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1. Events -

The Farms at Bailey Station will host a free seminar titled “The 7 Things Every Senior Needs to Know About Estate Planning and Long-Term Care,” presented by J. Anthony Bradley of The Bradley Law Firm, Thursday, July 23, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, July 25, at 10 a.m. at the Farms at Bailey Station model, 10013 Grand Central Circle E. Email mmotes@farmsabs.com or call 901-328-4850.

2. Cool Off -

Al Austin knows he’s competing with the sunshine.

But Austin, co-owner of the Mid-South Ice House, wants Memphis-area residents looking for a cool summer activity to know he’s in business.

“It’s 52 degrees in the rink,” he said.

3. Report: More Tennessee Children Living in Poverty -

A new report says more than one-fourth of Tennessee children are living in poverty, up from a few years ago when the country was in a recession.

The Tennessean reports the review shows more than a third of children are living with insecurely employed parents.

4. New Shoe Store Headed To Carriage Crossing -

A shoe store new to the Memphis market is planning to open a location in the Carriage Crossing retail development.

Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse is expected to open in Collierville later this year.

5. Make a Mess -

If you eat a plate of ribs at Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous, you’re likely to walk away with messy fingers. You’re also likely to get messy at a new business in Overton Square, where sisters Anna Vergos Blair and Katherine Vergos Riederer have opened their kid-friendly creativity zone The Art Project.

6. Digital Diaspora -

The ubiquitous connectivity that permeates today's workplace is having a profound effect on company cultures, most notably in the digitally-fueled diaspora unfolding in which employees can work from just about anywhere.

7. Colleges, Pro Franchises Seek Strategies to Keep Millennials Interested -

UT and Vanderbilt are accustomed to tough competition from Tuscaloosa, Athens and Gainesville. Likewise, the Titans must deal with the Colts, Steelers and Ravens.

On games days, they and many others now have to go against Sony, Microsoft, Apple and EA Sports.

8. Barbic To Leave Achievement School District -

The founding superintendent of the state-run Achievement School District is leaving the post at the end of the calendar year, citing the pace of the reform work as well as the need to sustain the work of the schools.

9. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday, July 14, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

10. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present “Motown: The Musical” Tuesday, July 14, through July 19 at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.

11. Events -

Repticon Memphis, a reptile and exotic-animal expo, will be held Saturday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Landers Center, 4650 Venture Drive in Southaven. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12, and free for children younger than 5. Visit repticon.com/memphis.html.

12. Want to Get Into Knoxville-Area Showbiz? Here’s How -

“Chasing the fun” keeps Jaime Hemsley, founder and owner of Gage Models and Talent Agency, in high gear to find her clients opportunities in the entertainment business.

“There’s lots of different ways to get involved in the industry,” she says, adding that her clients work both locally and nationally. Her agency recently booked a client with a TV reality dating show. Gage is headquartered in Knoxville but has clients throughout the southeast and works with agencies in New York and Los Angeles.

13. ‘Honda Girl’ Ashley Blair Finds Career Outside Car Ads -

Ten-year-old actress Ashley Blair takes her job seriously. She’s like many other actors in the region working to improve her craft and looking for the next project. The Knoxville area has a thriving community of actors, writers, directors, and producers, all trying to showcase their best work, both locally and nationally.

14. Acting Up -

The Knoxville area has a rich legacy of actors who have found success in show business: Patricia Neal, David Keith, Cylk Cozart, David Dwyer, John Cullum, Bruce McKinnon, Polly Bergen, Dale Dickey, Brad Renfro, Johnny Knoxville, perhaps the most famous of all, Dolly Parton, singer/songwriter turned actress.

15. Sliding Into Home Easier Without Balks, Walks, Brushbacks -

Real estate is a bit like baseball. It seems easy enough until a person takes a shot at explaining the intricacies of the respective fields.

Training a new agent how to use the various contracts such as the Purchase and Sale Agreement, Confirmation of Agency Status, Disclaimer, Lead Based Paint Disclosure, the various releases, disclosures are as confusing as why a foul ball is a strike unless it isn’t on the would-be third strike.

