The Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club will hold a female business leader lunch Thursday, Dec. 8, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Napa Café, 5101 Sanderlin Ave., suite 122. The female-focused lunch brings various business leaders and up-and-coming leaders together to discuss challenges and opportunities, as well as serve as a brain trust to cultivate programs focused on women in business. To R.S.V.P., email Jeremy Park at

The Downtown Memphis Commission will discuss the first draft of the design guidelines and sign code for Downtown Thursday, Dec. 8, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the MATA board room at Central Station, 545 S. Main St. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call 575-0540.

The Memphis Investors Group will hold its monthly meeting and holiday party Thursday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m. at the Memphis Hilton, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. A panel of experienced investors will discuss “How I Plan to Make Money in 2012.” Admission is free for first-time visitors and members. Repeat visitors pay $20. For more information, call 414-2729 or visit

The Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club’s annual holiday celebration will be held Thursday, Dec. 15, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at TPC Southwind, 3325 Club at Southwind. The free social mixer will feature music, food, drinks, games and prizes, along with a silent auction that will benefit a local nonprofit. To R.S.V.P., email by Thursday, Dec. 8.

The Tennessee Minority Development Council will hold a membership luncheon meeting Friday, Dec. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Regions Bank, assembly room one, first floor, 6200 Poplar Ave. For more information or registration, contact Joyce Tabb at 830-8242 or

The New Ballet Ensemble & School will present “Nut ReMix” Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2:30 p.m. at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre, 1801 Exeter Road. “Nut ReMix” is Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” reconfigured with ballet, hip-hop, flamenco and African dance. Tickets are $15, $25 and $35. For tickets, call 751-7500 or visit

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the Orphanos Foundation will present Handel’s “Messiah” Friday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m. at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, 255 N. Main St. The performance will fund three special performances for students from inner-city and jubilee schools. Tickets range between $15 and $25. For tickets, visit