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April 2019
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9th Annual East Nashville Beer Festival

April 13 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
East Park,
700 Woodland St, Nashville, 37206 United States
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The 9th Annual East Nashville Beer Festival presented by 3 Crow Bar and Rhizome Productions, benefiting Ride for Reading, is back on Saturday April 13th, 2019! For 2019 you can expect some big changes, including an all-inclusive VIP ticket option that will have food, special beers, and a private lounge area. Guests can also expect several out of market breweries to be joining us! Buy your tickets before they’re sold out by clicking below: Once again Ride for Reading is excited…

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Charity Night at M.L Rose Craft Beer & Burgers (Capitol View)

April 7 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
M.L Rose Craft Beer & Burgers – Capitol View,
431 11th Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203 United States
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“Bootcamp for Books”

April 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park,
600 James Robertson Pkwy , Nashville, TN 37243 United States
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According to the Handbook of Early Literacy Research, only 1 in 300 children in poverty have age appropriate books – it is our drive, our cause, to end that cycle. Ride for Reading works to promote literacy and healthy-living by collecting, then donating age-appropriate books via bicycle to children at Title 1 Schools or Community Centers in low-income communities, educating them on the importance of literacy and a healthy-lifestyle. You can help support this cause and impact the youth in…

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Delivery to Glenview Elementary – April

April 2 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Seven Oaks Park,
3474 McGavock Park, Nashville, TN 37217 United States
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We invite you to register to join us for our April book delivery to Glenview Elementary School on Tuesday, April 2nd from 12:00pm – 2:30pm in Nashville, TN! Location meet-up: Seven Oaks Park (3474 McGavock Pike). If you would like to help out by donating new or gently-used children’s books for this delivery, we are partnering up with Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea – Lenox Village for a Book Drive during the entire month of March! Stop in to support this newly-opened coffee shop and…

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March 2019

Delivery to Smith Springs Elementary – March

March 1 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Smith Springs Community Center,
2801 Smith Springs Rd., Nashville, TN 37217 United States
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Join us for our FIRST book delivery in 2019 to Smith Springs Elementary School in Antioch, TN on Friday, March 1st. We will meet at Smith Springs Community Center at 12:00pm. We are kicking off delivery season by inviting volunteers to dress as your favorite Dr. Seuss character to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ B-day and Read Across America Day (March 2nd)! Light snacks, beverages and cupcakes will be provided! 1 in 300. According to the Handbook of Early Literacy Research, the ratio of books per child in…

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February 2019

World Read Aloud Day

February 2

Reading aloud is a powerful way to build community and there is no better time to do it than World Read Aloud Day! On February 1st, advocate literacy as a human right with millions of people around the world by reading aloud with your community. Reading aloud is a powerful and transformative act that isn’t just for kids! Not only is reading aloud a great way for people at any age to relax their brains, but it also builds community…

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January 2019

Volunteer Recognition Party sponsored by Barge Design Solutions

January 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Barge Design Solutions,
615 3rd Ave S Suite 700, Nashville, TN 37210 United States
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“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” ~Elizabeth Andrew Volunteer Recognition Party Date & Time: January 24, 2019 – 6:00-9:00PM Location: Barge Design Solutions (615 3rd Ave S Suite 700, Nashville, TN 37210) DJ ~ Food ~ Drinks ~ Awards & Recognition ~ Fun Please RSVP here so we can plan for food & drinks: http://bit.ly/RfRvolunteersrock VOLUNTEERS are the core of our business. Over 250 volunteers donated their time on our Book Deliveries and/or at our Fundraising events,…

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MLK Day of Service – Ride for Reading

January 21 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ride for Reading’s Warehouse,
1515 Elm Hill #107, Nashville, TN 37210 United States
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MLK Day of Service – Ride for Reading Warehouse Cleaning Day   “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. As Ride for Reading prepares for another year of Book Deliveries, we want to invite you to a MLK Day of…

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November 2018

Delivery to Whitsitt Elementary – Nov.

