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Portland Public Library Events for October/November 2014

October 1 to October 31  The Great Pumpkin Palooza.  Come join us at the Portland Public Library during the month of October for our Great Pumpkin Palooza.  It is a month long celebration of the pumpkin!   There will be pumpkin decorating contests, weekly contests for all ages, and lots of pumpkin decorations to make the place look festive.  Lots of special programming is going on during the month, so be sure to pick up a calendar or check our website calendar so you don’t miss anything!

Thursday, October 30th   The Great Pumpkin Palooza Storytelling in the Pumpkin Patch 4:30-5:30 Join us as Jackie Wilbur and Bonnie Fussell pair up to tell great Halloween stories. 

Thursday, October 30th   Fun and Games in the Pumpkin Patch 5:30-7:30  Wait for the Great Pumpkin with us.  The bravest of the brave can walk through the spooky part of the community room (appropriate for even toddlers – dark and creepy, but not overly scary). Everyone will enjoy pumpkin bowling, pumpkin golf, pumpkin ring toss and other games in the pumpkin patch.

 Friday, October 31st  Trick-Or-Treat at the Library 10:00-6:00   Please join us as we hand out trick-or-treats to the goblins all day.

Saturday, November 1st through Saturday, November 29th   Food for Fines Harvest  For every non-perishable item you donate to the Portland Public Library, $1.00 in fines will be waived on your account.  Expired or damaged goods will not be accepted.  Donations benefit the Portland High School’s Food Pantry.  Food collected will be distributed to teens in need over Christmas break.  For questions or more information, please call 615-325-2279. 

 Saturday, November 1st through Saturday, November 29th  Teens Serving Teens Drive  The Portland Public Library’s young adults are collecting hygiene products that will be donated to the Portland High School’s Food Pantry and then distributed to teens in need over Christmas break.  Items needed include:  Reusable cloth shopping bags, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, deodorant, body wash, shampoo. soap, hair brushes, combs, nail clippers, toilet paper and feminine products.  For more information please call 615-325-2279.

 Tuesday, November 4th – Saturday, November 22nd – Friends of the Library Silent Auction    The Friends of the Portland Public Library will be having their annual Silent Auction November 4th through November 22nd.  This is the perfect opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping and benefit the library at the same time.

 Wednesday, November 5th   Writer’s Group  NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month.

2:00-5:30   This will be an extended meeting to help everyone who has joined the NaNoWriMo challenge get a head start on writing.  We will be here from 2 p.m until 5:30 pm so that you have a dedicated space and time to write.  Writing sprints will be done on the hour each hour.   We will meet in the museum at the library.

Saturday, November 8th Sweeeet Recipe Swap
11:00-1:00  Bring your favorite dessert along with a copy of your recipe.  Have your recipe and dessert at the library at 10:30, and let the sampling begin.  We will make copies of the recipes for you to take home with you at the end of the event.  Join us for some fun and some new recipe ideas for the holidays.  Please call the library at 615-325-2279, as you must sign up for this event.

Tuesday, November 11th  Book signing by Miranda Lynn (Miranda Wyatt-Mills) “Destiny Finds Her”  5:00-7:00  Join us as one of Portland Public Library’s own, Miranda Wyatt-Mills, introduces her debut book, Destiny Finds Her.  Miranda will have her books for sale and will be signing them.  Come by and congratulate her!  Miranda is a mother to two boys, 3 four-legged babies, and a wife to a loving husband who doesn’t mind the extra voices in her head.  Miranda grew up on a dairy farm in Illinois but calls Portland, TN home now.  She is an avid reader, coffee addict, and loves her day job working at the local public library, though her true passion is in creating her own worlds, characters, and stories for her readers.

Tuesday, November 11th  Online Recipe Boxes 6:00-7:00   Learn how to search for great recipes and set up your very own online recipe boxes.  Please sign up by calling the library at 61-5325-2279.

Friday, November 14th – Lucky Library Bingo 1:00-2:00  Join us for a few rounds of Bingo.  We have lots of fun, and there are fun, free prizes to choose from! 

 Saturday, November 15th   Saturday Movie Matinee 11:00 -1:00   Family friendly movie.  Please call the library at 615-325-2279 for the name of the movie.