16. Former Mayor Purcell Traces Nashville Transformation to 1978 Election -

Former Mayor Bill Purcell lived through the transition from the good old boys who ran Nashville to the “new Nashville,” in which a displaced Yankee became mayor in 1991 and began the type of forward-thinking, executive-style leadership that has propelled Nashville to skyline-shattering status on the national stage.

17. Wild Side -

No chance of being attacked by a hippo, which despite its size can outrun a man and is responsible for more human deaths in Africa than any other large animal.

No chance of being caught between the powerful jaws of a Nile crocodile and dragged underwater, drowned and devoured like a wildebeest in a National Geographic video.

18. Senate, House Look to Update Bush-Era Education Law -

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's something most Democrats and Republicans in Congress can agree on — an update to the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law is much needed and long overdue.

19. All-Male Nanny Service Eyeing Middle Tennessee -

Mary Poppins he’s not. No flying umbrellas, no Oscar-winning musical numbers.

But as a caregiver, Jon Ericksen would rank himself right up there with any nanny in the business.

“Two nieces grew up in the house with me, I have worked with kids a lot in all my jobs, so I knew this was something that I would be very interested in,” says Ericksen, one of the men working for MyManny, a Tennessee-based, all-male nanny agency.

20. Trade Schools Have to Find Grads Jobs, or Lose Financial Aid -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Exotic dancers hired as admissions counselors. Recruiters told to seek out "impatient" individuals who have "few people in their lives who care about them." Military personnel still recovering from brain damage told to sign on the dotted line.

21. Timing the Market -

Ray’s take: I once had a client tell me that all she wanted me to do was have her in the market while it went up, and get her out of it before it went down. Sounds great! The only problem is that an honest person can’t do that on a consistent basis.

22. Financial Literacy for Young Adults -

We spend about 18 years preparing our children for the challenges they will face after setting out on their own. However, many parents forget an important detail: the value of preparing children for their financial future.

23. Study Finds Merit In Youth Villages' Transitional Program -

Youth Villages’ 17-year-old transition program for children aging out of the foster care system at age 18 improved participants’ outcomes in housing stability, economic well-being, and employment and earnings, according to a new clinical study by nonprofit research organization MDRC.

24. Martin, Wilson Travel Parallel Paths to Success -

Pitmaster Pat Martin of Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint and Chef Tandy Wilson of City House didn’t know one another in early 2007. Yet they’d soon have more than a few things in common.

25. Seeds of Nutrition in South Memphis -

Second in a series of profiles on the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis’ GiVE 365 grantees.

The community garden/urban farming concept literally took root years ago. Knowledge Quest founder and director Marlon Foster remembers well the 25-by-25-foot plot at the Fowler Homes housing project back in 1999. It was a humble beginning planted with a few seeds and a lot of faith and hope.

26. Simmons Joins Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors -

Mary Leesa Simmons has joined Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors as vice president – senior asset manager. In her new role, Simmons provides all aspects of property management duties for the firm’s clients.
This includes financial administration, budgeting, reporting, lease administration, contract administration, tenant, client and vendor administration, capital improvements and property inspections.

27. I Survived Disneyland -

I must’ve been out of my mind. How else to explain an anti-Disney person deciding to travel two time zones to visit Disneyland, just days after the official kickoff of the madness of the 60th anniversary celebration?

28. Redbirds Begin 11-Game Homestand Tuesday -

The Memphis Redbirds return to AutoZone Park on Tuesday, June 23, to open an 11-game homestand.

A variety of special incentives and activities are planned for fans during that stretch.

Hot dogs are just $1 at AutoZone Park for every Tuesday home game, courtesy of King Cotton. Thursdays are college nights and bluff tickets are just $5 with a valid college ID. On Fridays, the block party features $2 domestic drafts.

29. Grizzlies Holding Kids Basketball Camps -

The Memphis Grizzlies will host their 2015 Summer Basketball Day Camps at several locations throughout Memphis and Tennessee for boys and girls ages 7-16.

From the art of the jump shot to defensive footwork, instructors will share their knowledge and love of the game during sessions that focus on improvement both for the individuals and within a team setting.

