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1. Last Word: $4.8 Billion of TNT, North Parkway Complications and Graceland West -

FedEx sets a date next week for its acquisition of TNT Express – a $4.8 billion deal that was approved by TNT shareholders Wednesday.

2. Ifs, Etc. -

A wordier version of this column ran in 2008. That would have been shortly after the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ran a certain editorial. In which it asserted that to say there are “no ifs, ands or buts” is wrong. The correct phrase, it averred, is “no ifs, ans or buts.”

3. Events -

SRVS will host a free dance and movement class for the general public, including people with disabilities, on Tuesday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to noon at the J.K. Lewis Senior Center, 1188 North Parkway. Participants must be 18 or older. Email astrid.french@srvs.org to register.

4. Events -

SRVS will host a free dance and movement class for the general public, including people with disabilities, on Tuesday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to noon at the J.K. Lewis Senior Center, 1188 North Parkway. Participants must be 18 or older. Email astrid.french@srvs.org to register.

5. Events -

Howard Hall Amp’d Up, a front porch party at Memphis Heritage, will be held Saturday, April 23, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 2282 Madison Ave. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy live music by Jeffrey and the Pacemakers, plus free hot dogs, chips, soda and beer. Cost is free; donations accepted. Visit memphisheritage.org.

6. Events -

Memphis Black Expo will hold a workforce ready seminar for ages 15-18 on Saturday, April 23, from 8 a.m. to noon in the St. Andrew AME Church community life center, 1472 Mississippi St. The seminar will prepare attendees for the youth summer job fair, to be held April 30 from 9 a.m. to noon at the same location. Attendees must pre-register at memphisblackexpo.com/workforceready and a parent must sign the student in at the event.

7. Events -

Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development’s mobile Career Coach will be at Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Union Avenue campus on Wednesday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 737 Union Ave. Career Coach staff will help people create resumes and register with jobs4tn.gov, where more than 90,000 jobs are available.

8. Events -

Start Co. will offer small-business mentoring sessions Tuesday, April 5, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. This free program offers one-on-one counseling about starting or managing a small business. Visit memphislibrary.org for details.

9. Events -

Rhodes College will host the 2016 Brubeck Festival, highlighting the life and work of jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, Friday through Sunday, April 8-10. Highlights include Friday and Sunday performances of jazz musical “The Real Ambassadors” and a Saturday concert with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, MasterSingers Chorale and three of Brubeck’s sons. Visit rhodes.edu/events/music for details.

10. For Hobbled Grizzlies, Wins Now Precious As Gemstones -

Red diamonds, a 14th century Ming vase, William Shakespeare’s signature and, of course, the unfiltered Gregg Popovich compliment. Yes, these are among the rarest things on planet earth.

So it was notable when the San Antonio coach directed praise the Grizzlies’ way after the Spurs had defeated them by just six points within the shadow of The Alamo, and before a more thorough 101-87 beating at FedExForum a few nights later.

11. Vancouver Features Tastes For All Senses -

Every place has a food.

Canada has poutine. Sure, the country probably has a few other things, too. But Canada has poutine.

And never mind that the gooey mess of fries, gravy and cheese curds actually has origins in Quebec, on the far eastern end of Canada. A few hours into our family’s first visit to Canada in Vancouver – yes, on the far western edge of the country – the first meal had to include poutine.

12. Opposers Fight De-Annexation Another Day -

When the state Senate’s State and Local Government Committee convenes at noon Wednesday, March 21, in Nashville, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and his administration will have been working Capital Hill for about a day and a half.

13. De-Annexation Bill Sent Back to Legislative Committee -

The de-annexation bill pending in the Tennessee Legislature was sent back to a Senate committee in Nashville Monday, March 21, after those favoring the bill raised numerous questions about amendments to it.

14. Last Word: D-Day, Opera Festival Returns and Buying GMF After the Bond Default -

This is what you might call D-Day in Nashville. The “D’ in this case stands for deannexation.
The bill to permit deannexation by referendum has in the course of two weeks become the city’s dominant political issue.

15. 2016 Midtown Opera Festival Kicks Off April 1 -

Opera Memphis general director Ned Canty, a hardcore fan of the art form, has nevertheless been keen to see the Midtown Opera Festival slowly morph into something more.

