The Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest will be held Thursday, May 16, through Saturday, May 18, at Tom Lee Park, on Riverside Drive Downtown. Tickets are $9 at the gate. Visit

National Hispanic Professional Organization-Memphis will meet Thursday, May 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Speakers include Larry Jensen, president and CEO of Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors LLC, and representatives from Washington think tank Excelencia in Education. Cost is free for members and $20 for nonmembers. R.S.V.P. to or 466-6476.

The Peabody Rooftop Party will be held Thursday, May 16, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The Peabody, 149 Union Ave. Party Planet will perform. Tickets are $10. Visit or call 529-4000.

Germantown Community Theatre will present the musical “Ruthless” Friday, May 17, to June 2 at the theater, 3037 Forest Hill-Irene Road. Visit or call 754-2680.

Seedco Mid-South will host the Listening to Your Business workshop Friday, May 17, from 8 a.m. to noon at Seedco, 22 N. Front St., suite 900. The workshop helps existing business owners establish a three-year vision. Cost is $100. Register at

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will host free tours of the St. Jude Dream Home Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 45 Dalton Cove in Eads. The house will be raffled June 23; tickets are $100. Visit

The Lupus Foundation of America Memphis-area chapter will host the Virginia Davis Memorial Walk for Lupus Saturday, May 18, at 8 a.m. at the Levitt Shell, 1930 Poplar Ave. in Overton Park. Event-day registration is $35. Visit

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host Brennan Whalen as part of its Spring Bistro Music Series Saturday, May 18, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. Visit

Red Rover Sales & Marketing will present “Empowering Your Sales Through Persuasive Questioning” Wednesday, May 22, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Red Rover, 415 S. Front St., suite 121. Ty Skinner, director of client service, will discuss how to speak to decision-makers and uncover how decisions are made. Cost is $199; space is limited. Visit