IT’S A POTLUCK! Plus: School Board Member Will Pinkston on Pre-K at Casa Azafran

12 Mar

It’s potluck time again in Woodbine! Bring your favorite Springtime dish and join us on Monday March 17th, 6 pm, at Casa Azafrán • 2195 Nolensville Pike | Nashville, TN 37211.

Also, Nashville School Board member Will Pinkston will visit the Woodbine Neighborhood Association’s monthly meeting on Monday, March 17, at 6 p.m. to brief us on a plan by Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) to bring a model pre-K center to South Nashville. In the opening phase of an initiative to expand early childhood education offerings across the city, MNPS is partnering with our friends at Conexión Américas to add up to 80 pre-K seats at the Casa Azafrán Community Center, 2195 Nolensville Road. This proposed pre-K center would serve South Nashville four-year-olds and develop innovative practices for giving our youngest New Americans a running start in English language acquisition. The plan still requires funding approval by Mayor Karl Dean and the Metro Council. Our school board member Will Pinkston will talk about the details on March 17. And you can read more about it in the recent Sunday Tennessean.

February 17th Meeting: Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods and Mill Creek Greenway Improvements

11 Feb

Hi Woodbiners!

Spring is just around the corner and we’re all more than ready! At our Woodbine Neighborhood Association meeting this month, on Monday February 17th at 6 PM at Casa Azafrán Community Center, we thought we’d look forward to springtime with this month’s guest speakers:

We’ll be welcoming Courtney Wheeler, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods and Special Assistant to Mayor Dean, who will be talking through some of the Mayoral initiatives for 2014 and upcoming events from the Mayor’s office.

We’ll also welcome MDHA board member Anna Page, who will talk about a new contract MDHA has entered into for improvements to the Mill Creek Greenway. The approved contract includes, “Demolition of several structures, removal of existing pavement, site excavation and grading; installation of approximately 1,800 linear feet of asphalt and stone walkways; construction of a pedestrian bridge crossing Mill Creek; installation of a new 50-space parking lot: a newly seeded playfield measuring approximately 2,735 square feet, construction of a pavilion and the installation of new playground equipment and signage.”

We hope you’ll join us! Please arrive a few minutes early to sign in and mingle.


January 20th Meeting: A Healthy Start to 2014

11 Jan

Hey Woodbiners! 

Have you been tip-toeing around the idea of eating healthier in 2014 but aren’t sure where to begin? Then this month’s meeting is just for you. In keeping with our mission to foster community and to encourage positive and healthy growth, Woodbine’s own Jess Rice Andrews, raw chef at The Wild Cow restaurant and certified Holistic Detox Coach & Raw Food Chef of My Poor Tired Liver fame, will be our special guest. Jess’s mission is “to provide others with easy access to cruelty-free, healthy, living foods. Whether you are high raw, fully raw, vegan, vegetarian, or omnivorous, we strive to treat you to something nourishing that you can feel good about.”

  • Please join us on Monday January 20th at 6 PM SHARP. We meet at the lovely Casa Azafran Community Center at 2195 Nolensville Pike. Enter through the door under the beautiful mosaic.

Jess will also be teaching  ”Raw Foods & an Introduction to Plant-Based Nutrition” and “Raw Foods II” with Nashville’s Community Education Commission this winter.  

Enrollment begins January 6th, 2014. Head over to their website to view the Winter 2014 Catalog now! Last semester, classes filled up fast so don’t delay.

4th Annual Woodbine Neighborhood Association Holiday Party and Potluck

5 Dec

Dear Woodbiners and Woodbine-friendlies–we’d love to see you at our annual Holiday Potluck! We’ll be in beautiful surroundings at Casa Azafran, and in lieu of a band this year we’ll mingle and dine to lovely holiday tunes such as Vince Guaraldi’s ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ thanks to the miracle of iTunes. So bring something yummy to share and join us as we round out this year with friends and neighbors.

6 PM sharp at Casa Azafrán Community Center (2195 Nolensville Pike—the white building with the beautiful mosaic above the door).

If you’d like to volunteer to help set up please shoot us an email at 


Happy Holidays! December Events and Holiday Potluck Info

1 Dec


The holidays are upon us, Woodbiners! We hope you had a peaceful, happy Thanksgiving. Here’s what’s in store for December:

Monday, December 2nd: Margarita Monday at La Hacienda. Meet up with neighbors for a casual hang around 6:30 pm to eat dinner, grab a drink, and catch up.

Sunday, December 15th: A Christmas Caroling group will be making the rounds in Woodbine, so you just may be serenaded!

Monday, December 16th: It’s our Annual Holiday Potluck! Bring a dish to share and join fellow Woodbiners as we enjoy our annual Holiday Party/Potluck. 6 PM sharp at Casa Azafrán Community Center (2195 Nolensville Pike—the white building with the beautiful mosaic above the door). If you’d like to volunteer to help set up please shoot us an email at

