft. of living space and has a width of 26'-1'' and a depth of 45'-9 1/2". This plan has 3 bedrooms and 3 and a half baths. Some highlights include the 2-car garage, the large island in the kitchen for extra counter space, the spacious master bathroom with two separate vanities and room for both a tub and shower, and two closets for the master suite. 

  • LEVEL ONE: 680
  • LEVEL TWO: 1115
  • LEVEL THREE: 341
  • TOTAL LIVING: 2136

For more info on our plans, please call 713-522-2724 or E-mail us.
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Are You Prepared?

Are You Prepared?

Hurricane season is June 1st through November 30th, are you prepared in the event of hurricane or other natural disaster? Living in Houston and other cities in the Gulf of Mexico, it's important to have a preparedness plan and to know when to put it into place.

Of course your home or townhouse has likely been built to withstand many typical weather events like strong winds and rains, hurricanes are another story and plans should be put into place to ensure your safety.

In addition to having a plan in place in the event of an emergency, it's also important to have an emergency kit ready to grab at a moment's notice. 

Making an Emergency Plan

Each family is different so each plan is different. There are many online resources to help guide in creating a plan, but you know your family best. If you have someone with special needs in your family you'll need to make specific accommodations to your plan for those needs. With that in mind, the following is a great place to start when it comes to having a preparedness plan.

Important Phone Numbers

Make sure everyone in the household has everyone's phone number not only stored on their cell phones, but memorized as well. Cell phones get lost and batteries die - you may not have access to your contact list. 

Contacts 

Make a contact list and keep it in your emergency kit. Make sure children know the full names of their parents.

Shelter in Place 

Determine the safest room in the home for sheltering in place. This might be a bathroom, safe room or other area that is away from windows.

Escape Routes

Determine escape routes out of each room and practice getting out of them.

Meeting Place

You never know when an emergency is going to happen, and not everyone will be home when it does. Talk with family members and have a meeting place determined in the event that not everyone is home, or something happens to the home. This could be a relative's home, a school, public library etc. 

Preparing Your Home for Emergency

Safety Equipment

Make sure your home has the proper safety equipment like smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and working fire extinguishers. 

Safety Skills

It's important to know how the fire extinguisher works. Teach children how to use the fire extinguisher and keep it in the same spots throughout the house. Learn CPR and basic first aid skills. Having a book on hand with instructions is helpful as power might be out and it won't be possible to search online.

Home Maintenance

Know how and where to turn off gas, electricity and water.

Important Documents

Keep important documents in a safe or safe deposit box at a different location. Keep photos and other sentimental items in fire safe and water safe containers or in safe deposit boxes.

Practice

Practice fire drills as well as other disaster drills each month so everyone knows what to do and feels as comfortable as possible with the plan. The more you practice, especially with children, the less likely everyone will be to panic. 

Go-Bag

Every family should have a Go-Bag and they're pretty easy to put together. You can even buy them ready-made online. You'll want to use a sturdy bag or backpack. A backpack with wheels would be optimal.

Include:

Phone chargers, batteries, weather radio, bottled water, water filtration unit, food such as granola bars and freeze dried food packets, whistle, lighter, flashlight, medications, toothpaste, toothbrushes, wet wipes, toilet paper, mylar blankets, everything tool like a Swiss Army Knife.

You never know when a disaster will strike, being prepared reduces fear and can be the difference between life and death. 

Events in Houston this July

Events in Houston this July

It’s July in Houston and that means we celebrate Independence Day! No one does the 4thof July quite like Texans and these events in Houston area this July prove it. In addition to the many 4thof July celebrations taking place, we’re also celebrating the 50thanniversary of the moon landing!

Events in Houston this July

180thCity of Galveston Celebration Independence Day Parade and Fireworks

When: July 4th, 2019

Where: 37thstreet and Seawall Blvd

Galveston, TX

Coming up the evening of July 4, Galveston Island will celebrate its annual Independence Day with a parade featuring a procession of floats, decorated military vehicles and performers. The parade will kick off at 7 p.m. with a procession on Seawall Boulevard starting at 59th Street and ending at 25th Street.  After the parade, the island will host a 20-minute fireworks show over the Gulf of Mexico at 9:15 p.m. near 37th Street and Seawall Boulevard. 

