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VOL. 122 | NO. 209 | Friday, November 2, 2007


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Rhodes College will present Qubad Talabani, representative of the Kurdistan Regional Government to the United States and son of the current president of Iraq, who will speak on "The Other Iraq" today at 5 p.m. in the Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall on the Rhodes campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. Call Dr. David Romano at 843-3572 for more information.

Memphis Light, Gas & Water Division will hold "The Business of Being a Church," an educational seminar for ministers and administrative personnel of local churches, today from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the MLGW Training and Development Center, 4949 Raleigh-LaGrange Road. The event is $5. Call MLGW Community Relations at 528-4820 to register.

The Optimist Youth Foundation Annual OptiBash will be held today from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Clark Opera Memphis Center, 6745 Wolf River Parkway. The event is $40 per person. For ticket information, call 475-9564 or 278-2620.

The Memphis Botanic Garden will host "Sip Around the World Wine Tasting" today from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the garden, 750 Cherry Road. Proceeds will benefit the National Kidney Foundation of West Tennessee. Tickets are $65 in advance and $75 at the door and can be purchased by calling 683-6185 or visiting www.nkfwtn.org.

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra will host soprano Hila Plitmann as part of the Paul and Linnea Bert Chamber Series today at 8 p.m. at the Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary's School, 60 Perkins Extended. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased at the MSO box office at 585 S. Mendenhall Road or by calling 537-2525.

The Church Health Center will host the 11th annual Race for Grace Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, 5330 Shady Grove Road. Entry fee is $15 for pre-registration and $20 on race day. Registration is available online at www.raceforgrace.racesonline.com or by calling 272-7170.

The Memphis Bar Association and Memphis Area Legal Services will hold a free Legal Clinic Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at United Cerebral Palsy of the Mid-South, 4189 Leroy Ave. Volunteer attorneys will be on hand to help people address their legal needs. For more information, call 523-8822 and ask for Linda Seely.

The 17th Annual Signature Chefs Gala benefiting the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation will be held Sunday at The Peabody Hotel, 149 Union Ave. Registration begins at 5 p.m. next to the Grand Ballroom. For more information, call 385-8580 or e-mail Irene Smith at ismith@marchofdimes.org.

The Engineers' Club of Memphis will hold its weekly meeting Monday at noon at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Cost is $12 and no reservations are required. Laura Adams, director of development and new engagement for the Shelby Farms Conservancy Group, will speak on "New Structure of Shelby Farms."

The Shelby County Board of Commissioners will meet Monday at 1:30 p.m. in the first floor commission chambers, 160 N. Main St.

PROPERTY SALES 98 172 17,556
MORTGAGES 101 194 20,229
BUILDING PERMITS 223 349 36,295
BANKRUPTCIES 52 115 11,279