November 7, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Whitsett Park,
E. Thompson Lane & Old Glenrose Ave., Nashville, TN 37211 United States
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Join us for our final book delivery of this year to the 400+ children at Whitsitt Elementary on Wednesday, November 7! We want to end with a celebration so we will be offering coffee donated by Three Brothers Coffee, OJ & snacks for all Volunteers. We will meet at Whitsett Park (E. Thompson Lane & Old Glenrose Ave.) at 7:30 AM to load up our books and ride bikes as a group to Whitsitt Elementary. If you do not want to ride a bike and would…

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October 2018

Book Sorting/Teacher Book Pick-up

October 24, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Ride for Reading’s Warehouse,
1515 Elm Hill #107, Nashville, TN 37210 United States
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Ride for Reading is pleased to offer a BOOK SORTING/TEACHER BOOK PICKUP on Wednesday, October 24th at our Warehouse – 1515 Elm Hill Pike, Suite 107 in Nashville, made possible by generous funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Teachers in area Title 1 Schools are invited to attend and select books for their students and class libraries for the 2018-2019 school year. We are in need of help sorting books by grade level so we do ask that you stay for about an hour at minimum.…

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Ride for Reading Film Festival sponsored by Swiftwick

October 14, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Blackstone Brewing Company,
2312 Clifton Ave., Nashville, TN 37209 United States
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UPDATE- *RAIN PLAN: We are watching the weather closely and we got you covered, literally. If it is raining, the Film Festival will be held INSIDE the Blackstone Brewery Taproom!! It’s going to be great so don’t let the rain stop you from attending! Join us for a Ride for Reading Film Festival sponsored by Swiftwick, in partnership with 5Point Adventure Film Festival and Blackstone Brewing Company, featuring Vanderbilt University Alumna and professional Women’s cyclist and Author, Amy Charity! The evening…

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Delivery to Buena Vista Elementary – Oct.

October 11, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
M.L Rose Craft Beer & Burgers – Capitol View,
431 11th Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203 United States
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Join us for another special Fall book delivery to the 300+ children at Buena Vista Elementary on Thursday, October 11! We are thrilled to announce that we are partnering up with M.L Rose Craft Beer & Burgers in Capitol View (431 11th Ave. N), the Nashville Public Library, The Nashville Sounds & “Booster”, King of Pops, Metro Nashville Police, Green Fleet Bikes, Metro Nashville Schools and will have a SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE from former Pro-cyclist, Speaker & Author, Amy Charity, for this delivery!…

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September 2018

Delivery to Cockrill Elementary- Sept.

September 14, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Frothy Monkey,
1400 51st Ave. N, Nashville, TN 37209 United States
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Join us for our first Fall book delivery in 2018 to the children at Cockrill Elementary on Friday, September 14! We are excited to announce that we are partnering up with Frothy Monkey in the Nations (1400 51st Ave. N) for this delivery! We will meet at 12:00pm to load up with books and ride bikes as a group to Cockrill Elementary (4701 Indiana Ave). If you do not want to ride a bike and would just like to be a volunteer reader,…

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Charity Night at M.L. Rose – Capitol View

September 9, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
M.L Rose Craft Beer & Burgers – Capitol View,
431 11th Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203 United States
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August 2018

Teacher Book Pick-up – FULL

August 15, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Ride for Reading’s Warehouse,
1515 Elm Hill #107, Nashville, TN 37210 United States
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We are pleased to offer a TEACHER BOOK PICKUP on Wednesday, August 15th at our Warehouse – 1515 Elm Hill Pike, Suite 107 in Nashville, made possible by generous funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Teachers in area Title 1 Schools are invited to attend and select books for their students and class libraries for the school year. **Teachers will be allowed to select up to 30 books from Ride for Reading’s inventory. Registration is required and space is limited to 40 teachers. We will open our…