 Wednesday, November 19th  Brown Bag Lunch and Movie 11:30-1:30  Bring your lunch and join us in the community room to watch a movie!  Please call the library at 615-325-2279 to get the name of the movie.

 Wednesday, November 19th  Writers Group 4:00-5:30   Thanksgiving Celebration!  It is time to take a break from writing.  Come and celebrate all that you are thankful for with us.  We will meet in the museum at the library.

 Thursday, November 20th   Portland Page Turners Book Club 11:30  Enjoy reading?  Join us to discuss this month’s book selection, The Phantom of Fifth Avenue, by Meryl Gordon.  If you would like to read this month’s book, please call the library for availability at 615-325-2279.

Thursday, November 20th  Crochet Club 1:00-2:30  Are you a beginner?  Would you like to learn more about crocheting?  Please join us as we learn lots and have fun socializing!



YOUNG ADULT ACTIVITIES (6th – 12th grade)  

Thursday, November 6th  4:00-5:00  Wii Game Day – Come play Wii Games and eat snacks!

Thursday, November 13th 4:00-5:00   Thankful Cards- Come help us make “Thank You” cards and distribute them to our local businesses.

Thursday, November 20th 4:00-5:00 Maple Leaf Mason Jar Carft – Come craft a Mason jar with Maple leaves and put a tea light in the finished product for a Fall glow!

Thursday, November 27th. Library Closed.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 28th.  Library Closed.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving!


Children's Activities

Preschool meets Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. (ages 3-5)

November 5th   Duck (Is it a bird or something coming at you?)  songs, stories & activities

November 12th   Chicken Stuff!  (lots of songs and silly songs)

November 19th   Geese Please!  (but don’t cook your goose).  We might try a goose game.

November 26th   Turkey Tales!  It’s all about the turkey with a turkey craft.


 After school meets on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. (school age)

November 5th   DUCK!  With a focus on how one looks, and then making our own versions.

November 12th  Are you Chicken?  stupid chicken stories ( cause chickens are stupid)

November 19th    Let me cook your goose, and of course we’ll play duck, duck, goose!

November 26th   In honor of Thanksgiving – we’ll celebrate the turkey.


Lapsit meets Friday at 10:30 a.m. (ages infants and toddlers)

October 31st  Halloween

November 7th     Birds of a Feather (songs, rhymes, stories and stickers)

November 14th  Silly Chickens (songs, rhymes, stories and stickers)

November 21st     Turkey Tales (songs, rhymes, stories and stickers)

November 28th     LIBRARY IS CLOSED 



Trick or Treat at Richland Park
October 31, 2014
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.



Congratulations to Bloomin' Deals
2014 Small Business of the Year
Please click here to see their page. 



2014 Puttin On The Dog/Cat Gala
Saturday, November 1, 2014, 5 to 9 a.m.
Bluegrass Country Club, Hendersonville
Singer/Songwriter/Entertainer Kelly Lang will perform!!2014-puttin-on-the-dogcat-holiday-gala/cirp 



Fall Festival at Bottom View Farm!
September 27th until November 1st, 2014
Please click here for details:



Ebola Cannot Spread Through the Drinking Water Supply
(Posted on this website at the request of Portland City Hall)

In response to inquiries about the ability of Ebola to be spread in drinking water supplies, the National Rural Water Association is distributing the following resources and information that conclude Ebola cannot spread through the drinking water supply.
Ebola is not a foodborne, waterborne, or airborne illness (WHO).
Ebola spreads in human populations through human-to-human transmission, through direct contact with infected bodily fluids including blood, vomit, or feces (WHO).
Ebola cannot survive in drinking water because Ebola infected cells do not live long inside a liquid that doesn't have the same salt concentration as bodily fluids (NPR)
World Health Organization (WHO) Website
World Health Organization (WHO) Fact Sheet
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website
National Public Radio (NPR) Analysis
Tennessee Association of Utility Districts
840 Commercial Court
Murfreesboro, TN 37133
Phone: 615.896.9022 Email:



Free Drama Are Your Ready
October 24-25, 2014
Halltown General Baptist Church is holding a FREE drama Are you Ready. The drama is open to the public.  Dates are October 24-25, and the drama starts at 6 p.m. each night. Address is 120 Dink Rut Road, Portland.  Phone: (615) 325-3768.  Click here for pdf flyer.



