Department of Leisure Services – September Events

Department of Leisure Services – September Events


The Bryan Symphony Orchestra opens its 53rd season with a free concert of light classics, season previews, movie music, and patriotic favorites Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Dogwood Park. Rain location: Bryan Fine Arts Center, Tennessee Tech University. Free admission!

The Big Band Sound Orchestra is gearing up for a Labor Day performance in Dogwood Park in Cookeville. The band plays on the stage of the Dogwood Performance Pavilion at 7:30, Monday, September 7. The show is free and the band leaves room on the stage for dancing!

Fall FunFest, Cookeville’s annual downtown festival centered around the Courthouse square, is Sept. 11 and 12, featuring a BBQ cookoff, craft and food vendors, family-friendly activities, live music and more. Find the full event schedule at

The Cane Creek Gymnasium is excited to host a co-ed Dodgeball Tournament Saturdya, Sept. 12 at noon. The tournament will begin round robin – each team plays each team. 6-10 players on each team. Players must be 18 or older. The results of the round robin will determine the rankings for a single elimination tournament. The winning team receives T-shirts for each player and a trophy to be displayed at the facility. Six players on each side at the beginning of each game. The Official NADA rulebook can be found at: $10 per team. Preregistration is required. Fore more information, visit
Comic Drawing class Saturday, Sept. 12 – Oct. 17 from 10:30-12:30 p.m. at Cane Creek Recreation Center for $35 per participant. This course is designed for youth ages 14-17 and will include demonstrations from the instructor and hands-on instruction, including anatomy drawings of human head, arms, legs, torso and chest; homework assignments and critiques from the instructor, learning about perspectives, learning how to draw a scene, learning how to set up a scene with panels and learning how to draw the “Marvel Way.” Paper and pencils will be furnished, but students should bring a sketch book or sketch diary. Instructor Kevin Steward is a freelance illustrator/graphic designer/comic artist with a Bachelor’s Degree in interactive graphic design. Kevin’s comics have been published multiple times and he is looking forward to sharing his knowledge and experience. Pre registration is required. Call 931-520-5286.

Saturday, September 12 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., come HISTORY HIKE between the Cookeville Depot Museum and the Cookeville History Museum! Pick up your entry (and enjoy some cookies) at either museum, find the answers to the trivia questions along Broad Street between the two museums and have the form back by 3:30 p.m. to be included in the prize drawing! If you like, you can do both hikes (Depot -> History Museum and/or History Museum -> Depot) each day.

Join the Cookeville History Museum in celebration of the TTU Centennial for the opening of “Tennessee Tech University: Moments Leading Up to 100 Years” on Friday, Sept. 18 at 5 p.m. See artifacts and memorabilia from the University’s 100 years, 1915 to present. Refreshments will be served. The events will be hosted in conjunction with the downtown kickoff of the university’s Centennial celebration, which will also feature a book release and events in Dogwood Park. Admission to the museum is free.

The American Cancer Society’s Small Fri Try is a Triathlon For Kids 0-8 years old and will be held Saturday, Sept. 19 in Dogwood Park. Ride your bike, trike, wagon or big wheel; run for the finish line and splash through the fountain! Kids age 0-8 years are invited to take part in this fun event at Dogwood Park. Everyone is a winner and gets a trophy and a T-shirt. Register by September 7 for $20 or for $25 thereafter. Presented by the American Cancer Society and Cookeville Leisure Services. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Registration forms are available online:

Tai Chi classes for all ability levels. Sept. 29- Nov. 3 at the Cane Creek Recreation Center. Instructor Nikki Desch is an award-winning martial artist with 35+ years of experience. $30 per participant. Preregistration is required. Call 931-520-5286.

Dr. Doom’s Fall Break Basketball Camp is October 5-16 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cane Creek Gymnasium. This camp is where campers will focus on basketball fundamentals such as shooting, dribbling, and passing. Campers can be dropped off as early as 7 a.m and picked up as late as 5 p.m. Hours of instruction are between 8:15 a.m. and 4 p.m.  The camp will build the confidence of children with Bob Dawson’s unparalleled instruction and wealth of basketball knowledge. Coach Dawson began the Dr. Doom Camp in Cookeville in 1994 and has worked with thousands of athletes in the community. Register before September 27th for $55 per week or for $65 per week thereafter. A daily rate of $15 per day is also available. Register by calling 931-526-9767.

Fall Camp at the Cane Creek Recreation Center is October 5- 16 and is for children in kindergarten through 12 years old.  Camp is held during Putnam County Schools’ Fall Break which will be October 5-9 and 12-16 in 2015. This program is modeled after our popular Summer Day Camp and is modified to fit the shorter Fall Break. Tuition is $70 per week and space is limited. Campers can be dropped off as early as 6:30 a.m. and picked up as late as 5:30 p.m. Register now!

An Intermediate Photography class will begin Thursday Oct. 8 and continue through Nov. 12 at the Cane Creek Recreation Center. Tuition is $65 per participant. This course is for individuals who have a basic understanding of photography and want to advance themselves to more in-depth understanding of Digital SLR camera operation.  Topics include camera controls, manual exposure, white balance, lenses and composition. You will learn to take control of your camera and exploit your equipment. You’ll develop your skills and enhance your photographs through image manipulation. A  Digital SLR camera is required. Ron Baker is a professional photographer who provides top-end photography for businesses, families, weddings and events, large format printing, graphic design and digital services. Preregistration is required. Call 931-520-5286.

The Cookeville Museums and Department of Leisure Services present A Night at the Museums: The Great Tech Escape, Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Take a stroll down Broad Street between the Cookeville History Museum and the Depot and watch history come alive. Celebrate TTU’s Centennial as historic figures from our local university come to greet you. A free event. For more information, call 931-520-5455 or 931-528-8570.

A Tennessee Scholars information session will be held Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10:15-11:15 at the Cane Creek Recreation Center. There is money to be had for high school students. Participants will find out about the Tennessee Scholars Program requirements to get scholarship money for technical school. This is a free event open to all high school students, but participants are encouraged to preregister at

On Tuesdays, starting at 7 p.m., a portion of the Cane Creek Gymnasium will be dedicated to our Ladies’ Night, allowing the ladies a chance to play basketball together. Entrance to the gymnasium is $1. Check out the full gym schedule at