30. Yogis Converge on St. Jude, Raise $40,000 for Hospital -

A national program for yoga enthusiasts struck a pose in Memphis last weekend and raised more than $40,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The hospital hosted Yoga Gives to St. Jude Kids on its campus Saturday, June 13. Yogis of all ages and experience levels participated in the fundraiser, held in the St. Jude pavilion.

31. Events -

The Metal Museum will exhibit “A Kind of Confession,” showcasing critical and contemporary metalwork from African-American artists, Saturday, June 20, through Sept. 11 at the museum, 374 Metal Museum Drive. Visit metalmuseum.org.

32. Bishop Hears Stronger Call After ‘Fighting God’ -

The reason Richard Stika entered the seminary was to get thoughts of being a priest out of his system

It didn’t turn out that way.

On Dec. 14, the bishop of the Knoxville Catholic diocese will mark his 30th anniversary as a priest.

33. Climate Change as Faith Issue a Tough Sell -

It’s been a tough few years for Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light. The state affiliate of a national network of faith communities, the organization offers its members a spiritual way to respond to climate change issues and challenges from political and other sources.

34. Events -

Memphis Juneteenth Urban Music Festival will be held Friday, June 19, through Sunday, June 21, in Robert R. Church Park, at Beale and South Fourth streets. The festival will feature live music, car show, kids zone and more. Admission is free. Visit memphisjuneteenth.com for a schedule.

35. Grizzlies Holding Kids Basketball Camps Beginning June 29 -

The Memphis Grizzlies will host their 2015 Summer Basketball Day Camps at several locations throughout Memphis and Tennessee for boys and girls ages 7-16.

From the art of the jump shot to defensive footwork, instructors will share their knowledge and love of the game during sessions that focus on improvement both for the individuals and within a team setting.

36. Yogis Converge on St. Jude, Raise $40,000 for Hospital -

A national program for yoga enthusiasts struck a pose in Memphis last weekend and raised more than $40,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The hospital hosted Yoga Gives to St. Jude Kids on its campus Saturday, June 13. Yogis of all ages and experience levels participated in the fundraiser, held in the St. Jude pavilion.

37. Mickelson Rallies, But Fabian Gomez Wins Memphis Golf Tournament -

Billy Horschel wore FedEx colors – purple and orange – on Sunday for the last round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic. It seemed to work for him as he shot a 5-under 65 to finish at 7 under and in tie for 8th place.

38. Judge Rules Tennessee Virtual Academy Can Stay Open -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A judge in Nashville has ruled that the Tennessee Virtual Academy can remain open.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Union County director of schools Jimmy Carter said the Davidson County ruling means a decision to close the school can't be made until after the next school year.

39. Tioga Environmental Consultants Stays Agile During Economic Change -

When someone is preparing a house for sale, they might look into painting the kitchen or refurbishing the basement. But many homeowners and management groups first turn to groups such as Tioga Environmental Consultants to investigate for coatings of lead-based paint or asbestos in the house.

40. Events -

Luna Nova Ensemble will present the ninth annual Belvedere Chamber Music Festival Wednesday, June 17, through Saturday, June 20. Evening concerts are at 7:30 p.m. each night at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1750 Peabody Ave. Afternoon concerts are Friday and Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the Beethoven Club, 263 S. McLean Blvd. Admission is free. Visit lunanova.org.

41. Different Strokes -

Five years ago, Jim Napolitano left Hillwood Country Club in Nashville to become general manager at Chickasaw Country Club. The economy was still wheezing and Chickasaw, which received its charter in 1922 – or two years after the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote – was trapped in a time warp.

42. Ready to Ride -

Memphis kids have been embracing the art of horseback riding this month at Shelby Farms Park Equestrian Summer Camp. 
The summer offering is a popular one for children in second through seventh grade: All four sessions of the equestrian camp, which runs through June 19, are full.

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43. Listen for Home -

WHEN YOU’RE HOME, YOU CAN HEAR IT. I was recently reminded of a story I heard from an actor friend years ago when he was in town for a commercial I was making. His name was Robert Lansing – if you’re old enough, you’ll remember him from TV’s “12 O’Clock High.”

