Talk Shoppe will be held today from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South, 3693 Tyndale Drive. The topic will be "Alternative and Subprime Mortgages" with Terry West, mortgage loan officer at First Tennessee Home Loans.

The Center City Development Corp. board of directors will hold a meeting today at 9 a.m. in the Center City Commission Conference Room, 114 N. Main St.

The Mid-South Area Pulmonary Hypertension Support Group will hold a meeting today at 6 p.m. at Coletta's Italian Restaurant, 2850 Appling Road. Dr. Marc Hofmann of Memphis Lung Specialists will be the guest speaker. To make a reservation, call Barbara Thompson at 251-1023 or e-mail

Human Resources Training and Development will host a seminar titled "Leading and Empowering Employees for Maximum Productivity" Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Holiday Inn Select Downtown, 160 Union Ave. Cost is $95 and includes continental breakfast and materials. Call 761-5525 or e-mail for more information.

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold "What If ...? Crisis Management and Disaster Planning for Nonprofits Workshop" Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Assisi Foundation of Memphis Inc., 515 Erin Drive. Cost is $99 for members and $150 for nonmembers. To register, visit or call 684-6605.

The Institute of Management Accountants - Memphis Chapter will hold its monthly technical session Thursday at 11:45 a.m. in the Medallion Restaurant inside the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Gregory Noonan will present "A Strategic Approach to Key Business and Finance Processes." Cost is $20. For reservations, visit

MPACT Memphis will host its After-Hours Social Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 5400 Poplar Ave. Free food, drinks and live music will be on tap. The event is free for MPACT members and $5 for nonmembers. Call 683-5013 for more information.

AGAPE Child & Family Services will hold its annual Heartlight Gala Saturday at The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 N. Main St. Dinner in the banquet hall is from 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m., and doors open for the concert at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35, and discounts are available for groups. For more information, call 323-3600 or visit

The Paw Prints Auction Gala benefiting the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County will be held Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Temple Israel, 1376 Massey Road. Tickets are $125 each or $1,000 for tables of 10. To download a ticket purchase form, visit or call Andrew Israel at 937-3902.

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law alumni chapter will honor 16 of the legal community's "Pillars of Excellence from America's Greatest Generation" at its annual dinner Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. The reception begins at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m. For more information, call 678-4299.