Thursday, January 9, 1 p.m.
Meal Prep at the Nashville Food Project

The Nashville Food Project, 3605 Hillsboro Pike

You may be planning the munchie menu for your Superbowl party already, but many Nashvillians aren’t so lucky. Help out the homeless (and the hungry) by taking those cooking skills to the Nashville Food Project in Green Hills, where volunteers spend their time whipping up desserts and chopping up produce. (While you’re at it, check out some other ways to volunteer in 2014.)

Deal nearby: Fox’s Donut Den



Friday, January 10 to Saturday, January 11, 9 a.m.
2nd Annual “Eighth of January” Old Time Music Event

Fiddle & Pick, 456 Hwy 70 (Pegram)

Calling all “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” fans – this two-day festival is a blast from the past, focusing on old-school mountain jams from the 19th and early 20th centuries. There’ll be classes, workshops, performances and food. Old-timey bonus: you won’t find a flatfooting dance class anywhere else in town.

Deal nearby: Cottage Cafe



Saturday, January 11, 9 a.m.
NSL Annual Dodgeball Tournament

McGavock Comprehensive High School, 3150 McGavock Pike

Looking to relive those glory days on the high school gymnasium floor? Nashville’s annual dodgeball tournament is your ticket to sweaty, adolescent glory. Gym shoes and good sportsmanship are required; headbands and Ben Stiller-worthy mustaches are optional (but definitely encouraged).

Deal nearby: Music City Bar and Grill



Sunday, January 12, 1 p.m.
Skies Over Nashville

Sudekum Planetarium at the Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Blvd.

Who said it’s too cold for stargazing? The Sudekum Planetarium is probably the most underrated date spot in town – and it’s got plenty of heat. Check out the Nashville nighttime sky as it is projected onto a 63-foot wide dome, with a Sudekum educator on-hand to point out constellations. Valentine’s Day just arrived a little bit early.

Deal nearby: Peg Leg Porker