Canty reached the five-year mark as Opera Memphis’ general director in January, and one of the things he’s been encouraging is the expansion of his organization’s yearly festival into more of, well, a festival. An arts-filled extravaganza with, yes, opera as a centerpiece but also one that brings a smorgasbord of other artistic forms each year to Midtown.

16. Road Trip Across Northern England -

American families considering travel to Europe often think of London, Paris and Rome.

But for those travelers wanting to get a real feel of a country and its people, immerse themselves in history, and discover the natural beauty and literary heritage of a nation, Northern England provides ample opportunities.

17. Events -

Luna Nova Music will perform “An Evening of Music and Shakespeare” Monday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Hardie Auditorium at Rhodes College, 2000 North Parkway. Cost is free. Visit lunanova.org.

18. Events -

Memphis Irish Society will host a family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day parade in Cooper-Young on Thursday, March 17, at 10 a.m. The route starts at First Congregational Church, 1000 S. Cooper St., and travels north to Memphis Made Brewing, 768 S. Cooper St. Visit memphisirish.com.

19. Malaprop Revisitation -

“I’m uphauled!” read the note. “Anyone with a social conscious would be ashamed. People are always ready to blame things on an escape goat, but for all intensive purposes, it’s a doggy-dog world out there. The underline meaning is clear, but don’t take a fence; this is just my too cents worth. Anyway it’s a mute point.”

20. Events -

Goodwill will hold a retail management job fair Wednesday, Feb. 17, with sessions from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Goodwill Job Center, 3830 Austin Peay Highway. Individuals should have two to five years’ experience in management and/or a college degree. Visit goodwillmemphis.org/hire to complete an online application and RSVP for either session.

21. Events -

Memphis Jewish Community Center will kick off the third annual Morris and Mollye Fogelman International Jewish Film Festival with a screening of “Dough” Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at Malco Paradiso, 584 S. Mendenhall Road. Tickets are $7 for the community; $5 for MJCC and Indie Memphis members. Other screenings continue through Feb. 28. Visit jccmemphis.org/film for a schedule.

22. Republic Coffee To Close -

Republic Coffee, which opened in 2008, is closing its doors in less than a week.

The business, at 2924 Poplar Ave., is shutting down Monday, Feb. 8, at 6 p.m. The owners are considering a move back to California, with health issues playing a part in their decision.

23. Republic Coffee To Close -

Republic Coffee, which opened in 2008, is closing its doors in less than a week.

The business, at 2924 Poplar Ave., is shutting down Monday, Feb. 8, at 6 p.m. The owners are considering a move back to California, with health issues playing a part in their decision.

24. Christmas Coming Home -

CHRISTMAS TIME. Every Christmas I tell this story, and in the telling Christmas comes home.

It was my first time to England and overseas, and prime time for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Soho.

25. Planning Ahead for the Rate Hike -

Ray’s take: So far, the Federal Reserve has not raised rates. It may be a while and it may be slow, but sooner or later rates will go up. Before they do, it could be a good idea for you to review how the rate hike will affect you personally.

26. Shibata Named UTHSC Chair of Surgery -

Dr. David Shibata has been named the Scheinberg Endowed Chair of Surgery and a professor in the Department of Surgery in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

27. Events -

Tennessee Shakespeare Company will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Thursday, June 4, through June 21 in the University of Memphis Mainstage Theater, 3745 Central Ave. Buy tickets at tnshakespeare.org.

28. Events -

The Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board will meet Wednesday, June 3, at 4 p.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

29. Events -

Germantown Charity Horse Show will be held Tuesday through Saturday, June 2-6, at 7745 Poplar Pike. The all-breed event will feature more than 800 horses in competition, plus vendors, Jack Russell Terrier races (June 6, 10 a.m. to noon) and more. Visit gchs.org.

30. Events -

Germantown Charity Horse Show will be held Tuesday through Saturday, June 2-6, at 7745 Poplar Pike. The all-breed event will feature more than 800 horses in competition, plus vendors, Jack Russell Terrier races (June 6, 10 a.m. to noon) and more. Visit gchs.org.

31. Events -

The Rotary Club of Memphis East will meet Wednesday, March 11, at noon at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Jack Sammons, chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, will speak. Cost is $17. RSVP to Lee Hughes at lmhughes@bellsouth.net.