44. Events -

Literacy Mid-South will host the fourth annual Literatini benefit Friday, June 12, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Booksellers at Laurelwood, 387 Perkins Road Extended. The event will feature martini tastings, a Q&A with Harper Lee memoirist Marja Mills and more. Tickets are $50 a person or $75 a couple. Visit literacymidsouth.org.

45. Events -

Central Defense Staffing will host a recruitment event Thursday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6084 Apple Tree Drive, suite 10. CDS is seeking to fill specific warehouse positions in Memphis and North Mississippi. Visit centraldefensestaffing.com or call 901-473-6385.

46. Deadlines Everyone Should Know -

Ray’s Take: Deadlines are good for the soul. It’s always important to keep track of significant ones in life. At 16, we can drive, and at 18, we can vote. Your taxes are due on April 15. But what about other significant deadlines that may not be as familiar?

47. Browne Named RISE Foundation Board Chair -

Terri Browne, chief people officer for Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc., has been named board chair of the nonprofit RISE Foundation, which seeks to improve the lives of low-income working Memphians through financial literacy.

48. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday, June 9, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

49. The Soul of Memphis -

What if there was one place that could give a meaningful identity to a new generation of Memphians, preserve the sacred story of Memphis’ social and musical history and communicate the city’s soul to the rest of the world?

50. Cotton Tails, Sachi Stand Out With Customer-Centric Focus -

“I like to hide behind the scenes,” said Miki Brugge, the owner of children’s store Cotton Tails and women’s boutique Sachi. “Emphasis on ‘hide,’ please.”

While Brugge may prefer hiding, her Memphis retail presence certainly isn’t. Cotton Tails and Sachi cover 15,000 square feet, nestled in the northwest corner of upscale Laurelwood Shopping Center. Together the stores employ 22 local workers.

51. Events -

FedEx St. Jude Classic golf tournament will be held Monday through Sunday, June 8-14, at TPC Southwind, 3325 Club at Southwind. The PGA Tour stop will feature tournament play, celebrity pro-am, and events throughout the week. Visit stjudeclassic.com for a schedule.

52. Involvement in Honor Flights an Honor for Mannis -

By creating HonorAir Knoxville, Eddie Mannis has brought joy to thousands of American war veterans and learned more than a little about his own character.

For the last eight years, the organization has honored veterans with free flights to the nation’s capital.

53. CMA Fest a Blast for Artists, Merchants -

The Glimmer Twins wannabe in the white cowboy hat and the 21-year-old blonde who has worked her tail off to climb from the audience to one of the main stages at CMA Music Festival display different but genuine levels of excitement about Music City’s biggest week.

54. Renovations Add to Charm of Smokies Park -

SEVIERVILLE – You don’t have to be an avid baseball fan to have a great time at Smokies Park.

Of course, the most ravenous baseball fan also will find the Tennessee Smokies’ home stadium has all you could want in a minor-league ballpark. There also is Southern League baseball, a Double-A league from which players often make the jump straight to the major leagues.

55. Local Wealth Managers Put Service Above Self -

Service over self is the Rotarian creed, and one that local wealth manager William (Bill) Pickens, has embraced in his life.

As founder of Gift of Life International’s local chapter, Gift of Life Mid-South – an organization that brings children with congenital heart defects from developing countries to Memphis to undergo lifesaving surgery – Pickens has put his mantra to work in tangible ways.

56. Redbirds' Piscotty Adjusts Batting Approach in Search of Cardinals-Level Power -

When Stephen Piscotty was growing up in Pleasanton, Calif., he played one of those games that kids with big-league dreams play. Only, this game was a little different. It had to be. The backyard had an obstacle.

57. Love of Learning -

Porter-Leath’s recent donation of a few thousand books to its preschool students serves as one of the latest examples of how the nonprofit is exposing infants and toddlers to the written word in a larger push to prepare children for long-term learning success.

58. Cancer Treatments Got Gentler, Yet Kids' Survival Improved -

CHICAGO (AP) – The move to make cancer treatments gentler for children has paid a double dividend: More kids are surviving than ever before, and without the long-term complications that doomed many of their peers a generation ago, new research shows.

59. Justices Boost Workplace Religious Protections -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court strengthened civil rights protections Monday for employees and job applicants who need special treatment in the workplace because of their religious beliefs.

