The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will host "Growing Pains: When - and How - to Expand Your Staff" today from 9 a.m. to noon at The Assisi Foundation of Memphis Inc., 515 Erin Drive. The cost is $65 for Alliance members, $55 for participants in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence and $99 for nonmembers. To register or for more information, contact April DeBerry at 684-6605 or

The Art Village Gallery will honor Black History Month, as well as unveil its newly created gallery, beginning today with a reception at 5:30 p.m. The exhibition of recent works by Ethiopian artist Zeinu Mudeser, Ivorian photographer Regis Lawson and Colombian artist Nubia are on display at the gallery, 410 S. Main St. For more information, call Sheri Neely at 596-7644 or visit

Opera Memphis will host its largest annual fundraiser today from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will serve as the master of ceremonies, and silent and live auctions will take place. The cost is $125 per person. For reservations or for more information, call 257-3100.

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra will spotlight the talents of its own musicians with "Best's Bass and Joey's Oboe" at the First Tennessee Masterworks concert Saturday at 9 p.m. at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 N. Main St., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre, 1801 Exeter Road. Scott Best and Joey Salvalaggio are the featured performers. For ticket information, call the MSO box office at 537-2525 or visit

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law will present a documentary film, "Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections," Sunday at 3 p.m. in Rooms 248-252 of the law school, 3715 Central Ave. "Uncounted" explores the vulnerability of election machinery and the election system to fraud, glitches and other flaws. This event is free and open to the public.

The Recording Academy's Memphis Chapter will host its 50th Annual Grammy Telecast Party for board members, music business professionals and VIPs Sunday from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Hard Rock Café, 315 Beale St. For more information, visit

The National Cotton Council Annual 2008 Meeting will be held through Monday at The Peabody Hotel, 149 Union Ave. To make a reservation, contact Marjory Walker at 274-9030 or