32. Events -

Beale Street Merchants Association will host Beale’s annual Mardi Gras parade Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 5:30 p.m. The celebration will feature a fanfare of carts, horse-drawn carriages, bicycles and wagons decorated in Mardi Gras fashion; beads and candy; and jazz and blues music. Visit bealestreetmerchants.com.

33. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will hold the Green Your Home Winter Plant Sale Friday and Saturday, Feb. 13-14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. Choose from houseplants, container arrangements, terrariums and more. Admission is free. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com or call 901-636-4100.

34. Christmas Coming Home -

CHRISTMAS TIME. Every Christmas I tell this story, and in the telling Christmas comes home.

It was my first time to England and overseas, and prime time for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Soho.

35. Events -

Tennessee Shakespeare Company will present “Twelfth Night” Thursday, Dec. 11, through Dec. 21 at Dixon Gallery and Gardens Winegardner Auditorium, 4339 Park Ave. Buy tickets at tnshakespeare.org.

36. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the YMCA Nuber Center, 5885 Quince Road. CPA Garrett Surles will present “It’s Not Too Late – Year-End Tax Tips.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call Jo Garner at 901-482-0354.

37. Strange Encounters of the Literary Kind -

The main character in this column is the Bard himself, Willie Shakespeare. So, if you’re anti-poetry, see ya!

This is a recycle, even though I’m not on vacation this week. As I wrote in June 1995, “With a deadline every week, I occasionally find it necessary to tell a story only because it cries out to be told.

38. Rhodes to Hold 'Memphis Day' Saturday -

Rhodes College opens its campus Saturday, Nov. 1, for “Memphis Day.” The activities, which run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., include five live music performances, an afternoon football game and food trucks.

39. Authors, Readers Converge for Book Festival -

Earlier this year, interest in the first Mid-South Book Festival, scheduled to take place later this month, began to reach what seemed like a fever pitch, according to Literacy Mid-South executive director Kevin Dean.

40. Curtains Up -

As counterintuitive as it might sound, the more digitized and interconnected people get, the more they seem to appreciate the handiwork of Dan McCleary and the fellow live theater proponents who work with him.

41. Events -

Tennessee Shakespeare Company will present “The Taming of the Shrew” Wednesday, April 23, through May 4 at Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 4339 Park Ave. Buy tickets at tnshakespeare.org.

42. Events -

The Orpheum Theatre will present “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” Tuesday, April 22, through Sunday, April 27, at the theater, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at orpheum-memphis.com.

43. Events -

Ballet Memphis will present “Peter Pan,” a world premiere from the choreographer of “Cinderella” and “Wizard of Oz,” Saturday, April 12, and Sunday, April 13, at The Orpheum, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at balletmemphis.org.

44. Events -

Rhodes College will host Gary Schmitt, co-director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, Thursday, April 10, at 4 p.m. in the Frazier Jelke Science Center on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Schmitt will present “In the Wake of Edward Snowden: Security, Civil Liberties and American Intelligence.” Cost is free. Visit rhodes.edu.

45. Events -

Sales and Marketing Society of the Mid-South will host a roundtable with Ayn Maddox, managing partner of coaching and consulting company CreativExpressions, Thursday, March 27, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Cheffie’s Cafe, 483 High Point Terrace. The topic is “How Relationships Turn a Salesperson Into a Consultant.” Cost at the door is $20. Visit sms-midsouth.org.

46. Election Commission Hopeful for School Board Ruling -

John Ryder, an attorney for the Shelby County Election Commission, capped a week of cryptic court filings in the case by quoting a line from “Macbeth” as he made the Election Commission’s point that Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays should rule soon.

47. Events -

The Mid-South Sports and Boat Show will be held Friday, Feb. 14, through Sunday, Feb. 16, at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. The event will include boat and tackle vendors, and seminars for both children and adults. Visit midsouthboatshow.com for hours and ticket prices.

48. Events -

The Mid-South Sports and Boat Show will be held Friday, Feb. 14, through Sunday, Feb. 16, at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. The event will include boat and tackle vendors, and seminars for both children and adults. Visit midsouthboatshow.com for hours and ticket prices.

49. Events -

The National Hispanic Professional Organization, Memphis chapter will meet Thursday, Feb. 13, at noon at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Rafael Durand, director of human resources at International Paper, will speak. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Cost is free for members and $20 for nonmembers. Email nhpomemphis.us.

50. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, Feb. 12, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Steve Guinn, vice president of Highwoods Properties, will present “Real Estate Taxes: Memphis vs. Nashville.” Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

51. Events -

Tennessee Shakespeare Company will present “Romeo and Juliet” Tuesday, Jan. 28, and Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. at the Germantown Performing Arts Center, 1801 Exeter Road. Buy tickets at tnshakespeare.org.

52. Events -

The Tennessee Beta Unit of Parliamentarians will meet Monday, Jan. 27, at 5:45 p.m. at the Poplar-White Station branch library, 5094 Poplar Ave. The meeting is open to anyone interested in parliamentary law and “Robert’s Rules of Order.” Call 324-5184.

53. Events -

Literacy is Key: A Book and Author Affair, sponsored by the Memphis Alumnae Association of Kappa Kappa Gamma, will be held Thursday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. The program will feature W. Bruce Cameron, Joshilyn Jackson and Molly Crosby. Tickets start at $45; proceeds benefit First Book Mid-South. Visit memphiskkg.org.

54. Events -

Hattiloo Theatre will present “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show” Thursday, Jan. 9, to Jan. 26 at the theater, 656 Marshall Ave. Visit hattiloo.org.

55. Events -

Graceland will host an Elvis birthday proclamation and cake-cutting ceremony Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 9:30 a.m. on the Graceland front lawn, 3734 Elvis Presley Blvd. Cost is free; cake and coffee will be served at the Chrome Grille after the ceremony. Visit elvis.com for other birthday events held through Saturday, Jan. 11.

56. Christmas Coming Home -

CHRISTMAS TIME. Every Christmas I tell this story, and in the telling Christmas comes home.

It was my first time to England and overseas, and prime time for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Soho.

57. Henry VI, Part II Revisited -

One of my favorite quotes is from a Shakespearean play: “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” It gets me hot and bothered when people abuse and/or misuse this nugget of literature.

58. Events -

Tennessee Shakespeare Co. will present “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Life Radio Play” Wednesday, Nov. 20, through Dec. 8 in the Dixon Gallery and Gardens Winegardner Auditorium, 4339 Park Ave. Visit tnshakespeare.org.

59. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will host a debate between Shea Flinn and Kenneth Whalum Jr. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. The topic is “Memphis Sales Tax Increase: Yea or Nay?” Cost for nonmembers is $18. RSVP to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

60. Events -

The Shelby County Trustee’s Office will host a “Home Sweet Home” workshop for seniors Monday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Goodwill Senior Center, 163 W. Raines Road. Trustee staff will provide information on senior property taxes and how to effectively pass property to heirs. Cost is free. Visit shelbycountytrustee.com.

61. Events -

Ignite Memphis, Vol. 6, will be held Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Crosstown Arts, 430 N. Cleveland St. Twelve Memphians will enlighten attendees on a variety of topics via five-minute, 20-slide presentations. Cost is $15. Visit ignitememphis.com.

62. Martin Institute Screens Education Documentary -

The Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence will present a free screening Saturday, Nov. 9, of the film “The Hobart Shakespeareans.”

The documentary, to be shown at the Malco Paradiso theater at 10 a.m., chronicles how teacher Rafe Esquith introduced Shakespeare to students at a Los Angeles school in a low-income neighborhood where English is a second language for many students, and the impact it had on their achievement.

63. Martin Institute Screens Education Documentary -

The Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence will present a free screening Saturday, Nov. 9, of the film “The Hobart Shakespeareans.”

The documentary, to be shown at the Malco Paradiso theater at 10 a.m., chronicles how teacher Rafe Esquith introduced Shakespeare to students at a Los Angeles school in a low-income neighborhood where English is a second language for many students, and the impact it had on their achievement.

64. Events -

Business Over Coffee International will continue its Weave Your Own Web social media training series on Thursday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the group’s headquarters, 5865 Ridgeway Road, suite 300. Cost is free for members and first-time guests, and $10 for returning guests. Visit businessovercoffee.biz or call 820-4469.

65. Events -

In-Synk and The Daily News will host a Leadership Lunch & Learn book review and discussion on Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead” Friday, Sept. 6, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Triumph Bank board room, 5699 Poplar Ave. Cost is $20. Visit seminars.memphisdailynews.com.