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July 2018

Delivery to McFerrin Community Center- July

July 13, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Green Fleet Bicycle Shop,
934 Jefferson St., Nashville, TN 37208 United States
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Join us for our July book delivery to the children at the McFerrin Community Center on Friday, July 13! Cyclists will meet at Green Fleet Bicycle Shop (934 Jefferson St.) at 11:00am to ride your bike with the group to the McFerrin Community Center (310 Grace St.). If you do not want to ride a bike and would just like to be a volunteer reader, you can meet us us Green Fleet to grab some books to take with you…

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June 2018

BIKES. BOOKS. BREWS.

June 30, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Blackstone Brewing Company,
2312 Clifton Ave., Nashville, TN 37209 United States
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BIKES. BOOKS. BREWS. As we continue to celebrate 10 years of Ride for Reading, we’re excited to announce this special event at Blackstone Brewing Company!  Nothing says summer like enjoying nice, cold brews with friends on a hot, summer day – especially after a hot bike ride! Come join us for a FREE, fun, scenic, urban with a mix of backroads group bike ride in Nashville with a post-ride party at Blackstone Brewing Co. on Saturday, June 30! Cyclists will meet…

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Delivery to The Salvation Army: Magness Potter Center – June 2018

June 15, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Von Elrod’s Beer & Sausage Garden,
1004 4th Avenue N, Nashville, 37219
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On Friday, June 15th we will be delivering books to the children of The Salvation Army Magness-Potter Community Center in partnership with Front Porch! We will officially be in the full swing of Summer and many children are out of school so we have partnered up with Front Porch for a fun summer book delivery/event to a low-income neighborhood Community Center. Front Porch has built many relationships with children and families in this area and we are excited to share…

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May 2018

Teacher Book Pick-up

May 30, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Ride for Reading’s Warehouse,
1515 Elm Hill #107, Nashville, TN 37210 United States
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We are pleased to offer a TEACHER BOOK PICKUP on Wednesday, May 30th at our Warehouse – 1515 Elm Hill Pike, Suite 107 in Nashville, made possible by generous funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Teachers in area Title 1 Schools are invited to attend and select books for their students and class libraries for the summer. **Due to several upcoming Summer & Fall Ride for Reading deliveries, everyone will be allowed to select up to 30 books from Ride for Reading’s inventory. Registration…

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Ride for Reading’s 10 YEAR CELEBRATION!

May 12, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Von Elrod’s Beer & Sausage Garden,
1004 4th Avenue N, Nashville, 37219
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Join us on Saturday, May 12th to celebrate Ride for Reading’s 10 year anniversary and as we wrap up National Ride for Reading week! In 2008, Mathew Portell, had a small vision. As a public school educator, he learned there were many children who did not have books at home to read. In low-income communities, studies say that 1 in 300 children have access to age-appropriate books. As an avid cyclist, he decided to take his passion for cycling and combine…

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Nashville Ride for Reading Week Delivery to Pennington Elementary – May 2018

May 11, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Shelby Bottoms Nature Center,
1900 Davidson St, Nashville, 37206 United States
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Nashville Ride For Reading Week Delivery On Friday, May 11th we will be delivering books to the 300 children of Pennington Elementary!  Join us for our biggest Nashville delivery of the year during National Ride for Reading week! We will meet at 8:00AM at the Shelby Bottoms Nature Center parking lot. We are scheduled to arrive at Pennington Elementary for their Field Day at 9:00am so we will roll out no later than 8:30am. It will be a pretty easy, flat 4.5 mile ride on the…

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Mt. Juliet Ride for Reading Week Delivery – W. A Wright Elementary

