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All FiftyForward centers have resumed in-person activities (following CDC protocols).

As we continue to listen to officials regarding best practices we are also committed to offering older adults safe connections and socialization which are critical to good mental and physical health. All FiftyForward centers are open for in-person programming, please note masks are required for all indoor activities. Check out our fun and engaging virtual/online and outdoor programming, too! There’s something for everyone. Contact your preferred location here.

FiftyForward Knowles was the first FiftyForward center established in 1956. From that single entity, the agency now operates seven centers in Middle Tennessee.

In 2002-03 through a special property arrangement with Metro Nashville and the Tennessee State Fair board, FiftyForward constructed and moved into our beautiful new building on the Fairgrounds: the Patricia Hart Building. With administrative and program headquarters occupying the second floor, FiftyForward Knowles uses the ground floor space for classes, activities, and events and is a proud member of the popular Wedgewood Houston community.

FiftyForward Knowles Choraleers

Location Quick Info

FiftyForward Knowles
174 Rains Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
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Center Hours: Monday–Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Events & Classes

The center bustles with a variety of programs and classes. Among the most popular are yoga, Tai Chi, day trips, SilverSneakers® Fitness Program, knitting, crocheting, and Choraleers (choral singing).

Information about classes and activities is available in our quarterly publication, Forward Focus, available at the center and at area libraries. FiftyForward Knowles can also be found on Facebook.

Class Activities & Clubs

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The Patricia Hart Building
at FiftyForward Knowles

The Patricia Hart Building is conveniently located just inside the entrance to The Fairgrounds Nashville at Wedgewood and Rains Avenues. Our facility is suitable for a variety of social and corporate functions, both large and small.

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FiftyForward Knowles Team

Sharie Loik Director, Patricia Hart Building, includes FiftyForward Knowles Center, Adult Day Services and FiftyForward Fresh
Cayla Thompson Program Coordinator FiftyForward Knowles, FiftyForward Fresh Volunteers

FiftyForward Knowles Advisory Committee

James Trent, President
Dorothy Baccus
Carolyn Billings
Jeff Boyton
Betty Crockett
Laverne Eagleson
Barbara Hall
Ossie Jefferson-Corley
Jim Johnson
Michelina Lenker
Avy Long
Joe Murray
Vonda Scruggs
Maurine Simpson
Janice Smith
Timena Torivor

Ways To Help


FiftyForward Knowles values and appreciates volunteers and in-kind donations and financial support. To inquire as to where your time, talents, and resources can best be utilized, please contact Sharie Loik Goodman, FiftyForward Patricia Hart Building Director, at 615-743-3400; or email

Invest In Us

For more information on donations and support opportunities, please visit our Invest In FiftyForward page.