Citgo Freedom over Texas 2019

When: July 4th, 2019

Where: Eleanor Tinsley Park

500 Allen Parkway

Houston, TX

This year Houstonians will celebrate more than three decades of July 4th music and fireworks on Buffalo Bayou. The city’s signature tribute to patriotism - CITGO Freedom Over Texas – returns with NEW live music acts including Jake Owen and Kellie Pickler followed by a spectacular fireworks show, Thursday, July 4th from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

City of Bellaire Fourth of July Parade and Festival

When: July 4th, 2019

Where: Bellaire Town Square

7008 5thStreet

Bellaire, TX

The annual 4th of July parade begins at 9:30 A.M. and is followed by the community festival from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM The event is free and open to the public.

Activities Include:

- Carnival Games

- Petting Zoo

- Rides

- Live Music

- Food from local restaurants

*some activities and food may require tickets that can be purchased at the event

4thof July Celebration

When: July 4th, 2019

Where: Buffalo Run Park

1122 Buffalo Run Blvd

Missouri City, TX

Join us for Missouri City's annual 4th of July Celebration! Celebrate the holiday with a variety of entertainment, activities, and tasty treats! Seating is available in the Thurgood Marshall High School stadium. Sit back, relax, and watch the fireworks show beginning at 9:15 pm! Event parking around Thurgood Marshall High School will be limited and taking advantage of Metro shuttles at the Park & Ride location (13849 Fondren Rd) is highly encouraged. Metro busses will be running from 5:45 pm until the conclusion of the event. These shuttles are FREE and offer a close drop off to the event location!

Red, Hot & Blue Festival and Fireworks Extravaganza

When: July 4th, 2019

Where: Lake Woodlands

2099 Lake Robbins Drive

The Woodlands, TX

Celebrate freedom in The Woodlands with great food, live entertainment, children’s activities and family fun at multiple locations throughout The Woodlands on Thursday, July 4, 2019 from 6 to 10 p.m. This community-wide celebration offers fun for all ages.

The event culminates with the 18-minute Fireworks Extravaganza over The Woodlands at approximately 9:30 p.m. The primary fireworks display will be located in Lake Woodlands adjacent to Northshore Park, with a secondary close-proximity (special effects) display at Town Green Park. The Fireworks Extravaganza will also feature a fireworks display in the Waterway Square District near Timberloch Place and Waterway Avenue and Rob Fleming Park in the Village of Creekside Park. To ensure spectators have the best fireworks visibility possible, fireworks teaser shots will be fired from all launch locations at 9, 9:10 and 9:20 p.m.

July 4thCelebration and Street Festival

When: July 4th, 2019

Where: Business 249 North of FM 2920

Tomball, TX

Scheduled to perform an evening of Country tunes and Southern Rock is Texas Country Music Hall of Fame group, The Posse. There will be a special patriotic tribute to American and its veterans, food vendors and a giant kids’ zone followed by an aerial fireworks display at dusk. Admission and parking are free.

7thannual VegFest

When: July 13th, 2019

Where: Minute Maid Park

501 Crawford Street

Houston, TX

VegFest Houston is The Premier Vegan Community Festival of Texas! In 2010, our co-founder Kristen Lee Ohanyan proposed the idea for Houston's first and only vegan festival to her fellow Vegan Society of P.E.A.C.E. board members & leadership team colleagues. That dream soon became a reality! With the support of our dedicated volunteers, our nonprofit created the first-ever VegFest Houston, which debuted in 2011.

VegFest Houston was held at Pecore Hall in Montrose in 2011 and 2012, and then moved to the larger Pershing Middle School campus in Bellaire for 2013 and 2014. The festival went on hiatus from 2015-2016 while our nonprofit organization launched exciting new outreach projects, created additional annual events, and expanded our fundraising. An even larger venue was also sought out in order to meet the needs of our growing vegan festival, as well as a fresh new format. We were pleased to officially move to the Stafford Centre Convention Hall for 2017 and 2018, where we ran out of space for the size and scope of our festival! Now, we have expanded to an even larger venue for 2019 at Minute Maid Park!

Bastille Day Houston

When: July 13th, 2019

Where: Houston Polo Club

8552 Memorial Drive

Houston, TX

Join us on July 13th to celebrate Bastille Day at the Houston Polo Club: a festive event bringing together the French, American and international communities - the perfect occasion to celebrate Houston diversity!

Stroll through the beautiful grounds of the Houston Polo Club, learn a bit about France’s history and values with the traditional speech by the Consul General of France, watch a polo game and play pétanque before the party officially begins with food trucks and music courtesy of DJ Julien Nolan.

Don’t forget to bring your favorite wine to share with friends (please note that this is a BYOB event, only beer and wine will be allowed on the grounds of the Houston Polo Club).

