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 the 2013 Read Across America campaign with its “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

The Memphis Cotton Museum will host its second annual Season Starter Party Friday, March 1, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the museum, 65 Union Ave. Attendees can connect with industry members, growers and Farm and Gin Show visitors while enjoying food and wine, live music and giveaways. Tickets are $40 at the door. Visit

HopeWorks will hold its fifth annual A Morning of Hope fundraiser Saturday, March 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Woodland Hills Event Center, 1000 Woodland Hills Drive. Bill Courtney, entrepreneur and the former coach featured in “Undefeated,” will present the keynote. Tickets are $50. Visit or call 272-3700.

The Exchange Club Family Center will host its 2013 Hands of Hope Auction Party Saturday, March 2, at 7 p.m. at The Columns at One Commerce Square. The event will include live and silent auctions, food, cocktails and live entertainment. Visit or call 276-2200.

The Original Blues Brothers Band will perform a Donald “Duck” Dunn tribute concert benefiting the Stax Museum of American Soul Music Sunday, March 3, at 7 p.m. at Minglewood Hall, 1555 Madison Ave. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Visit

Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South will hold its free BBB Smart Investors Workshop Monday, March 4, at 6 p.m. at the bureau’s office, 3693 Tyndale Drive. Space is limited. R.S.V.P. to or 757-8603 by March 1.

Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South will hold a networking breakfast Tuesday, March 5, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the bureau’s office, 3693 Tyndale Drive. Cost is free for BBB member businesses and $15 for nonmembers. R.S.V.P. to or 757-8603 by March 1.