66. Events -

In-Synk and The Daily News will host a Leadership Lunch & Learn book review and discussion on Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead” Friday, Sept. 6, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Triumph Bank board room, 5699 Poplar Ave. Cost is $20. Visit seminars.memphisdailynews.com.

67. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present a Great Wine Performances wine tasting and theater contest Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Characters from “Les Miserables” will serve 10 French wines and tests attendees’ knowledge of the musical for prizes. Cost is $65 at the door. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

68. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present a Great Wine Performances wine tasting and theater contest Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Characters from “Les Miserables” will serve 10 French wines and tests attendees’ knowledge of the musical for prizes. Cost is $50 in advance or $65 at the door. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

69. Tennessee Shakespeare Co. Expanding Volunteer Guild -

Tennessee Shakespeare Co. has put out a call asking for new participants for its volunteer guild, The Groundlings.

70. Tennessee Shakespeare Co. Expanding Volunteer Guild -

Tennessee Shakespeare Co. has put out a call asking for new participants for its volunteer guild, The Groundlings.

71. The Show Goes On -

Within the space of a week, Dan McCleary’s professional theater company lost major funding before almost simultaneously getting word that it has a big grant from Arts Midwest, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

72. Events -

The Rotary Club of Memphis East will meet Wednesday, May 29, at noon at The Racquet Club of Memphis, 5111 Sanderlin Ave. Jason Levien, CEO and managing partner of the Memphis Grizzlies, will speak. Cost is $17. R.S.V.P. to Lee Hughes at lmhughes@bellsouth.net.

73. Events -

Tennessee Shakespeare Co. will present “Hamlet” Wednesday, April 3, through Sunday, April 14, at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens Winegardner Auditorium, 4339 Park Ave. Visit tnshakespeare.org for times and tickets.

74. Events -

The Cotton Museum will host Patrick O’Daniel, discussing his book “When the Levee Breaks: Memphis and the Mississippi Valley Flood of 1927,” Thursday, March 28, at 5 p.m. at the museum, 65 Union Ave. Cost is free and includes a complimentary museum tour and reception. Visit memphiscottonmuseum.org.

75. Events -

Memphis Child Advocacy Center will hold its Works of Heart valentine auction, featuring works by more than 100 local artists, Saturday, Feb. 9, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Memphis College of Art, 1930 Poplar Ave. Visit memphiscac.org.

76. Events -

The Association of Fundraising Professionals will meet Thursday, Feb. 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Thomas Center at Christian Brothers University, 650 East Parkway S. The topic covers building meaningful relationships. Cost is $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Visit afpmemphis.org.

77. Events -

Playhouse on the Square will present “Sunset Boulevard” Friday, Jan. 25, through Feb. 17 at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org for times and tickets.

78. Events -

Memphis International Auto Show will be held Friday, Jan. 18, through Sunday, Jan. 20, at Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Visit memphis-autoshow.com for times and tickets.

79. Christmas Coming Home -

CHRISTMAS TIME Every Christmas I tell this story, and in the telling Christmas comes home.

It was my first time to England and overseas, and prime time for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Soho.

80. Events -

The Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County will host Vaccination Station, a low-cost pet vaccination event, Saturday, Dec. 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the southwest corner of Linden Avenue and Lauderdale Street. Visit memphishumane.org for a list of vaccinations and costs.

81. Taking Stage -

The latest production from Tennessee Shakespeare Co. is a stage version of one of the silver screen’s most beloved morality tales – the one about an angel on a mission, the magic of Christmas and the futility of worrying over what might have been.

82. Events -

LightWave Solar will host a lunch & learn titled “How Solar Can Work for Your Home or Business” Friday, Dec. 14, from noon to 1 p.m. in the River Tower at South Bluffs clubhouse, 655 Riverside Drive. R.S.V.P. to Grace Robertson at grobertson@lightwavesolar.com or 615-641-4050, ext. 104.

83. Events -

Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis is accepting nominations for its 2013 Legends Award through Monday, Dec. 10. The awards honor women whose innovative work is paramount in their area of outreach. Visit wfgm.org for details and a nomination form.

84. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Ave. Mark Ruleman, United Capital wealth adviser, will present “Improve the Way You Make Financial Decisions: Find Your Money Mind.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz.