Houston World Series of Dog Shows

When: July 17th, 2019

Where: NRG Park

2500 Tanglewilde

Houston, TX

The Houston World Series of Dog Shows takes place in Houston’s state-of-the-art NRG Center. It is a cluster show, meaning it is actually several separate shows, held over consecutive days. Beginning Wednesday, visitors can catch the more than 30 independent breed specialty competitions, as well as the Houston Hound, Working Dog and All-Terrier shows — don’t miss the chance to chat with owners/handlers as they prepare their show dogs in the Crating and Grooming area. Thursday offers an all-specialty group of shows with only Conformation (Breed Judging) competitions that end with a “Best in Show” award. Friday, Saturday and Sunday each culminate with a “Best of Show” winner, chosen from finalists among the seven variety groups with more than 150 different breeds represented. The four “Best in Show” winners may or may not be the same dog.

Our mission is to enhance the public’s knowledge about purebred dogs. We offer the popular Meet the Breeds event where the public can get hands-on experience with more than 110 breeds and discuss their advantages and disadvantages with breed experts. Check Schedule of Events for a complete listing of times and events.

Alvin Community Moon Landing Celebration

When: July 20th, 2019

Where: Briscoe Drive

Alvin, TX

Calling all space cadets… Are you ready for some out of this world fun? Alvin Parks and Recreation and the Alvin Convention and Visitors Bureau are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the man on the moon!  Join us Saturday, June 20 as we host space-themed activities, costume contests, and more! We are over the moon excited for this galaxy-sized event.  Come have a blast with us!

For a full list of activities and times visit us on Facebook or click here for a map.

Lone Star Pirate Festival

When: July 20th, 2019

Where: Warehouse Live

813 St Emanuel Street

Houston, TX 

Musical Blades, Blaggards, The Bilge Pumps, Dem Damn Dames, Capt'n Tor & the Naer Do Well Cads Pirate Invasion, Pride of Bedlam

Can You Age-In-Place in a Townhouse?

Can You Age-In-Place in a Townhouse?

As more and more Baby Boomers reach the age of retirement, many are wondering if it's possible to Age-In-Place in a townhouse. It's a fair question since most townhouses are multiple stories high and aging-in-place usually refers to single level homes.

It's true that stairs are a major issue when considering an aging-in-place plan. As we age stairs become more and more difficult to safely navigate. Also true that many homeowners don't want large dwellings to look after and townhouses sound rather large. 

At Preston Wood and Associates we sell townhouse floor plans for all different sized homes. From 1500 sq ft to 5000 sq ft, we've got the perfect sized townhouse floor plan for sale for your needs. 

Our smaller townhouse floor plans are great for those who want a smaller space to look after and navigate, but our larger townhouse floor plans can offer many amenities that make aging-in-place-in-luxury a possibility too.

So can you age-in-place in a townhouse? 

The simple answer is - of course you can. And it is simple since most of our townhouse floor plans can be modified to include a lift (though many of them already have them built into the design) in addition to stairs. Additionally, accessibility can be easily built into the design (and again in many cases has already). 

Elevators

Most of our townhouse floor plans include elevator options in addition to standard staircases. A staircase is lovely, but no one wants to haul luggage up three flights of stairs, or a weeks worth of groceries to the second floor for that matter. Elevators and lifts make aging-in-place easy to do in a townhouse.

Accessibility  

Most new designs are created with accessibility in mind. In fact, many are now standards. Doorways and hallways are large enough to accommodate wheel chairs and walkers. Today's bathrooms all feature no-threshold walk-in showers. If a soaking tub is preferred, one can be installed with a walk-in feature.

Security

Townhouses by their very nature make security easier to manage than single family homes. In addition to the community that's created in a townhouse development, many of the design features help to reduce the incidence of crime and increase safety. Security systems and smart home features also play a part. 

Live In Care

Just about all of our townhouses are designed with a master suite on the upper level and a guest suite on the lower level. This space is perfect for live-in help whether it be from a professional caregiver or a family member. A private space for the caregiver is key to getting the best care possible as you age-in-place.

Affordability

While it's possible to spend millions of dollars on a luxury townhouse, it isn't always necessary. Townhouses can be a wonderfully affordable way to maintain your standard of living, but without all the costs that go into maintaining a single family home.

Community

The communities created in townhouse developments provide wonderful support networks for those who want to stay in their home rather than move to a facility. The Enclave at Stafford Oaks is doing just that (and we're thrilled they've chosen our townhouse floor plans).

Aging-in-place is certainly possible in a townhouse. The key is to find a home that includes all of the amenities listed above. 

Click here to see the townhouse floor plan featured above.