The Daily News will be closed Monday, Dec. 31, and Tuesday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s Day. Offices will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 2, at 8:30 a.m.
The 54th AutoZone Liberty Bowl Football Classic, featuring Iowa State University vs. University of Tulsa, will be held Monday, Dec. 31, at 2:30 p.m. at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, 335 S. Hollywood St. The Temptations will perform at halftime. Visit autozonelibertybowl.org.
The Peabody will hold its annual New Year’s Eve party Monday, Dec. 31, from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. at the hotel, 149 Union Ave. Cost is $45. Tickets to the VIP lounge are $150. Visit peabodymemphis.com or call 529-4000.
Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir and Chandler Reports will hold the third Real Estate Road Show, a seminar about the growing portfolio of county-owned properties and how to buy them at tax sale, Thursday, Jan. 3, at 3 p.m. in the conference room at The Memphis Leadership Foundation, 1548 Poplar Ave. R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org or 432-4884.
The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host a discussion and signing by Butch Odom, author of “Have a Blessed Day: A Year of Daily Devotionals from the Church Health Center,” Thursday, Jan. 3, at 6 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.
WKNO-TV will host Downton Abbey Tea for Three to celebrate the show’s season three launch Saturday, Jan. 5, at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the WKNO studios, 7151 Cherry Farms Road. The event will include a screening of the first hour of the new season and refreshments donated by John’s Pantry. Tickets are free, but seating is limited. Visit wkno.org or call 458-2521.
Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, Jan. 9, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will present his State of the City address. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.
Greater Memphis Chamber Small Business Council will host its 2013 program launch luncheon Friday, Jan. 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Memphis Marriott East, 5975 Poplar Ave. Dr. Martin Regalia, senior vice president of economic and tax policy and chief economist at the United States Chamber of Commerce, will speak. Cost is $35 for chamber members and $40 for nonmembers. Visit memphischamber.com.