Talk of the Town Toastmasters Club will meet Thursday, Nov. 8, at 1 p.m. at The Assisi Foundation, 515 Erin Drive. Visit

The Palladio Group will host its Christmas Open House Thursday, Nov. 8, through Saturday, Nov. 10, at Palladio Antiques & Art, 2169 Central Ave., and Friday and Saturday at Market Central, 2215 Central Ave. For a schedule of events and exhibits, visit

Hope House will host the 11th annual Art for Hope fundraiser, featuring works by more than 50 artists, Thursday, Nov. 8, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Clark Opera Memphis Center, 6745 Wolf River Parkway. Tickets are $20. Visit

Memphis Bar Association will host a public forum on the importance of a fair and impartial justice system Thursday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m. in meeting room C of the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. Attorneys Porter Feild, Tommy Parker and Gary Smith and Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Gina Higgins will speak. Visit

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art will hold a Warm Up to Wine class and tasting featuring California wines Thursday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m. at the museum, 1934 Poplar Ave. Cost is $40 for members and $45 for nonmembers, and space is limited. Buy tickets at

Zion Community Project will host its fourth annual dinner to benefit Zion Cemetery Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. at Rhodes College, 2000 North Parkway. The event, titled “Memphis Trailblazers … Zion’s Hidden Treasures,” will include a keynote by Dr. Bill Troutt and an awards ceremony. Tickets are $50. Call Ruby Dyson at 345-4100.

Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division will host the 14th annual Business of Service Conference Friday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the MLGW training center, 4949 Raleigh LaGrange Road. The conference provides training and networking for grassroots community leaders. Cost is $5. Register at or 528-4820.

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and Decorative Arts Trust will host author and interior designer Jeffrey Bilhuber, presenting the Famous Designer Series 2012 lecture, Friday, Nov. 9, at 10:30 a.m. at the museum, 1934 Poplar Ave. A question-and-answer session will follow in the Brushmark Restaurant. Tickets are $45 for the lecture, or $85 for the lecture and lunch. Visit