October 21st Meeting Agenda: Topics and Guest Presenters

10 Oct

October is upon us, Woodbine! It’s gorgeous out and the weather’s fabulous! As we settle into Fall, we’ll be covering several important topics in a short amount of time at this month’s meeting. Councilman Tenpenny and a representative from the Planning Commission will update us on a bill that’s been introduced to Metro Council that attempts to put limits on how and where auto-related businesses in our district operate. *see October 1st post below for more info and to read the full bill
Then WNA Board member Jennifer Baker and Whitsitt School Teacher Oliver Orion White will tell us all about the Woodbine Scarecrow Contest to benefit Whitsitt School, the Whitsitt School Fall Festival, AND how you can make your own scarecrow at the festival with materials donated by Walker Lumber. *see October 8th entry below for all of the details on the events, as well as how to enter. 
Last, Sgt. Taylor Schmitz, Community Coordinator with the MNPD South Precinct, will talk to us about safety during Halloween trick-or-treating.
We’ll meet at Casa Azafrán (2195 Nolensville Pike) on Monday October 21st at 6:00 PM. Don’t be late, we start and end promptly, but feel free to come a little early to mingle.
6:00 – 6:10 Arrival/Sign-In and mingling
6:10 – 6:30 Discussion of new bill to limit car-related businesses. Guests: Councilman and co-sponsor Tony Tenpenny, and a representative from the Planning Commission 
6:30 – 6:45 Woodbine Scarecrow Contest/Whitsitt School Fall Festival and Scarecrow-building workshop information. 
Guests: Jennifer Baker and Oliver Orion White.
6:45 – 7:00 Halloween/Trick-or-Treating Safety. 
Guest: Sgt. Taylor Schmitz
7:00 Meeting ends

Scarecrows of Woodbine and Build Your Own Scarecrow Event: Have Fun This Halloween and Benefit Whitsitt Elementary!

8 Oct

Woodbine Scarecrow Contest

October 27

$5 Entry fee per household 

All proceeds donated to Whitsitt Elementary!


Build a scarecrow to display in your yard where all can see it.  Be creative!  Have as many scarecrows as you like; the entry fee is per household, not per scarecrow. 

  •  Judging on October 27 @ 2:00.   
  • Entries must be received by October 26 at 4:00.
  • Enter at the Community Fall Festival @ Whitsitt Elementary on October 26 or mail entry to Scarecrow Contest, 48 Jay St., Nashville, TN 37210.  (Entry forms will be distributed to all Woodbine residents by October 26.)
  • See website or Scarecrows of Woodbine on Facebook for instructions and rules:

PLUS…Enter the scarecrow contest, and you can make a scarecrow for free at the festival!

Build Your Own Scarecrow Event  

Community Fall Festival @Whitsitt Elementary

October 26 from 2-4



 We are looking for volunteers to help with flyers, constructing games, and the day of the festival.  Sign up on Facebook, contact the Scarecrow committee on the website listed above, or email if you would like to help.

Special thanks goes out to fabulous sponsors Walker Lumber, Southern Trophy and Thriftsmart!

Late-filed Proposed Ordinance Addressing Car-Related Businesses for October 1st 2013 Metro Council Agenda

1 Oct

Below is a link to an amendment proposed by Council members Tenpenny, Bedne, Potts and Blalock. This bill tries to limit the amount of car businesses by imposing limits to the amount and distance between them. It is up for discussion in tomorrow’s council meeting, but does not appear in the agenda yet because it is a late filing. This directly affects our neighborhood, so please read it and express your opinion—yea or nay—to the council by using this link (you can use the drop down box to message one or all council members):

proposed ordinance

Statement on the Withdrawal of the Nolensville Pike and Peachtree Street Zoning Variance Request

19 Sep

Today the Board of Zoning Appeals hearing related to case #2013-51 was held, a request for a zoning variance that would allow the demolition and construction of a new commercial building on the property located at 2326 Nolensville Pike on the corner of Nolensville Pike and Peachtree Street.

Several neighbors and Councilman Tony Tenpenny attended the meeting, as well as Mr. Ron Sepehr, on behalf of his wife, property owner Sabrina Shoulders. The neighbors discussed their concerns with Councilman Tenpenny, including the need for a traffic study of the Nolensville Pike/Peachtree Street/Melrose Avenue intersection and worries about the effects this new construction would have on the neighborhood. Both the neighbors and Councilman Tenpenny stated that they would like to have the appeal deferred until a comprehensive traffic study is performed and the concerns of the neighbors are discussed with Mr. Sepehr. Councilman Tenpenny had a conversation with Mr. Sepehr, who agreed to request a deferral of the appeal.

Given the procedural rules of the Board of Zoning Appeals, it was not possible to defer the hearing again, so Mr. Sepehr agreed to withdraw his petition, with the understanding that Councilman Tenpenny will request a comprehensive traffic study of the intersection and that there will be a community meeting within a few weeks with Mrs. Shoulders and Mr. Sepehr to have a frank discussion and address everyone’s concerns.

We would like to thank all the neighbors who came to state their opinion on this matter, Mrs. Shoulders and Mr. Sepehr for being open-minded and willing to work with the neighbors, and Councilman Tenpenny for helping to mediate between the owners and the neighbors. We look forward to the much-needed traffic study and then to the future community meeting with Mrs. Shoulders and Mr. Sepehr, and are positive that a good agreement on the improvement of this property for the benefit and safety of everyone will be reached in the near future.

David Morales

President, Woodbine Neighborhood Association

Woodbine Neighborhood Fall Potluck Supper

13 Sep

What: Neighborhood Potluck—bring a dish and meet your neighbors!

Where: Casa Azafrán, 2195 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, 37211
(On the west side of Nolensville, near the Nolensville/Glenrose intersection. Look for the colorful mural over the entrance.)

When: Monday, September 16th, 2013 @ 6:00 PM (come early if you can help set up!)

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