Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis will host “Getting Heart Smart … What You Need to Know,” presented by Dr. Basil Paulus, Thursday, Feb. 28, at noon at the hospital, 5959 Park Ave. Visit

The University of Memphis will hold its Black History Month closing ceremony Thursday, Feb. 28, at 1 p.m. in the Bluff Room of the University Center, 499 University St. The Rev. LaSimba Gray Jr. of New Sardis Baptist Church will speak. Visit

Rhodes College will host Dr. Daniel Engster, presenting “The Social Determinants of Health Care Ethics and Just Health Care” Thursday, Feb. 28, at 5 p.m. in the Blount Auditorium of Buckman Hall on campus, 2000 North Parkway. Engster is an associate professor of political science at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Contact Amy Jasperson at

Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club will host former Major League Baseball pitcher and Olympian Jim Abbott Thursday, Feb. 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Peabody, 149 Union Ave. Abbott, who was born without a right hand, will discuss his journey to becoming a pitcher despite his disability. Email

Make-A-Wish Mid-South will host Wine for Wishes Thursday, Feb. 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The Cadre, 149 Monroe Ave. The fundraiser will include food and wine pairings, a silent auction and live music by The Will Tucker Band. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. Visit

Carrabba’s Italian Grill will hold Community Night for SRVS dinners Monday, March 4, through March 6, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at its Memphis and Collierville restaurants. Tickets must be bought by Thursday, Feb. 28, and are $16 for adults and $5.50 for children 10 and younger. Call 312-6849 or 312-6850.

Memphis City Beautiful and Memphis Botanic Garden will plant an Arizona Cypress as part of an Arbor Day ceremony Friday, March 1, at 10 a.m. at the garden’s horticulture center, 750 Cherry Road. Cost is free and will include a tree-seedling giveaway. Cherry tree seedlings will be available for sale. Visit

Literacy Mid-South will kick off its 2013 Read Across America campaign with the “Wonder” party Friday, March 1, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at The Booksellers at Laurelwood, 387 Perkins Road Extended. “Wonder” is Literacy Mid-South’s 2013 Book of Choice. Visit