East Nashville News: Cole Family Practice, East Nashville Health and Wellness, Little Octopus, more

As we’re moving into the holiday season, our hope for all our neighbors is that you'll enjoy a very healthy, very neighborly New Year. The appropriateness of that sentiment will become clear below.
Some sweet savings on eats, the return of The Weeks and more, too.
On to this week’s East Nashville News:

Cole Family Practice’s East location becomes East Nashville Health and Wellness

Some good news, and some bad news. 
Bummer first: Cole Family Practice, which opened in Riverside Village in 2013, will be leaving the East Side come Christmastime.
It’s not bad news for Cole, so much — they’re not shutting down, just combining their East and Old Hickory locations into one larger space in Hermitage (226 Jackson Meadows Drive).
Over the three years in that space, the Cole staff offered a variety of health care services, from midwifery to wellness care. They’ll continue to do that, just over in Hermitage.
The good news: The Riverside Village location at 1406 McGavock Pike, meanwhile, is set to get a new health care-providing tenant.
East Nashville Health and Wellness — an affiliate to 3rd and Church Healthcare downtown — is set to take over that location around the New Year, and should start seeing patients shortly thereafter.
East Nashville Health and Wellness’ Jason Boylan tells us they’ll be offering primary care and walk-in services at the new location.
“We'll provide a range of services, from chronic disease management to treatment of upper-respiratory infections,” he says, “but our focus is a comprehensive approach to health that is tailored to each individual and family. We achieve this with traditional and holistic measures of patient care. Our goal is to meet the healthcare needs of the community.”
The focus on this particular community is a personal one: Boylan’s an East Sider hoping to help other East Siders.
“It feels very natural and exciting to work with neighbors to improve their health and assist them with achieving a greater state of wellness,” he says.
For more insight into our new neighborhood health care provider, check out 3rd and Church Healthcare’s website

Neighborhood Health at Inglewood open now

The above isn’t the only change to the neighborhood health care landscape: In late October, Neighborhood Health at Inglewood opened at 3904 Gallatin Pike.
It joined a number of other Neighborhood Health locations throughout Nashville, from downtown to Madison, in offering complete medical care, from infants to elderly patients. Services include lab tests, prescriptions, counseling and more. 
If you’ve struggled with affording health care, the opening should come as good news.
“We will serve those with insurance,” CEO Mary Bufwack said in a release, “and those without will be provided care at a discount.”
The Inglewood location is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and walk-in visits are welcome. For more, visit the Neighborhood Health website.

Little Octopus offers big Wednesday deal to East Nashvillians

Have you been by Little Octopus yet? Down at 604 Gallatin Ave, Suite 202, sharing-focused menu with lots of fresh and creative ingredients, inventive cocktails, cute industrial-cool surroundings… It’s a pretty rad, new(ish) restaurant, is the point.
If you haven’t been, here’s a little extra encouragement to try it (and if you have been, here’s a little extra encouragement to go back): Wednesdays through Valentine’s Day, Little Octopus is offering special savings to East Side neighbors. Drop by for dinner and bring a piece of mail with a 37206, 37207 or 37216 zip code, and you’ll get 20 percent off dinner. BOOM. (Fine print: parties of four or less and food only.)
The restaurant is open for dinner 5 to 10 Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 5 to 11 Thursday through Saturday. (Personal nods: Try the farro if you’re an umami-loving type because DAG. And if you’re a cocktail drinker, the La Pantera Rosa is De. Lightful.) 
More, including the Little Octopus menu, at LittleOctopusNashville.com

The Weeks bring new songs back home

Rock quartet The Weeks has been plenty busy over the past year, wandering in support of the Buttons EP (released last August on Kings of Leon’s Serpents & Snakes label). Time’s come to stay close to home, though, and work on their next LP. Lucky for us, home’s here, and the band’s about to give us a sneak peek of their new songs.
The Weeks are set to headline the Basement East on Friday, Dec. 4, with locals Chrome Pony and North Carolina’s Junior Astronomers supporting. It’s the first East Side set from The Weeks in a good while (since East Nashville Underground two years back), and a chance to be among the first to hear new Weeks material.
The show kicks off at 8 p.m., and tickets are $20, available online.
For a little extra Weeks love: We profiled guitarist Sam Williams not too long ago