State Road 109 Public Meeting
Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Gallatin Civic Center - Rooms 102 and 103
The Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold two Public Workshops to discuss establishing a Corridor Vision for State Route 109. The goal of the State Route 109 Access Management Study is to develop access management standards and guidelines that will preserve and enhance the long-term safety, efficiency, economic development, and environmental resources of the State Route 109 corridor.
Click here to open pdf flyer.



Have you ever seen the inside of Macy's Portland Distribution Center?
It's pretty incredible.
Take a look at this five-minute video: 



Halltown General Baptist Church 5K Race, Fun Run, and Other Events
November 1, 2014
Halltown GBC is having a fundraiser to raise money for two families in the community.
Please click here for details and an entry form (pdf file).



Silent Auction

The Friends of the Portland Public Library will be having their annual Silent Auction November 4 through November 22, 2014.  This is the perfect opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping and benefit the Library at the same time. Currently the library is accepting donations of items to be auctioned from both businesses and individuals.  Simply bring your item to the library and anyone at the main desk will be able to help you.



Craft Show and Sale
November 8, 2014
Please click on above image to enlarge.



Photo sent in by  Bryant Donovan.  Thanks!



Highland Rim Historical Society Fundraiser
Notecards of Historic Cold Springs School (Summer and Winter scenes) are available for sale at the Chamber of Commerce.  The cost is $10 for 10 cards.  Funds are used for ongoing preservation and maintenance of this historic building, located in Richland Park.  In addition, HRHS is trying to acquire other items (e.g., school books and blackboards) to restore the school to its original condition as a one-room schoolhouse.



New Area Code Coming!
Middle Tennessee is getting a new area code.  Area code 615 is almost at capacity, and it will be joined by area code 629.  Please get in the habit now of writing your phone number with the area code.  Be sure your area code appears on your business cards, checks, signs, and other items.  In early 2015, it will be mandatory to dial a 10-digit phone number to make a local call.  It is important to note that all cities and towns in Middle Tennessee will have some phone numbers in area code 615 and some phone numbers in area code 629.  Theoretically, you could have a phone number of (615) 234-5678, and your neighbor across the street could have (629) 234-5678.  For more information, please see;  



Citizens Awareness Group for Portland, Tennessee
Established in November of 2012  
The Citizens Awareness Group is an organization of everyday citizens of the Portland, Tennessee, area. The CAG considers their group a place where residents can voice their concerns, wishes, and desires in regards to issues within our city. CAG's goal is to be helpful to the community, and not a thorn in their side, by building a bond with the City's governing body and working as a team to help resolve issues and build better community relations. The Citizens Awareness Group is currently established as a Facebook group and can be followed at   All you have to do is click on "Like this page," and whenever CAG has a status update, you will see it in your status feeds. From there, you can read, communicate, and follow the activity. [Note: the CAG is not run by, nor associated with, this website.]






A special Thank You for all of the men and women from Portland who are serving, and have served, in the Armed Forces.  Thank you for what you do for our country!



Tourism Website!
We've put together a web site of tourist attractions along Tennessee Highway 52 from I-65 through Portland, Westmoreland, Lafayette and Red Boiling Springs, then down to I-40 through Carthage.  Please take a look at the site:



Portland, Tennessee
Country: U.S.A.
State: Tennessee
State Abbreviation: TN
TN Region: Middle Tennessee
County: Sumner County TN
ZIP Code: 37148
Latitude*: N36° 34.820'
Longitude*: W86° 30.837'
Elevation: 818 feet
Telephone Country Code: 1

Telephone Area Code: 615
Population (1990 Census): 5,539
Population (2000 Census): 8,458

Population (2004 Special Census):10,046
Population (2007 Special Census): 10,941
Population (2010 Census): 11,480 
Portland's Birthday (First Election in the new City of Portland): May 2, 1905.

Time Zone: U.S.A. Central
During Daylight Savings Time, Portland's UTC/GMT offset is -5 hours.
During Standard Time, Portland's UTC/GMT offset is -6 hours.

*At the flag pole at City Hall. 

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