May 10, 2018 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am

Mt. Juliet Delivery Mt. Juliet joins the cities participating in National Ride For Reading Week 2018 with this delivery to W.A. Wright Elementary School on Thursday, May 10, 2018.   Cyclists will meet at the Mt. Juliet – Wilson County Library (2765 N. Mt. Juliet Rd., Mt. Juliet) at 7:00AM for a 7:30 departure to the school . Non-Cyclists may register to read to kids at the school (spaces limited – please indicate if you are riding with the group,…

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Springfield Ride for Reading Week Delivery – Crestview Elementary

May 7, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Crestview Elementary,
Springfield, 37172
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Springfield, TN joins the cities participating in National Ride For Reading Week 2018 with this delivery to Crestview Elementary School (1160 Jaden Gavin Rd, Springfield, TN 37172) on Monday, May 7, 2018.   Cyclists will meet at TBD at 7:30AM for a 8:00 departure to the school . Non-Cyclists may register to read to kids at the school (spaces limited – please indicate if you are riding with the group, or meeting at the school). Contact Meghan Parker for more information on this…

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Ride for Reading Week

May 6, 2018 - May 12, 2018

Thank you to everyone that participated in National Ride for Reading week 2018! If you participated this year, would you take a few minutes to complete this survey so we can continue to improve on this event next year? Thank you! National Ride For Reading Week is an annual nationwide effort in which volunteer cyclists bring our mission to their town by hosting book deliveries to Title 1 Schools in their communities. It’s the biggest week of the year! May…

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Ride for Reading Bike Valet at Jack Johnson concert!

May 2, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Ascend Amphitheater,
301 1st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201 United States
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Yep. You read that right. Ride for Reading is teaming up with Jack Johnson and hosting a concert bike valet program at the local stop of his 2018 Tour! We are also partnering with All At Once, Jack Johnson’s social action network connecting nonprofits with people who want to become active in their local and world community. All At Once comes to life online at www.AllAtOnce.org and at the Jack Johnson concerts where you can get educated, get inspired, and…

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The Big Payback – READ. RIDE. GIVE

May 2, 2018

RIDE FOR READING IS PARTICIPATING IN THE BIG PAYBACK! The Big Payback is back on May 2, 2018, and Ride for Reading is excited to take part in this monumental charitable event for its fifth annual giving day challenge. The Big Payback, hosted by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, is a 24-hour, community-wide, online event that celebrates Middle Tennessee’s spirit of generosity and supports the life-changing work of area nonprofits. The Big Payback helps organizations, like us, raise much-needed…

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April 2018

Ride for Reading Book Sorting Party

April 25, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Ride for Reading’s Warehouse,
1515 Elm Hill #107, Nashville, TN 37210 United States
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Join us for our 2nd Ride for Reading Book Sorting party of the year! As we prepare for upcoming deliveries during National Ride for Reading week and new book shipments coming in, we need your help in sorting books by age groups! We love to continually meet and get to know our community partners and volunteers! All ages are welcome to attend – but we would prefer adults due to the time frame of the event. And we would LOVE to have…

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*CANCELLED* 8th Annual Nashville Outdoor Rec Festival & Expo

April 14, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

8th Annual Nashville Outdoor Recreation Festival & Expo Saturday, April 14 from 9:00a.m.-3:30p.m. Spend the day at Bells Bend Outdoor Center at the 8th Annual Nashville Outdoor Recreation Festival & Expo. Come out and visit Ride for Reading and several other local vendors and organizations! For more information call (615) 862-4187.

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Delivery to Mt. View Elementary – April 2018

April 13, 2018 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Burnette Chapel Church of Christ,
3890 Pin Hook Rd, Antioch, 37013
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On Friday, April 13 we will be delivering books to the 750 children of Mt. View Elementary! Join us for an EARLY delivery to Antioch! We will meet at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ (3890 Pin Hook Rd, Antioch, TN 37013) at 7:30AM. We are scheduled to arrive at Mt. View Elementary (3820 Murfreesboro Road Antioch, TN 37013) at 8:30am so we will roll out no later than 8:10am. It will be just under 2 mile route to the school. We…

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