60. Events -

Wolf River Conservancy will host a discussion and Q&A on the future of Wolf River Greenway Tuesday, June 2, at 6:30 p.m. in Sara’s Place at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road. Chuck Flink of Alta Planning & Design will discuss the greenway’s impact, design and immediate plans for the next seven phases. Free for WRC and MBG members; $4 for nonmembers. RSVP to education@wolfriver.org.

61. Redbirds Start Eight-Game Homestand on Friday -

The Memphis Redbirds return to AutoZone Park Friday, May 29, opening an eight-game homestand with a busy slate of special events.

Friday’s game vs. Salt Lake starts at 7:05 p.m. (gates open at 5:00 p.m.). Every Friday there is a “block party” with $2 domestic draft beers.

62. Events -

South Main Trolley Night will be held Friday, May 29, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the South Main Historic Arts District. Visit restaurants, stores and galleries, enjoy live performances and more. Cost is free. Visit gosouthmain.com/trolley-night.html for details.

63. Hopson, Barbic Look Ahead to New School Year -

Dorsey Hopson and Chris Barbic are comparing notes on the new school year that begins in August, the first in three years in which the structure of public education in Shelby County essentially will remain the same.

64. Events -

City of Memphis Storm Water Program will host a public forum Thursday, May 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Delta Gator Room at Bass Pro Shops’ Big Cypress Lodge, 1 Bass Pro Drive. Attendees can learn how storm water runoff affects the quality of water in streams and rivers. Cost is free; complimentary meals provided. For details, call 901-636-4349.

65. Anson VII Has Arrived -

My great-great-great-great grandfather Elijah Fleming had eight kids and no middle name.

According to an essay by a distant cousin of mine, five of the eight left their South Carolina homes “the night the stars fell.”

66. Deloitte Promotes Vince DeGutis -

Vince DeGutis, a partner in Deloitte Tax LLP, has been named Deloitte’s Memphis managing partner.
In his new role, DeGutis is responsible for overseeing the Memphis office, enhancing Deloitte’s brand and reputation in the business and civic community, and facilitating revenue growth by advancing targeting and growth activities. He is also responsible for the development and implementation strategies to attract and retain the next generation of leaders within Deloitte.

67. Tobacco Firms Get Partial Win Over Claims on Smoking Effects -

WASHINGTON (AP) – America's largest tobacco companies must inform consumers that cigarettes were designed to increase addiction, but not that they lied to the public about the dangers of smoking, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.

68. Jacob Wilson Climbs the Ladder From Bartlett High to Redbirds -

He used to be one of them, another kid with pen in hand, leaning forward at the fence line at AutoZone Park and hoping against hope one of the Memphis Redbirds would come over and sign an autograph.

69. What Grads Must Do to Secure Employment -

Career counselors at many Tennessee colleges and universities say interest from corporate recruiters is higher than they’ve seen it in years.

There are more job postings, internship opportunities, pre-employment trainee classes and technology training programs for all skill levels, but if a recent graduate needs help in pursuing a career, schools want the new alums to come back to them.

70. Memphis City Council Appointment Reflects Political Urgency -

Attorney Alan Crone is the newest member of the Memphis City Council.

The former chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party – who said he’s traded politics for nonprofits over the last decade – was the choice of city council members Tuesday, May 19.

71. Farm Feast -

The first elementary school students came to Agricenter International for some hands-on education more than a decade ago. About 80 students went on a literal field trip, walking through the cotton, soybean and cornfields.

72. Raising the Barre -

Memphis has always been known for its rich musical history, but another performing art is whirling across the city: dance.

Several collectives and companies are dedicated to making dance accessible to underserved communities and changing the perception that ballet is a dusty and stifled endeavor.

73. Tennis Memphis Summer Camps to Reach 1,500 Kids -

Tennis Memphis, a nonprofit organization which manages and programs City Of Memphis municipal tennis courts, is entering the final four weeks of its Be A PowerServer Campaign, which ends June 5.

The effort aims to raise $30,000 towards the organization’s annual National Junior Tennis & Learning Tennis summer camps, held at 23 locations across the Memphis area.

74. Square Roots -

Lucy Woodson and George Saig went to lunch recently in Overton Square.