85. Events -

Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis is accepting nominations for its 2013 Legends Award through Monday, Dec. 10. The awards honor women whose visionary and innovative work is paramount in their area of outreach. Visit wfgm.org for details and a nomination form.

86. Mrs. Olds: Fire Lighter -

TEACHERS, NOT SCHOOLS, TEACH. If you’re wondering how many pieces of notebook paper it takes to produce a truly impressive spitball, it’s 10, give or take.

Terry was occupying most of the rear corner, busily inserting one piece of notebook paper after another into his mouth. Known for both gross weight and behavior, Terry was larger and older than us; the former the result of being so fond of everything in the cafeteria that he went back again and again, and the latter the result of being so fond of several grades that he went back for those, too.

87. Tennessee Shakespeare Co. Presents 'It's a Wonderful Life' -

Tennessee Shakespeare Co. is presenting “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” inside Dixon Gallery & Garden’s Winegardner Auditorium next month.

88. ArtsMemphis Awards Education, Outreach Grants -

ArtsMemphis has awarded $283,150 to 27 arts education and outreach projects – an ambitious new funding effort designed to help local arts organizations bring arts projects to underserved neighborhoods in the Memphis area and to use the arts as an agent for social change.

89. Events -

Tennessee Shakespeare Co. will present “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” Thursday, Sept. 20, to Sunday, Oct 7, at Poplar Pike Playhouse, 7653 Old Poplar Pike. Visit tnshakespeare.org.

90. Tenn. Shakespeare Co. Expands Outreach -

The nonprofit Tennessee Shakespeare Co. announced it will perform “Hamlet” for its fifth performance season.

91. Events -

The Downtown Memphis Commission design review board will hold a special-called public meeting Wednesday, May 23, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the DMC conference room, 114 N. Main St. DRB members and staff will discuss current drafts of the Downtown Memphis design guidelines and sign code.

92. TSC Takes ‘The Tempest’ Outdoors -

William Shakespeare bids a fond farewell to the stage in Tennessee Shakespeare Co.’s next production, “The Tempest.”

93. New Moon Tackles Madness of ‘Lear’ -

Familial deception, failing political power and one man’s disintegrating psyche combine to form one royal mess in an upcoming New Moon Theatre Co. production. William Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” which has been called an “unstageable” play, will open at TheatreWorks on Friday, April 6.

94. Obama Takes Tougher Stance on Higher Education -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Access to college has been the driving force in federal higher education policy for decades. But the Obama administration is pushing a fundamental agenda shift that aggressively brings a new question into the debate: What are people getting for their money?

95. Turning Point -

In World War II, it was the beaches of Normandy. During the Great Recession, it was the collapse of Lehman Brothers. In Shakespeare's “Hamlet,” it's the reaction of Claudius when he storms out of the play that Hamlet staged in an attempt to guess whether his uncle killed his father.

96. Opera Memphis Dons Comic Mask -

Opera Memphis, which opened its 2011-2012 season with the torrid romance and drama of “Tosca” now invites audiences to sit back and laugh.

“The rest of the year it’s all happy endings,” said Ned Canty, Opera Memphis’ general director and stage director for Johann Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus,” which will be staged at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre Jan. 21 and 24.

97. Ghosts Of Christmas Past, Revisited -

CHRISTMAS TIME It was my first time to England, first time overseas and prime time for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Soho and the rocking HQ for the whole British invasion.

It was time to discover pubs, and Scottish eggs, bubble & squeak and spotted dick. Time to discover that bitter, served warm, is twice as strong as our brew, that a British pint holds 20 oz. instead of our 16, and that all of that explains why your knees don’t work after three of them.

98. To Blog or Not to Blog? -

To blog or not to blog? Though certainly not as life or death as Shakespeare’s variation, it’s an interesting question faced by countless business owners and marketing professionals every day.

99. TSC Takes Step Away from the Bard -

Tennessee Shakespeare Co. will celebrate the holidays by proving that it’s not a one-horse rodeo.

The professional theater company will stage its first non-Shakespearian production by branching out into works by Southern writers.

100. Memphis – With a Bow On Top -

GIVE MEMPHIS TO SOMEBODY YOU LOVE. Put a polar bear and a panda under the tree. But walk them first. You really don’t want all that on the living room rug. Do this yourself; don’t ask Santa. Polar bears make reindeer skittish.