Annual Toys for Tots fundraiser is Friday

Friday’s a great day for live music in the neighborhood; sorry to make your plans-setting tougher. It also brings this year’s installment of John Corabi and wife/Platinum Hair Salon owner Debbie Sorensen’s annual Toys for Tots Christmas Spectacular.
The 9th annual event will be a little different from past years — Corabi can’t be there, as he’s on tour with his band The Dead Daisies in Europe — but good times for a great cause are still on the bill.
Platinum Salon clients can start the night off at a private party from 6 to 8 p.m. at Drifters (1008B Woodland) — bring an unwrapped toy, and enjoy food and drinks and celebration.
The full Christmas Spectacular follows at 8 at The Building (behind Drifters) with ’60s/’70s/’80s rock providers Thee Rock N’ Roll Residency and more. Admission is $20 or a toy donation ($20 minimum value). For $50, you can grab a wristband that includes admission and five drink tickets.
Have other plans but still want to contribute to the cause? Corabi is accepting online donations too.
Photo of the former Mötley Crüe singer from last year's event, above, by Ron Coons.

Annual Tom Waits tribute/benefit Saturday

Yet another opportunity to pair your show-going with a good cause this weekend: The annual Tom Waits tribute show, Get Behind the Mule: A Benefit for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, returns to The 5 Spot this year on Saturday, Dec. 5.
On the bill: Tom Mason (read our recent piece on Mason & the Blue Buccaneers here), David Olney, Angel Snow, Carpetbaggers 615 and many others, plus visual artist Jeff Bertrand, who’ll be painting live on the spot.
Proceeds from admission (suggested donation is $10) and the sale of Bertrand’s art will go to Second Harvest to help feed neighbors in need. To date, this annual event has raised more than $10,000 for the organization.

It's the Holidays, Period aims to help neighbors in need too

For the month of December, Nashvillian Kate Parrish has set her mind on helping to tackle an important but oft-overlooked need: access to feminine hygiene products for neighbors who are homeless or living in transitional housing.
It's the Holidays, Period is a monthlong drive with an aim of collecting at least 500 boxes of unopened tampons and pads to be donated to organizations helping local women overcome homelessness, abuse and addiction: the Nashville Rescue Mission, Re-New at the YWCA and The Next Door.
“Many women across Middle Tennessee are forced to decide between, say, being able to purchase a few extra gallons of gas or food for their children or tampons,” Parrish says. “That's a choice no woman should ever have to make. And sadly, food stamps do not cover feminine hygiene products.”
In a week, the drive brought in almost 100 boxes of tampons and pads and, via a GoFundMe page, raised nearly $1,400 toward the cause. 
In East Nashville, Old Made Good (3701B Gallatin) is helping push ITHP closer to its goal, by offering to collect donations and giving folks who donate 15 percent off their purchase in the store (excluding midcentury furniture).
“There is so little awareness of this issue,” Parrish says. “I would love to encourage people this holiday season to pick up a box or two while they're strolling the aisles of Target or Costco and help a woman maintain her dignity.”

Cherry Tree Planting on Riverside Drive this weekend

The pretty blooms that dot Riverside Drive in the spring didn’t appear by accident — Inglewood’s Anthony Viglietti and Friends of Riverside Drive have long been leading the charge to restore that artery, including efforts to plant Yoshino cherry trees, both to beautify the median and uphold the road’s place as a memorial honoring servicemen and -women who fought in the Korean and World Wars.
Another planting event is on the books, and the Friends could use neighbors’ help.
This year’s cherry tree planting is set for Saturday, Dec. 5, starting at 9 a.m., and if you’d like to help, folks will be meeting at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Cumberland Branch (1240 McGavock Pike) and sharing some hot chocolate before heading out to dig and plant. 
About 30 trees are set to go in the ground, and organizers and volunteers will toast to a good day’s work with lunch, too, hosted by the church.
If you have shovels/spades to bring along, please do; there’ll be tools provided as well.


- Art and Invention Gallery’s Holiday Art Show has its opening reception on Saturday, Dec. 5, 6 to 9 p.m. at 1106 Woodland Street. In the house: fine art and artisan gifts galore, and lots of tasty treats. The show runs through Christmas Eve.
- The East Side law office of Phillip H. Miller is offering five $500 scholarships to high school juniors or seniors to help with college expenses — applicants need to submit an essay on how “Freedom of Speech makes America Great.” More at the Miller Law Offices website
- New food truck Good 2 Go, “specializing in healthy deliciousness,” will be making its debut this weekend in the neighborhood, hosting a grand opening hang on Saturday, December 5 at 2625 Gallatin Pike. It kicks off at 11 a.m., and there’ll be samples and introductory menu items to taste/check out. More at Good 2 Go’s Facebook event page.
- Some fresh details on the building(s) coming to the land that formerly housed Edgefield Restaurant around 5 Points, from the Nashville Post.
That’s it for this week. Have news to share? Email Nicole.

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