They chose Babalu, the site where the entertainment district began in 1970 with the opening of the former TGI Friday’s, just months after Memphis voters approved “liquor by the drink.”

75. Conquering Fear of Heights on Mt. LeConte -

I was standing on the edge of a cliff during a hike to Mt. LeConte about two weeks ago.

Holding onto a thin metal handrail cable, I was walking a path maybe two feet wide on jagged rock with some water running through it, on the side of the mountain, about 4,000 feet above sea level.

76. Kid Coders -

A new nonprofit has launched in Memphis formed around the notion that where children are born shouldn’t pre-determine the opportunity they have to get hands-on experience – and build careers – in tech and computer-related fields.

77. Financial Information in the Digital Age -

Ray's take: As we spend more of our lives online – paying bills, collecting credit card rewards points, shopping, creating photo albums, emailing – it's increasingly important to consider how beneficiaries can access those accounts and any assets they hold, once we're gone.

78. Events -

NAWBO Memphis, the local chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, will meet Tuesday, May 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chickasaw Country Club, 3395 Galloway Ave. Denise Hodges, co-founder of the Business BreakThrough Institute, will discuss how to build your business by speaking. Cost is $40 at the door. Visit nawbomemphis.org.

79. Changing Hometown, Careers Pays Off for Hyams -

Jimmy Hyams moved to Knoxville from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the summer of 1985 looking for a fresh start to his journalism career and found a job as a sportswriter for the Knoxville News Sentinel.

80. Can We Still Be Friends? -

DIVORCE MAY BE BEST. After all, it was a shotgun wedding.

He grew up in an old neighborhood under the shade of old oaks – a big city boy with more ambition than brains, a dreamer always looking past the weeds in his own yard to greener grass. He was fun alright – into good times and great restaurants, live music and funky joints, nights that start with sunsets on the river and end at dawn next to somebody. He spent big, too big. Lived large, too large. And, truth be told, he could be a bit scary and more than a bit grabby.

81. Junior League of Memphis Hosts 6th Annual 5K for Kids -

Parents are encouraged to bring their children for a morning of family fun on Saturday, May 9.

Registration remains open for the 6th Annual Junior League of Memphis 5K for Kids – Taking Steps to End Childhood Obesity.

82. High-Tech Sensors Help Kids Keep Eye on Aging Parents -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Each time 81-year-old Bill Dworsky or his 80-year-old wife Dorothy opens the refrigerator, closes the bathroom door or lifts the lid on a pill container, tiny sensors in their San Francisco home make notes on a digital logbook.

83. Rodgers Takes Reins at Collierville Chamber -

Kanette Keough-Rodgers recently took over as president/CEO of the Collierville Chamber of Commerce after the chamber’s transition team selected her from more than 170 candidates.

In her new role, Rodgers is responsible for retaining and expanding chamber membership by ensuring members receive relevant, responsive and timely services, initiatives, programs and events. She is also responsible for forging and sustaining relationships with community, government and educational institutions.

84. Condo Dwellers Loving Restaurant Choices -

It’s Saturday afternoon, and the Bakersfield taco bar, located at the bottom of the Encore condominium building downtown, has drawn a lively crowd.

With the country music cranked and servers delivering platters of four-inch tacos displayed on trays like pizzas, guests of all types look to be on vacation.

85. Events -

Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau will celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week with a “Party in the Park” Wednesday, May 6, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Court Square, at Main Street and Court Avenue. The event will include food trucks, booths, entertainment, giveaways and more. Visit ilovememphisblog.com.

86. $100 Million for a Home? Luxury Buyers Reach a New Threshold -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The poshest of luxury homes are acquiring the cachet of a masterwork by Picasso or Matisse.

Rather than settle for garages of antique cars or a museum's worth of paintings, billionaires are increasingly willing to pay $100 million for homes that can serve as showcases for their fortunes, according to an analysis issued Thursday by Christie's International Real Estate.

87. Events -

2015 Beale Street Music Festival will be held Friday, May 1, through Sunday, May 3, in Tom Lee Park. The kickoff to the Memphis in May International Festival includes more than 60 acts crossing every genre. Tickets are $40 each day. Visit memphisinmay.org/musicfestival for a lineup and more information.

88. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will host Bob Dylan and his band in concert Thursday, April 30, at 8 p.m. at The Orpheum, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at Orpheum-memphis.com.

89. Multigenerational IRAs and Estate Planning -

Ray's take: A multigenerational IRA is an individual retirement arrangement that works well not only to first-generation beneficiaries upon your death, but also to subsequent heirs who follow the original beneficiaries. These are also sometimes called a “stretch IRA.”

90. Stringfellow Taking Memphis Back to the Basics -

Alex Stringfellow believes it’s time for Memphis to get back to basics.

As chairman of the Urban Land Institute’s Young Leaders division, he’s noticed at lecture events that questions from the audience always return to the same core subjects. This need for information, coupled with a perceived negative attitude among Memphians about the city’s issues, drove him to organize ULI Memphis’ May 4 event, “Getting Back to Basics: The Real Deal of Schools, Crime & Taxes.”

91. Book Bus Rolls Into Memphis to Spread Literacy -

When Jennifer Frances was a little girl, her Nana Bess used to read books aloud to her. Frances loved it. So did a younger cousin, but he struggled to pronounce the name and Nana Bess became “Nana Bus.”

92. Shelby County Gets Two Summer Jobs Programs -

Shelby County Commissioners have created their own two-month summer jobs program for 65 teenagers and college-aged adults and voted Monday, April 27, to fund it over two summers with $169,127 from the commission’s contingency fund.

93. Free CPR Training Will Be Offered May 2 at MERI -

Each year Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital treats about 40 children who drown or almost drown in pools, ponds or other bodies of water. An event hosted by Splash Mid-South, Le Bonheur and Safe Kids Mid-South will arm parents and other caregivers with the skills and knowledge necessary to perform CPR.

94. Wendell Smith’s: Charlotte Avenue's Safe Zone for Sinners, Saints -

Other than the fact the roads outside – 53rd and Charlotte – are paved, not much has changed at Wendell Smith’s Corner, a monument to a short life well lived.

95. Sounds Like a Hit for Neighbors -

For months, sounds of construction surrounded the Nashville Sounds’ sparkling new First Tennessee Park in Germantown.

The constant thump-thump-thump of pounding jackhammers competed with the irritating, high-pitched beeps of vehicles backing up. Ka-ching! Cranes lifted steel beams into place, keeping time with a syncopated thrumming of never-ending drilling. Ka-ching!

96. Events -

Five and Five Workshop (A Wake-Up Call for Business Owners) will be held Tuesday, April 28, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at The Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave., suite 909. Business coach and author Bridget DiCello and business attorney Alan Crone will present “The Five Most Common Mistakes Business Owners Make (and how to avoid them)” and “The Five Things Every Small Business Owner Should Have (but generally doesn’t).” Cost is $75. RSVP to fiveandfive@levelnineservices.com or 901-410-5154.

97. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present Tyler Perry in his new play, “Madea on the Run,” Friday, April 24, through Sunday, April 26, at the Orpheum, 203 S. Main St. Tickets start at $42.50. Visit orpheum-memphis.com or call 901-525-3000.

98. Dr. Neil Bomar Joins Support Solutions -

Dr. Neil Bomar has joined Support Solutions as its first staff psychiatrist, a role in which he will help individuals with intellectual disabilities and those with a history of long-term mental illness who are currently supported by the organization. Bomar’s addition makes Support Solutions one of the only industry providers in the Mid-South to provide this level of support.

99. Cohen Says Pot Legalization Odds Still Long In Tennessee -

On the second observance of “4/20” – the unofficial underground day of open marijuana usage – since several states legalized the drug, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen told a group at the University of Memphis that Tennessee probably will be the last state to follow suit or even legalize medical usage.

100. Barbie Shows Signs of Life As Mattel Plots Comeback -

NEW YORK (AP) – Things are finally looking up for Barbie.

Mattel, the toy company behind the plastic dolls, said there were some signs of improving demand for Barbie ahead of its planned makeover of the brand, including Barbie dolls with different skin tones, eye colors and nose shapes to better relate to multicultural girls and their mothers.